7 years ago, I bought a Ryobi 18-volt kit with drill, saw, and flashlight. The
circular saw isn't that hot because the battery runs down too fast but does
have its uses if you plan well, the flashlight is long gone, but the drill is
working. The switch cuts out from time to time and the charge doesn't seem
to last as long, and one of the batteries split open after falling from a 6'
but it's a strong, reliable tool that's been put through hell. So when I saw
the drill at Home Depot for a hundred dollars, with insidious flashlight and
I got another one. I can't imagine a Panasonic, DeWalt, or other two-and-
a-half times as expensive tool doing any better. It's just my experience.
Maybe you would have to exchange two or three Ryobi drills before getting
one that works, and have a DeWalt that's been around for 10 years, but
the Ryobi experience has been satisfying for me, considering the price.