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Old 06-14-2008, 04:16 PM   #16
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I like my RIDGID li-ion but they die HARD. i was drilling a hole above my head and it died had to remove the bit and go get my other battery it stops on a dime i like the fact the chuck locks so you can tighten the chuck with one hand unlike my mikita 12V i heard Ridgid is made my Milwaukee


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Old 06-14-2008, 04:37 PM   #17
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i heard Ridgid is made my Milwaukee
Nope. Ridgid's parent company is Emerson. Milwaukee's is Techtronic Industries.
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Old 06-14-2008, 07:52 PM   #18
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[quote=4just1don;130176]I bought a dewalt 18v 20 years ago(or best part of) priced as high as a new drill.

Could you be having the same problem that Hillary had when she "misspoke" the fact about coming under sniper fire?

I don't believe that they had even begun rebranding the old Black and Decker Industrial line of tools to Dewalt quite yet (although I could eat my words on this, as the time frame is pretty close), and they were barely up to the 9V range in cordless batteries 20 years ago.

For those not familiar with it..Black and Decker and Dewalt were always under the same parent company, but Dewalt was purley a heavy duty industrial brand (stuff like 16" radial arm saws used in manufacturing plants). The B & D "Industrial" line was their commercial grade of tools, but they began to cheapen everything into crap in order to gain consumer market. Some guys might remember it getting down to the green $9 drills and $18 circular saws. When they realized that they were being abandoned by the trades, they rebranded their heavier duty tools to the Dewalt label, to break the association with the B & D name that had by now become associated with nothing but trash.
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Old 06-22-2008, 10:39 AM   #19
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Ok, I know I came into this one a little late, but wanted to add one bit...

When my Mikita died in the middle of a fence project, I cam across a DeWalt 14.4 V set on sale... it had the drill and a little trim saw. Well, at the time, I was short on cash, and the little saw looked like just the thing for cutting pickets anyway (it was) so I bought it, promising myself a better drill for Chrismas. I got back to the house, and all the guys (I'm a girl) made fun of my "little drill," but it cheerfully put up about a gazillion (ok, an exaggeration) pickets on one charge. And it was a whole lot lighter than the 18 V drills. And did I mention the little trim saw works great on pickets?


In any case, I also own a corded drill. I never did get a replacement 18 V drill. The "little" one is great for most things I need cordless for, and if I need raw torque, I just drag out the extension cord.

I think the kit cost less than $80.

Just a thought.


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