I was building a gym in my backyard when the handyman left his cordless
drill one day. After that I had to have one.
I started with a Bosch hammer drill. But it weighed like 25lbs and was
also refurbished without the refurbished part...So I sent it back.
B&D Firestorm 24V 1/2" 2 speed cordless hammer drill. 450in-lb torque. $99
Keyless chuck with the 2 handed attachment whatever its called. 2
batteries and a charger. This thing is more than good enough for around
the house. It has never let me down, and I am completely satisfied with
it. Plus a nice case. Only extra feature I find I could use is a
leveller bubble. Other than that, why go away from B&D? know your
role. What was wrong with your B&D that you didn't like it?
I bought a 12V Makita and am very happy, I am not a professional that may
require a long time between charges but do a lot of handy work at home and
semi heavy screw driving.
Also bought a Makita hammer drill, corded, excellent. Like the way the
Both Makita about $100 each.
My 36 year B&D is tired but still operational, my 2 year old battery B&D
went in the garbage.
Thanks to all who responded - it was a great help. I ended up getting
both a Makita cordless 14.4V 1/2" drill-driver and a Makita corded
9.16" hammer drill. They're running a rebate on cordless drills $20 -
$75 depending on what you get. Used the cordless a little this weekend
and can already tell the quality difference from my old B&D. And the
corded hammer drill is great - drilled into concrete block with no
problem. Only wish the case was a little better designed. I have to
take off the side handle and depth gauge to put it in the case. Other
than that I think I'll be pleased with both drills.
Thanks again to all.
Makita's are real nice. Metal transmission in there too (at least my
Only problem that I had was when using it to mix some cement it started
to smoke up a little and the transmission was getting beatup.
Ok not the fault of the drill but let me tell you this thing mixed up a
5 gas pail of cement without much of a problem. In any case I got it
repaired and will by a crap drill next time I am at a garage sale for
All other jobs it never let me down at all.
For the money the Ridgid is the best out there.I bought a 12V and it
came with a right angle impact driver and 2 batteries with a Universal
charger for $129.00 My Ryobi table saw caught on fire while ripping a
2 x 6. I bought it to do laminate flooring because it is light weight,
but I figured it could have handled a rip like that. You would think
Ryobi would have put thermal protection in it. So needless to say I
will never buy another Ryobi product again
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Which model do you have? I have the BT3000 with the sliding miter for over
14 years and I burn up my belts couple of times because the blade got dull
or I was using the wrong blade. Other than that its a good saw, put it in my
truck, take it anywhere, and lug it to the 3 floor for some projects. Try
that with a contractor or a 400 plus pound cabinet saw. I have no problems
ripping 2x6s although I would not rip too many 4x4s without giving it a good
rest for the motor to cool down.
Just remember this sucker is under power. Keep your electrical cord
extension short or provide the proper gauge extension. Use a thin kerf
blade, rip or combination - cross cut blades is a no-no. Make sure your
fence is parallel to the blade or you see smoke or worse have a kickback -
happens with any saw.
I did over 2,000sf of laminates with it so far - its been good table saw and
couldn't ask for more. Hardly ever use my miter saw except for floor
I'm not sure of the model right now but I bought it last year and did
about 1500sf of flooring with it. It works good for just what you
said, light weight and small enough to fit in the van. This one has
the sliding miter but it is a direct drive (basically a skillsaw upside
I bought a Ridgid TS2400 with rolling base because I needed to get a
saw for this job that was starting a day later and did not have time to
wait to get it fixed. I'm going to convert it to a router table.
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