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Old February 1st, 2013, 08:28 AM   #1
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Default Cordless power tools, which ones don't bring the suck?

Normally I'd just buy the 18V dewalt and move on with life but I know not everyone on the GL4x4 sits in an office all day so I'll ask.

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Misc house projects and working on car/jeep. I won't be building houses with these but I don't want to be replacing shit annually either. I will be finishing out my basement and finishing the inside of a shop in the next couple yrs.

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What say you GL4x4, 20V LI, 18V traditional, Milwaukee, Hitachi, Dewalt, Bosch, Black and decker?

Not afraid to spend monies if it's for better product. Best tool/$ is what I'm after.
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Old February 1st, 2013, 08:39 AM   #2
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I like my dewalts


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Old February 1st, 2013, 08:50 AM   #3
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I like Dewalt also. From 98-2013, I had just two dewalts. First a 14.4, and then an 18v. The 14.4 eventually the batteries died after maybe 7 years so I upgraded. Drill still worked fine, just the battery costs were high.. I had to clean the motor and brushes on it once, due to the amount of drywall I was doing back then. Mine were used to build 3 houses, so they got used a fair amount.

This Christmas, I got a 20v Li Dewalt drill, and 1/4" impact, and am happy with them, the just in power over my 18v is noticeable. The 18v is still perfectly good, just decided I needed a 2nd one to keep in the new barn, since I don't want to walk out to the barn every time I need one in the house.


I've never had any reason to look at other brands, very happy with them.
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Old February 1st, 2013, 08:52 AM   #4
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I had a 1/2 cordless IR, and drill. Brought the suck. I beleive they were out for a year before being taken off the market and rereleased with changes.

I bought the new Milwaukee 3/8 impact and Drill. Use the impact everyday for all kinds of things from working on motors to tightening lug nuts before hand torqueing etc. And the drill alot to. Going on a year and no issues.
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If it's likely to sit for months between uses, any of them will be dead when you need it.

Use them a few times a month, the Li ones are great and don't weigh as much as nicads. We have the Li Milwaukees at work and they are great.
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I have been very happy with my 19.2V Craftsman setup. I even have the 1/2" impact and they now offer a 4.5" angle grinder. My dad has had the same kit for over 10 years, mine is at least 6 years old.

My batteries finally went bad so I converted it to Li-ion. You pretty much have to have the Li-ion batteries for the impact.

I have the 4 place battery maintainer that way they are always charged. It charges them, shuts down and checks them every 5 days to see if they need charged.
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if I was a contractor I would look into the cordless stuff.

But as a homeowner who uses my stuff "somewhat frequently" I don't use it often enough to go through the hassle of always charging batteries, or leaving them plugged in (don't use often enough) etc. So I buy stuff with chords. I do have a chordless drill for the light duty stuff where a fully juiced battery isn't 100% necessary.....

If I was a contractor though It would make sense to just throw all my batteries on a charger everynight.
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I have been very happy with my 19.2V Craftsman setup. I even have the 1/2" impact and they now offer a 4.5" angle grinder. My dad has had the same kit for over 10 years, mine is at least 6 years old.

My batteries finally went bad so I converted it to Li-ion. You pretty much have to have the Li-ion batteries for the impact.

I have the 4 place battery maintainer that way they are always charged. It charges them, shuts down and checks them every 5 days to see if they need charged.
I have also been very happy with my Craftsman Impact, and drill. I bought the C3 line with Li-ion batteries. I use them quite often. I have had them just over a year with no problems at all.
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I was always a dewalt fan myself, but we just finished building a large garage/barn and used the craftsman tools on the whole project. We needed a fair number of them, so we went with craftsman. We bought 5 of the 19.2 v impact drivers and they are great for just about everything...never strip a screw out. We also got 2 of the 19.2 v 1/2" impact wrench and one of the 3/8" impact wrench for use around the shop etc. We wanted them all the same so we could buy a bunch of batteries that would work on all of them. They have all been good with no issues (one was dropped 16' from the rafters on to concrete resulting in minor cosmetic/housing issues but still functional). For quality for the price, I am now a fan of craftsman cordless tools.
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Makita if you want to spend money

Ryobi if you want to spend less money

And yes Dewalt if you like yellow.
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if I was a contractor I would look into the cordless stuff.

