With the Father's Day sales going on it is time for me to buy a new
cordless drill. I want a drill driver but haven't kept up with the
differences between the major brands. I am not a professional
woodworker but with a farm there are plenty of times a cordless drill
comes in handy.
I would like some opinions on:
What brands to consider or reject
What type of battery
Any replies would be greatly appreciated.
firstname.lastname@example.org wrote in news:efdhp9dg7a4dgi6ikicie6fi4gg138j0gq@
Go with Lithium Ion, probably in the 18V range. The Lithium Ion
batteries retain a charge for quite a while, both in use and while
waiting to be used.
I do like my Makita. Panasonic has/had a great reputation. (The one I
bought for my mom reminded me of a tribble with the noises it made.
Perhaps there's something to that.)
It might be useful to pick up and hold the tools before purchasing. I
love the way my Makitas are balanced, even with the bigger batteries that
I bought later.
On 6/11/2014 4:09 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Lithium Ion is the most popular and generally best option today.
Voltage depends on intended use. The more volts, the more wight. It
you only ever drive 1" or 2" screws, why heft a heavy 24V drill every
I really like my 15.6V Panasonic. I also have the Bosch quick change
adapter and use it for both screw and drill bits.
I occasionally have a need to drive 3" screws or drill through some
tough lumber. Sometimes I need to drill with an augar thriough a 6 - 8
My biggest concern in the past was that the batteries ran down because
I didn't use them often enough to charge them every day or two.
This is a comment on cordless technology rather than a specific
Mid 90's, used a DeWalt 18 VDC drill to drive a 3" Bi-Metal hole saw
3/4" of knitted glass and epoxy.
Unless your post is ironwood, wouldn't give your task a 2nd thought,
and then only momentarily.<G>
ION batteries are the way to go with today's technology.
As far as brands, I'll leave that to others for a recommendation.
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I'm not certain you could call it the most popular. It's the most
recent and that makes it the most wanted. But, that also makes it the
most expensive. If cost is a big concern to someone, then NiCads are
cheaper. "best option" depends on certain conditions.
On 6/12/2014 12:50 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Would not even consider Nicads any longer.
First they don't hold a charge loosing 10% of their charge per day.
Second, cadmium is really toxic to the env. Lithium is not toxic by
Third, The lithiums are priced about the same now... ABOUT, not the same
but about. If you consider how long the Lithium's last compared to
Nicads in regular use, it's a win to the Lithiums.. more longevity for
the same job.
As many have commented, Li-ion batteries. When stored charged and not
under extreme temperatures they can hold a charge for several months. You
should probably stay with a drill rated greater than 12 volt.
Better brands that I have owned would be Festool, Panasonic, Makita.
Don't know about your NiCads, but the two DeWalt XRP 18v NiCad
batteries I've got are the ones that came with the six tool set I
bought over five years ago. They charge properly and work fine.
Sure, Li-Ion are better, but they and the tools they power cost more.
Sorry, can't agree. Two DeWalt 18v NiCads go for $99 right now in Home
Depot. The nearest comparable 20v DeWalt lithiums are $149. To me
anyway, that's not "about".
I do agree that lithiums are superior in almost every way, but they do
cost more, at least for now.
On 6/12/14, 6:33 AM, email@example.com wrote:
You keep defending your purchase of a terrible, outdated technology.
You bought them, ok, we get it. But don't pee on my leg and tell me
The only people who will try to tell you NiCads are fine are those who
bought them and either don't know the difference or are suffering
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
Pretty hard to go wrong with an 18v Milwaukee with lithium ion batteries. I
use the heck out of my cordless drills as a licensed communications
contractor, and I've let the magic smoke out of a few drills cordless and
otherwise in the last couple decades.
While I do like my Makita 18v lithium's, gotta admit that the most
impressive bit of drilling/driving out of a cordless I've ever seen was
done using a Milwaukee 1/2 cordless, on 3500 psi concrete, to drill
holes 1/2x 7 for Simpson Titen anchors ... and then driving them in.
As I write, Lowes has two on sale for $99...one is Dewalt, the other
Hitachi. Both are 1/2", 20v, both come with two batteries (lithium) and
I would be content with either, you probably would too.
Hell, I am VERY happy with my $79 3/8" 12v Black & Decker. Lots here
denigrate B&D but I've never had a problem with any of their tools, either
pro or consumer grade. The 12v does 3" screws no problem. Lithium is
definitely the way to go...hold charge well, charge quickly. One charge
gets me maybe 200-250 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 screws. More voltage = more power.
Brand wise, I really don't think there is all that much difference among
them anymore. A few - a very few - still maintain a better than average
rep, Milwaukee for one, Makita for another.
The worst thing about NiCds is they can use a very simple charger, but
only if you're careful. Most people (myself included) are not that
careful when it comes to battery charging, so tend to cook the batteries.
I've mostly solved the problem by putting the charger on a timer that
shuts off after the suggested recharge time is through.
Lithium Ion batteries are less tolerant (bad things happen when
overcharged), so tend to have more sophisticated chargers. I can't say
its always true, but one that shuts off when done is a nice thing. (For
some reason, my Makita charger seems to discharge batteries left on it?
Did they forget the diode?)
I don't know if this is the case with the Makita charger or not but
"smart" charges have been around for many years. I do know that some
chargers will discharge a battery before recharging to guard against the
battery developing a memory.
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