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Old 01-08-2012, 12:36 AM   #31
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I don't know anything about the models you are taking about but my 12v lithium ion Dewalt is awesome.

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Old 01-11-2012, 12:06 AM   #32
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Well think of this, the V6 is more expensive than the V8 in this case.
no.

look at it this way, the 20v series is for homeowners, and the 18v (no plastic guts and the battery quality is likely the big difference here) is the "pro-grade".

i don't know if you're trolling, stupid, or just have poor reading comprehension, but your question has been answered a few times.

i've never seen anyone on a jobsite (except maybe some duct guys) with one of the 20v tools. just because the outside looks the same, doesn't mean the inside is.
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the 20 volt line is simply dewalts latest tech for cordless gear.. and its not homeowner grade..

the tools dewalt has now made their "homeowner grade" is simply the out of date nicad models from 5 or 6 years ago..
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:59 PM   #34
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Yeah, Nothing homeowner grade about the new 20 volt. It's cheaper because it is the new model and they want to encourage you to choose it over the old.
With the huge amount of users they could not simply abandon the old 18v so Dewalt says it plans to keep the 18v around as long as there is a market for it. They could not have two incompatible systems both called 18 volt, so the new drills were called 20 volt max to avoid any confusion.

It is only 18 volt and was designed to address complaints about the old 18 volt line. With the old 18v pod style battery some say the handle is too large, and the battery can be hard to remove, the 18v lithium packs don't work great in the cold and have lower amp hour ratings than other comparable brands. The 18v lithium packs had to be designed to work on the old tools. That carried over the same old problems and created some new ones. The 20 volt is a fresh start.

The 20v slide on pack is a much better design and allows the handle to be more ergonomic, the packs come off easily even with gloves and work well in the cold. The drill was designed from the start to use lithium packs so the smart circuitry for the batteries could be built into the tools instead of every battery pack.

You don't see "everyone else using them" because they haven't been available very long, released in July but only widely available since mid September. I have thousands invested in the 18v, but I also have a new 20 volt set. The 18v have always been very reliable, my only complaint is the battery attachment.

My new 20v is very smooth, powerful, runs longer between charges and I love the slide on pack. If you don't already have an investment in tools that use the old style batteries, then go with the 20v. The 20v has a 2 year warranty on the tool and a 3 year warranty on the packs and a 90 day money back guarantee if you don't like it.
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Yeah, Nothing homeowner grade about the new 20 volt. It's cheaper because it is the new model and they want to encourage you to choose it over the old.
With the huge amount of users they could not simply abandon the old 18v so Dewalt says it plans to keep the 18v around as long as there is a market for it. They could not have two incompatible systems both called 18 volt, so the new drills were called 20 volt max to avoid any confusion.

It is only 18 volt and was designed to address complaints about the old 18 volt line. With the old 18v pod style battery some say the handle is too large, and the battery can be hard to remove, the 18v lithium packs don't work great in the cold and have lower amp hour ratings than other comparable brands. The 18v lithium packs had to be designed to work on the old tools. That carried over the same old problems and created some new ones. The 20 volt is a fresh start.

The 20v slide on pack is a much better design and allows the handle to be more ergonomic, the packs come off easily even with gloves and work well in the cold. The drill was designed from the start to use lithium packs so the smart circuitry for the batteries could be built into the tools instead of every battery pack.

You don't see "everyone else using them" because they haven't been available very long, released in July but only widely available since mid September. I have thousands invested in the 18v, but I also have a new 20 volt set. The 18v have always been very reliable, my only complaint is the battery attachment.

My new 20v is very smooth, powerful, runs longer between charges and I love the slide on pack. If you don't already have an investment in tools that use the old style batteries, then go with the 20v. The 20v has a 2 year warranty on the tool and a 3 year warranty on the packs and a 90 day money back guarantee if you don't like it.
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funny you bring up the warrenty.. no matter what the brand its only as good as the person you deal with trying to get something fixed for free.

ive heard countless horror stories from guys who have bought a new tool only for it to fail within weeks of purchase. they take it in for a replacement or repair only for the store to tell them they cant honor the warrenty along with the manufacturer to say the same thing.. some dewalt service centers are notorious for this, i've had this problem with milwaukee. bosch has given me perfect service though. no complaints other than the bad mustache on the guy at the guy at the counter
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I picked up the 20v Max Lithum last night since I was bored after dinner ( I live right beside a HD). Luckily I found a De-Walt promo guy at some De-Walt stand. I ask him why is the 20v cheaper than the 18v. The guy at the stand said " it's because the battery is more cheaper to manufacture". I left without saying anything because I don't think it was cheaper . I then drove home..even though i live 30 secs away. I was like a baby un-wraping my drill and VOLA! IT'S THE BEST DRILL I EVER USED! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Never drill have I used have anything been anything close to this (maybe because I was using Craftsmans) but it's awesome. I was planing to just finish off my basement with my drill. Totally Reccomendto everyone.
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After a lot of shopping, I just 'pulled the trigger' (pun intended) on the new DeWalt 20V hammer drill (model #DCK290L2) last week, and I absolutely love it.

LowesDepot wants $300 just for the drill/charger/one 3Ah battery. I picked up the drill/impact combo with two 3Ah batteries on Amazon for $20 more, with free shipping and no tax (although as of yesterday, the same combo was going for $300, but through a different seller).

There seems to be a lot of DeWalt bashers here, but even though I can't speak for any of their previous-gen drills, this drill is the real deal. If, for whatever reason, I change my tune about it, I'll be the first to report it, but the drill and impact are rock-solid tools and I expect them to last a long time.
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Just saying but I have bought the Millwaulkie,Poter Cable numerous times and it couldn't last me a long time in my contracting jobs. It broke just like with your experience with the DeWalt. But my favorite tool will always be Makita!

Amen! It is my favorite brand as well.
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cant go wrong with cordless makita. they invented it and they perfected it... some have come close.. such as bosch.. dewalt failed miserably..

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