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michaelcherr 08-09-2013 07:57 AM

Best 12v brand
 
I owned a Bosch 12v li-ion drill/driver, impact driver, and sawzall/"hackzall"
I loved them, but recently all 3 were stolen.
I'm wondering if anybody has experience with 12v li-ion in Bosch or other brands that they'd like to share.
I was considering Milwaukee, as they seem to be a bit cheaper and more available. Especially the other tools like the hack all, oscillating tool and a light.

Thanks
Mike

joecaption 08-09-2013 08:06 AM

What are you using them for? DIY, pro?
Why not step up to 18 volts for more power since you have a clean slate and do not have to match anything up?
Both a great brands.
One thing I like to do when making a tool choice is go on Amazon.com. I look at the bottom of the listing for the comments made by people that have bought or own the tool.

michaelcherr 08-09-2013 08:12 AM

I am familiar with 18v li-ion tools: don't want to discuss the pros and cons in this thread. For the work I do 12v li-ion tools are better.
I read amazon reviews, but was looking for some interactive reviews. I was also wanting feedback for the system as a whole. Example maybe one brand has a better hack all and one has a better impact or battery life, etc.
The tools I use the most are the hackzall and impact.
I work a day-job, but do a lot of property management/rehab on the side. I hire out most big projects, so 12v tools are better for me because they fit in the tool bag better, and are easier to carry in/out of jobs. For most of my calls I am only using the tools 15 minutes max.

ddawg16 08-09-2013 09:20 AM

Unless you already have some other 12v tools...I would have a hard time believing that 12v has any advantage over 18v.

I personally think for the money, Ryobi is a better value....if it's DIY....they have the broadest selection of tools that use the same battery.

joecaption 08-09-2013 09:44 AM

I agree, a whole lot less expensive, battery's are 1/2 or more cheaper (I just bought two for about $60.00 yesterday)
I used to have all Dewalt tools and had nothing but trouble with the brushes and triggers. I'd be lucky to get a year out of the battery. Price of parts was way to high.
All my electric tools are Bosch and Milwaukee but all my cordless tools are Ryobi and I use them all day some times.
Some are better then others. The drill work fine but the cheap chuck sucks, the jig saw needs a better blade guide system. The impact and sawsall work great.

michaelcherr 08-09-2013 04:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ddawg16 (Post 1227160)
Unless you already have some other 12v tools...I would have a hard time believing that 12v has any advantage over 18v.

12v tools are smaller and lighter: that's their advantage.
18v tools are heavier bigger and more powerful, and for most applications 18v are the best choice: just not for me.

woodworkbykirk 08-09-2013 07:18 PM

18 v is better suited for day in day out use.. because the batteries dont have to be charged as often..12 volt is lighter weight and much smaller depending on the model


makita and bosch make smaller 12 v tools which are very reliable. dewalts stuff i dont trust for longevity.. i have the milwaukee m12 fuel brushless impact and the standard m12 drill driver.. both perform great but the only thing compact on them is the battery. the actual head and motor housing is almost the same size as most 18 tools. now mind you both of them can almost go head to head with my makita 18 lxt drills in speed and power.. but loose in run time

cjm94 08-09-2013 08:18 PM

Milwaukee tools are great. I have the m12 1/4 ratchet its two years old and I use it daily. Still original battery

JWilliams850 08-10-2013 02:49 PM

i don't own any 12v tools. i have the white 18v makita drill and driver set. about to upgrade to the blue set.. my uncle who does alot of cabinet work and remodeling using the milwaukee m12 drill and impact and he loves it.

michaelcherr 08-28-2013 10:16 PM

Thanks for all the help. Ended up going with Rigid because of the warranty. Just bought the impact for now. FYI (compared to my Bosch impact) the chuck is better, overall feels less comfortable in my hand, the light stays on a bit after I let go of trigger.

CTSNicholas 09-18-2013 06:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by michaelcherr (Post 1235631)
Thanks for all the help. Ended up going with Rigid because of the warranty. Just bought the impact for now. FYI (compared to my Bosch impact) the chuck is better, overall feels less comfortable in my hand, the light stays on a bit after I let go of trigger.



Did you mean to say feels more comfortable in your hand?

mknasa dad 09-22-2013 09:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by michaelcherr (Post 1235631)
Thanks for all the help. Ended up going with Rigid because of the warranty. Just bought the impact for now. FYI (compared to my Bosch impact) the chuck is better, overall feels less comfortable in my hand, the light stays on a bit after I let go of trigger.

Just make sure you fill out the warranty info, otherwise there is no warranty.


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