My trusty old Makita 6201D 9.6v is finally giving up the ghost, & I'd
appreciate any advice for modern replacements for around-the-house type
duty (preferably under $100). I'd been looking at the Sears flyers in the
papers lately, & with their crazy sales & discounts, I could get one of
their 14.4v or 18v Craftsmans for well under $100. Are these models false
economy, or could I depend on one to last me as long as my Makita (8+ yrs)?
Funny you should mention that one, as I was just reading the thread in
here about the (seemingly legit) warranty. Took a visit to their web site,
& it DOES look like a pretty good deal. They seem pretty solid, huh?
Yeah, they really do. Plus the torque compares favorably with Yellow,
Red and Blue - and with replaceable brushes, batteries etc... it
really seems like a good deal to me. I'm holding off buying until
after Xmas to see if they go on sale (but before 12/31, as the
lifetime warranty turns to just 3yrs. starting 1/1/04).
Consumer Reports did a review back in january where they almost
universally agreed that voltage had much more to do with power than
(Popular name) brand(s), with brand making a difference given
Around the $100 price, the Black & Decker Firestorm 18V and the Skil
18V both ranked well. I'd pay attention battery charging times and if
the kit comes with a spare battery.
For example, my Dewalt 18V has a short-life battery, but it comes with
a spare and takes only an hour to charge, so it is a good comprimise
for the amazing power and reliable clutch.
Basically, I'd recommend going with a "Cheaper" brand in 18V rather
than a "Premium" Brand in 9.6V or 12V. The minimum voltage you should
go with is 14.4, unless you need something REALLY compact.
Oh, and never buy anything with "Versapack" stamped on it ;)
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Craftsman "Professional" (not the ordinary one) may work and I think it goes
on sale from time to time in your price range. My brother has one and he
likes it although I found it to be somewhat bulky in size. Most of the big
names are quite a bit more than $100 and probably for a reason.
If you are serious about the $100 limit, you are shall we say, below the
minimum quality level.
Probably won't make any difference what you buy.
If you are willing to go beyond the $100 level, take a look at Panasonic and
the new Milwaukee stuff.
I have an 18 VDC DeWalt that is almost 6 years old and has served me well.
Have used several batteries, but that is expected.
When the DeWalt dies, I will seriously look at Milwaukee.
Have several other Milwaukee tools that try as I may, I can't kill and trust
me they get abused.
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Or why not just fix the makita. My problem with a lot of the low end models
of drills is in a few years when the batteries need replaced you can't buy
replacements. I stick with the professional models since they are usually
supported for many more years. Makita 9.6v's are probabally the low end of
the pro models but still work fine for me. You can download parst lists
from their web site now and find a dealer who can sell the parts. I've
picked up a couple on ebay as of late.
I have a 7 year old 9.6v Dewalt that hasn't let me down yet. I did get
extended life batteries after the first pair died.
I recently read where you could revive your dead batteries by putting them
in the freezer for 48 hours, take out, let them get to room temp, and
I had reservations, I tried it, and it worked. I don't know whether it
works on all batteries, but it did on the DeWalt.
I picked up Ryobi's 14.4v kit for $99 at the Borg. It contained a
plasic blowmold case, drill motor, circular saw w/ carbide-tipped
18T blade, 2 batt packs, and a charger. All have held up well for
the past year and a half since I moved up here and started making
this house my own. I was using them both daily for several months.
Other than battery life in the circ saw (15ish minutes at best), the
set is a real keeper and has given me no troubles. On the low-speed
setting, the drill is a torquey li'l sumbitch.
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Go to Home Depot and pick up the Ryobi 14.4v drill that comes with the
flashlight and 2 batteries plus charger. I think I paid $59 for mine.
I have used the heck out of both items, especially the flashlight. The
weight is just right, it has a small magnet mounted in the battery cover
that will hold extra screws when your working and it has tons of torque.
If you are a weekender and not a professional carpenter then this tool
will be just what you need and you can spend the other $40 on a clamp.
I second Mapdude's recommendation. I have the same Ryobi 14.4 V drill
(2 of them actually). The first one I bought as part of a combo pack
with a 5 1/4" trim saw for $80. The second I picked up the day after
thanksgiving in the flashlight combo pack for $27. (I liked the first
one and like having two drills so I don't have to keep changing bits
during a project) The flashlight combo is currently going for about
$80 and the trim saw pack for $90 at my HD. These two packs seem to
go on sale somewhat often so you may be able to get them a little
cheaper than that. Both packs come with 2 batteries and a 1 hour
charger. Replacement batteries cost around $30-40 a piece for most
drills I think, so getting 2 batteries with the drill for under $100
seems like a pretty good deal in my opinion. Plus, the Ryobi drill is
great for home/hobby use. I don't think of a cordless drill as a
"high precision" tool and I don't tax it hard enough for it to wear
out in a short period of time. The 14.4 gives plenty of power for
everything I've done.
If you are going to use it everday, you might want a professional
grade tool, but assuming your a home use guy, I think the Ryobi will
serve you well.
I was on the job one day and forgot my usual Dewalt drill and being in a
terrible bind I went to HD and picked up a Ryobi to use for the day rather
than driving the 1 1/2 hours back home to get mine. Anyway I keep this thing
in the truck now and use it alot. For a $60 tool I gotta say its not bad at
all. Is it as good as the Dewalt? Of course not. Its simply not made as well
etc etc. However is it worth the money I spent on it? Absolutely.
I don't remember exactly what I spent on my DeWalt, but it has lasted for
about 8 years now and still running strong. Original batteries too.
This thing has even taken a couple of non-OSHA compliant falls from the top
plate (~20FT and the other +40ft). A little scratched up but no worse for
The recommendations seem overwhelmingly in favor of Ryobi. But don't Ryobi
& Craftsman share the same manufacturer?
It seems my best bet would be the Ryobi or the Ridgid, though I'm still
skeptical about that *Lifetime warranty* from HD. I wonder if they mean the
lifetime of the tool, i.e., the lifetime of its manufacturing... In other
words, you're sh*t outta luck once they quit making 'em.
Stick with the 9.6, really. Why lug araound one of those big 18v drills.
i just ordered (another) Makita 6095DWBE from ToolKing factory rebuilt
for %59.95 I also have the DeWalt 9.8 DW926 which is a great little
drill but a T handle. Pick it up at Lowes for $89.99
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