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Best Cordless Drills!! Post what you got!!

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by AlexForbesR6, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. Nov 9, 2009 at 11:35 PM
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    AlexForbesR6

    AlexForbesR6 [OP] My R6 Eats Me

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    Hey fellow TW'ers i am in the market for a new Cordless Drill!!

    I want some opinions as to which are the best but i have some critirea!!

    I need this for work so i want it to be light since i work in ceilings and cramped places so also a built in light is a plus...i will be using it for wood, metal, and concrete so it has to be powerful, have a 1/2" chuck and would really like it to be a hammer drill too.. and finally a lot of my jobs are done in a short time frame but with a lot of road time so i can't charge extra batteries for a long time so LOOONG battery life is a HUGE plus...

    It is going to be a Li-Ion drill because they are a lot better than Ni-Cad's(last longer and are lighter) and the two i have been considering the most are Makita's white one with the 18v Li-Ion w/ hammer drill too and the DeWalt LXT one w/ hammer

    Buut i am open to everyones opinion and really want some feedback from people who have nice cordless drills and want to share their Pros and Cons about their drills..

    but please if you are going to post things like "*insert brand* rule!!!!!1!"
    or "i have *insert brand* and i love it!" please tell me why!

    i need a good one for work and its a lotta moola so i want to know what people i trust (you guys...i know...WEIRD isnt it?:D) and who use them a lot think!


    THANKS!!

    ps..this will also help me mod the tacoma a little more efficiently ;)
     
  2. Nov 9, 2009 at 11:52 PM
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    I can't speak for the Hammer Drills specifically. But I recently bought an 18V Bosch cordless ( http://www.boschtools.com/Products/Tools/Pages/BoschProductDetail.aspx?pid=36618-02 ). I was comparing the Bosch with a DeWalt, and the salesperson mentioned that with the popularity of DeWalt....they started to use a bit more in the way of plastic gears inside (I suppose to speed up production numbers). However, these drills were the 'weekend warrior' grade level (between $200 to $250 Canadian). I would imagine the pro series of DeWalt would not use plastic gearing. Just something to check out.

    My Bosch is nicely balanced, and not too heavy. I find that DeWalt can be a bit heavy (larger battery size).

    Good luck.
     
  3. Nov 9, 2009 at 11:56 PM
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    AlexForbesR6

    AlexForbesR6 [OP] My R6 Eats Me

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    OH!!
    thanks for the info on the DeWalts!!i HATE plastic gears...thats how my last one broke...luckily they replaced under the warranty(less than 4 months old) but its a hassle because i had to get a 50ft extention cord into the ceiling to use my corded drill >:O
     
  4. Nov 10, 2009 at 12:01 AM
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  5. Nov 10, 2009 at 12:07 AM
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    LazyRyan Wtf am i suppose to type here?

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    i have the makita power tool set that came with hammer drill and other tools. the biggest plus is the battery capacity and recharge time. my batteries charge for almost 15 mins and i got a full charge for days with out loss of torque from the drill. kinda expensive though :(
     
  6. Nov 10, 2009 at 12:10 AM
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    AlexForbesR6

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  7. Nov 10, 2009 at 12:16 AM
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    just found this on dewalts website though "[FONT=Arial, Helvetica]Patented 3-speed all-metal transmission matches the tool to task for fastest application speed and improved run time"

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  8. Nov 10, 2009 at 12:23 AM
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  9. Nov 10, 2009 at 12:29 AM
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    I say go with the new dewalts. Nothing beats that IMO. Been using them for years. My dad is a geberal contactor and thats all he buys.
     
  10. Nov 10, 2009 at 1:24 AM
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    Ive got an Milwaukee 18V Lithium, I use it everyday constantly throughout the day at my job. I've only had it for two years but its pretty solid...30 min charges, and the battery lasts a while for me. Depends on what you're doin, it wont last as long drilling through 1/4 steel all day, haha. I've dropped it from respectable heights, I left the battery outside on a a/c unit for a week, while it rained and shit, and it still works. Hope this helps.

    I had a Dewalt before and they're nice drills too, but my milwaukee is a lot smaller with the same or more power. The size is beneficial for the job and its pretty light, has a good feel to it. That's just me though. Oh and there's a 5 yr warranty on the drill and 2000 charges warranty on the batteries
     
  11. Nov 10, 2009 at 2:16 AM
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    Dewalt FTW! Just get how ever is big enough for your needs. My dad has a 12v w/ the 3 speed metal gearcase and it has been a great drill. I've also used the little 9.6 dewalt, as well as larger 18v and they're all good for their intended uses. I'd personally probably buy a 14.4v or a 18v if I were to go get one. Makitas are nice drills too.
     
  12. Nov 10, 2009 at 7:29 AM
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    I have had this drill for about 4 or 5 years with zero problems. :thumbsup:

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  13. Nov 10, 2009 at 7:53 AM
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    I have one, and my Dad has two. He bought one to take to work, he is a job manager for a construction company, He bought it because it was fairly cheap and didn't want the guys to break a $200 drill. He had it for about a year before he went out and bought a second one for the house. The first one he got was the 18v one, but he runs the 19.2v batteries from the second one he bought just fine. No, they are not Milwaulkee, or Bosch(the Bosch Hammer is FKing awesome BTW)but it is cheaper than most and durable to boot.
     
  14. Nov 10, 2009 at 7:54 AM
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    I've probably went through 7 or 8 drills in the past 10 years (lots of woodworking and general work around the house). For some reason, I've had horrible luck with DeWalt and Porter Cable. I have 3 Rigid drills of different sizes now and they seem really well built....plus you can't beat the warranty. If I could stomach paying that kind of money for the Makita, that's what I would go for. I like the size and I've heard good things about the battery. No matter what you choose, I would recommend upgrading the chuck, especially if you tighten the chuck by hand like I do to one of these:http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=253583-1074-31048MP&lpage=none
    They are easier on the hands.
     
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    The BEST hammer drill I have, is a Hilti. BUT...it weighs about 50#. All my cordless drills kinda suck (Ryobi, Makita), HOWEVER, I have a Colman 19v that WONT DIE. I accidentally left it on my tool box, and it flew off at about 45 mph. I turned around to get it, and accidentally drove over it... IT STILL WORKS!
     
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    Dewalt XRP or Rigid X2.
     
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    dewalt 18v. never had any problems with it.
     
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    I have had cordless from B&D, craftsman, dewalt. I like my plug in drills better for some reason.
     
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    Same here, can't beat the price either; I paid $99 for a 6 piece cordless set.
     
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