It seems like every time I walk into a borg they've further marked
down the 18v combo packs for these two brands. I've been scouting
Dewalt, Milwaukee, PC and Ridgid for some time now, but at the prices
I've been seeing I'm beginning to waiver a bit.
Given the same price, would you prefer the 18v Ryobi drill or the 18v
B&D Firestorm drill?
The Ryobi 18v "The Works" combo kit comes with:
sonic measuring device
1 hour charger
and also includes 41 assorted accessories (bits and such)
Total price - $249
The Black & Decker 18-Volt 7-Tool Combo Kit includes:
Workmate 375 (workbench thingy)
Power Pack tool bag
FireStorm 18 Volt Drill
18 Volt Circular Saw
18 Volt Cut Saw
18 Volt Vacuum
18 Volt Work Light
Bulls Eye Laser Level & Stud Finder
2 18 Volt batteries
Total price $269
That's one sigh of relief from me - and hundred's collective from all those
dead dogs who can sleep easy tonight.
I was damned worried you were going to say "Milwaukee" and impune the brand
I worked so hard on to get by SWMBO'd... :)
I got stuck in a situation and *needed* a drill rightaway and couldn't get
to my DeWalt... I went to K-Mart and got the Firestorm.... I couldn't even
drill a dozen holes and drive a dozen screws in PINE, without running out of
power, for god sakes. I don't know if the batteries were faulty, but
neither one of the two that came with the drill was worth a darn, and I
*tried* to fall in love with the damn thing for a week. And yes, I *did*
follow all the instructions and properly charge the batteries.
I took it back, got a refund and recovered my DeWalt. It's STILL going
after 4 years of almost daily use/abuse and the batteries are holding up
just fine. You might be able to get a better deal on a 12v setup - they are
far lighter than the 18 v units and easier to handle as well. I've never
run into a situation where my 12v drill didn't have the umph I needed - at
least for woodworking and furniture making. If you can save $$ with a
"lower power" drill you might be able to get a better quality set up, such
as DeWalt, Milwalkee, Makita, etc. I guess *anyone* is making Ridgid right
now, and tho' I have one of their "lunchbox" planers and it has served me
more than well, I'd stay away from them right now until their QC comes up.
No point it letting your wallet be their proving ground, eh?
You know you're right - the more I think about it, the more I'm
beginning to think I'll just get the Milwaukee combo pack. I think it
comes with a job-site radio as well right now, so that'll wrap it up
for me. The 'lifetime" Ridgid warranty is appealing wrt batteries,
but given another poster's experience and a lot of faint praise, I
think I'll probably stick with a known winner.
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