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rig 11-29-2009 11:55 AM

cordless tools, largest selection for single battery?
I am needing new cordless tools so I want to know which manufacturer has the largest selection of tools that use the same battery. I would like this to include all types of tools, outdoors, shop, and home. Does any have expertise in this area? I am not interested in off the cuff opinions on this, I looking for facts.

Seems like this would be a very common question and that the manufacturers would be advertising based on this, but I'm finding it difficult information to find.

Thanks in advance for any help on this.

Bondo 11-29-2009 05:17 PM


I am needing new cordless tools so I want to know which manufacturer has the largest selection of tools that use the same battery.
Ayuh,..... ALL of them...
From the inexpensive Riobi to the professional grades of Dewalt, They All build many tools using a particular voltage battery...
All 18v Dewalt tools use the same batteries....
All 18v Milwaukee tools use the same batteries...
Ditto the other brands...

rig 11-29-2009 09:58 PM

No kidding

I'm trying to find out which manufacturer has the most tools that work on a single battery.

Ryobi claims to have 35+, but I can only find about 25, I sent them an email.

Porter Cable, I count about a dozen.

Black and decker, I count about 20.

Hatachi, I count about a dozen.

That as far as I have gotten so far.

Thanks for the help.

hankscorpio 11-30-2009 12:42 PM

i think you are going to find that Ryobi has the most. The nice thing about their set is that the li-ion's are interchangeable with the ni cads too. So you could essentially buy something cheap now and if you find you are burnign through the drill or something you could add a li-ion (and charger) and use that for your primary tool and use the nicads for other things like radios, fans, vacuums etc.

Yoyizit 11-30-2009 02:23 PM

A 19.2v battery gives you (19.2/18)^2 = 1.14 = 14% more power than an 18v battery.

For endurance look to the battery Amp-Hour rating. 2.0 A-h seems common.

Also check your price/performance ratio, performance being measured in lb-in of torque, watts, watt-hours and RPM.

Jopopsy 12-09-2009 08:41 AM

If you want selection, go w/ DeWALT. Many many tools available - easy to find - 3 year warranty.

aggreX 12-12-2009 04:24 PM

Ryobi probably has the largest selection of power tools using the same battery. Ryobi is innovative but not all of the 35+ Ryobi lineup are that great of a power tool. IMO the blue drill, impact driver, radio, light work fine but the reciprocating saws are weak for example. The 18V jigsaw looks interesting for light duty without a cord.

acerunner 12-16-2009 01:33 AM

i use craftsman's c3 line of 19.2v tools. definitely not professional grade, but pretty good for the casual user.

Chevyman30571 12-17-2009 09:39 PM

Makita by far has the most hands down.

firehawkmph 12-18-2009 10:37 PM

Why don't you make a list of the tools you actually think you would need, then research the manufacturers. Milwaukee makes a cordless copper tubing cutter, do you need one of those? Unless you are a plumber, probably not. It's like asking what car manufacturer makes the most options, and choosing your next vehicle based on that. Be a better idea to maybe take one for a test drive. Do the same with the tools. There are tool shows going on periodically in most major cities. Find one of these shows and go talk to the reps directly and try the tools out. You can sink a lot of money in cordless tools. Make sure the tool fits you first. Good luck,
Mike Hawkins:)

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