The drills seem to stand up, but the batteries don't. I have
been told that most chargers are very cheap, unregulated,
and that they overcook the batteries if you forget and leave
the battery in the charger for too long.
Can you recommend a drill with a decent charger that
won't do this? (Or is this a non-problem?)
Help much appreciated.
P.S. I have a Craftsman that's about 2 years old and the
battery lives seem to be getting shorter and less capable of
holding a charge all the time.
All batteries lose a bit of life with each cycle. To get the most out of
it use a peak charger. A peak charger measures when volts drop and
energy is then converter to heat . Only run drill till it just slows,
then its discharged, running more is bad. Charge only once a day and
store discharged. Not dead but at 1.1 v per cell. Sears will have a
peak charger and it may fit your batteries. Radio Controll hobby shops
sell the good bateries and there is mailorder , They know packs , you
can put in new batteries in old packs.
My step-father-in-law is a commercial contractor and has about 12 of every
tool. He absolutely swears by his Panasonic and says that's all that
anybody he knows buys now. I've used it a few times and it is clearly
designed and made better than any of the others listed here with Hilti
added to the list (since he has all of those, too). It's only 15.6 volt,
but it compares in torque and battery to any of the 18's and less weight.
It also supplies full torque at any speed which is amazing. I don't know
if any of the others are doing that yet.
I believe they are closer to $200, but they are well worth it.
Bocsh drills are ok, I own one, but it was alot more than $125. More like
250. I have a Milwaukee, and prefer it.
The last good drill Panasonic made was about 5 years ago...the Shark. I have
looked for a similar model, or, I dont know if hes got one, but they used to
have one that the chuck could be offset so you could get a clean clear hole
in that corner...and its gone.
Problem was, they were higher than anything on the market...and the specs
were no better.
Unless they have dropped drastically in price. None of the suppliers here
carry them anymore. Johnstone can order them, but do not keep in stock.
Nope. Havent...and thats because no one sells them in the area. All of the
supply stores have dropped them here.
The only Panasonic stuff we sell and buy now are the bathroom
fans....nothing better there...thats for sure.
You know...I have no idea. I know that when Johnstone carried them, they
were the ONLY place you could get one. They also had that one with the
adjustable position chuck that I wanted one of, and when I went to get one,
they told me they had dropped the line. It looked good tho...never got to
Might be...but I gotta ask..:)
Will it survive a 48 foot fall?
The new Bocsh I have claims they will...(and no..its not my favorite)
And does it have a lifetime warranty? Milwaukee does.
When you are working commercially, THATS what I care about...durability and
I don't know what the warranty is, but isn't Milwaukee's warranty only
lifetime as long as you don't 'abuse' and don't they specifically single
out commercial use as a voiding of the warrantly? Sounds like they only
fix it if they want to.
I looked this morning in the warranty papers, and no, commercial is not even
Milwaukee touts themselves as THE commercial brand..and honestly, they are.
But, all that aside, abuse on a commercial tool is hard to define. The guy
that runs the local Milwaukee auth repair center told me one time that as
long as it looked like you had not taken a hammer to the back side of the
drill and never pulled the trigger to get it to bore, it can be covered, and
I have never had any problem getting warranty work done on any of the stuff
we have...might be a local thing, but thats my experence.
My old boss had a couple Panasonics. I thought he was kidding when he said
the batteries were 3.0 amp hours, but that's what they said on them. He
really loves them.
I'm very pleased with my Makita, which has 2.0 amp hour batteries.
I'm told that DeWalts are renamed Black and Deckers, and that the Dewalts
have plastic gears.
I was told that Black and Decker owns DeWalt and there may be some
overlap in the specs of some of the drills, but DeWalt has the "heavy
duty" line which is supposed to far surpass any Black and Decker drill.
The DeWalt drill I mentioned in my other post has an "all metal
transmission" which would include the gears would it not? Also, the
housing around the chuck is metal as opposed to our last Porter Cable
which was plastic. Like I said though, I am no drill expert but this
drill fits in to the original poster's price range (at some stores,
priced higher at Home Depot for example) and we've been super happy with it.
Makita only has a few models with all metal gearing as do many brands.
But just saying all metal doesnt mean didly. I bought an 18v Dewalt
metal gear. And the gears slapped and skipped loudly on trigger
release. I returned it for a Makita. Many use Sub C low amp
batteries.. C , high amp are better , and NIMH are the best
I am no drill expert but my dad has had a 12V DeWalt with XR batteries
and charger that have been going strong for about 8 years. The battery
life is excellent and he hasn't noticed any significant decrease and his
drill is used ALOT. This prompted us to purchase a 14.4V DeWalt XRP
purchased this for CDN$189 (which is about US$125) at our local Costco
store. Good luck drill shopping.
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