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Old 11-28-2012, 07:16 PM   #16
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And now Rigid warrants their batteries for life! Not sure how they can do that but if I wasn't set up already I'd give those a serious look.

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i use to have the makita cordless 18v, want a pile!! i got the ridgid cordless and its a great little saw with more power then any other 18v cordless i ever used. its great for going jobsite to jobsite and great for jobs with no power and the large ridgid batteries last forever.

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Old 11-28-2012, 07:23 PM   #17
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ridgid also changes their batteries every year so its a nightmare to get replacement batteries..
makita has had the lxt battereis out for 7 years with only a couple minor changes and their still compatible with the first gen lxt tools. this is a reason their the leader in cordless gear
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:23 PM   #18
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every year? they had the x2s for a few years, the x3s for a few years and now they have the x4s and they are all interchangeable.
i love the makitas they are the lightest most comfortable drills out there but they are soooo cheap, they have a 1 year warranty and thats how long they last. i had the 5 piece kit and the only tool that survived the one year was my reciprocating saw. a guy i work with also had a bunch of makita tools that just past the 1 year warranty and his were falling apart to and bought my tools off of me basically to have parts tools. i went out bought ridgid and its been 2 years and they are still running strong and i use them daily.
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Kirk I have had my Ridgid for 7 years now and the only battery change has been from nicad to lithe and they made them so they will work in my old tools.
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my first makita cordless drill lasted 4 years being used every other day, my ridgid had one battery go bad after 6 months.. my ridgid 12v had one battery go stale after 3 months and only a handful of charge cycles another one after maybe 100 cycles. i know multiple trademan who have had the same issue both with ridgid and milwaukee which come from the same parent company. before i bought my bosch kit i asked the toolcrib managers at both home depot locations here about which cordless tool line comes back defective the most.. RIDGID. even the milwaukee rep who handles ridgid here as well has said the same thing

if you had a makita go bad in under a year either you got a dud or abused it. we have 4 kits between 3 guys at work and they get used every day. the only issue weve had is batteries getting mixed up as to whos whos,
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:17 PM   #21
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im always hard on my tools and my ridgids take a serious beating and get used nonstop, i'll even mix drywall mud with my cordless hammer drill and havent burned it out yet. the batteries still hold a like the day they came out of the box. everyone i know with the makitas hate them and have the same problems with me. so its weird, different grade of tools get sent to different parts of the world haha!
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i highly doubt your mixing mud all the time.. cordless drilsl arent designed to mix mud. it will burn out the motor on a cordless in no time.. a high torque low speed d handle is needed for that. so i hardly believe what your saying
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There is probably no one harder on batts. than I am. One summer a couple years ago we were building a deck in the hottest part of summer. We were using composite decking when the batts would discharge they were too hot recharge so we put them in the fridge to cool them down(never said I was real smart) and those batts still lasted about 6 years. But toy be honest they were the 18 volt Ni-Cad. I was pretty impressed. Maybe I've just been lucky but I have only ever replaced 1 set of batts.
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I see Makita has some LXT models with brushless motors. Anybody tried these? In most application brushless gives you higher power in a lighter package... and of course no brushes to replace. As a DIY homeowner I am not in danger of rapidly going through brushes but wonder how much better these perform.
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makita developed the brushless gear for industrial use about 15 years ago, in the last year it just came out to mass market. milwaukee and dewalt also have brushless gear and bosch just released theirs last month.

i almost bought the brushless makita set last week but held off solely because the canadian release of them doesnt come with the 3.0 amp batteries only the 1.5`s same with milwaukee. im buddies with canningcustom here on the boards and he has the makita brushless drills and is blown away by them both for power and the difference in runtime with the batteries compared to using his lxt models. his partner has the milwaukee set and says their just a few steps behind the makita
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i mix mud, thin set, grouts, etc. with my cordless hammer drill, i also do heavier drilling like drilling the 2 1/8" hole saw holes for door knobs. the thing is still going strong. i'd also like to try out the brushless drills, the only one i see here in town is the 20v dewalt brushless and its a pretty sweet drill but im not going to drop cash on it just cause its brushless but i will get one when it comes time to get a new one.
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2 1/8 " hole saws arent heavy drilling it requires far less torque than mixing mud or mortar for tile. a 4" hole saw on the other hand will fry a cordless in no time
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if i had a reason to drill with a 4" other then pot lights into drywall i would! basically what i was saying i use it for everything and everything your not suppose to
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if i had a reason to drill with a 4" other then pot lights into drywall i would! basically what i was saying i use it for everything and everything your not suppose to
Least your honest. I match the drill for the job. I use my corded spades for drilling out tree stumps, big hole saws and mixing. I did, however, mix a small batch of concrete, with my Milwaukee 0624 lok tor 18volt cordless. My mom has no outside outlets and I repaired her curb. I cooked the batteries about 10 yrs ago on a PC 9862 12volt drill driving 4" timberlock screws(5/16 hex head). It only drove about 3 per battery and batteries weren't the same. Since then I match drill to the job.

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doing large remodels we typically run the dryer vent pipes out through the ribbon of the first floor this requires major torque drilling through 2x and sheathing with a 4 " hole saw. ive seen 3 cordless drills get fried doing it. run a corded and theres no issue

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