The Dec. 2005 Consumer Reports has a review of cordless drills and gave
the 12V, 14V, and 18V Ridgids top marks for speed and battery charging
time. The 18V and one of the 14V models 9R83015) were also rated
above-average for torque. However the 14V and 12V models were below
average in battery run time.
The 18V Ryobi ranked slightly below the lower voltage Ridgids, overall,
but Home Depot currently offers for just $29.97 (only one battery
OTOH how can you beat the Ridgid lifetime warranty, especially when it
includes the batteries?
BTW, that CR review includes a look at the Milwaukee 28V drill, but
three samples failed a test where 3" lag screws were driven. The
motor in one failed, while in two others solder joints melted. CR said
that four other, cheaper drills made it through the same test without