I have a B&D 12V that I'm ready to recycle in the garage sale, noticed
my local Lowe's has the model shown above on clearance for $95. How's
the battery life - Consumer Reports gave it poor marks for battery, good
for everything else.
I really like the Panasonic 15.6V - better to hold out for that one?
The February/March edition of Wood magazine has a good article on 14.4 volt
drills (including the Panasonic 15.6v). The DeWalt DC983KA, Festool TDK
15.6, and Panasonic all got "Top Tool" marks. I own two of the DeWalts and
couldn't say enough good things about that drill.
By the way Dave, the drill you mention and the one I mention are two
different drills. The 983 is a heavier-duty model and got good marks in the
Wood article all the way around. Same price as the Panasonic (about double
the other DeWalt). My first one is about 5 years old - I bought a second as
a backup at a recent Lowe's 20% of all power tools sale, so I couldn't
resist. (It was either that or another router to add to the collection!)
Yep, I just read that review. Noticed the Dewalt at Lowe's is a
different model. Also noticed that the clearance model is 3/8 chuck; if
I'm upgrading I'd rather have the 1/2 chuck. That kinda made my mind
up, but hey, it's still a pretty good deal. Think I paid that much for
the Firestorm I'm using now.
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