Notices

Compact Drill

Reply

Old 01-10-2012, 09:41 AM
  #1  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Raleigh NC
Posts: 1,238
Default Compact Drill

I am looking to purchase one of the new compact drills or impacts. I really like the size of the new dewalt 20V compact. I have a large drill. I want small with as much power and versatility as I can get. Has anyone tried the new 3rill that Rockwell makes?? Any thoughts.
jkapl001 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2012, 10:23 AM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Sunny florida
Posts: 21,218
Default

I use Bosch..their little 12v compacts are great!
billinstuart is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2012, 10:50 AM
  #3  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 445
Default

I have the Milwaukee 18v compact drill/impact driver set. I bought it when we moved into our house almost a year ago. So far it has build a 750 ft^2 deck with almost 20lbs of screws, and countless other projects around the house. I have been very happy with it. I also had a set of the 12v Milwaukee tools and that the batteries crApped out on me within the same year. I have since switched to dewalt for the 12v set and like them more then the Milwaukee.

I would have probably bought the new dewalt 20v over the milwaukee 18v if it was out.
buck3 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2012, 12:07 PM
  #4  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Raleigh NC
Posts: 1,238
Default

Yeah i think the compact 20v dewalt may be the way i will go. However i have the rockwell soncicrafter and that is a really nice high quality tool. Really peeked my interest when it came out. I have some bosch tools as well, most everything they make is top notch.
jkapl001 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2012, 12:56 PM
  #5  
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Not in Texas
Posts: 10,213
Default

Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
I use Bosch..their little 12v compacts are great!
I wish I had a 12v Bosch ... I have a 14.4. Bosch that will not die, love it tho it is just a tad heavy to be called a compact.
Eyeball is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2012, 04:04 PM
  #6  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Sunny florida
Posts: 21,218
Default

Originally Posted by Eyeball View Post
I wish I had a 12v Bosch ... I have a 14.4. Bosch that will not die, love it tho it is just a tad heavy to be called a compact.
Same with my -3- 14.4 bosches. New style batteries won't 'em fit dammit.
billinstuart is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2012, 05:09 PM
  #7  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Achilles, VA
Posts: 4,914
Default

We have a brand new 20v Dewalt compact impact driver at our current jobsite. The thing has 2 speeds, fast and faster. It's a PIA to put in drywall screws with it b/c it has so much power. I actually use the 18v Ryobi way more than the Dewalt b/c it's easier to control. Maybe I've just gotten used to the Ryobi though.
Mako 234 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2012, 05:49 PM
  #8  
Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: East Tenn.
Posts: 89
Default

Check out the 12V. Milwaukee impact drills. I was concerned that it would not be powerful enough but I've ended up using it more than my 18V. Dewalt. Great little drill.
brumbyvet is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2012, 06:06 PM
  #9  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 7,392
Default

I plan on my next drill to come with lifetime batteries, so it looks like it may be a rigid.
zigzag is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2012, 06:12 PM
  #10  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: So Cali
Posts: 539
Default

They ain't cheap.
Free Agent is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2012, 06:33 PM
  #11  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 2,520
Default

I recently bought the dewalt 18v and it is garbage. My hitachi li-on blows it away, milwalkees are excellent too.
gameon is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2012, 09:30 AM
  #12  
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Not in Texas
Posts: 10,213
Default

Originally Posted by gameon View Post
I recently bought the dewalt 18v and it is garbage. My hitachi li-on blows it away, ...

When I was in Japan I figured I'd see Hitachi power tools being used. Nope. DeWalt yellow was everywhere.
Eyeball is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2012, 10:30 AM
  #13  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 5,041
Default

Originally Posted by brumbyvet View Post
Check out the 12V. Milwaukee impact drills. I was concerned that it would not be powerful enough but I've ended up using it more than my 18V. Dewalt. Great little drill.
I bought the 12V impact Milwaukee. Used it for a few hours but when it came to drive in a few longer 3" screws it didn't have the balls even with a fresh battery off the charger. It just made a ton of noise but couldn't drive in the last 1/2" of the screw. I returned it the next day. I would rather lug a larger drill around and have the power when I need it than have to change drills 1/2 way. For small stuff around the house the 12v would probably be fine
bjm9818 is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2012, 12:40 PM
  #14  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 445
Default

Originally Posted by gameon View Post
I recently bought the dewalt 18v and it is garbage. My hitachi li-on blows it away, milwalkees are excellent too.
Was the dewalt a li-on?

If it was then you had a defective unit. I bought my dad a li-on dewalt 18v and that thing is a beast. If it wasn't then it's not really a comparison.
buck3 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2012, 12:56 PM
  #15  
nsh
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: USA
Posts: 3,376
Default

Rigid man here, the batteries last much longer than Dewalt. At least with my past drills/drivers. Plus they have a lifetime warranty on the batteries. will they hold to that? Dont know as i have never had to replace one yet.
nsh is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2012, 02:21 PM
  #16  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Murrells Inlet, SC
Posts: 5,213
Default

Originally Posted by nsh View Post
Rigid man here, the batteries last much longer than Dewalt. At least with my past drills/drivers. Plus they have a lifetime warranty on the batteries. will they hold to that? Dont know as i have never had to replace one yet.
I have had problably 6 batteries replaced for free from ridgid with no problems. I use almost all ridgid power tools for that reason.
jeffro22 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2012, 05:30 PM
  #17  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 3,026
Default

Just bought this, has performed way beyond my expectations. Sorry the link is from my zip code. $150


http://www.lowes.com/pd_325808-11241...ill&facetInfo=
Ifishalot is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2012, 07:53 PM
  #18  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Mass/Rhode Island
Posts: 1,103
Default

I bought a set of Porter Cable lithium ion compact drills. One is a drill and one is an impact driver. After a few months they have been great. Good power and battery life. If I need to drive 3 or 4 inch screws consistently I would use my larger 18 volt dewalt, but for everything else the compacts are great.
mercbravo1 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2012, 08:18 PM
  #19  
nsh
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: USA
Posts: 3,376
Default

Originally Posted by jeffro22 View Post
I have had problably 6 batteries replaced for free from ridgid with no problems. I use almost all ridgid power tools for that reason.
Good to know!
nsh is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2012, 08:20 PM
  #20  
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Canada and Nicaragua
Posts: 66
Default

Originally Posted by jkapl001 View Post
I am looking to purchase one of the new compact drills or impacts. I really like the size of the new dewalt 20V compact. I have a large drill. I want small with as much power and versatility as I can get. Has anyone tried the new 3rill that Rockwell makes?? Any thoughts.
The 12 V lithium ion dewalt is fantastic. I have the impact, the drill, and screw gun. I used the impact to build 2 decks this year and drove over 2000 3" deck screws with it. When the battery was dead, the other was charged and ready to go. Can't say enough good about it. The screw gun and drill i use at work everyday(when I work!! lol) and they work flawless. Just for the record, i work on the Antarctic Continent. They worked in -45f at the south pole and didn't blink an eye.

My 2 cents.

Originally Posted by gameon View Post
I recently bought the dewalt 18v and it is garbage. My hitachi li-on blows it away, milwalkees are excellent too.
I didn't think Dewalt made an 18V Lithium Ion. so there would be no comparison to the Hitachi. But one things for sure, with the battery install at the bottom of the handle in the 12v Dewalt, it is balanced much nicer than the 12v Hitachi.....in my opinion anyway.


Cheers



Arctic

Last edited by arcticcanoe2; 01-11-2012 at 11:09 PM.
arcticcanoe2 is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: