As a new homewner I need a drill/driver for occasional weekend use. I
am on the budget <$100 but the less I spend the better if quality is
sufficient for my tasks.
The options I've been looking at are
1) 18v Skil 2887, $79 (or 59 refurbished)
2) Panasonik EY6405FQKW, $99
3) Ryobi 18V Reconditioned $75
Any other options? I realize it would be a waste to buy anything pro
in my case. I want the drill to last however. So based on reviews
Panasonic is aa clear winner but does it worth extra $?
Consider a corded drill. You'll get more drill for your money, won't
have to deal with battery issues (charging, failure, & replacement), and
you can expect it to last decades with little or no maintenance.
Something like this is in the $35-$40 range:
Ha, I just posted a problem with my cordless drill. I had a Ryobi
before, and it lasted awhile, but it just mysteriously started smoking
and died not too long ago. I then decided to upgrade to a Makita.
It's an awesome drill and I love it, but I am having a battery problem
with it. It's also a little more than what your budget is set at.
best buy list. I also don't know much about the Skil. But as I said
before, the Ryobi was great, but it only lasted for about two or three
years. I did a lot with it; remodeled the bathroom, put up cement
boards, build different projects around the house...even dropped it in
my pond once. So, it did a lot and took a lot of abuse...but died
after two years. But for the money, it might be worth it.
Another thing to consider is the weight of the drill. I didn't think
about it until I bought my current one...but you don't want to be
lugging a 2 lb drill around all day long.
I was going to get a corded drill but all the big names did not had a
driver torque setting (not to kill screws with high torque at the end,
have no idea if I am calling it right). As for the cordless - they
have RIGID 18v R840011 Drill kit on sale for $99. It comes with
lifetime warrantieis on everything including batteries after
registration. Is it a decent model for in home use? The warrnaty
sounds too good to be true - anyone had experince with it?
Avoid the store brands. You can't go wrong with a low end Milwaukee,
Bosch, DeWalt, or similar well known brand.
Go see what's on sale. That might make it easy to decide.
Be sure to read:
Skill and Ryobi are crap. Only thing worse than crap is reconditioned crap.
Panasonic has a good reputation, but I don't know anything about that
Lowes is selling a Dewalt 12v drill (DW940?) for $99 now; almost half price
off. Some stores don't have it on sale (such as the stores around me) but
they will match the other stores if you ask them to.
I have two of them and love them. Only problem is that the 12v line is
kinda short; almost anything other than drills has to be bought used off
I don't know how extensive the Panasonic line is, but if it is deep that
might be a factor.
On Sep 22, 9:52 am, email@example.com wrote:
I've owned them all, but the DeWalt cordless has a lot of torque for a
cordless, more torque than I've ever seen on a cordless it matches the
torque of my corded Makita. The Ryobi is crappy but they have a nice
lineup and design ideas for re-using the batteries. My next drill
will probably be the DeWalt or I'll just keep the one I "borrowed"
from my friend since June. One caveat is that it is a heavy drill for
a cordless, probably because it needs heavier gearbox for all that
Ryobi & Skil are big box junk brands with Ryobi being a home depot
"exclusive". Don't know anything about Panasonic.
For occasional use you might also consider a corded tool. More torque,
no batteries to charge etc.
On Sat, 22 Sep 2007 07:52:12 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Just about any electric drill will outlast most cordless drills. But,
you will get a far better value for your dollar with a corded $100
Milwaukee and, if not abused, chances are excellent it will still be
running 10 years from now. All of my cordless drills died. If you
have to get a cordless, a DeWalt or Panasonic would be your best bet,
a big plus if it included two battery packs.
I'll second that. For occasional household use, a corded is definitely the
way to go. Under occasional use, rechargeables die young, and 3-4 years
later the odds of finding a matching battery pack for less than the cost of
a new drill are slim. Corded are also more powerful, in my experience. And
they definitely are cheaper. Unless you drill often, and drill more than 20
feet from an outlet, the convenience of cordless is more than offset by the
short life, IMHO. Now if I was still making a living on construction sites,
my answer would be different- I'd have a rig like some cabinet installers I
saw- 2 cordless in belt holsters, one with a drill bit, and the other with a
clutched screwdriver head, and a backup load of batteries in the charger.
But these were commercial-grade drills, not DIYs, and for a pro, time is
I do own a cordless (24v B&D), and like it, but it was a $25 impulse
purchase off the remainder table at the borg, marked down from about $60. It
is great for small 2-3 hole jobs hanging things on walls and such, but when
I tried to do production with it (deck screws on a couple of replacement
boards), it wimped out after 4-5 screws, and would not dog them down. I went
out and bought a corded Makita 3/8 variable/reversing for about 50 bucks,
and zipped through the rest of the 30-odd screws in short order. Since the
corded would easily do anything the cordless does, but the reverse is not
true, if I had to choose between them, I would definitely keep the corded
Under light household use, any brand name corded should easily last 15-20
years. Both of my current drills replaced an extremely cheap B&D 3/8 that I
had used for over 25 years, but smoked the bearings on drilling through 45
year old framing, running wires. (it still spins, but overheats quickly. I
use it for wirebrushing rust off the car now.)
Hmm just 10? I have a B&D over 30 years old that still works.
The variable speed was never very good though so I got a corded Royobi
keyless with a clutch. I was expecting that to be the last drill I
ever bought. I think they last a lot longer than 10 years for the
average homeowner. At least this homeowner, I doubt it sees more
than 2 hours of use a year.
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