VERy interesting, indeed. Worth checking out. I have to wonder if the same
engineering and quality material goes into the Ridgid as the Milwaukee.
I would be pretty confident they are significantly different, but perhaps
the Ridgid is still worth an extra look.
I used to think that. Then I was given a firestorm B&D drill for a gift.
It was pretty tough, and since I had the battery, I bought a couple more
tools, and a couple more, until I had the whole lineup, I think. I used
them every day, professionally, and tough. Other than batteries, they have
been up to the task. Other wear items, like switches, and bushings for a
sawzall, no problems. In the same kind of use I have worn out bushings for
a Milwaukee sawzall, too, so bushings and a new switch here and there is not
out of my expectations.
DeWalt, made by B&D, another story. Had those at school, and used my own
Firestorm stuff much of the time, cause the DeWalt was broken.
I am looking to buy another Firestorm hammer drill, just now. Mine is my go
to drill, and is starting to get long in the tooth. I want to get another
one, while they are still being sold used. Not made any more, in the NiCad
version, I think. I converted my NiCad packs, filling them with lithium ion
guts. I will likely be using my firestorms for the next 15 or 20 years.
Don't need to buy new circular saws. I bought two Milwaukee circular saws
in 82 and 87 and both are still running strong, with only one greasing
because I felt guilty, and a few switches and cords.
They may be heavy, but they are heavy duty. I can't see these saws ever
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