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Yep...another cordless tool thread.

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by MGH-PA, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. MGH-PA

    MGH-PA [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I know the thread on the best cordless drill is right in here, but I would like some SPECIFIC kit recommendations (or even a separate impact driver recommendation).

    Christmas is coming, and the wife needs ideas. I was originally going to get a nice hybrid table saw, but I don't have my barn finished yet with power, so I really can't use it, yet, and my smaller 10" table top saw will have to do for now. What I DO really need is a nice cordless impact driver. I'm doing a lot of renovations, and building workbenches in the barn and in the lower shop, etc. I'm tired of my 24V Firestorm bitching out on me, and stripping screws, and dying. I have the firestorm 24V kit, and honestly, it's kind of garbage (big surprise, right)? The drill is decent, but that's about it.

    I'm not sure I want to get a kit, yet, but I know I want an impact driver that's lightweight, but will last for an entire 4-5hrs+ of driving 3"+ deck/wood screws. I could use a hammer drill, so a kit would be nice I suppose.

    Obviously, Makita, Milwaukee, and Bosch are at the top of the list right now. My dad has a Bosch 32V cordless hammer drill and loves it, but it does weigh a small ton. He had an older NiMH Makita that he loved (and so did I since I used it a lot when growing up), so right now I really only have personal experience with Makita and Bosch, but obviously Milwaukee's reputation is pretty good as well.

    Any recommendations on kits here of these three brands? Cost wise, don't want to spend over about $450.
     
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    I'm keen to Craftsman. I have several of their C3 19.2v tools and they seem to do fine. Their 19.2v lithium ion drill is good as well and the lithium ion batts fit into the C3 line of tools. They may not be contractor grade, but they do the jobs I need for around the house just fine.
     
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    THAT'S what I'm looking for. Thanks.

    I saw Makita has an 18V combo kit with the drill, driver, and light (don't really need it). That's going to be on sale at HD black friday, but we don't have a HD around here:cool:
     
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    4/5 hrs plus driving 3" deck screws? dude you better get a corded drill!!
     
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    What about just plain chordless drills? My husband has a 14.4v Industrial Craftsman that's many many years old. It's still works just fine. I think the battery life might be lacking a bit and it's worn petty good from years of abuse (laugh). He deserves the latest & greatest ....and I don't have any other ideas.:confused:

    What's the hot ticket? Don't mind spending $ but I have my limits...
    Looks like 18v is the standard for medium expense? Looks like the 24v are mucho expensive!

    Nevermind, I just saw that other thread....
     
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    Nope. With 15 min charge times, two batteries and a Makita Impact driver will do just fine, and be lightweight to boot (plus no extension cords to keep moving around).

    As you can tell I THINK I've narrowed it down (I told the wife that was my first choice, the identical Bosch kit was second...we'll find out on Christmas:)).
     
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    If you are driving deck scews you definately want the "impact driver". I bought a DeWalt 18 volt and love it. I will never drive a screw again with a drill! It will bury a 3.5" screw in seconds. I built a 10 x 12 floor for a shed last week and don't think I changed the battery at all. In my mind the trick is to have multiple batteries. Seems whenever I break out one of my cordless tools the battery is dead. I've got a "charging station" set up on my workbench. Two (sometimes three) chargers plugged in all the time. Just keep rotating the batteries on and off when i walk by.

    Not to Hijack.... but anyone looking for DeWalt 18 volt batteries.... Right now there is a deal at Ace Hardware for a 1/2" DeWalt drill with two batteries for $99 w/ $20 rebate. Two batteries by themselves at Lowes/Home Depot are $119, E-bay range around $120 + shipping, rebuilders on E-bay want $45 each. So for $79 at Ace, Heck, for that price you could throw the drill away (or resell it on e-bay). My Father-in-law bought two kits removed the batteries and just put the drills and cases on the shelf.
     
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