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Old March 20th, 2014, 11:41 AM   #21
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The Makita's are pretty good as well, and are pretty strong, but I don't think they are as well built as the Dewalt's. Makita now has a good selection of other tools as well.

Jeepfreak, check out all the available tools for the 18V dewalt. There are probably close to a hundred now.
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Old March 20th, 2014, 11:42 AM   #22
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Dewalt is now owned by black and decker, I would tend to stay away from them and their 20v is actually 18v if you read the fine print.

Makita has issues with their lithium batteries.

Milwaukkee Is probably the best of the bunch, very little issues and built to last.
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Old March 20th, 2014, 11:45 AM   #23
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My dads a carpenter he has has the blue makitas for a couple years still work great.

And these get used a lot

I have the 20v dewalts I bought on sale I used the hammer drill with the socket attachment when working on the truck or what ever still works great battery's don't last super long but charge fast iv had them for two years still work fine.

It really depends how much you want to spend.

I like my dads mikitas have more power then the dewalts battery lasts longer and feel better in your hand but are a little heavyer

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Old March 20th, 2014, 11:50 AM   #24
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I'm a big fan of the Dewalt 20V Max line. We've got dozens of them at work and they hold up great to the idiots using them, hold a charge well(make sure and get the 1.5Ah batteries at a minimum, we bought a couple on clearance that came with 1.3Ah batteries that seem to last only half as long as the 1.Ah). I like them enough that I got one for myself for home use. I've used it a lot, should've broken it several times by now, and it still works like the day I brought it home.

A buddy of mine works for Dewalt and the 20V Max brushless has been his baby since he started there. He said it's an absolute wrist breaker compared to the normal version I've got. He even uses it for tube notching and said it breaks teeth off hole saws before it'll stall out(though it does have an adjustable clutch if that's your style). Comes with a second adjustable handle to deal with the torque. I've got one on the way right now, haven't tested it myself yet though. I saw them at Home Depot in the kit with carrying case, charger, and 2 batteries for $199. That's cheaper than the brushed version I've got cost back when I bought it.
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Old March 20th, 2014, 11:51 AM   #25
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The Home Depot Milwaukee stuff isn't that great. I can't get a combo kit to last longer than a year. I ended up buying the cheap Lowes Kobalt crap because it has a 5 year in store replacement warranty. I broke the drill in the first 4 months.
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Dewalt is now owned by black and decker, I would tend to stay away from them and their 20v is actually 18v if you read the fine print.

Makita has issues with their lithium batteries.

Milwaukkee Is probably the best of the bunch, very little issues and built to last.
Lots of companies are owned by other companies. I've got and have used a good mix of Milwaukee and Dewalt and would place them on the same level without a doubt. It really comes down to personal preference, and I prefer the Dewalt.
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I think Festool is probably the best, but it's Ferrari expensive.
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Ive recently ditched my dewalt stuff battery and corded. Replacing them one at a time with Milwaukee
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Old March 20th, 2014, 11:55 AM   #29
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Ive always had great luck with my porter cable kit. Battery makes it heavy tho if you don't go with a lipo
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My Dewalt drill and impact have been good to me. Dewalt also builds a lot of their cordless tools in the US, if that makes a difference to you.

I can attest to the durability of Hilti and Rigid when it comes to a lot of their other tools, but I have no experience with their drills.
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If you buy one from the Depot, buy the $12 two year warranty that also covers the batteries. Even if they are still working after two years, you can get a new set of them for free.
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A buddy of mine works for Dewalt and the 20V Max brushless has been his baby since he started there. He said it's an absolute wrist breaker compared to the normal version I've got. He even uses it for tube notching and said it breaks teeth off hole saws before it'll stall out(though it does have an adjustable clutch if that's your style). Comes with a second adjustable handle to deal with the torque. I've got one on the way right now, haven't tested it myself yet though. I saw them at Home Depot in the kit with carrying case, charger, and 2 batteries for $199. That's cheaper than the brushed version I've got cost back when I bought it.
I think thats the one I have. Its the first cordless drill I've owned that comes even close to my big milwaukee 1/2 magnum hammer drill. That one will throw you off a ladder.

In another lifetime, I was a carpenter, and used primarily milwaukee tools (all corded, the cordless stuff sucked 20 years ago), so my personal corded stuff is mostly milwaukee.
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Old March 20th, 2014, 12:15 PM   #33
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Rigid is the only one at home depot that still has lifetime warranty.

I bought their combo deal on sale for $200.

I love mine.
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I have a set. I bought my dad a set for Christmas. Then the neighbor bought a set after borrowing mine.
Just register the tools and batteries within 90 days of purchase and your set for life! No brainier in my opinion
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If you buy one from the Depot, buy the $12 two year warranty that also covers the batteries. Even if they are still working after two years, you can get a new set of them for free.
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I do a lot of field work and use the Makita 18v combo exclusively. Drill/driver/hammer and impact driver. Great price and great batteries. They charger quick and can be left on the charger indefinitely. My drill has fallen from the top of a ladder repeatedly with no damage.

Rigid batteries blow period. I loved my Rigid drill but the batteries eat donkey balls.
Makita is what my woodworking / fine trimworking friend swears by.

My Milwaukee cordless broke down from excessive torque but it was covered under warranty still.
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My Milwaukee m18 1/2 impact has been great. Have yet to find something it can't take off.. It' will pull lug nuts off until the battery completely dies. Charging down time is pretty short, and the battery lasts for surprisingly long time. I can take off all 32 lug nuts on my truck, do what ever work I'm in there to do, and put them all back on and still have about a half charge. It does cost a lot, but worth every penny.
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Lots of companies are owned by other companies. I've got and have used a good mix of Milwaukee and Dewalt and would place them on the same level without a doubt. It really comes down to personal preference, and I prefer the Dewalt.
I have noticed a decline in dewalt quality since they were bought as well as a higher number of customer complaints on the product is all. They are not what they use to be, still a better tool then most, but I see a lot less issues with milwaukkee
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I had Porter Cable, who was bought out by Dewalt. I found the battery life to be not so good. I switched to Milwaukee and have been happy.
I hope you aren't talking about the 20v max stuff? I have had the 20v drill and driver for almost a year with no complaints. Seem like pretty solid tools to me. I just bought the jigsaw, circular saw, and reciprocating saw, and all work great. I have also had the 12v drill driver combo that I use at work and they are awesome.

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Dewalt is now owned by black and decker, I would tend to stay away from them and their 20v is actually 18v if you read the fine print.t.
What do you mean 'now'?... they have been owned by black and decker for 54 years

There's only a couple manufacturers of this stuff. Techtronic owns Milwaukee, and also makes the stuff for Ridgid and Craftsman.
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