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Old 04-20-2007, 09:53 PM   #16
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My good friend bought a Hitachi cordless drill and LOVES it!!! I tried it out, and have to say, it's a really well built drill. He's had it for about 2 years now. As far as I know, it still works great. I like the metal, ratcheting keyless chuck MUCH better than my (Craftsman 18v) ordinary plastic keyless chuck drill. His doesn't seem to EVER come undone. Mine does every once in a while. Aside from the chuck, I don't think I could have asked for a better drill than my Craftsman. I got it for Christmas, bundled with the flashlight. I rarely use the flashlight (too bulkey and feels cheap, compaired to my big maglight), but the extra battery comes in handy. I've never come up short as far as torque or power. It's fallen out of my truck at 35 MPH and just got scuffed up really good. Either drill is a very good investment, but I think the Hitachi looks better and feels more sturdy.

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Old 04-20-2007, 09:56 PM   #17
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BTW- I've had my Craftsman for over 4 years now, still drillin like a champ!
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Old 04-20-2007, 10:44 PM   #18
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I disagree a bit Handyman88, not much but to an extent. You say that cordless circular saws are more or less junk, when rip sawing a sheet of 3/4" ply I would say you have a valid argument but there are many uses in smaller lumber that these types of saws are a more suitable option than their larger older cousins.

I am not trying to get a flame going or anything here, I just feel that every tool has some very good uses, or at least that is the excuse I give my wife for me to continue buying them all.


Yes, the only caveat though is that for these specialized tools, I'd hate to have to buy expensive rechargeable batteries for them down the line. I'd stick with something corded if it's a novelty tool.
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Old 04-21-2007, 09:13 AM   #19
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Well said. I would never want one unless it was free in some sort of kit. I would never buy a "novelty tool" outright due to the very reason stated above. Imagine when you actually want to use it and need to replace a battery 4 years down the road, that sucks.
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Old 04-21-2007, 11:35 AM   #20
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I've had bad experiences again and again with Dewalt. As far as I'm concerned most dewalt tools are just Black & Decker wearing a yellow suit.

I have never had a complaint about my Milwaukee hammer drill and sawzall, two makita cordless drivers, porter cable bostich and yes, rigid air nailers, and bosch routers.

I think porter cable and rigid are on the lower end of that spectrum, but for lower-demand tools I'm very happy with them. For stuff that gets beat on and used hard, I really trust Bosch, Makita, and Milwaukee.

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Tools are funny. Everyone has different legitimate experiences with the different brand names.

Dewalt - We love them. We have 8 Dewalt drywall and deck guns that are over 10 years old. Beat up and still running strong (Drive shafts changed out regularly) We have 4 Dewalt cordless drills....love em. They have been dropped from ladders so many times, and just keep going and going...2 Dewalt routers = great. 1 Dewalt recipricating saw = Great saw. 2 - 10" Dewalt Compound saws = great.

Portercable - we have 4 PC framing guns and 4 PC finish guns that have been problem free. Also, all 3 PC skill saws - work great. 1 PC recipricating saw (I keep in my truck) = great.

We also have Bostich, Bosch, Milwaukee, Makita, Hitachi tools, etc.... that we are very happy with....

Like cars, you are bound to get a lemon every now and then.

One difference in our experience is that we run more than just a few tools of any particular brand name...and we run them very hard...
So, regadless of opinions on any website...sometimes, you just have to find out for yourselves....

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Old 04-21-2007, 05:41 PM   #22
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I'd go with the big names and do a cross comparison of the specific tool and requirements you are looking for. For example, just because dewalt is a well respected name, doesn't mean they make the best of every tool that's out there.
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I've had bad experiences again and again with Dewalt. As far as I'm concerned most dewalt tools are just Black & Decker wearing a yellow suit.
interesting. I hear the opposite. But as said...its possible to find a dud here and there. But in general all the big names should do fine.
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I didn't read all the responses. But I can HIGHLY recommend the new Lithium Ion technology and specifically the Makita L-Ion tools.

Beyond that I would also recommend that you pick a major brand and one battery technology that is interchangeable between the various cordless tools you may ever want.

I used to have a Milwaukee 18v drill (workhorse) but sold it. I wanted an impact driver. Bought the Makita 18v LIon impact driver and got a free drill on a promotion. Looking to get their circ saw and recip saw too. (I already have a Sawzall and a few circular saws, corded)

You can get sets if you have the cash or do one piece at a time.

This is a GREAT set.
http://www.heavydutytools.net/Script...?idproduct=519
$579 with 2 free batteries and free shipping

Once you get that you can be cool and get
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What is the advantageous of "the new Lithium Ion technology" as compare to said , regular 18V Milwaukee battery technology....

I have Milwaukee 18v tool and start accumulating more.... and find its battery last so long sometimes make me keep questioning when will be my next recharge.. it just keep going and going...
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- 18v L-ion is half the weight of 18v nicad
- Batteries will have a much longer life span
- batteries have a better "use curve" meaning they will provide full power up to the moment they need re-charged, nicads will provide less than optimal voltage toward the end of the use curve.

if someone is starting out on cordless it would be a waste to go with older technology. If you have a Milwalkee 18v tool collection then stick with it versus having a mix of battery styles in my opinion. That is, unless, you want a tool that they do not make. If that is the case, then do as I did and switch whole hog to a different system.
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what is the catch for this L-ion technology... or you mean nothing... it just better... may be more environmental unfriendly...etc...
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- 18v L-ion is half the weight of 18v nicad
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Yes, the tools are so much lighter in your hands with the L-ion battery attached....
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Lithium ion batteries also don't suffer memory effect. Meaning, you can charge it any time without degrading the life of the battery. Other batteries like NiCad and NiMH must be used down until they can be charged, or their life exptectancy will be severely diminished.

Also, LiOn batteries allow the tool to sit for a long time without losing its charge. And, they provide the tool with consistent power. I have the 18V Milwaukee battery and they die prematurely. Now, the LiOn battery for the same tool is offered, but costs $200 for 2 batteries and charger. Almost the price of a nice, brand new 18V hammer drill. Ouch.

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