At the risk of starting a flame-war, anybody have suggestions for the
best of the current cordless drills? I have a bunch of Dewalt cordless
tools (tried to stay with one brand for battery compatibility, but
they're old enough that I'm willing to consider switching) and a couple
of Makitas. I've been generally happy with both, but I've been looking
at Porter-Cable as well--ratings for the P-C drills are pretty poor on
Amazon. I've also noticed that neither Lowes nor home Depot seem to
sell much P-C anymore--not sure why, or even whether I think it's a bad
thing. I've never been impressed with Milwaukee cordless tools.
I used to try to buy American, but nothing seems to be made here
anymore, and in the last couple of years I've bought a few Hitachi and
Bosch tools, which have all been excellent, but none of those are
I want something fairly lightweight for general purpose drilling and
screwdriving. It'll be used in a shop, so battery life isn't terribly
important, and 3/8" capacity is enough. I don't need a hammer drill. I
do want a good clutch and keyless chuck, and a tool that feels
right--not sure if that comes mostly from balance or materials or what.
I won't say price isn't an object, but I buy tools for the long-haul,
so it's pretty far down on the list of considerations.
I'm not the professional that others on here are. But I use a cordless
drill fairly frquently. I have a Craftsman, as a gift. I actually
don't mind it. It's worked pretty well.
I research tools a lot and from everything I've read, there are two
that you should consider:
Milwaukee 18 volt Lok-Tor 0622-24
Panasonic 15.6 volt EY6432
This link, will give you some more info:
These two, get very good reviews. I hope no one flames you! I rely on
places like this, to get good tool advice...not get flamed!
Hope that info helps.
I like this combo with the 2.6 Ah NiMH battery packs.
I use the impact driver on monthly projects and several of the other
guys want one soon after they try it.
That's what I'm hearing too...there's a super-high-end tool shop down the
street from me that sells several brands of cordless drill/drivers, and the
word from them was that you couldn't touch Panasonic these days for quality.
I can't say I agree or disagree 'cause I don't own one myself, but that's an
opinion from someone I trust.
Well... shame you don't like Milwaukee. They have been getting high
ratings in the reviews lately. They basicially have the highest torque
for the volt size across the catagories. They also have a great chuck.
Plus, I think the new ones also have a reverasable battery so it can
get into some tight spots easier.
I'd say Milwaukee, Festool or DeWalt. Festool has some cool switchable
chucks for offset and right angle, very cool stuff.
I'm in the same boat. My 14.4 Milwaukee is 4+ years old, still going
strong, but the charges don't seem to last as long anymore.
But the service it has given me makes think I would go to them again.
Since I bought it, there have been some strides made by other
manufacturers. The big buzz is all about Panasonic these days...however,
Milwaukee just raised the stakes with their VERY expensive 28 volt
system. Expensive like Festool.
I own some Festool gear, but I don't think they're likely to be the best
across the board. Their big router has no equal, IMHO, neither does
their Rotex sander, but that kind of money for a drill?
I own a lot of Milwaukee gear... you can't go wrong with them. (The
Milwaukee's 5616 router is the sweetest small router on the planet,
IF.. and I repeat IF I am going to drop the big bucks, I'll probably go
with something I know.
I will likely swallow deeply and do the 28 volt thing.
Unless I get to play with the Panasonic and makes up my mind for me.
There is also a good chance that I am missing some stuff from other
brands, so we'll see.
Good cordless stuff is expensive...that much I know.
On Tue, 26 Apr 2005 18:31:54 -0400, the inscrutable Robatoy
After playing with 12-18v Bosch Impactors at the tool fest last
Saturday, I'd opt for a Bosch 14.4 volter. If you see the Big
Blue Truck Tour in your area, go down there. They had $30-50 the
sale prices if you bought that day. The one I looked at was $160
after the discounts. Bosch makes damned nice stuff (at about half
the price of Panasonic.)
My lone question is: How good are their batteries?
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There is no try. --Yoda * http://www.diversify.com
I have had mixed experiences with Bosch products over the years.
Most positive. That Panasonic is awful pricey. ( Maybe trying to get
back some of that 400 million racing budget for that Toyota Formula 1
That's the rub. In many cases, by the time one needs to replace the
batteries, the models have evolved into different voltages and sizes.
Then what do you do? Buy new batteries and hope the drill itself will
keep running? Cuz if it dies, you're out the money for the batteries.
Makes you wonder if that's the tool-people playing computer-people's
games, eh? Planned- and progressive obsolescence.
I'm going to take my time on this one.
I have a Panasonic which I dearly love. I sent the batteries to
http://www.primecell.com/ for rebuilding. Half the price of new
batteries and they work great. When these crap out, I will do it again.
It seems to me that you could buy any of the main brands and be
perfectly happy. They all are making good products, good battery life,
good customer service. My support of this claim is that every brand is
covered somewhere in here as being quality, and we all seem to be
rather serious about our tool purchases.
I would suggest a simple method. Put on your favorite shirt, take SWMBO
with you to the store, and ask her which one matches your eye color and
shirt the best.
Hope that helps
Someone here had a sig that went something like "buy the best and cry
once...". If I need something a half dozen times a year, I'll buy
Harbor Fright for $8.99. If I need something a half dozen times an
hour, I'll find the best in my price range and go there. I also have
I don't disagree with this philosophy, sometimes though I start to
question the endless obsessing over what brand is the best. I have a
Bosch, before that I had a Dewalt, and a Black and Decker. They all
worked fine, yes even the black and decker. I love my drill, would buy
it again in a second, but I think that anyone spending a couple hundred
dollars on a cordless would say the same thing. I guess to me it
sometimes seems like we spend more time deciding which tool might be
the best, than finding out for ourselves making things. I fall victim
to this mentality as well, don't get me wrong. I have been thinking and
debating what type of shoulder plane to purchase for a month or more.
Does that make any sense?
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