I'm looking to purchase a new 18V (cordless) drill/hammerdrill. I've
pretty much narrowed it down to Bosch, Milwaukee, and DeWalt. I need
it for framing/finishing work as well as drilling into concrete (I
have several concrete walls). I'm also going to be using it to build
a deck as well as general everyday needs.
I've been looking around at drills/hammerdrills and am looking to
spend about $250. For that price, I can get a good Milwaukee, Bosch,
or DeWalt 18V drill. Is there a consensus about which one of those
brands makes the best all-around cordless drill? Milwaukee's have a
great reputation (but feel a little cheap), the Bosch drills look
incredible and also have a great reputation, and the DeWalts seem to
have feel well made but seem to have a poor reputation. With no clear
cut winner out of those three, I'm curious to hear what others think.
Thanks in advance--
I don't know about the cordless ones, but I have a Bosch
"bulldog" hammer drill (AC) that is incredible. It
goes though concrete like butter!
The only downside is that the specialized bits are more
expensive, but I have not worn any of the out yet.
As an example, I installed a pool cover last year
where I needed to drill about 40 -3/4" holes,
each 2 inches deep in 1 yr old (not green) exposed
aggregate concrete. Each hole took less than a minute with
little effort on my part - except holding the drill
So, FWIW, I think Bosch makes a great tool.
I researched my last drill purchase and I can't remember which magazine I read
it in now but I ended up with the Milwaukee 18V hammer drill kit. What an
No regrets (and it replaced a 14.4V Dewalt).
You didn't mention Porter-Cable, but I think they deserve a look. The 19.2V
cordless hammerdrill is a pretty well-built tool and has plenty of power. I
helped my friend install a gooseneck hitch in his truck, which involved lots
of drilling of bolt holes through the frame. It held up quite well.
I have the DeWalt 18v hammer drill. It's three years old now, and is used
almost everyday on the jobsite. Sometimes drilling 1/2" holes in concrete
for anchors, sometimes driving screws through 2x material, sometimes
drilling and countersinking for more delicate work. Heck, I've even mixed
thin set in a 5 gal bucket with it for tile work and used it for ice
sculptures. It's held up unbelievably well. A real workhorse I'd recommend
without hesitation. --dave
Check out this review from Tools of the Trade...
They liked Dewalt best, then Bosch, and Milwaukee trailing with some
others in between.
Tools of the Trade is a great little magazine and site for tool
The Dewalt batteries are glued shut so when the time comes to replace the
cells, it will be difficult and expensive. There are shops that can cut
them open and then glue them back.
The last time I checked, the Milwaukee and Porter Cable batteries were
sealed with screws. (Things change so check before you buy). You can
change the cells yourself (opening the case is half the battle).
I don't know about Bosch.
Just bought a combo package from Amazon (18v hammer drill +
reciprocating saw) for $316.99. Great deal. There's a $25 off
special until Nov. 4th I think. Looked around everywhere definitely
$289 for drill and $199 for recip. saw at Home Depot.
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