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Old 11-19-2012, 01:40 PM   #16
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Ryobi seems to be a popular brand here.


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Old 11-19-2012, 03:04 PM   #17
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Good choice! How often do brushes really need replaced and how much more power does brushless generate. I'd go for the bigger batteries too!

of the countless tools i own and have owned.. ive never had to replace brushes.. tyically the motor burns out or the batteries die before the brushes do.. when it comes to cordless gear its usually cheaper in the long run to just replace the whole kit... 2 batteries cost about 70% of the whole kit more often than not
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:52 AM   #18
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I've currently got the following systems:
Craftsman C3 19.2v
Milwaukee 12v
Hitachi 12v LiIon

I've got the most tools for the Craftsman (drill, circular saw, jigsaw, spiral saw, light) and they are good. I don't have issues with the circ saw as I realize it's a battery saw. It's good for what I use it for - cuts of 2x material, the occasional plywood sheet, etc. I'd say get the big LiIon battery - it really wakes that saw up.

That being said, I'm probably going to switch to the Milwaukee 18v as the Craftsman stuff dies off. Their system has good capabilities and they seem to have better made tools and are staying on top of the game on them. Craftsman seems to be moving away from the C3 line.

Hitachi 12v were bought because I wanted an impact driver and at under $100 for a impact driver, drill, and light, it was a steal. It's a decent set but the drill is gutless. The driver rocks though. It's my "spare" set.

I started the Milwaukee 12v system as I wanted a multitool and hammerdrill. Picked up the Hammerdrill, multitool, and impact last Black Friday at Home Depot. I love this set - it's the one I reach for most. The hammerdrill is handy for tapcons and smaller sized holes. It's got decent torque (won't drive a 3" lag screw but comes very close) and works well. Impact driver rocks and the multitool is top notch. I added a right angle drill to it and it also works awesome. Milwaukee is coming out with plenty of 12v tools so that's a bonus!

If I had to do it over again it would be Milwaukee 12v and 18v all the way. The new Fuel stuff looks awesome and they make a charger that charges both their 12v and 18v batteries.
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:36 AM   #19
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If I had to do it over again it would be Milwaukee 12v and 18v all the way. The new Fuel stuff looks awesome and they make a charger that charges both their 12v and 18v batteries.
Illustrates a good point...what ever brand you start with.....stay with it....otherwise you end up with a bunch of different chargers and batteries...
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My dad has had the same set of ryobi tools for about 7 or 8 years and he abuses the crap out of them. He's currently doing a full out remodel on his house so they are getting quite a bit of use and still going strong. plus since the batteries aren't very expensive hes upgrade the nicad batteries to the li-ion batteries. so in my opinion if you're just using it for diy projects and around the house. it will probably be the best bang for your buck

I have the makita li-ion drill and impact set. i use it for work and anything i have to do at home. i've had it for almost a year now and i'm pretty satisfied with it
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Illustrates a good point...what ever brand you start with.....stay with it....otherwise you end up with a bunch of different chargers and batteries...
the milwaukee stuff has been hit or miss. well documented that theyve had issues with their batteries.. its part of the reason why every 6 months they have a new type of battery out..

its why i went makita on my latest purchase they get it right the 1st time then slightly tweak it for the 2nd
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I have the Ryobi 18V tool set and have found them very good for homeowner use. Like others have mentioned, the circular saw really goes through battery power, but I find the convenience worth it. I bought the driver separate (came with 2 li-on batts with a coupon for 2 more cheap) & it really gets a work out around here ( I'm in the process of a complete gut/move walls/remodel). My wife found the Ryobi jig saw at a yard sale for $2. I wouldn't have paid much more. Just my experience.

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