any thoughts on the 28V milwaukee tools?


I am getting ready to buy a new Milwaukee cordless drill. I have had a dewalt for 10 years. I love it, but the batteries are finally starting to die, and a new drill is about the same price as 2 new batteries. (I am switching to milwaukee, becasue I have use a friends some, and think they are even better than the dewalt.)
Anyway, I really like the 14.4 volt models instead of the lareger ones because they are lighter and fit into tighter spaces. And, they are plenty powerful for what I need to do.
However, I just saw the article in Populare woodworking on the new 28 volt line of tools from milwaukee. They sound pretty good. They claim they are lighter than the 18V line. They are not out yet though, and I am not finding price info. The magazine article said the drill kit would sell for $233, which is not much more than the $178 current price for the 14.4 volt kit from amazon. One website I found with an advanced price listed it at over $400 though. Does anyone have any better information?
I think I will probably still go with the 14.4V, but if the 28 is really only $233, then that would be tempting.
Joe in Denver my woodworking website: http://www.the-wildings.com/shop /
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"Joe Wilding"

Joe, I have a full set of the Milwaukee 18v tools, including the 3 bay charger and radio. The new 28v hammer drill kit is supposed to retail for $400 and change. This is a kit with 2 batteries, case and charger. I think the whole set at just over $800 is a bit much.
I love the 18v stuff and hope now the batteries will come down in price. However, I intend to get the 24v circular saw when its available. I'll hold off on the rest until they introduce a multi-bay charger system. That has made a big difference in the performance of the 18v batteries. (I re-charge frequently with a generator and the single units do not respond well to varying frequencies and voltage changes.)
Dave BYW - Thanks for the cradle plans - Very nice job, well written and complete.
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I've had the whole lineup (Drill, circular saw, sawzall, band saw, impact wrench) in my grubby paws. My opinion is that the drill "feels" similar to the 18V tool. The primary benefit of the 28V drill is the ability to drill significantly more hole per charge than anything else out there. If that's not a consideration then you really don't need to spring for the $399.00 that they are fetching.
On the other hand the circular saw, band saw and impact wrench really take advantage of the extra volts... they now honestly rival tools with tails in performance.
There is a kit (0928-29) that includes the drill, circular saw and sawzall, along with 2 batteries and a charger, and a 28V worklight that you should be able to find for around $700.00
Steve P.

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