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Old 09-30-2012, 01:37 PM   #16
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:54 PM   #17
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nicad is pretty much dead. i dont think too many companies still offer it. milwaukee, bosch, ridgid, and hitachi dont.. dewalt might.. not sure about the cheap low end brands

referring to kobalt.. their not a stand alone brand, its actually made by a company that issues a different color and name based on whos selling it... in canada its mastercraft maximum im pretty sure
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:59 PM   #18
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OK, point taken............Lithium Ion it is

Now, what about the brand?
Is the Ridgid set at Home Depot a good choice for $179?
Or should I look for Ryobi?
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rigid is just higher end than the rigid. both are decent deals.. just be sure to register your tool on hte rigid website so the warrenty is intact.


their batteries are notorious for going stale early. so is milwaukee which is also a TTI product. i had a milwaukee drill that had batterries go stale 5 months after i bought it.. they would only hold enough charge to drive 30 2 1/2" screws.. a 18 volt should be able to drive well over 100. ive also had 2 12 v rigid batteries go stale really quick and had a bad charger
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You meant "Milwaukee is higher end than Ridgid", right?
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milwaukee is higher end than ridgid which is higher than ryobi
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i had a milwaukee drill that had batterries go stale 5 months after i bought it.. they would only hold enough charge to drive 30 2 1/2" screws.. a 18 volt should be able to drive well over 100. ive also had 2 12 v rigid batteries go stale really quick and had a bad charger
In these circumstances, what did you do?
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I vote for Rigid because it is what i use almost every day and they have been good for me. Their warranty is good and a lot of time you can go back to the store and they will replace it there if there is a problem. But a lot is determined by what your going to be doing with them. As your probably finding out this is like asking whats your favorite paint brush everyone has a different opinion. I really don't see how you can go wrong with any of the major brands.I would go with the Lith Ion batteries because I feel in the future Ni cad may become harder to find.
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OK, point taken............Lithium Ion it is

Now, what about the brand?
Is the Ridgid set at Home Depot a good choice for $179?
Or should I look for Ryobi?
Ridgid has a lifetime replacement on their batteries.
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:36 PM   #25
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i contacted milwaukee, they woiuldnt do anything.. the rigid stuff was purchased for cheap at hd when they had the bar codes mixed up and didnt care to fix it...

i bought bosch.. only issue its never next to me when i need it.. the guys on my crew are grabbing it all the time because their dewalts, ryobis are near new and dont work
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For the money vs quality...Ryobi is hard to beat.....

What ever brand you pick....stick with it....I have about 10 of the Ryobi tools...including 2 cordless drills....

The 5 1/4" saw is light duty...but is great when you have to cut something in a small place up high....and it's easy for a female to handle.

If you get a goo deal on the NiCad sets....go for it...because they will also accept the LI batteries....

Ryobi also has a cordless weed whacker....I'm waiting for the after summer sales to get one....

I have 2 chargers...4 batteries....it's rare I'm without a charged battery.

Click on the links in my signature...those Ryobi tools built the garage and house...
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I feel that the deciding factor is what are you going to be doing with it. I think craftsman and ryobi brands are good for h/o because they are good for occasional use, that's pretty much what they are made for. If you are going to use them every day, all day then you need high end. That is why when you look at say a saw the price will go from $60 to $200. No matter what brand someone will have a horror story. As long as you stay with a well known brand and use it for the level it is intended I don't think you can go wrong. Just my opinion.
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I feel that the deciding factor is what are you going to be doing with it. I think craftsman and ryobi brands are good for h/o because they are good for occasional use, that's pretty much what they are made for. If you are going to use them every day, all day then you need high end. That is why when you look at say a saw the price will go from $60 to $200. No matter what brand someone will have a horror story. As long as you stay with a well known brand and use it for the level it is intended I don't think you can go wrong. Just my opinion.
A good opinion and I agree....

You don't guy a Harbor Frieght wrench set and expect to fix cars every day....I buy a lot of HF stuff....but it gets used only intermittently
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My .02$ :


Saying avg h/o should buy craftsman because its for occasional use is crap.
Who wants to do a crappy job, occasionally?
Buy the best tool you can afford, and do the best job you can. Period.

I have porter cable drill, impact driver and flashlight. 18v lion , t batteries two bits and a charger. I got it for 129 in Maryland on vaca and I live in NY where it's much more expensive.

It does a great job, never dies. Drives well over 100 2" deck screws and drills forever.
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OK, fair enough....
Will go for Lithium Ion for sure
Will see prices between Ridgid, Ryobi and Porter Cable

I will also double check since my local Lowes makes a discount on a Hitachi set (drill, recip saw and light) for $179.00

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