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    All my cordless drills have given up the ghost about the same time. Rather than search for batteries for old units I am looking for a new drill with 2 batteries.

    What are you guys using?
    Tom M.

  • #2
    Tom,

    Recommend you have a look around the construction sites in your area and see what the contractors are carrying. They do this stuff for a living, and if they're all using Brand A, then that means that it works and that supplies and accessories are available in the area.

    An industrial strength drill may be overkill, but it should last far longer than a "homeowner grade" drill, and the batteries should do the same.

    Good hunting!


    Pete

    in Michigan

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    • #3
      I use Dewalt and they go on sale at fleet farm tomorrow.

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      • #4
        Jim ... no Fleet Farm up here.

        Pete ... Makita seems to be popular.
        Tom M.

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        • #5
          Tom,

          I've used a Milwaukee Cordless Driver/Drill for years in home repairs and side jobs, oh yeah and layout benchwork too. Very sturdy tools, good battery life and dependable. If I were on the market I would certainly go for the Milwaukee again over others I have used, i.e., Porter Cable and Dewalt ...

          No affiliation to Milwaukee just a very satisfied customer.

          --Paul

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          • #6
            Tom,

            I have one of the 18v systems, with saw, drill, jig saw and other goodies. I got extra batteries, and a multiple battery charger. I think its great...mine is a makita I think...the construction guys use dewalt and makita here.

            BTW...I managed somehow to get all the appliances, from a nailer, small chain saw, to light and even a radio for when the power goes out.

            Les

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            • #7
              Tom,

              I have tools from al of the brands listed so far, and they all work. And no, I don't represent any of them.

              As always, YMMV.

              Pete

              in Michigan

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              • #8
                If you buy the right Ridgid cordless (Home Depot), you can register for a lifetime battery warranty.

                I've had mixed luck with DeWalt, my 14.4v original drill had both batteries go. My 18v now has a pair of Lithium batteries, which are supposed to have much better light.

                dave
                Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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                • #9


                  How bout a cordless screwdriver....nice red one!!

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                  • #10
                    I bought a used Porter-Cable from a friend that is always into buying the next great thing...I paid him $25 3yrs or more ago and it has great torque, 2 batteries that last quite awhile between charges. It's a bit weighty and will tire your arms out before it tires out.
                    Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

                    Cedar Swamp
                    SW of Manistique, MI

                    AVATAR Image stolen from Model Train Stuff advertisement in my e-mail

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                    • #11
                      since lithium batteries are the new norm I'd go with one of those.
                      Philip

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                      • #12
                        quote:


                        Originally posted by PaulS


                        Tom,

                        I've used a Milwaukee Cordless Driver/Drill for years in home repairs and side jobs, oh yeah and layout benchwork too. Very sturdy tools, good battery life and dependable. If I were on the market I would certainly go for the Milwaukee again over others I have used, i.e., Porter Cable and Dewalt ...

                        No affiliation to Milwaukee just a very satisfied customer.

                        --Paul


                        I agree with Paul, Milwaukee Power tools are simply the Best ones you can buy!

                        Cordless or with a cord.

                        I have used all brands in my line of work,and Milwaukee is the one I choose to pick up every time.

                        I don't work for them,I just help keep them in business.

                        Greg Shinnie

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                        • #13
                          Guys,

                          As a contractor I've purchased and used most all brands. DeWalt, Milwaukee, Hitachi, and Makita are all excellent. When I need a tool, I will weigh how many batteries of a particular brand I have that will work with the new tool (especially now that selling bare cordless is the new norm). Depending on what tool, some brands just feel more comfortable than others, or simply do the job easier, better features, etc. Look for the deal...sometimes a combo pack with batteries and charger is cheaper than buying just one tool separately.

                          When our club needed a new drill, I selected one with LiIon batteries. When these batteries are fully charged, they will retain much higher charge (less residual loss over time) so when left a week or two at a time between uses, they are still useable for the task at hand when grabbed the first time in weeks.

                          A very good place to look is http://www.cpooutlets.com/ . They recondition tools as well as sell new. Most reconditioned tools are returns from the big-box stores no-questions asked return policy. The reconditioned tools come with a full warranty, and a reduced price tag. ( I think I got the club a Hitachi drill that came with case, drill, flashlight charger and two (2) LiIon batteries for about $130.00.) Even after sitting idle over summer break, the batteries were about 80% when use began the following year.

                          Hope this helps...

                          Cheers,

                          Michael

                          Boalsburg, PA

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                          • #14
                            quote:


                            Originally posted by Geezer




                            How bout a cordless screwdriver....nice red one!!


                            Hey Geezer, that's my favorite brand too!

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                            • #15
                              we only use Makita (my father is an electrician) we have a couple larger drills, and a set of two small ones, all are very powerful and have good battery life, and if needs be you can buy extra battries.

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