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Old January 23rd, 2010, 08:28 PM   #1
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Cordless drill advice

I'm looking to buy a new cordless drill.
What are good/bad?
Just looking for something around the house so I don't want
to spend a fortune.

Any advice is appreciated.

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Old January 23rd, 2010, 08:30 PM   #2
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i have dewalt power tools. love them. on the pricey side but well worth it to me.
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Old January 23rd, 2010, 08:33 PM   #3
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just had a guy do some wood work around here. the finish carpenter had a makita brand. and, if i had it to do over again, i'd drop a dime and buy a whole cordless kit having a drill motor, small circular saw, sander and flashlight in one kit. also, charger and 2 batteries. also, unless you're gonna use it often and for big jobs, don't get all obsessed with 18v or higher.
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Old January 23rd, 2010, 08:38 PM   #4
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If you want the Convenience of being able to just grab it with out planning, I'd seriously look into Lithium Ion. They charge in 15 min (depending on the brand) and keep the charge for a VERY long time. Most Ni-cads won't last very long just sitting in the Bag and it's not good to leave them on the Charger all the time. If I had the money, I would by the Rigid 4 piece Kit. That's just because I'm a Rigid Brand guy. Makita is also a Very nice set, My friend has one and it's very reliable.
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Old January 23rd, 2010, 09:13 PM   #5
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I love my Dewalt XPS if you don't want to pay for a Lithium Ion
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Old January 23rd, 2010, 09:23 PM   #6
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Depends if you are using it for Work or home, you will not get much done if your a Plumber or Build houses. But for home its good to do a few things with before the battery's die.

I had all the name brand Drills and Sawzall.. they are all about the Same also don't be Ripped off by the 18v vs. 24v really they are the same. Some battery time and Speed.

i have both Ele and Coreless cus i need both at Work sometimes i goto a Job Site and No power..

But if i had to go with one Brand Ridgid
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Old January 23rd, 2010, 09:28 PM   #7
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X2 in the Lithium Ion - it can make a big difference in being able to finish a job or not.

As far as brand names they are all about the same as long as you stick to a know name (w/ the exception of Black and Decker - they have always sucked)

I have had a cheepy robi for about 8 years now and it still gets the job done for most smaller jobs but I love my dewalt stuff.
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Old January 23rd, 2010, 09:36 PM   #8
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support for all the posts so far.

just one more detail,,,,,,,on the drill motor make sure you get one or get and attachment where you can swap out drill and screw driver bits quickly and easily.
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Old January 23rd, 2010, 09:50 PM   #9
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I use a cordless everyday at work, makita is my brand of choice, if you need it to run lots of screws get a kit with a drill and impact gun, the impact runs screws ten times better than a drill.

I had a ridgid drill a few years ago and it was the biggest piece of shit I ever owned, when ridgid sold their name to homo cheapo to put on chinese shit tools they lost my business for good, I won't even buy ridgid hand tools now.
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Old January 23rd, 2010, 10:08 PM   #10
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For reasonably-priced around the home quality stuff I have a Ryobi cordless. They have both the NiCad and Li batteries available at the Home Depot.

Not necessarily pro quality but reliable and handy for around the house.
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Old January 23rd, 2010, 10:20 PM   #11
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X2 in the Lithium Ion - it can make a big difference in being able to finish a job or not.

As far as brand names they are all about the same as long as you stick to a know name (w/ the exception of Black and Decker - they have always sucked)

I have had a cheepy robi for about 8 years now and it still gets the job done for most smaller jobs but I love my dewalt stuff.
Believe it or not Black and Decker is Dewalt...
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Old January 23rd, 2010, 10:29 PM   #12
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hitachi makes good stuff too.
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Old January 23rd, 2010, 10:31 PM   #13
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X2 in the Lithium Ion - it can make a big difference in being able to finish a job or not.

As far as brand names they are all about the same as long as you stick to a know name (w/ the exception of Black and Decker - they have always sucked)

I have had a cheepy robi for about 8 years now and it still gets the job done for most smaller jobs but I love my dewalt stuff.
dewalt = Black and Decker
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Old January 23rd, 2010, 10:38 PM   #14
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Believe it or not Black and Decker is Dewalt...
And they both suck. Dewalt used to be good but went downhill fast
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Old January 23rd, 2010, 10:57 PM   #15
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black and decker is as cheap as it is for a reason.. its garbage.. my 18v dewalt xrp hammer drill has been tough as nails ever since i bought it

OP: i usually use my cordless a lot at work, i have a dewalt xrp as does another guy i work with, someone else has an 18v lithium ion makita, and another has a ryobi lithium ion.. they're all good drills, and for the work i do i wouldnt' get anything less than 18V if your're just doing small things around the house you could probably get away with something 14v if you wanted to keep the budget on the lower end. picking up a cordless sawzaw and or circular saw wouldn't be a bad idea either if your ever out in the yard and don't want to drag the extension cord out to ya
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Old January 23rd, 2010, 11:11 PM   #16
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I use makita and ryobi lithium ions for construction work for corporate walmart and they impress me to say the least but are pricey. The blue/yellow ryobi nicad is cheap and still works fine just not for commercial use. It's a homeowner DIY tool. Never buy ridgid I did and they wouldn't warranty a brand new battery and it only lasted 15 min
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Old January 24th, 2010, 12:05 AM   #17
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Didn't notice either of these companies mentioned yet, Metabo or Milwaukee. My father is a general contractor and these are the tools that get worked everyday/dropped off roofs/generally the crap beat out of them. Both are going to be more pricey than your average cordless drill, but IMO very much worth it as ours have lasted years of abuse. Both are also Lithium Ion, which is definitely the type of battery you want. I'm not sure where either can be bought off the shelf. I know the Metabo stuff has to be shipped to us.

http://www.metabo.us/

http://www.milwaukeetool.com/
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Old January 24th, 2010, 12:34 AM   #18
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I've been using Makita for years with no problems for work. I recently upgraded to the 14.4 and it has more power. It also has 2 speeds. Nice for what I do. I got the package with the flashlight because I hate tripping over cords.

I was seriously looking at the various Craftsman packages before I got this. Go to Sears and look at those. They have cheaper stuff and higher end packages.
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Old January 24th, 2010, 01:37 AM   #19
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My pops just picked up a milwaukee 18v Lithium Ion impact and screw gun combo they're both super light with the Li-Ion battery and the little impact has some nuts. My dewalt xrp does well, I've also liked working with bosch's cordless drills.
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Old January 24th, 2010, 07:13 AM   #20
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I got a hitachi lithium ion 18v drill this year from lowes. I went with it because lowe's guy was a form contractor who said that they have been very good for him in the past and they are the only one with a 5 year warranty. The price was very good at $139 with the drill, two batteries, charger and light. It also had one of the highest torque ratings. So far I love this drill. It has been way better then the craftsman, makita, dewalt and other various cheap brands I have had. Although all my other drills were nicad.
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