Sure, but when you can get a cheap 18V drill for $30, and a good one is
$200, and a replacement battery is somewhere around $75...
I own a Porter-Cable cordless and would probably buy a better-quality
one again. But it's because I think it just feels better and is
probably tougher, not because I think it's any cheaper.
Yes but when you use them everyday like I do. I don't have the time to take
the march to the store. My PC 14.4 has been a loyal tool for over 3 years
and I don't have a bad thing to say about it. I'm not sure I will be able
to say the same if I ever have to replace it.
"you can lead them to LINUX
but you can't make them THINK"
Foggy, you're sort of right. It's highly doubtful that your
grandchildren will treasure your cordless tools. BUT I still buy
industrial quality instead of consumer quality, even though I know the
batteries will fail and I'll buy a new one before the motor wears out.
I just don't enjoy working with junk, even if I got a bargain on it.
However, I would caution against buying the biggest, baddest cordless
you can find. There's some really heavy duty stuff out there - aimed
at the guy who drills holes all day every day I guess. And the guy who
wants to impress his friends. But you pay for that power many times.
Once when you purchase it. And again every time it pulls your pants
down while it's hanging from your belt.
Think of it more like buying an automobile. In about 3 years you have to
replace the battery. I have never worn out any of my cordless drills.
That said, while I do not care for the weight of the Ridgid drills they do
indeed now come with a lifetime warranty including the battery and charger.
In theory, more volts = more power.
In practice, more volts also = more weight and larger size.
Don't buy more that you need just because bigger is better. I bought a 15.6V
Panasonic because it was smaller, lighter, yet has more power than the 14V
drills and some 18V drills. I use it for mostly light work drilling pilot
holes, driving screws, etc. A 24V would be overkill.
Buy feature you like also. Some drills now have one hand chucks, a nice
feature. Others just feel better in your hand and that can make a
difference if you are doing a lot of drilling or standing on a ladder doing
it. Last year I set out tot he store to buy either a Bosch, DW, or PC and
came home with the Panasonic. It just felt that much better for me. In
reality, for the work that I do, a 12V probably would to the job well.
Fog, ol' chap, it's like the argument about loudspeakers. What is better
a two-way or a three-way.
Answer: A well designed two-way out performs a poorly designed three way.
A well designed 14volt is more desirable than a crap 18 volt.
I handled the new Milwaukee 28vLithium Sure comes across as capable,
but it is big and heavy. WAY more than my jobs ever need. (The worst I
ever encounter is to core-bore 1 3/8" holes in countertops. (The worst I
ever enCOUNTER..nyuk, snort!)
What I would LIKE is a 14.4 volt Milwaukee impact driver...
close-quatered 1/2" while we're at it.
I use a dewalt 18 v and have no complaints, lots of power and the
batteries last a for a fair time before needing recharging. I looked at the
24v outfits and found them on the heavy side to be packing around all day so
the 18v works for me, a friend has a 14 volt unit, after using my 18 v for
the day he went out and bought an 18 v dewalt, I think the one he had was
on its last legs anyway, not pushing dewalt it is just what I have . I
think any of the good quality cordless drills will do a good job, the choice
of 18v or 24 is a personal choice and perhaps depends on what type of work
your planning on doing with it.
If it is just for occasional use there are lots of low cost units out
there with a guarantee that might work for you, But I think the 18v is still
a good choice,
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