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Old 04-23-2019, 06:55 PM   #31
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Never had that problem but I've heard others complain about it. All my drills are the premium hammerdrill models, 2 are brushed and one is brushless, all of them have the ratcheting chuck. I snug up the bit while holding onto the chuck and pulling the trigger, but then I"ll grip the chuck and give it a final cinch tight without running the motor. I'll always hear 2-3 ratcheting clicks and the bit never comes loose under any condition or use. These drills have easily the best chucks I've ever owned or used, WAY better than my old 18 or 14.4 had.

Think I remember reading somewhere they used a lesser chuck on some of the earlier, lower-end 20v models and they weren't the ratcheting chuck. The brushless motor accelerates so rapidly that without the ratchet it could actually jar the chuck loose when used in reverse.
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Never had that problem but I've heard others complain about it. All my drills are the premium hammerdrill models, 2 are brushed and one is brushless, all of them have the ratcheting chuck. I snug up the bit while holding onto the chuck and pulling the trigger, but then I"ll grip the chuck and give it a final cinch tight without running the motor. I'll always hear 2-3 ratcheting clicks and the bit never comes loose under any condition or use. These drills have easily the best chucks I've ever owned or used, WAY better than my old 18 or 14.4 had.

Think I remember reading somewhere they used a lesser chuck on some of the earlier, lower-end 20v models and they weren't the ratcheting chuck. The brushless motor accelerates so rapidly that without the ratchet it could actually jar the chuck loose when used in reverse.
I have a couple old Black and Decker that work better than the Dewalt. I have been really disappointed in the quality.
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I have a couple old Black and Decker that work better than the Dewalt. I have been really disappointed in the quality.

As with anything you"ll find folks on either side of the fence. I've spent many thousands on DeWalt stuff, only ever had one dewalt that I would consider a dud, it was a lower end (all plastic/no metal gear case) 14.4 drill. The old B&D pro models are where the modern yellow DeWalt tools originated from. Been owned by B&D for 60 years.

We've built grain bins since the late 90's, that work is extremely tough on tools. They often fall to the concrete, get wet or end up in dirt or mud. We have about 8 cordless 3/8 and 1/2 impacts, used for moving the bin jacks, building roof sub-structure, installing roof panels and general equipment assembly. Also in cordless we have 3 or 4 drills, a couple recip saws, couple grinder/cutoff tools and probably 24+ batteries.

For tightening the thousands of bolts that assemble the tank we run 2, 3 even 4 half inch corded impacts at a time depending on the size of the crew working that day. Work the heck out of all the tools every single day and have very few failures. If one does fail it was usually due to dropping and physically breaking something or getting them wet. We buy a couple new each year and retire the old as they die. Date every one and usually get 3-4 years out of them.

Lots of love for makita on here, but two of the worst tools I ever owned were makita. We used to run a few cordless milwaukee but the cordless 3/8 impacts were too fat, heavy and just run too slow, no matter the setting the drills always seem at the wrong speed for the job. They were consistently the last tools still in the box, the crew would argue over who got stuck with them. The grinder and recip saw both worked good, still have a couple around. The 1/2 corded impact was pretty universally hated, did not work well for our application.
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