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Old 09-03-2012, 12:52 PM   #16
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Most major brands are pretty good. I think Consumer Reports once did a study on cordless drills. It is worth checking. I like to look at Amazon reviews as well. Bear in mind that drills vary in weight (also size) and that batteries eventually need replacement no matter how infrequently you use the drill. One aquaintance suggested bringing the batteries inside from an unheated garage during winter where the temps go below freezing. Don't know if this is good advice, but couldn't hurt. I rarely use my corded drills anymore as the new cordless ones have plenty of power. Suggest 18 volts and up.

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Old 09-03-2012, 04:51 PM   #17
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I appreciate the replies but Bob needs to pay more attention when he says the Hitachi is a NiCad, not a Lithium Ion drill. Hitachi does ALSO make a NiCad model for about $95. The Lithium Ion model of which i have been discussing is $134 on Amazon [$139 at Lowes] and can be seen here; http://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-DS18DS...8+volt+lithium
The Hitachi still appears to be the best value and I figure I can jury rig a bit holder on the drill which is the only drawback I could see, unless some reason not to comes up on the forum before my next trip to Lowes.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:54 PM   #18
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I appreciate the replies but Bob needs to pay more attention when he says the Hitachi is a NiCad, not a Lithium Ion drill. Hitachi does ALSO make a NiCad model for about $95. The Lithium Ion model of which i have been discussing is $134 on Amazon [$139 at Lowes] and can be seen here; http://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-DS18DS...8+volt+lithium
The Hitachi still appears to be the best value and I figure I can jury rig a bit holder on the drill which is the only drawback I could see, unless some reason not to comes up on the forum before my next trip to Lowes.
Personally, I'm not to proud to hit the reconditioned market. If I were shopping I would have this in my basket
http://bigskytool.com/Hitachi_KC18DH...)___i1586.aspx
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:56 PM   #19
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Thanks John excellent site since they are the official reconditioning arm of Hitachi in US. I have bought reconditioned items before with excellent results. I really was not interested in the two drill package you listed but did find an "A" reconditioned model of what I have listed above that was on Amazon and at Lowes. I decided to take a chance and ordered the drill for a total of $97 which includes shipping. My main concern would be any issues with those very expensive batteries but I have a Hitachi Service Center about 30 miles away so that gives me some comfort.....along with all the positive reviews on the site. Thanks again.
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:49 AM   #20
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I bought a set of Makita 18v LXT tools a few years back when beginning a remodel, and my only regret is not buying it sooner. I use the cordless drill and circular saw constantly, and the impact driver, reciprocating saw, and angle grinder have all come in handy. There are also other tools you can add that use the same batteries. It was a chunk of money for the kit, but well worth it!
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:50 AM   #21
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Thanks John excellent site since they are the official reconditioning arm of Hitachi in US. I have bought reconditioned items before with excellent results. I really was not interested in the two drill package you listed but did find an "A" reconditioned model of what I have listed above that was on Amazon and at Lowes. I decided to take a chance and ordered the drill for a total of $97 which includes shipping. My main concern would be any issues with those very expensive batteries but I have a Hitachi Service Center about 30 miles away so that gives me some comfort.....along with all the positive reviews on the site. Thanks again.
Hi Jack - That's not a two drill set.. That's a drill, IMPACT driver and flashlight set.
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Hi Jack - That's not a two drill set.. That's a drill, IMPACT driver and flashlight set.
Sorry about that. Forgot what it was when doing my post. Knew it was 2 something.
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Sorry about that. Forgot what it was when doing my post. Knew it was 2 something.
I just thought you might have missed the impact... those are handy little boogers
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Bit holder is highly overrated anyway. There are so many different ones you might need on a job having just one extra along is trivial. Pockets or tool trays on ladders work just fine.

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I appreciate the replies but Bob needs to pay more attention when he says the Hitachi is a NiCad, not a Lithium Ion drill. Hitachi does ALSO make a NiCad model for about $95. The Lithium Ion model of which i have been discussing is $134 on Amazon [$139 at Lowes] and can be seen here; http://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-DS18DS...8+volt+lithium
The Hitachi still appears to be the best value and I figure I can jury rig a bit holder on the drill which is the only drawback I could see, unless some reason not to comes up on the forum before my next trip to Lowes.
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I thought I would post a followup after receiving my refurbished drill from bigsky tools mentioned by John above. [thanks again John]. I spent $97 which included shipping for a refurbished model. This place is the US Hitachi refurbish center in the US which gave me some comfort. The drill that arrived looked like new and appears to work fine. It even came with the paper instruction manual which the website stated it would not. As mentioned by some on the forum it's only drawback was that it did not have a bit holder. I solved that problem with one of those quarter sized round magnets with the hole in the middle. That fit right over the screw holding on the metal belt clip and the bits slide just under the loop of the clip which keeps them from being pushed off. I was surprised that it only came with a phillips head bit but I have plenty of bits so no problem. That was not a supplier problem as the manual only shows the phillips bit in the parts list. I also actually use the flashlight that came with it to replace my old big drycell light I kept in the workshop for various uses. It was also interesting that this drill feels about the same weight as my B&D 9.6 volt that I keep for small jobs and is actually the same size. That means when those batteries crap out I won't need to replace them and will just can the drill. I don't know what to do with the useless but very nice case the drill arrived in. Someone should come up with a creative idea for unused tool cases. Anyway thanks again to everyone that helped sort this purchase out.

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I thought I would post a followup after receiving my refurbished drill from bigsky tools mentioned by John above. [thanks again John]. I spent $97 which included shipping for a refurbished model. This place is the US Hitachi refurbish center in the US which gave me some comfort. The drill that arrived looked like new and appears to work fine. It even came with the paper instruction manual which the website stated it would not. As mentioned by some on the forum it's only drawback was that it did not have a bit holder. I solved that problem with one of those quarter sized round magnets with the hole in the middle. That fit right over the screw holding on the metal belt clip and the bits slide just under the loop of the clip which keeps them from being pushed off. I was surprised that it only came with a phillips head bit but I have plenty of bits so no problem. That was not a supplier problem as the manual only shows the phillips bit in the parts list. I also actually use the flashlight that came with it to replace my old big drycell light I kept in the workshop for various uses. It was also interesting that this drill feels about the same weight as my B&D 9.6 volt that I keep for small jobs and is actually the same size. That means when those batteries crap out I won't need to replace them and will just can the drill. I don't know what to do with the useless but very nice case the drill arrived in. Someone should come up with a creative idea for unused tool cases. Anyway thanks again to everyone that helped sort this purchase out.
Glad you're satisfied Jack. I always worry a bit when I recommend a supplier so I try to be careful. I bought several air nailers/staplers as well as some nails from Bigsky and they have always treated me right. CPO is my other go-to for tools.
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:24 PM   #27
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There was a test done on the internet and Milwaukee M18 Fuel #2604-22 came in #1, Makita #2, and Dewalt #3.
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Price has a lot to do with it as well. I happened to stumble into an outlet store yesterday called tool Direct. They sell Ryobi and a couple other brands. They sell the tool separate and the lithium ion batteries sell for $39 or more for the extended life models and fit all the tools.
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Bit holder is highly overrated anyway. There are so many different ones you might need on a job having just one extra along is trivial. Pockets or tool trays on ladders work just fine.
Think Altoids box
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There was a test done on the internet and Milwaukee M18 Fuel #2604-22 came in #1, Makita #2, and Dewalt #3.
With Dewalt #3 I would be suspect of that test.

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