That was my thought when I bought the Ridgid 18v Drill/Impact Driver
combo a few months back. I just returned the whole kit to HD (with a
long session of bitching to the manager to get them to take it back).
The batteries stopped holding a charge for very long, would self drain
from sitting on the shelf for a week or so. Home Depot wanted me to go
to some third party service to have the batteries repaired/replaced
under the lifetime warranty. Place was only open Mon-Thurs from 9am to
4pm, and sorry, I have a day job, so that really wasn't an option.
I ended up convincing the HD manager to return the set, and purchased
the Makita 18v Drill/Driver kit. I couldn't be more happy with it. The
drill is considerably smaller than the Rigid was, but the batteries
have twice the AmpHours - which is the most important factor in
battery power. The impact driver will run 3" deck screws all day and
not even blink. Right now, HD has a special going on where if you
spend $300 on power tools, you get $75 instant rebate. Ended up
spending $225 for the kit - a great deal.
The one time I was at a store, fixing a cooler. The glass
guy had a cordless impact drill driver, which looked like it
did a great job. I'm thinking it was Porter Cable 18 volt,
but that was a couple weeks ago. He handed it to me, and it
was very light weight.
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