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Old 06-04-2009, 08:47 AM   #1
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If you had $250 for a drill, what would you buy?


Got a nice birthday present coming to me!

$250.

Want a drill to
1) Drill
2) Screw

My current drill (corded Dewalt) is useless on screws as it constantly spins out of control. My other one (Craftsman 18v) is good, but dead.

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Old 06-04-2009, 08:58 AM   #2
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http://www.toolbarn.com/product/makita/LCT200W/

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Old 06-04-2009, 09:10 AM   #3
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What are you going to use it for? I know "Drill and screw". I don't need a drill to that, but is this just for a home handyman or for daily use on a job? Are you only doing hobby work or putting up garage doors, Kitchen cabinets, putting down wood decking, etc.?? Almost any of your 18volt cordless drills with 1/2 inch capacity keyless chucks, the hammerdrill feature, 2 or 3 speed gear boxes, variable torque settings, and possibly a light are the cats ass. I personally like Dewalt, Ryobi, Mitsubishi, and Makita. The Ridgid line also looks like a keeper though I haven't had the pleasure to try them out. All these have good warranties, good repair plans, and are easily availabile.
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Old 06-04-2009, 09:13 AM   #4
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HD has a special on the SUPERIOR (opinion) 18v Lithium Drill with Light, Radio (poor little thing) and Recipro, two Batteries and Charger for under 300.00.

Also has a coupon (still valid???) for a free Max Steel Impact Driver!!!

I have used RIDGID since 2000.

I am NOT NICE to my tools and they have NEVER bucked!!!



http://www.toolsnob.com/pictures/rid...mb-200x246.jpg




http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/pro...37f589_300.jpg




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All that for less than $300.00!!!



I also have:



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http://benchmark.20m.com/reviews/RidgidCordlessCombo/RidgidCombo_HammerDrill.gif




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Old 06-04-2009, 07:34 PM   #5
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I don't think I paid $250 for my 3/8" & 1/2" hammer drill combined
The 1/2" Rigid has lots of torque, great for LVL screws & other stuff
The 3/8" DeWalt I use for everday stuff
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Old 06-05-2009, 06:28 AM   #6
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I would recommend getting both a drill and an impact. $250 should be able to get you a good set. That Mikita set looks pretty good; it is also $279 at HD. Any major brand should do. Pick them up and see how they feel in your hands. I have a RIDGID pair, really love them.

What's the chances of drilling into masonary? If it is just about zero, don't get fixated on getting a hammer drill. There is a lot more choice (and the drills are lighter and cheaper) if you don't insist on that feature. Probably better to buy a cheaper corded hammer drill if, and when, you need it. If you need to drill masonary, you will probably want the extra power a corded version gives you.
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If you want to make holes, get a drill. If you want to drive screws, get an impact driver. You'll never be sorry, and you'll NEVER go back to driving screws with a drill. For $250 you should be able to find a fairly decent combo kit that has both. I would go with a company that makes a variety of tools using the same battery system so you can build your collection at Christmas, Fathers day, Anniversary, Halloween, Flag day.....................
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$250.00? Hmmmmm.... Let's see..
$200.00 for a good 1/2" Rigid w/hammer and that leaves me $50 for Beer!
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I second the Makita kit but I'd get the hammer drill version of the kit.
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If you want to make holes, get a drill. If you want to drive screws, get an impact driver. You'll never be sorry, and you'll NEVER go back to driving screws with a drill. For $250 you should be able to find a fairly decent combo kit that has both. I would go with a company that makes a variety of tools using the same battery system so you can build your collection at Christmas, Fathers day, Anniversary, Halloween, Flag day.....................
Best tool investment I have made is an impact driver, I use it all the time to drill holes, drive screws and small impact sockets. (20v lithum from Sears).
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You do know that the Craftsman 20 volt Lithium line is really the same as any 18 volt line.

Lithium batteries come in 3.6v nominal, 4 volt max (I think they are cut-off at 4.2 volts to prevent overcharging). Thus 5 batteries at the nominal rating are 18 volts (as used by most lines), and 5 batteries using the 4 volt number = 20 volts.

I think a lot of the smaller lines (compact) changed the voltage rating from 10.8 volts to 12 using the same rationale. Same batteries, same tools, but the higher number makes it seem more powerful........ marketing!

Just another note for anyone with the Craftsman C3 line. The 19.2 volt NiCd battery has more power than the Li battery. This is because the NiCd battery has 16 x 1.2 (nominal voltage cells) = 19.2 volts nominal, while the Li battery has 5 x 3.6 (nominal voltage cells) = 18 volts nominal.
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Once you use an impact it's hard to pick up a screw gun again..

I use a C3 Craftsman 19.2v and the new compact Portert Cable impact these put the cordless drills to shame..
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I second the Makita LCT200. Get the hammer drill only if you use it often enough to make the extra size and weight worth it. I have the hammer drill but would prefer to have the non-hammer drill. It it came in the kit I bought with a few other things I needed. As someone said above, if you use the impact a few times you will never go back to the drill/driver. I bought a couple of sets of the hex shank drill bits and use them in the impact most of the time. The 1/4 and 3/8 socket adapter is really great...

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Wow. My use is general stuff around the house. Lots of weekend projects, most aren't big (although I built a deck and a shed last summer ).

QUESTION:

For general use (mostly screws), what is the advantage of the Hammer capability that everyone seems to like over a regular spinning?

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For general use (mostly screws), what is the advantage of the Hammer capability that everyone seems to like over a regular spinning?

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Drilling into concrete. I've tried using a regular drill to drill concrete and several hours later, I went out and bought a hammer drill.
The hammer drill only took about 15 seconds

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