But as a homeowner who uses my stuff "somewhat frequently" I don't use it often enough to go through the hassle of always charging batteries, or leaving them plugged in (don't use often enough) etc. So I buy stuff with chords. I do have a chordless drill for the light duty stuff where a fully juiced battery isn't 100% necessary.....

If I was a contractor though It would make sense to just throw all my batteries on a charger everynight.
For the last year or so, this had been my main thinking as well.
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Makita if you want to spend money

Ryobi if you want to spend less money

And yes Dewalt if you like yellow.
We used Ryobi when I worked at HD before the Rigid line came out. I burned so many of those up it wasn't funny, smoke literally pouring out
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I have had good luck with my Dewalts. 3 years now on the drill/driver combo. 18 volt traditional batteries. Used once every week or two. Stored in my cold garage.
I have also heard really good things about the Hitachi stuff.
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I also have the craftsman 19.2 volt stuff(drill, impact, 1/2" impact, saw saw, hedge trimmer). The hedge trimmer really chews through the batteries. Intact a few of the older ones need to be replaced. However for lower end stuff I am very happy with them.
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Dewalts are the best, Ive seen them work after falling of the back of a truck onto road, falling off the roof of a house. Durable bitches !!
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I have had good luck with my Dewalts. 3 years now on the drill/driver combo. 18 volt traditional batteries. Used once every week or two. Stored in my cold garage.
I have also heard really good things about the Hitachi stuff.
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I also have the craftsman 19.2 volt stuff(drill, impact, 1/2" impact, saw saw, hedge trimmer). The hedge trimmer really chews through the batteries. Intact a few of the older ones need to be replaced. However for lower end stuff I am very happy with them.
Yes Hitachi are nice too.

Craftsman I hear are a good buy especially if you get it on sale.
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I have two of these. Not sure how I got by without them years ago.

http://www.homedepot.com/buy/makita-...l#.UQvP0Mi9Kc0
You can get them right now for $199. I use mine almost everyday. I don't even get my other one out much.

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I also have the craftsman 19.2 volt stuff(drill, impact, 1/2" impact, saw saw, hedge trimmer). The hedge trimmer really chews through the batteries. Intact a few of the older ones need to be replaced. However for lower end stuff I am very happy with them.
Try the Li-ion batteries, on the high drain stuff like that they are like night and day.
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I've got a 20v ir impact I'm not sure on durability yet but it's the strongest I have ever seen, stronger than most of the air impacts we have
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Craftsman Professional 18v (now discountinued) Good tools, liked that the circular saw uses a 7.5" blade, battery life was good, battery longevity however not so great many bad batteries after not that long

Ridgid Have Ridgid 18v Drill and impact as well as planer, all work well, battery life wasn't as great as i've had with other tools, but i think at about 7 years old the batteris themselves still charge and work well

Dewalt Haven't owned in a while, but was never happy with battery life when i did.

Porter Cable Can't say a lot as all I own is their 18v angle grinder, but so far i've been very happy with it. Might look into another tool in their line to see how they do.

Milwaukee My current favorite, M12 and M18 stuff, been very happy so far, and a nice range of useful tools. Currently own M18 Hammer drill, drill, impact driver, M12 Screwdriver, impact driver, drill, right angle drill, ratchet, palm nailer and rotary tool. Been very pleased.
Need to order the M18 Circular saw as I am on my last craftsman battery and it doesn't have a lot of life left in it.


One thing to note, rechargeable batteries dont like extreme temperature shifts. I have my chargers in the garage, but a small bin for all the batteries that i keep inside the conditioned house. Heat doesn't harm them as bad as cold. Since i started this practice i've noticed much bettery longevity.
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