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Old 09-04-2018, 08:08 PM
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You are buying into a battery system. Whatever you buy make sure they offer all of the tools that you might think you'll need for those batteries.

I think DeWalt has gone downhill in the past several years. Kinda heavy and bulky, lots of show and OK go but nothing special.

I went Makita a couple of years ago and I'm very happy with the driver, impact driver, circular saw, and 1/2" automotive impact that I have. Yes I'm a homeowner but I'm pretty hard on my stuff. My contractor FIL swears by Makita - only problem is they grow legs. In my view they are very well engineered and they just work.

For value I have been impressed by Ryobi.

If I were making your decision today, I'd be looking very hard at Makita and Milwaukee.

Oh yeah that 1/2 impact is the best tool I've bought in a long time. Makes automotive work so much faster.
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Old 09-04-2018, 08:19 PM
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Other brands have very decent offerings, but I have a DeWalt 18V Five-piece at both places.
I was going to take the Texas set to the Missouri place, but the wife directed me to buy another set for the lake.
She wanted a set for her in Texas if I was not there.

It has been a durable set-up for us, but I do like Milwaukee.
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Old 09-04-2018, 08:28 PM
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Originally Posted by folly basser View Post
I bought a new Rigid set ( have other brands at work) with a lifetime replacement warranty even for the batteries- register it, if it goes bad send it back and they send you a new one.
I agree cant beat the warranty.
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Old 09-05-2018, 03:00 AM
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Ryobi has been great. Plus I like to support them for being the first to finally make a system that uses the same battery. They forced the others to follow.
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Old 09-05-2018, 03:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Leeroyjenkins View Post
I'm looking for a new impact and drill combo. I've seen them all at HD and Lowes and can't decide which one to pick up. I'm tired of replacing batteries on my porter cable ones every 6 months. I'm a hobbyist and use it probably 2-3 times per week. I need something that has good toque and has batteries that don't fail once a year. Looking to spend under $250 on the set. 18-20v only. Bonus points if the brand has a decent set of tools that use the same battery.
It's 12 volt, but take a hard look at the milwaukee M12 FUEL Hammer Drill Driver (2504-20) and the M12 FUEL Hex Impact (2553-20) combo kit. I have dewalt 20v and flexvolt, makita 18v and milwakee drills and impacts 18v, and this milwaukee set has impressed me the most. Right now HD is doing some specials with add on tools, so check the site. The sets are typically not available in the stores with the add-ons even though the price is the same.

You need to pay attention to model numbers with what you are buying. Most seem to offer different variations at different price points, and some are going completely away from brushed motors and introducing a "lower price point" brushless motor in addition to thier "flagship" brushless motors.
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Old 09-05-2018, 04:48 AM
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Originally Posted by chrisjb View Post
It's 12 volt, but take a hard look at the milwaukee M12 FUEL Hammer Drill Driver (2504-20) and the M12 FUEL Hex Impact (2553-20) combo kit. I have dewalt 20v and flexvolt, makita 18v and milwakee drills and impacts 18v, and this milwaukee set has impressed me the most. Right now HD is doing some specials with add on tools, so check the site. The sets are typically not available in the stores with the add-ons even though the price is the same.

You need to pay attention to model numbers with what you are buying. Most seem to offer different variations at different price points, and some are going completely away from brushed motors and introducing a "lower price point" brushless motor in addition to thier "flagship" brushless motors.
yup. Like I mentioned earlier, this 12volt stuff isn't the 12 volt you remember as a kid. It packs some serious power these days. If you don't have the Tim The Tool Man Taylor mentality and you don't have to show off to your friends, the 12 volt tools will do everything you want.
I bought a 1/2" socket adapter for that FUEL Impact driver and it hasn't found a rusty old bolt on my CAT engines that it couldn't break loose.

I have a full size 1/2" Ridgid 18v impact gun, but it is LARGE and often doesn't fit where I need it to.
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Old 09-05-2018, 05:21 AM
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Originally Posted by coores14 View Post
yup. Like I mentioned earlier, this 12volt stuff isn't the 12 volt you remember as a kid. It packs some serious power these days. If you don't have the Tim The Tool Man Taylor mentality and you don't have to show off to your friends, the 12 volt tools will do everything you want.
I bought a 1/2" socket adapter for that FUEL Impact driver and it hasn't found a rusty old bolt on my CAT engines that it couldn't break loose.

I have a full size 1/2" Ridgid 18v impact gun, but it is LARGE and often doesn't fit where I need it to.

haha I got a similar Milwaukee one. Needed something with some serious nuts when I was replacing my running gear and starter on my CATs... unfortunately it did not fit anywhere I needed it to. A little (actually alot) heat got it done but man those things are big. Love the tool tho
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