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Old May 29th, 2015, 08:46 PM   #41
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I've only been buying Milwaukee the last 5 or so years. I've been having good luck.
Both with the 18v and 12v stuff
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Old May 29th, 2015, 09:11 PM   #42
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I've used the hell out of a couple of makita sets when I worked at the dealership. Always 3/8 though on the impact. The last one I got, had the li ion batteries. Worked well when I used them every day, but since i switched occupations the batteries aren't quite what they used to be. I've been told that if you don't keep them charged all the time they shit out after a while.
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still have my makita stuff and use it some evenings and most weekends. love it. but when the batteries shit I probably wont be spending that much money on a cordless stuff. probably go cheap as I dont use tools professionally anymore.
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Old May 29th, 2015, 09:26 PM   #43
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I've been using my newish Rigid set (same as AJ's) almost daily since February. I can feel a difference when using a coworker's Dewalt, but my set keeps up just fine. One battery lasted all day this last week installing a new fire system in our gym.

Also the li-ion batteries don't have a preferred charge percentage like nicad for storage. They just don't like the cold. You Also don't
Have to completely drain then before charging like ni cad. V
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Old May 29th, 2015, 09:54 PM   #44
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I own a shitload of Ryobi stuff because I was suckered in when the batteries were ok. The batteries don't last for shit either the old or new lithium ion. I get a year out of them at the most.
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Old May 30th, 2015, 06:33 AM   #45
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Old May 30th, 2015, 09:12 AM   #46
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Hilti is pretty good stuff. You pay out the nose for the quality though.
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I bought a 1/2 impact from dewalt using their 20v max li-ion. I have used the shit out of out. I used it to change tires on a tri-axle 8 lug trailer and did have to change batteries but the previous owner tightened everything with a 3 foot cheater bar and a hammer. I have no problem changing tires on a one ton truck with a single battery. I now have a sawzall, grinder, and three speed hammer drill to match. The grinder will wear the batteries down quickly. http://www.dewalt.com/tools/cordless...-dcf889l2.aspx this is the impact I have. http://www.dewalt.com/tools/cordless...-dcd985l2.aspx this is the drill. I would buy the cheaper one as a kit, and the expensive one as a bare tool from amazon. The kit comes with two batteries and a charger.
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I have good results with Milwaukee products. I also have a old blue Ryobi drill/charger that just won't die. The batterties die after about 30 minutes of use. But, the other one is charged by then.
But, if it is something that will take more then 20 minutes I tend to break out the extension cord.

Unless you have a absolute need for cordless loose the batteries. A 110 volt impact and multi speed drill will not only cost less then the lightweight battery/charging station the motor will last longer having full power. Not to mention the tool won't become useless when the supplier discontinues the replacement batteries.
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I have good results with Milwaukee products. I also have a old blue Ryobi drill/charger that just won't die. The batterties die after about 30 minutes of use. But, the other one is charged by then.
But, if it is something that will take more then 20 minutes I tend to break out the extension cord.

Unless you have a absolute need for cordless loose the batteries. A 110 volt impact and multi speed drill will not only cost less then the lightweight battery/charging station the motor will last longer having full power. Not to mention the tool won't become useless when the supplier discontinues the replacement batteries.
I picked up a set of the Ryobi blue tools (small circ saw, jig saw, reciprocating saw and flash light) without batteries at a garage sale for $10. The new lithium one+ battery works great in them.
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I used our 18v Milwaukee cordless impact and circular saw to build wooden decking at work today. They each lasted the whole 8hr shift on a single charge, but the saw was just about dead by the time I finished. We have the larger lithium batteries (I forget the specific size rating)
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Old June 3rd, 2015, 03:37 PM   #51
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I have had excellent luck with my Craftsman setup, I have a couple 1/2" drills (the cheap one and a better one), a 4.5" grinder, the 1/2" and 1/4" Impacts, vacuum, sawzall, circular saw etc.. I use the hell out of it and most of it is nearing 10 years old.

The only thing I have found are the little li-ion bateries are junk. The 4ah Maxx batteries are the only ones worth having.

There is a lot of hate on the Craftsman stuff, but I beat the crap out of it for homeowner stuff.

I have caught Ryobi's on fire, and have shredded a ot of Dewalts. Rigid and my Craftsman stuff is all I have not fried.

Edit: The 1/2" Impact is only useful with the li-ion battery mentioned above. It eats through batteries pretty hard. I tore down my H1's with it though.
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Curious as to how the impact works out for you. I figure a cheaper battery impact won't have the power of the more spendy ones or a pneumatic, but I'd be interested if it does most of the stuff you would usually need.
Picked up the impact yesterday, zipped off lug nuts torqued to 75ftlbs that haven't been off in at least 2 years like nothing, 1 second of hammer and then zip.

I'll be trying it out on a lot more harder to break free nuts/bolts as soon as I get a chance.
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without reading most of this thread, I'll suggest Ryobi 18V for what you want. Can't really beat the value (disclaimer: I have not used their 1/2 impact).

I have a set of the blue tools that are 10+ years old, and a handful of others that I've added along the way. Their 4ah LION batteries are excellent. Lots of tools, you can get a chainsaw, SDS drill, leaf blower, etc, etc.

Right before I got the LION batteries for ryobi I tried out a 18v drill & driver set from makita (came with a radio too). They are nice, but I'm not impressed with the power. the impact driver doesn't have anywhere near the nuts that my ryobi green impact driver does.

If I used tools everyday for a living it wouldn't be Ryobi, but for homeowners/hobbyists its a great value in my experience
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Only issues I've had after10 years of Ryobi is the batteries. Switched over to the lithium ion batteries when they started offering the drill driver combo with charger for $99. It was about same price as just the batteries. Just picked up a 2pk of the 4AH batteries for about $90. I'll see if they last any longer than the old batteries.
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