Ridgid has out an 18v compact drill, its really the 12v with a 18v
LiIon battery. I havnt found I need 18v, and I even use the ridgid
with a 4" Auger for dilling holes for plants. Regular 18v units get
tiring to work with from weight and bulk.
I suspect either will be fine. Any name brand should do the job.
A couple of things to compare are the batteries and the time to recharge.
Ni-cads are good. A quick charger ( one hour to 75m) is always a better
Future inter-compatibility of the batteries with other cordless tools is
also something to consider.
Also if you can hold off a few weeks everyone will have a father's day sale
Unless you do heavy duty work all the time, at 14V is much more practical as
it is lighter and easier to handle. PC used to be good, but I don't know
how they are these days. My vote is a Panasonic 15.6V, but it is m double
Have you seen the battery PC stuff at Lowes, it fells like the
cheapest tool I have felt, nothing is solid, this is the black and
grey PC which is all Lowes had, if the casings are crap you cant trust
the insides. Im not anti PC, I have about 18-20 old USA made 120v PC
tools that all still work great, but i would not buy what I see they
are selling now, even a Lowes rep said they are bottom end, and thats
bad as I can ruin a B&D or Skill in a day of beating it. I dont think
a new battery PC would be any better than B&D. The circular saw was so
light and flimsy it felt like a 10$ toy. [ which it is]
Good choice. AIUI, the warranty is on the battery, too.
PC has gone down hill in the last few years. Stay away from the two-tone
You might also keep an eye out for sales and leftovers. A couple of times I
found 18V Dewalts (each with two batteries and charger) for $100 at a
HomeDespot. The batteries alone were worth over $100. ;-)
If you want to spend a little more, Li-Ion drills are a good choice. Li-Ion
is lighter, more compact, and keeps its charge better. LiIon does have a
limit (300-500) on charge cycles before they degrade.
As others have pointed out, 18V is a pretty heavy tool. You're not going to
like working above your head for long periods with an 18V drill. OTOH, if
you're going to sink 3" deck screws, you'll want it. Think about what you're
going to use the drill for and buy for that (I have 10 cordless drills ;-).
That depends on what you want to do with the drill. Look at various drills
and buy one you're comfortable with. Like I said, I have ten, some are older
and seldom used others are used all the time, for different purposes. I
particularly like the 10/12V Bosch line. The drill is great, as a drill, and
the "Impactor" can't be beat as a driver. Both are light, neither are cheap.
For big jobs I use the Dewalts. I have an older PC that's nice too, but PC is
not what it used to be. I wouldn't buy PC now.
I haven't noticed Dewalt[*] slipping, though I expect them to. I'm always
very careful of that when I buy a new tool. I now make sure I can hold one
before buying online (I'm even scared of buying Bosch unseen).
[*] or Delta, though it could be argued that they slipped long ago.
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