I've got a HF 18 volt impact driver. Charged it a
couple weeks ago, and then yesterday the battery
was dead. I am sort of tempted to get a drill to
go with it, and just live with having to charge
it before use.
A friend suggests Dewalt, with lifetime battery
replacement guarantee, and batteries that hold
So, I've got the HF thing, and it's a hundred bucks
for a Dewalt. Maybe I'll catch 18 volt Chicago drill
on sale, and then I'll have a tool system....
or should I spend the big bucks and quit the HF
When I was still working I saw one of my customers using a Dewalt and
asked him if it was any good. He told me to get a Milwaukee.
I did and it's the best cordless drill I've ever owned.
It uses a very small battery but it's extremely powerful and charges
extremely fast. I got a deal when I bought the drill and have a total of
three batteries but have never been on a job so tough I've had to use
more than the 2nd one.
It has a lot of torque and just plain works great.
A Chicago ain't a Milwaukee. I've never owned a cordless drill. There were a
couple of times one would have been handy but I got the job done with a hand
drill. For very occasional use like that I might go the HF Chicago route. If
I were using it a lot I would go for the Milwaukee or DeWalt.
On Thursday, June 19, 2014 3:43:50 AM UTC-5, Carnivore wrote:
DeWalt is higher quality B&D...but both Milw and DeW are now made in China!
I bought a higher priced Ryobi with a lithium battery (company owned it) and it was excellent! But I can't remember the model...but was $150 about 2 yrs ago.
Well, most of my clothes come from Goodwill.
Even though I *occasionally* spend some money on expensive clothing,
most of my pants I just get for $3
The store is just two blocks from here and it's a lot easier that
driving to a department store.
Over the years, I always regretted getting the cheap cordless drills.
Dumbest thing is I was working and could just put it on my expense
HF is good for some things, like hand tools and some corded power tools
like their decent port-a-band clone, but not for anything cordless. Go
with Makita's 18V LXT and the brushless version of the drill and driver,
they are great.
primecell.com rebuilds the battery packs with new cells much better than the originals, and its affordable:)
I think the feds hould pass a law requiring all products to have easily replaceable cells in everything.
tossing a drill because of a bad cell just adds to the waste stream a lot....
Remember the old saying "you get what you pay for".
Cheap tools like Harbour Freight are fine for tasks you will perform once
or very rarely. For example, my HF spring compressor works fine for
changing struts in my car, but I've only used it twice in the last 5-10
years. Of course, you can usually rent better quality tools for these
situations instead of buying cheap tools.
On the other hand, a cordless drill is something you're likely to use
often. It just makes more sense to invest in good tools for frequent or
long term usage. The Dewalt will cost more upfront, but it will hold up
better and last longer. Not to mention you're more likely to find
replacement parts when it does come time to service the tool.
Buying cheap is rarely a wise decision. You end up having to buy multiple
items when one good item would have performed better and lasted longer.
This applies to shoes, clothes, lawn mowers, tools, etc.
When I was younger I often bought cheap sockets and ratchets to save
money. Nine times out of ten they would break or strip out when I needed
them most (usually at the expense of my knuckles). After going through
several sets of cheap sockets I finally invested in high quality
Craftsman sockets and haven't had one break or strip in over 25 years.
For what it's worth, I have the 20V Dewalt drill/driver/light combination
and have been very happy with it. Lots of power and the batteries last a
I still have a DeWalt 9.6V drill (Made in USA) that is about 18 yrs old...i
t still works but the batteries puke-out pretty fast now! I also have a Mak
ita that is old too...but holds a charge still. I bought it for $10 @ a gar
age sale...it probably didn't get used much.
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