Per my request, I recieved a 15.6 Panasonic drill for Christmas. I really do
love the drill so far - they dont get much nicer than this. But here's my
question - instead of a regular, smooth flowing, chuck loosen/adjustment
like most chucks, this one has a sort of 'ratcheting' effect as you turn
it - don't know a better way to describe it. I suppose I can get used to it,
I just wanted to make sure I'm not missing something.
I got a 12V Panasonic about two months ago. Does the same thing. I
asked the rec and was told it's normal. Drill works great, bit have
never slipped, however the ratching does slow you down when changing
Yup, What Leon said. And Congrats to you , you've got a great drill.
One of my co-workers has that model and it's held up well and been a
pleasure to use.
Now, because he who dies with the most toys (ummmm... tools) wins...
you might want to start looking at the Panasonic Impact driver with
the same 15.6 battery. I have the Makita 14.4 model, came with a free
drill. If you drive a lot of screws (especially large screws) you will
The Makita drills I have tried in the store are not quite the same as the
Panasonic drills. The Makita chucks only click when they get very close
to full tightness. The Paansonic chucks click every time the chuck is
adjusted which is very annoying.
I like the Panasonic, but I like the Makita LXT even better. I missed the
$500 deal at Home Depot before Christmas. Home Depot's web site said
12/25/05 was the last day for the sale. On Christmas day, the price still
showed as $503.20, but when put in the cart the price was $629.00. I'll
have to wait and see if Home Depot has a 20% power tools sale this winter,
Let me get this straight. Are we really deciding on which drill to buy
based on whether the chuck clicks or not? Sheesh.
I thought I was being smart buying the 15.6V Panasonic because it drives
as many (or maybe more) screws on a charge than most 18V drills and it
weighs a whole lot less. But I guess I just don't get IT. :)
Have a Happy New Year y'all, (raising a flute of Korbel.)
It's actually a very beneficial feature :)
Your drill/driver bits are far less likely to slip with these chucks as you
can tighten them easier.
One of my Pro Series Ryobi drills has this feature and its great. I don't
think its any slower than a non-ratcheting chuck though?
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Congrats, my friend, you are now the owner of the best damn drill known to
mankind. And yes, the ratcheting is normal. Mine lives with a quick change
collet in it, so I don't open and close the chuck very often.
I have had mine for about 6mos and 6000 holes -- if I lose it today, I'll
buy a new one tomorrow. The drill is superb.
Only ratchet I get is a click or so when it is tightened. You don't have
the clutch adjusted loose do you? I really like the one hand chuck.
No matter what brand of drill you have you may also want to consider getting
one of the quick change chucks if you are constantly changing back and forth
between a driver and drill bit. Takes less than a second to swap them.
Second that. Also the 12-volt. Not entirely clear whether all here are
talking about closing the chuck versus the clicking of the clutch
action (which I can get on the 12 volt with one-handed closing of the
chuck and low enough a torque setting)
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