Hitachi DS18DMR Cordless Drill

Hi!
My Ryobi cordless drill went out a few weeks ago and I was shopping for a new one. I used Consumer Reports and they said that the Hitachi DS18DMR cordless drill was the best one out there. So, I went to Lowe's and picked one up over the weekend.
I have not opened it yet, but was wondering if I should or if I should return it. I've heard mixed reviews....more better than worse though. My main concern is that the DS18DMR at Lowe's has a Ni-Cad battery while the Consumer Reports review had a NiMH battery. I read somewhere that the 'big box' stores have to keep the prices down so they sell cheaper versions of the product. The Ni-Cd batteries are cheaper so that is why they sell it at Lowe's.
But my problem is that Lowe's is the only place I could find the drill. So, I was wondering...should I keep the DS18DMR with the Ni- Cd's or return the drill and look for a NiMH battery one...or just look for a different drill all-together.
Thanks in advanced...
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The 2.0 mAh batteries are pretty marginal for a tool of that size. If you only use it a few minutes here and there, it should be OK, but if you are a heavy user, I'd go to something better, like a Panasonic.
If you check out replacement cells at http://www.primecell.com/pctools.htm you will see that the upgrade cost difference from the ni-cad to NMH is $24 per pack.
I'd return it for two reasons: !. It is underpowered or under capacity for hte money 2. Hitachi tools are ugly with the new color scheme
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Thanks for the suggestions. I too, felt like it was kind of costly. I don't mind spending that much, but I want to make sure that I'm going to get my money's worth out of it.
Also, I agree... It is rather..ummmm....ugly. Not that I care about how tools look...but I could really do with something simple and not all crazy looking.
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Ridgid has a lifetime warranty on batteries, it was enough for me to switch.
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I was wondering, where can one find the Panasonic drills besides online? It seems like nobody carries them!
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Arghhh... OK, I just got back from Home Depot and saw a Makita.
In your humble opinion, which drill would you choose? The Hitachi DS18DMR *or* the Makita BDF452HW?
The Makita is lighter, has a smaller battery, but it's a Li-Ion.... Both are the same price; 200 bucks. That's really what I'd like to stay around.
Thanks again for all the help!
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On Thu, 14 Jun 2007 11:42:18 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

I would buy either but the LION battery is interesting.
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Li-ion will hold a charge for 6 months,while NiCd or NiMH lose charge daily. You can put your Li-ion drill away for months and use it right away without having to recharge the packs. Also,Li-ion cells mean fewer cells for a given voltage,and thus a lighter pack or greater total energy content.Replacement will be more expensive,until Li-ion costs come down.
Makita has a good reputation,so does Hitachi.
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Well...thank you for all the great information. I know it's only a drill...but it is 200 bucks and I would like to get something decent.
I think that I might return the Hitachi and keep the Makita. The reason....well, the Makita is a lot lighter and has the Li-Ion battery that takes 15 minutes to charge. The salesperson at Lowe's said it took 30 minutes for the Hitachi to charge....but I don't know how much I trust him on that one. And besides, I'm a little irked that Lowe's didn't carry the 3amp Hitachi and in order to save money, they used the 1.5 or 2.0 one.
Thank you all for all of your help!!!!!
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Just plug in your state and find a dealer at http://www.panasonic.com/consumer_electronics/bp_cordless_tools/how_to_buy.asp
I got mine at Coastal Tools in CT.
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On Wed, 13 Jun 2007 15:29:00 +0000, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

It is a fine drill for home and hobby. Friend has the 14 volt version.
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Just an FYI.
Costo in the northeast has been selling a Kawasaki 19v cordless for $40 lately. Comes with 2 batteries and a 2yr warranty. Lot better than pulling out my heavier Ridgid on 75% of stuff.
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