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Old 10-11-2016, 09:18 AM
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My old 9.6v Craftsman cordless drill is on its last legs.

I went into Home Depot to pick up a new drill and was completely overwhelmed with all the choices.

I am not a contractor so this drill will be strictly for around the house use and various weekend projects. I'd like to keep it under $200 for the drill and a battery or two.

I was thinking Dewalt or Milwaukee.

18v or 20v? Brush or Brushless?

What is really needed? I won't need all the accessories but down the road I would get a matching saw or cutting wheel.

Dewalt has a 20v max cordless drill with two batteries for $119.

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Old 10-11-2016, 09:24 AM
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I have a dewalt 20v and it's awesome. Bought it as a set last Xmas and didn't know I was going to use it all the time but I do. No complaints. Came in handy helping people put up their shutters
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For around the house stuff, brush less isn't necessary IMO. I'd find a company that has all the tools that you want to own so you can buy bare tools later. I would look for the best deal you can find for drill plus batteries or drill and impact driver with batteries. 20v is just marketing really but it is the newest battery they offer. As long as it is lithium, you should be good to go.

I have the DeWalt 20V tools and like them a lot. If I didn't get a Dewalt first, I'd own either Milwaukee, Ridgid or maybe Bosch.
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Old 10-11-2016, 09:28 AM
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Get the Milwaukee 18V Drill and Impact Driver kit- you'll be surprised by how little you'll use the drill- and you won't leave home without the impact
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Originally Posted by seacups1 View Post
I have a dewalt 20v and it's awesome. Bought it as a set last Xmas and didn't know I was going to use it all the time but I do. No complaints. Came in handy helping people put up their shutters
This is exactly when and how I realized it was time for an upgrade. The hurricane shutters got the best of my old Craftsman.
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I use the Craftsman 19.4v tools in Tennessee, and the Ryobi 18v In Alabama. I am by a Ryobi outlet in Alabama, so have a complete set. I just saw an ad today that offers a drill and saw, battery and charger for $45. The contractors working on our bathrooms use the Ryobi nailer, because it does not require a compressor or gas cartridges; the darn thing works really well, even in oak trim, and they have a number of the other Ryobi tools as well. My Ryobi impact driver works really well for driving screws into decks and walkways, and so far it is holding up fine. I did a bit more than 100 feet of the harbor boardwalks last summer, driving 3 1/2" stainless screws, 5 to the 2x6, without any issues. The new larger batteries for the Ryobi do come in handy, but are pretty heavy. Neither set are Milwaukee nor Rockwell, but I have a number of very useful tools for a modest investment.
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Get the impact driver whatever brand you choose.
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Old 10-11-2016, 10:43 AM
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Get the Milwaukee 18V Drill and Impact Driver kit- you'll be surprised by how little you'll use the drill- and you won't leave home without the impact
This is a great combo.
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Dewalt makes the best consumer power tools by far imo, I have never had one of their products break down on my, and I have an old palm sander that has lasted for hundreds of hours of abuse with no signs of stopping.
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I went through this last year. I'm a home owner with occasional use. I was advised to get the Rigid 18v lithium drill/driver combo. it was $200 with 2 batteries, bag, charger and a little radio (useless in my opinion). I was told that there is a lifetime warranty on these - including the batteries. However, you must buy from Home Depot. I've used both the drill and driver for some minor projects and they are way better than the black and decker "homeowner" tools they replaced.
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Agree on the impact driver never thought I would use it and now use it all the time. I have the Porter Cable 20v set (drill and impact driver) it's a great set for the money.
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I am just a homeowner and have bought over the past 2 years Dewalt 20V various tools.
Love them.

With the holidays coming up, keep your eye out for a package deal.
Drill saw, etc...
Sometimes they throw something extra.

https://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DCK240...ds=dewalt&th=1

Black Friday is coming up too.
Make sure it is not a bare tool only unless you find batteries cheaper to buy separate.
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For home/hobby use I have been pleased with the Ryobi 18V tools (drill, driver, light, radio, and a few other tools). For saws, trimmers and the like I still prefer gas or corded versions.
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Another vote for Ridgid at Depot. LIFETIME warranty, including batteries. I'm on my 3rd set of batteries now! Solid tools with interchangeable batteries. Look for sales on "kits". Christmas time usually brings killer deals too.
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Based on you still ahve the 9.6 craftsman, the green ryobi should be all you will ever need. It has a ton of attachments too.
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For around the home I have the Milwaukee 12v. Have drill, 2 impacts, right angle drill. The impacts will drive 1.5 lbs of 3.5 deck screws. It's getting to the time of the year when you can get some good deals.
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Originally Posted by Gunner38 View Post
Get the Milwaukee 18V Drill and Impact Driver kit- you'll be surprised by how little you'll use the drill- and you won't leave home without the impact
Yup- I didn't know I needed the impact, until I bought one.
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dewalt 20V.

love it
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I have been very happy with my Hitachi cordless tools. I have the brushless 18 volt hammer drill and impact driver, regular 18 volt hammer drill, jigsaw, circular saw, angle grinder, and the 18V brushless oscillating multi-tool as well as 6 batteries, two chargers, and a flashlight. I use them on the job as well as around the house and they have held up well. I will say the brushless tools last longer on a battery that the non-brushless ones. I have both and have tested them.

I've never had any issues with my Hitachi tools. I also have Hitachi air nail guns and air staple guns in my shop and they are great as well. One thing I will say is that they are pretty tough. About a week after purchasing my brushless combo I accidentally dropped my impact driver out of a lift 20 feet in the air on to a carpeted concrete slab. I figured it was done but to my surprise it worked fine and only had one small crack in the back of the case which doesn't effect use!
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Can never go wrong with Milwaukee. I have a Dewalt cordless drill as well as an impact driver. Both have serve me well.
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