I looked in the archives and could not find this topic discussed any
later than 2003 so I thought I would see what recommendations people
might have now in 2008.
I have a Skil cordless drill. I like the weight and balance of the
tool, it does the jobs I want it for, the batteries have lasted for
years and years, but I HATE the chuck and it is getting worse by the
I am on the hunt for a cordless drill with a user friendly chuck that
will actually hold the bits in place, not too heavy, balanced in the
hand, two batteries would be good. I'm not going to spend extra $$ for
"totally excellent" top of the line - reliable and "very good" will
I know y'all have opinions on which drill to choose and I look forward
to reading your picks and reasoning. And after I find the right tool I
will, of course, want to know where to find the best deal, too <G>.
There are a bazillion reviews in the various magazines. I think Fine
Homebuilding may have done one recently. In any case, the black and
white Makita drills are nice--light weight, lithium ion battery, and
fast recharge. I don't own one, but my father-in-law does.
If you don't need huge torque, the mini 10.8 and 12V lithium-ion ones
with the cylindrical battery are starting to get popular. They're light
and compact and can easily get into small spaces.
If the feel is okay for you, Ridgid might be nice due to the lifetime
service agreement which includes replacing dead batteries. Maybe not
quite as ergonomic, but cheaper in the long run.
I did a bunch of reading, and then bit the bullet on the Makita BDF452HW.
It's a great tool, plain and simple. The balance is perfect, the power
is startling, the batteries (it comes with two) just keep going for ages,
and the recharge time is about 15 minutes. It's light, well designed, and
Honestly, one of the nicest tools I own.
No doubt your Skil has a two-piece chuck.
The best way to avoid slippage IMO is to buy drill bits that have
beveled shanks (maybe preferable) or the type with quickchange hex
shanks (decent quality, avoid Hitachi).
Look for the term "single sleeve ratcheting chuck". Look for NiMH or
lithium-ion batteries. The old NiCad are the weakest, the drill has
cheap NiCad if they don't tell you the batteries are NiMH or
lithium-ion. Try to find the amp hours specification, it should be
at least 2Ah, some Panasonic have 3.5 amp hour batteries, at even 18
V! Lithium-ion batteries are powerful and very light. I think most
drills come with two batteries these days. Some Panasonic
drills have a possibly useful but peculiar way of starting at about
60 rpm instead of starting slowly like most drills.
The first big front wheel rollerblades.
Stay away from new Skil cordless drills. I picked up one a few years ago
and the battery is already shot. Now when I need a drill/driver, I go
for a Dewalt corded model. Lots of power and the outlet is usually
I've been seriously looking at the Makitas as a replacement. I really
like the weight balance, and I know they're professional quality. Just
waiting for the right time to buy. (I should have jumped when they had
that combo pack for $100 off...)
If you're quiet, your teeth never touch your ankles.
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Eh? I have a 2500rpm HF VSR corded drill for pocket hole drilling and
for edge drilling pilot holes - but use a 600rpm HF VSR rechargable for
(...and sometimes use a high-speed pneumatic drill for /really/ clean
/Another/ smartass! This is starting to feel like whack-a-mole! ;-)
Yes, these are all hand-held drills (although the notion of a CNC
machine to install glazing and trim does have a certain amount of appeal).
Hmm... Thank you, I think.
Some 'Bot owners have done that. I bought a full set of collets and
chuck the drill in the spindle...
...but edge drilling a 6- or 8-foot long 1x8 board with only 6 inches of
Z travel just doesn't work (I can't get the bit over the workpiece). :-(
Probably easier to live with the hand drills until the workload
justifies spending for the hardware kit to provide a 12-inch Z travel.
[ I really am liking the idea of a dedicated glazing machine --
imagining that thing doing the drilling, dispensing a perfect bead of
silicone, setting the polycarbonate, fitting the aluminum trim, and
driving all the screws -- in three minutes or less. Mmmm... :-) ]
I finally gave away my corded 3/8 Milwaukee--it had been languishing
for years. Just plain didn't do anything that the cordless deWalt
wouldn't do and the deWalt would do a lot that the Milwaukee wouldn't.
Not me. My 3/8 Milwaukee is kept and has been used as a backup drill when
the cordless needs charging or just bogs down a bit. Of course, that
cordless was a 15 year old 12v model and now that I've upgraded to an 18v
DeWalt cordless 1/2" drill, I might now find the corded to be not used any
more. Doubtful I'll ever give it away though. I'm too much of a packrat.
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