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Old 01-31-2005, 08:46 PM
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Which ones you guys like, dislike? Why?

I have a 14.4V Makita that needs batteries at $50 a pop, so Im considering changing....

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Old 01-31-2005, 09:10 PM
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I have an 18V Dewalt that I like. It was part of a set( with circular saw) that my wife had given me one Christmas. It was relatively expensive. At work I use a Black and Decker 18v Firestorm. I think it's on a par with the Dewalt at a lot less money. We have kid in the marina that constantly abuse it. I just bought two more today. The great thing about it is that the chuck snaps off by pressing two tabs on the side of the chuck and under it is a screw bit holder, so you don't have to remove the drill bit from the chuck. The old ones had a 3/8th chuck but the new one has a 1/2 inch chuck and the chuck is heavier. The batteries are long lasting. The set with a charger and two batteries was $109 at Lowes. I'm sure you might find it cheaper elsewhere if you shop around, but even at that price it's not bad. I normally wouldn't consider a B&D tool but after using this one I changed my mind.
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Old 01-31-2005, 09:18 PM
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I have an 18V Sears with two batteries and we used it to help build a deck on which we put our hot tub. Worked well and is still going. Got a 19.2 Volt EX Sears for birthday about two months ago and it has a ton of power. Haven't done much real "screwing" with it yet, but if it's anything like the 18V, it will do good. Cost less than $100 apiece.
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Old 01-31-2005, 10:22 PM
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I went two good years with the original batteries on my Makita before
they just couldn't hold a satisfactory charge. Replacements are
expensive, so I took the battery paacks into a new store near my
home called Batteries Plus.

They opened the battery packs and replaced the power cells with
new, long lasting NiCad cells, an upgraded quality from what was in
there before. I want to say that the rejuvination was $29 each,
rather than $50 for a new battery. Happy so far.
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Old 01-31-2005, 10:37 PM
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Do any of the batteries on a Sears' drill have the Craftsman warrantee?
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Default Do any of the batteries on a Sears' drill have the Craftsman warrantee

I was just at the local Sears store to witness a joust between the manager and a customer about that very subject. The result was one very irate customer. Basically it ended with a statement that only handtools such as screwdrivers and wrenches are covered. Poor cashier wanted to duck under the counter as the customer was creating an echo with the rants. The guy wanted to have a small metal tool box that looked to be 20 years old, replaced under warranty.
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Consumer Reports had an article rating cordless drills last spring, i think. If you're interested, i'll go and look up the exact month. Good coverage.

I bought a new cordless last winter. I was looking for one NOT made in China. There are very few. Makita is made in Japan, and some DeWalts are hecho in Mexico. I was in Home Depot and asked one of the guys working there which one HE would buy. He said if money were no object, he'd get the Makita. Then he picked up one of the Ridgid drills and said he also liked them. I pointed to the tag where it said "Made in China" and told him i'd rather not have that. He said he understood, then said something like "watch this..", and proceeded to drop the thing on the ground from about five feet. Then he picked it up and ran it for a while in the different settings.

That kind of impressed me. A drill should be able to survive a five foot fall, but not too repeatedly. At the time, Ridgid offered a LIFETIME warranty that also included the batteries, and as you know, the battery costs are what gets you. So i was sold and scratched out the "made in China" tag when i got home.

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After having many different versions here is my take. I went to harbour freight and bought a 24v Chicago drill for around $90 bucks. Then for $15 they give you a 3 year warrenty on everything including the batteries. So even the last day of the warrenty they will give you a new one. Which is hard to beat. I have used it for 6 months so far, and I redid my down stairs with it, and it has been awsome.
For the money and the warrenty you can't beat it. Now is it a drill for a guy that uses it all day for his job? I don't know about that, but for the home user who does a lot of projects I think it is fine.

Another point is the batteries hold a charge for a very long time also.

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Murphjup,

I have a a number of cordless drills (6) including a 9.9 V makita(new and never used) to a couple of 18 V Dewalts. The drill I like the best is the 14.4 V Dewalt with the metal chuck collar. It has more torque, is lighter and smaller than the 18 Volt drills. I use the drill on a daily basis and for long periods of time. I have two batteries and one is always charged before the other one needs to be.

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I like Bosche (sp?) They are tough and powerful.
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I have a couple Dewalt 14's and an 18. My favorite is my new Panasonic one. It dogs the Dewalt!!
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Dewalt 12 volt, Dewalt 18 volt with the circular saw........ Both are great........
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The rigid line is made for depot by ryobi. tough to argue with their return/replacement policy.

I have the dewalt 18 and 14 v. have served me well. firestorm use cheaper parts for their innards then dewalt. good price point drill.
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24 volt Bosche. Tough and the Battery lasts forever.

I have used to screw in 3/8 inch lag bolts before. 4 years and still clicking along. It has had many large projects under its belt to including 2 decks
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I purchased a 18V Milwaukee , hammerdrill a few months ago. Top notch performance!!!

Recharge on the batteries takes longer than prefered.
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I have a 19.8v Porter Cable. Tough as a tank but not inexpensive. I am a contractor and the drill is two years old its been dropped and abused and still going strong.
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I have the 18v DeWalt and the 19.2 volt Porter Cable. I'll say this, if you can handle the weight of the Porter Cable, you simply cannot beat it.

I have a lot of rental properties and lay a lot of ceramic tile in them. I have burned up the following drills mixing thinset [yeah I know, shouldn't use a cordless but there's a point here]:

Ryobi 18v
Bosch 18v
Dewalt 18v

The only drill that has been able to handle that type of load is the dreaded Porter Cable. I did a bathroom last week and used the drill to mix it. This drill is 10 years old and still on the original two batteries [although they are about shot]

The three ones above ALL BURNED UP THE FIRST TIME I TRIED TO MIX THINSET.

They Ryobi actually caught fire and melted the whole back of the drill iunto one stinking mess of plastic.

I do have a big, corded Dewalt high torque drill for mixing thinset but sometimes I just forget vto bring it with me to the jobsite.......
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Tom Bare - 2/1/2005 8:44 AM

I have a lot of rental properties and lay a lot of ceramic tile in them. I have burned up the following drills mixing thinset [yeah I know, shouldn't use a cordless but there's a point here]:
!!!

I've done a few tile jobs, myself, and can't imagine mixing thinset with a cordless. Last job we did, I got lazy, tried to mix up an entire bag at once, and ended up smoking the 1/2" Dewalt hammer drill I was using, with a paddle bit.

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Laying tile in the winter time, is no fun, is it, unless you can do *everything* inside?
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As I was reading this thread I was beginning to wonder if I was the only one with a Porter Cable. Yea it is heavy but GREAT!

Tom B. pour the powder on top of the water and it will mix a little better!

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feralcat - 2/1/2005 9:02 AM

Tom Bare - 2/1/2005 8:44 AM

I have a lot of rental properties and lay a lot of ceramic tile in them. I have burned up the following drills mixing thinset [yeah I know, shouldn't use a cordless but there's a point here]:
!!!

I've done a few tile jobs, myself, and can't imagine mixing thinset with a cordless. Last job we did, I got lazy, tried to mix up an entire bag at once, and ended up smoking the 1/2" Dewalt hammer drill I was using, with a paddle bit.

I stand impressed with the PC!

Laying tile in the winter time, is no fun, is it, unless you can do *everything* inside?
feral,

I used to be in the tile business a while back. I had a water heater (like the old charcoal starter) that you could drop in a 5 gal bucket of water and it would be hot in 20 min. Real handy when sponging off your work.

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