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Old 11-26-2007, 08:20 PM   #16
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We live in the era of cordless tools and they're pretty good, with drill/drivers far eclipsing any other cordless power tool in overall power, performance, constant speed, battery life, etc. I have more than my fair share of cordless tools, especially drill/drivers.

That said, I still won't go anywhere without my Makita 3/8" variable speed corded drill or my Bosch SDS on board. As an example, today I was retrofitting kitchen cabinets and drawers with knobs and handles. About 100 holes altogether.

Each drawer had the wood face over the MDF drawer front so drilling through takes some time, even with a brand new bit. My cordless drill would have handled it but why run out at least one battery pack if not half of the second when I had the 110V Makita drill with me?

Piece of cake, effortless and the drill's slow starting and top speeds were constants throughout the job.

There are lots of really nice cordless models to choose from out there and some come packaged up with other goodies as well.

But the $60 spent on a good corded drill is a really good investment IMO.
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Old 11-26-2007, 09:20 PM   #17
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LostSoul, hit the nail on the head. I happen to be in the same boat with a crew that likes to operate the cordless tools rather than jack around with the musical cords. I will however, breakout one of my many longtime trusty Milwaukee corded drills, to handle the heavy cement, steel drilling, big hole augering or multiple hardwood drilling. I admit, the cordless are the ticket for climbing ladders, crawling inside cabinets, under counters and lots of oddball tasks that only take a few minutes. I prefer the Panisonic 14 volts. According to the sales clerks @ Seven Corners Hardware, panisonic makes the batteries for most all of the competitors too, including DeWalt, go figure. He said that it's cheaper for DeWalt and other's to have them sourced out, than make their own. Panisonic batteries will outlast DeWalts and most all of the competition, except Makita. They are on par with them last I heard. We used to use the old 9 volt Makita cordless drills back in the eighties. The batteries ran for a long long time and you could recharge them over and over.
Later, I tried out the panisonic drills in the ninties and got hooked with their compactness and battery life. I'm about ready to purchase Makita again, or give Ryobi a chance since the lithium Ions are leveling the playing field.
Although I like the sound of the lifetime warranty with Ridgid, The weight of the drills are comparable to my bowling ball. No doubt they are well built, like a tank, but I'm concerned about the costs of arm surgery for tendenitis. Anyhow, I will shop around for the lightest, 14 or 18 volt cordless that is versatile & able to take a drop from a 6 foot ladder and affordable. Meanwhile, I can always count on the old tried and true Milwaukee, Made in USA corded drills.
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Old 11-26-2007, 09:38 PM   #18
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I'd probably recommend this. You can't go wrong with Bosch.

http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-Litheon-...6134551&sr=8-6
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The makita LXT lithium Ion cordless has all the functions you want and is a great tool from a great company.
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