I had an 18VDC DeWalt that met the same fate; however, it was 8-9
years old and didn't owe me anything.
Not sure they are still built the same as 8-9 years ago, but DeWalt
deserves a look.
That said, if it's a good drill, it probably has Milwaukee on it.
That China might be Taiwan not mainland. Depends who made it.
The mother boards are mostly made there. Intel makes their
experimental ones but some years ago design went to one spot mostly.
Lew Hodgett wrote:
I just had to replace my trusty Dewalt cordless drill. Searched all
over, agonized over it for a long time, and ended up getting a Rigid
combo pack. 18 volt Lithium batteries, pack had a drill and impact
driver along with a useless flashlight and radio. The light and radio
really didn't seem as if they were factored in the price - the kits
price was at or below competitive brands drill/driver combos.
The impact driver is awesome. I can drive screws/bolts/you name it,
all day long - can't say enough about it. The drill is really nice
also - good weight, balanced, chuck grips like a vise. The drill has
an 'auto-clutch' feature in place of the low/high speed selector -
initially I wasn't a big fan, but I'm getting used to it. The only
place it would seem to be a problem is drilling in metal - its always
on fast mode until it senses a need for high torque.
Overall, I've been very happy with the Rigid so far. I know warranties
have been kicked around in this group like the proverbial dead horse,
but I have to say, the lifetime warranty that covers both the tools
and batteries is nice. Cordless tools usually way outlast their
batteries, so the idea of getting a free replacement battery a few
years down the road is kinda nice.
I got two Li-ion tools from Skil. I found out you must keep them
in the house. The ratchet head in the shop is dead. The hand driver
in the house is still good.
I must have boiled or froze the ratchet battery.
Every time I bought a cordless package it came with a useless light.
Now last year, my wife bought me a Sears cordless package, 20v drill,
circular saw and light. I immediately thought, another useless light...
wrong I was. This light, which is large, has a nice stand and tilts to
where you need it which is nice. About 8 months after I bought it, the
power went out for 3 days. I used this light the whole time, but, at
night, I just left it on, all night. The charge level stayed at full.
All night the next night, still full, 3rd night, same damn thing. I was
really impressed, never had a light last so long, and it still showed
full. This light, and most of the new ones, have some sort of bright
lcd bulbs that use very little juice. Since the batteries are the same
you use with your tools, the light is always ready to go in an
emergency, and lithium batteries hold a charge forever even if you don't
use them all the time.
As for which drill I'd buy, I would buy the smallest drill I could find
with a regular Jacobs chuck, a clutch, variable speed and lithium ion
batteries (2 batteries required)
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