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Old 09-04-2018, 06:43 AM
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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.
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Old 09-04-2018, 06:46 AM
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Dewalt hands down. Multiple battery sizes, and a HUGE lineup of tools using the same batteries. I've had my batteries for 3 years now and still going strong. Charges last forever.
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Dewalt hands down. Multiple battery sizes, and a HUGE lineup of tools using the same batteries. I've had my batteries for 3 years now and still going strong. Charges last forever.
They are my number one it seems they have so many different models that appear to do the same thing. Are the lower end products still decent? I see impacts from $100-$600. I saw a nice combo they offered for $200. I'm not a pro but I also don't want it to fall apart in 2 years.
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The Milwaukee M18 stuff is really good. Thats what I went with recently.
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Old 09-04-2018, 06:50 AM
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I have had great service from the rigid line at Home Depot. I have two of the 5 piece bag sets with chargers. Do the warranty registration and you are good to go. Desalt is another good brand but I have heard they have different levels of tools and that the big box stuff is not as robust as the more expensive lines.
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Old 09-04-2018, 07:06 AM
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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.
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Old 09-04-2018, 07:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Leeroyjenkins View Post
They are my number one it seems they have so many different models that appear to do the same thing. Are the lower end products still decent? I see impacts from $100-$600. I saw a nice combo they offered for $200. I'm not a pro but I also don't want it to fall apart in 2 years.
they tend to constantly update things, which is why there appears to be multiple of the same tools. they still offer brushed tools as a cheaper option too. I prefer brushless, as it tends to have a longer life. Other than that, they also have minute details that are different between some tools. All are good quality, but they do make some ''stripped down'' versions to save weight, and others that could survive a steamroller going over them. If you are a guy working on a ladder all day with a belt full of tools, which are you going to choose?
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I live in Florida and keep my battieries in climate control seems to help them last.
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Old 09-04-2018, 07:16 AM
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Leroy, I'm in the same boat. I've got a pile of Porter Cable batteries. I've had one rebuilt at Batteries and Bulbs, gonna try it.

Ryobi has a shitload of tools, all one battery. For occasional use, they will be my next set.

Remember all those old Craftsman corded skilsaws which ran forever? Ryobi built them.
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Old 09-04-2018, 07:25 AM
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Originally Posted by WPBTH View Post
I live in Florida and keep my battieries in climate control seems to help them last.
That could be my problem....my old house didn't have a garage so I had a tool room as the extra bedroom. New house has a garage and everything is out there, it has an a/c vent but it's always 80-82 in there as the door isn't insulated.

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Leroy, I'm in the same boat. I've got a pile of Porter Cable batteries. I've had one rebuilt at Batteries and Bulbs, gonna try it.

Ryobi has a shitload of tools, all one battery. For occasional use, they will be my next set.

Remember all those old Craftsman corded skilsaws which ran forever? Ryobi built them.
That's actually what spurred my thought. I was at Batteries Plus getting a new battery for my ZT mower and they told me they rebuilt batteries. 3 batteries at $50/each I'm pretty much at a new set of tools. Everything I have works great but I'd love an impact with a little more balls for the times I need it so I don't have to pull out an air hose.
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Old 09-04-2018, 07:29 AM
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Had great luck out of my Ryobi stuff. They are based in in SC, and used to be one of my customers. We had an entire shop of forklift mechanics running their stuff day in and day out, and they held up great. Mainly they used the grinder, 1/4" impact, and drill. Nothing crazy duty, but just frequent. First guy in the shop to buy a set did so to hold him over until he could buy nicer stuff. That need never arose.
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Got be be 15 years ago I bought the Ryobi million piece reconditioned set. Everything still works and it's had a lot of use. I've switched to the new batteries and they hold up far better and are lighter.(18v)
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I have Milwaukee. Good stuff. I don’t see how you can go wrong with any of them though. Ryobi/Milwaukee/dewalt etc — I think they have all come along where I just don’t see a big difference either way.

Also - Some of my corded tools are makita and they are just excellent.

Milwaukee sets on sale at Home Depot today for around 30% off

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I went with dewalt. Every contractor I've seen always has Dewalt. And they have so many tools available.

I borrowed a battery powered metal shear from a contractor friend. I was able to pop one of my 20v batteries in it and use it with no issues.
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Old 09-04-2018, 08:26 AM
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I use dewalt daily...they take a beating by me...set is 6 years old - 14 volt
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I just got a Dewalt 20 volt lithium DCD996 brushless Hammer drill, this is about their best model, drill, charger, (2) 4 amp batteries, got it at Mass Depot,$226, best price I could find, same tool at Lowes with (2) 2 amp batteries $249
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Love my Makita impact driver. It's been used commercially as well as personally. Probably 12 years old and still going strong. 18v
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I've used it all. Bosch is the best BUT I own mostly all rigid stuff just because of the warranty
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Old 09-04-2018, 10:24 AM
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My Ryobi is working good.
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I bought this set 7 years ago and it has been fantastic. Of course I paid over $300 for it then.

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I don't use the drill that much, but the impact driver gets used all the time and it is a beast. Whatever set you buy, I recommend at least a 3AH battery to power it.
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