I have a Skil 12 V cordless drill purchased for about $50 (US) a few
years ago. I guess it doesn't even have a part number, it just says
Variable Speed 12 Volts. It has seven torque settings plus the drill
setting. Besides foreword, stop, and reverse, there are no other
I'm wondering how much more powerful is a Makita 14.4 volt 6337DWDE
Is the Makita 14.4 volt 6935FDWDE cordless impact driver more or
less powerful than that when not using the hammer function?
When they rate hammer tools, I think they include the instantaneous
torque with every pulse, but I'm interested in the persistent
Thank you for any answers.
How much more powerful would be hard to say. Typically however better
quality tools perform better than cheaper tools of equal voltage. I Own
the 12 volt version of the Makita you are looking at and am pleased with it.
I also have the 12 volt version of this impact driver. You do not have the
option of not using this tool in a non impact setting. That said however it
spins freely when there is no load. However once a load is encountered the
hammering action immediately begins. IMHO this tool DOES NOT replace a
clutched drill driver. It is much easier to break a screw if you are not
careful with the trigger and do not stop driving then the screw stops going
That may be a tough force to measure. If you hold a bit with your fingers
and pull the trigger the driver immediately goes into hammer action to over
come your slight grip. This tool works like the typical air impact wrench.
It spins freely and quickly until any slight amount of resistance is met.
That's how my Bosch impact driver works. Don't use cheap screws.
This tool makes driving construction screws 3" long do-able. Well spent
money. But Leon is right. The drill drivers are still used all of the
time for everything else. I use DeWalt, if that means anything.
No, they're not all like that. Builder who worked for me last year has a Metabo
which was normally not an impact driver, but he could throw a little switch on
it and it would start hammering to improve the momentum once it couldn't get a
screw past a certain point.
He was very pleased with that machine. So's a friend of mine who is also a
builder and owns a Metabo.
However, another guy (plumber) who worked for my BIL had bad bad luck with his
Metabo batteries dying very quickly.
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Most of my experience is with the Makita 14.4. I have had one of the older
ones for probably 10 years (it was purchased during a Builder's Square going
out of business sale). Everything except the batteries did well until a
year or two ago when batteries started failing (not bad, actually). By that
time the drill itself looked like an old, beat-up stock-car - pretty well
used. Not wanting to invest heavily in a motor that might die I bought one
aftermarket battery. My wife got me a new 14.4 set with drill motor and
impact screwdriver for Christmas last year. The batteries are
interchangeable but the old charger has a problem with new batteries.
BTW - The impact driver is great. We built about 225 feet of fence and
arbor this summer and the driver has driven more than 3,000 screws in a
fairly short period.
On the other hand, my brother-in-law keeps a couple of the 18v Skil's on the
farm and they, too look like stock cars but work fine. They feel pretty
much like my Makita but the motor/gear noise is a little different. Not
bad, just different.
Just a new battery can make a lot of difference. There has
been a lot of forward progress in the arena of cordless
tools over the last few years. I think I would shop for 18
or 19 volt unless you have some great deal set up.
I can't speak to the comparative powers, other than recommending you
look at Amazon or try to download the product manuals. IMO, what
you're really getting when you upgrade from Skil to Makita (or any of
the other "real" brands - Dewalt, Bosch, Porter Cable, etc...) is more
metal parts instead of plastic, better quality batteries (that should
last longer per charge and longer lifetime), better service, better
chance of getting replacement parts in 10 years, better durability,
better tolerances (less wiggling/slipping), etc. Of course there are
always exceptions and you'll always find someone who has had bad
experiences with any given brand, but overall, the "real" tools should
last longer and work better than their "homeowner-grade" counterparts.
Again, these are my opinions and experiences; take them for what
I have that Makita & I like it. Previous drill was a Skil "Top Gun" 12
volt model, about 10 years old, which served me well until the battery
crapped out. I rebuilt the pack with much better cells & bought a $40
"high tech" charger for it. Then the damned charger crapped out after
about 6 months & only a few uses & the a-hole I bought it from
(http://www.batteryspace.com/index.asp , avoid like the plague) refused
to replace it or assist me in any way. Simply said "You buy new one".
His exact words. I'd say the Makita is more powerful, but not
massively. Besides torque though you also have charge life, how long
the tool will run on a given charge. They test this in the mags by
driving deck screws until the battery gives up, then compare how many
were driven. I'd say the Makita wins this against my old Skil, original
battery or the rebuild. Problem with these drills (once you get above
the obvious junk) seems more the batteries than the drill itself. Seems
a shame to have to toss a perfectly good tool because the battery dies
or can't be fed.
So where is the technology in these products? Batteries and chargers, for
the most part. And that's where the money is for the business, as well.
Ten years is a _long_ time for a high tech tool. How old is your computer?
How much of the 'old one' was really dead when you replaced it last time?
Keep in mind that a 12 volt impact driver will beat the pants off of a 24
volt driver/drill when it comes to sinking screws. I finally went to 12
volt 2 years ago after using 9.6 volt since the early 90's. I prefer a
drill that can be used all day long and not wear me out.
12V is plenty for what most of us do. I have no use for the 18V and larger.
Love my Panasonic 15.6V as it handles better than my old cheap 14.4V.
Voltage roughly translates to power, but other factors come in play for a
good tool. How smooth it is when you pull the trigger? Is the chuck easy
to lock? Does it keep the speed constant? Does it feel good in your hands?
Yup, the 18 V MXT is heavy ($206 total from Tools Plus). But my
secondary purpose is modular drive for a recreational device and I
wanted as much torque as I could afford (hopefully 560 inch pounds
is enough). Otherwise I would have grabbed that Makita "buy one get
the other free" 14.4 V impact/driver offer (6935FDWDEX, $195 total
I really like all of the features my old Skil doesn't have...
gearing, easily replaceable brushes, single sleeve chuck, and a
switch to lock out the clutch for drilling. That's a bunch of
improvement, also available on other models. All I need is a quick
change chuck attachment and arms like Arnold Schwarzenegger, and it
will practically work itself.
Funny how they give that figure in inch pounds. Bigger number. Sounds better
than 47 (rounded up in true salesman style) foot pounds. Relatively few
people know what that means any way, just bigger is better. Reminds me of
the Radio Shack twit that told me one phone was better than the other
because it had more gigahertz.
Yeah, really it is close to 85 foot pounds which sounds even better to me.
As for the phone, we have a 3 phone set that is sold as a 5.8 gigahertz
IIRC. 5.8 gigahertz in one direction, that is, 2.8 in the other. Seems
kinda silly to make a phone that will transmit or receive farther than it
will receive or transmit. ;~) Might as well call it a 2.8 gigahertz phone.
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