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Old February 1st, 2013, 10:23 AM   #21
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I have Ryobi tools that I have had for 8 years. I just do home owner stuff but the tools have some projects like roofs, decks on them. The first set of batteries lasted 5 years. Now, the batteries last a year at the most. Stay away from ryobi.

I like Rigid tools.
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Old February 1st, 2013, 10:37 AM   #22
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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
I have an old 18V Craftsman (wasn't a professional though) I leave in the house, It will accept my 19.2V battery and I have been doing it for a long time if you have it still.
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Old February 1st, 2013, 10:58 AM   #23
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i have the rigid x3 18V LI stuff. it has been bullet proof. it is even better that they made the new x4 stuff and the upgraded batteries are backwards compatible with my x3 tools and chargers. the 1/2" drill had been used to tap 5/8-11 holes and the 4" hole saw i used to drill out the hole for my gn hitch in my new truck. been dropped from the top of 8ft ladders multiple times also, like a week or so ago when i was re-hanging my barn door in 10 degree weather that got ripped from the tracks by the high wind when my lovely gf didn't get the latch right. both the drill and impact driver took multiple spills onto the frozen ground while i was up there fighting the wind.
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Old February 1st, 2013, 11:08 AM   #24
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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.
I have a grinder with a cord, it was worthless when I needed to cut my spare tire out from under my truck laying on the side of the expressway new years day . I also have a corded drill but I don't have 1000ft of extension cord to get to my mailbox to fix it since the plow driver thought it was easier to just knock it out of the way than to go around it I have a nice corded drill and grinder that I use in the shop but I'm looking for something more mobile to complement those.
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I have a combo bag thats made by porter cable. Came with 2 batterys, 1 charger, a nice drill, a nice flashlight that stands up on its own, a sawzaw, a smaller saw and it was under 200 i remember and its done me right for a few years now, from car projects to home projects and everything in between.
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Old February 1st, 2013, 11:23 AM   #26
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bought a cordless makita set 18v li-ion, impact, drill, and flashlight, 2 batterys.

I really like it, but the chuck on the drill is wobbley, not sure if something is loose, but reviews online said the same thing
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x2. I have the 18v li-ion fuego and it's nice. Lightweight, powerful, batteries charge fast and last a while. I also have a Ridgid circular saw and it's much better than the Skil saw I replaced. My next tool investments will be a miter saw and table saw, both will be Ridgid.
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Old February 1st, 2013, 11:55 AM   #28
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x2. I have the 18v li-ion fuego and it's nice. Lightweight, powerful, batteries charge fast and last a while. I also have a Ridgid circular saw and it's much better than the Skil saw I replaced. My next tool investments will be a miter saw and table saw, both will be Ridgid.
I picked up a Rigid Miter and their compact table saw. Both are great tools. I have had the miter saw for about 3 years now.
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Picked up a 12v Porter Cable set a while back. It has a drill and 1/4" impact and both have been great. For $140 you can't beat them. I've also always been a huge fan of Milwaukee's stuff but may start to collect more Porter Cable tools.
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Just a note: Home Depot Milwaukee tools are not exactly the same as contractor grade Milwaukee tools.
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Porter cable is what i mean not ryobi. But I could be mistaken.
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Old February 1st, 2013, 01:36 PM   #33
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Dewalt Li-ion. I've never been so impressed with a cordless impact driver.
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Milwaukee's 1/2 in impact is 450 ft-lbs
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I picked up a Rigid Miter and their compact table saw. Both are great tools. I have had the miter saw for about 3 years now.
I have one of their contractor table saws, really like it. The kind with the gravity-rise table. A few of the saw manufacturers joined forces to develop the splitter/riving knife/guard and some of the other nice features.


Corded and cordless tools both have their place. There's always some weird remote place that you need something like a cordless grinder or sawzall (like grinding Immortal's axle shaft that didn't fit right in middle rock garden in Harlan..).

I've never found a cordless drill that has the grunt of old school 1/2 Milwaukee Magnum hammer drill.

I've never found a corded drill that works as well for driving screws and fasteners as my cordless dewalts. That is their primary function for me. 90% as a driver, and the corded drills are for drilling.


Just keeping out of cord tangles is worth it in some jobs. We recently did my Sister's kitchen and had 5 drills all there, two with screwdriver bits, then with 3 different drill bits for different work we were doing. You don't want to keep stopping and changing bits, and it would have been a crazy mess to have 5 corded drills all tangled up.

I haven't used the grinders or sawzalls with Li batteries, but my NiCad versions never felt like they had the power of the corded ones.
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Hilti FTW, not cheap...but worth it. We use our tools hard at work, the Hilti's have held up better than anything so far.
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Im a fan of Milwaukee tools, their m18 fuel line has tons of power and i really like the m12 line too.
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My wife loves the cordless power tool I bought her. No more battery running out at the most inopportune ti.... wait... should I have read the whole thread before posting?
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For the electric impact I really like snap-ons lithium ion 16v(?) The one we have at the job always gets the job done with no problem, but you really have to break out the big bucks for one.
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