I want to purchase an 18 volt DeWalt cordless drill and, possibly, an
18 volt cordless saw. I already have the batteries and charger so I am
looking at ebay for the new or used models without this expensive
component. There are a number of models and I am trying to sort out
the differences between (among) them before bidding. I think I am down
to the DW987 or 959 drill although I am wondering if I should consider
the 989 or 998 drills. I am looking at the DC390 or the DW939 saw. The
real problem is that DeWalt has had various models of both drills and
saws out in the last few years and only gives minimal specs on even
their current models and no decernable reasoning to their numbering
system. So, who uses what models of the DeWalt drills and saws and how
do you like yours? What major features should I be looking for and
which current and past models have them.
I am pretty sure that I want a 1/2" chuck on the drill, but which
chuck (racheting, two part, one part, ????). The hammer feature would
be nice for the few times I might need it but does it detract from use
as a drill/driver? 2 speed vs. 3 speed (which has which?).
As to the saw I am pretty sure that I want the 6" blade, but what are
the other distinquishing features of the various models?.
None of this is going to be put to serious use building houses or
anything, just used around the shop and house and maybe on the boat or
dock. I will admit that had I not been given a new set of batteries
and charger I would be content with my Craftsman 14.4 volt drill and
my corded saw, but hell, I have the batteries and what better excuse
to buy a couple of tools does one need.
Thanks for any reviews or input anyone is willing to give.