Milwaukee has a good reputation for tools. For an 18V, that one is light.
Most 18V are too heavy unless you truly need the power. Often you can get
away with much less. I love my Panasonic 15.6V because of the size and
weight. If you decide to get it, I don't think you'll be sorry.
i have one of these from milwaukee - li-ion 18v hammer drill and it came
with an impact driver and two batteries for under $300 at toolup.com.
definitely liking it so far, though i haven't used the hammer function yet.
one thing to note about them is that they are heavier than some of their
counterparts. depending upon what you're using them for, that may be a
factor. the makita impact driver is nice, but the battery dies too quickly
because it's too small.
Have you thought about getting one with a hammer feature for drilling
into concrete, just in case you have to.
For most stuff a good 12v drill is fine. I have a 12v Makita and it will
screw in about 50 3" deck screws on a charge. By then the spare battery is
recharged. 12v weighs less so it is less tiring to use.
Look closely at the lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery drills. These will be as
powerful (comparing like voltages, of course) as the NiMH and NiCd drills but
Ryobi makes a nice tiny (green!) 12v drill for $80 I've seen at Home Depot.
Milwaukee and Rigit also make small drills.
I suggest looking at these before buying to see if they are a big advantage
for your (small) hands. :-)
One really nice feature of the Li-ion system is that it retains a charge
for many months in storage. The two other battery chemistries both have
self-discharge rates that deplete the pack by the next time you want to use
it,and then you have to spend an hour or more recharging a pack.
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