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Old 09-21-2008, 07:01 AM
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Somehow I lost my trusty 18v Dewalt. Don't ask me how but after 5 years, one weekend I go to use it and it's just gone.

Unfortunately I still have the 2nd battery, charger, and some other Dewalt pieces, so I am leaning towards yellow again, but open to suggestions.

Looking at HD it doesn't seem like the Dewalt line has changed much, although their cheaper models do feel a bit cheap. I use the drill for all kinds of things from ikea furniture assembly to buffing, so overall ergonomics and weight (in addition to power of course) are important to me. I passed on the hammer functions last time because it made the drill too bulky and heavy.

Any specific recommendations on models etc? Would really rather keep it in the $100-$200 range.
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Old 09-21-2008, 07:16 AM
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I have had good luck with the Dewalt brand also, my old drill needed a new battery and Lowes had a deal for a new Dewalt with 2 batteries and I went for that
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Old 09-21-2008, 07:20 AM
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Bosch makes a great drill, gears are metal, batteries seem to last longer but they are pricey
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Old 09-21-2008, 07:25 AM
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There is a place here in charleston that all they do is repair power tools, so I was in there the other day for the 3rd time, getting my bosch receprecating saw fixed. I know it has a lifetime warrenty but ... anyway that is another story.

So I ask the guy what are the best power tools, ie cordless drills? He says Hitachi, says they hardly ever have them come in for repairs, and said they were made very very good.

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Old 09-21-2008, 08:30 AM
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I have a cheapo Ryobi 18v drill from Home Depot....I figured when I bought it, it would break or wear out in a year....5 years and still going strong.
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Old 09-21-2008, 09:18 AM
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We use DeWalt because they're cheap and readily available, but I have a sneaky feeling that power hand tools are like tv sets - there's a couple of independents and then all other brands are made by the same company or group of companies. I don't know how old you are, but a while ago 2-wheeled bikes were known as UJMs - Universal Japanese Motorcycles - very good but very bland. Hitachi is a classy brand, though, high quality, high reliability. I'm speaking from experience in the telecom industry.
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Old 09-21-2008, 09:24 AM
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Depends what you are using it for. If you want the highest quality the easy answer is get a Panasonic. If you are only a casual weekend warrior user, really any of the others will suffice.
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Old 09-21-2008, 09:32 AM
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If you liked your old Dewalt then go for it. I'm not crazy about the two I have. Seems the charge cycle is short. I even ran them down to nothing and charged, same thing.
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Old 09-21-2008, 09:48 AM
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We use DeWalt because they're cheap and readily available, but I have a sneaky feeling that power hand tools are like tv sets - there's a couple of independents and then all other brands are made by the same company or group of companies. I don't know how old you are, but a while ago 2-wheeled bikes were known as UJMs - Universal Japanese Motorcycles - very good but very bland. Hitachi is a classy brand, though, high quality, high reliability. I'm speaking from experience in the telecom industry.
Yeah, I did a summer internship program with Burlington Industries back in the 70's. Worked at a sock plant. We made the Burlington Gold Cup sock that sold then in men's stores for $4.50 a pair. We also made the same exact sock and slapped 23 different labels on it for other companies. You could walk into Sears and buy the exact same sock, made in the same factory, for 79 cents. Of course everyone said they were built to their "exact specifications" Just so happened those specifications were the same as 23 other outfits. After that, I looked for quality, but definitely was not nearly so brand conscious.

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We also made the same exact sock and slapped 23 different labels on it for other companies. You could walk into Sears and buy the exact same sock, made in the same factory, for 79 cents.
As far as I can tell this only happens on the low end of the market for power tools. I've read about a few exceptions IE where a $79 craftsman happens to be a $179 semi-pro model in disguise, but those seem to be the exception.

I don't care about brand, I'm just trying to get something decent for the $. Definitely a weekend warrior but every so often I expect my tools to hold up for a good 8 hour stretch. The Dewalt was actually a pleasant surprise, I didn't expect a lot but it worked great, even through a 4 month period where it would start spewing smoke every so often. (mysteriously stopped)
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You'll probably get as many opinions on this as there are cordless drills out there. I swear by Milwaukee power tools. I know they're usually more expensive than the other brands, but they've never let me down. I bought an 18v Lithium cordless combo a little over a year ago and i'm very pleased with the power and battery life. Whatever you decide to choose, i'd spend the extra bucks on lithium batts. Good luck!


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I broke down last year and bought a brand new Makita. My Dad has had one for years, and I was tired of borrowing it and/or using my old corded B&D. I bought mine because of how good his has been

I love it. Not cheap though, but the batteries last pretty darn long on a charge - much better than my fathers. It is also smaller and lighter, but with way more "guts"

Mine was 199.00 or the whole hard cased kit w/ 2 batteries and a charger. At the time it had a rebate so it was actually a better deal than the slightly cheaper model at 179.00
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Old 09-21-2008, 07:23 PM
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I purchased a Ryobi 18v 6-Pack quite a few years ago when they hit the market. It has been flawless. For $450 I got 3 18V NiCad's a charger, Saws All, Drill, Roto-Zip, Compound Mitre Saw, 18V Xeon light and a circular saw. I had some contractors in the house doing some work with their DeWalt (now Black And Decker FYI) and Mil stuff. They were laughing at my Ryobi gear so I left them use the stuff... They went and bought a 6-Pack before the job was done.

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Old 09-21-2008, 07:46 PM
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Ryobi 18v One+ good value. Bought mine about two years ago after my Makita 14v finally died. Very pleased with drill and price, plus the same battery is used for several cordless products. Spare batteries are cheap, much less than hitachi or dewalt or millwaukee.
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Old 09-21-2008, 07:57 PM
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I too, have the yellow 18v for home. about 6 months ago I had to get a cordless while the boat was 96 miles away. I went to HD and got a 12v or 4v unit, green, can't remember the name. came with spare battery, fast charger, soft sided case for like 79.00. light as hell compared to my dewalt. use it all the time on the boat, drilling through aluminum, teak, etc. VERY happy with it. sorry, don't remember the name
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Old 09-21-2008, 08:06 PM
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Was given a B&D firestorm as a gift. It really has surprised me with the power it has. Battery life is also really long. Not sure how much they run, but is worth a look.

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Old 09-22-2008, 08:32 AM
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I just picked up a Makita setfrom Amazon.com($271 & free sh and no tax) and a 3rd free battery rebate.



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