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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-05-2002, 09:17 AM
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O/T the best cordless drill

I was wondering what drill I should get. I just bought a $200 DeWalt 14V 1/2 inch and it was crap. The speed selector would get stuck and the batteries died quicker than my POS Ryobi 12V. I am going to return it and was wondering if I should try DeWalt again or go with Mikita, Bosch, etc... Should I stick with 14V and 1/2 inch chuck or not? Any advice would be appreciated.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 12-05-2002, 09:23 AM
 
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Makita would be the one I would get I've had mine for years and never a problem.
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Milwaukee 18v. Beat the crap outs mine and it still works great.
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Re: O/T the best cordless drill

I have a bosch 12V and a craftsman 16.2v, like them both. The craftsman was very inexpensive and is very powerful and comes with two battery packs. I have had it for 4 years now and the bosch for 3 yrs. I had a Makita for several years until it got up and walked away. It also was a good drill. With the Makita and the craftsman, I have been able to use 3-1/4" wood bits without a problem.

I believe the cure for battery life is storage at full charge.
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Re: O/T the best cordless drill

I work construction and all we use is dewalt, they seem to be the best, but makita is not bad. I would recomend a 18volt, much better then 12 or 14. What is wrong with your ryobi? I have a new ryobi 18volt and I love it, it has a 1/2" chuck, never had a problem with it. But I would recomend a DeWalt.

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Re: O/T the best cordless drill

I have to second on the Craftsman. They may not be the best, but mine has taken lots of abuse. I think its the 16.2v but it came in a plastic case and also has a good flashlight with a sturdy base (battery pack) head of light moves around so can be pointed where you need it. Having a second battery pack is great to have also. The case helps prevent wear and tear on drill also. Now I know its not as heavy duty as some of the others, but I've never had a problem.....
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my dad's got the Dewalt..

I drill through 3/16 steel all day and laugh..
It's got kick, pzaz, and zing.
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What is wrong with your ryobi?

I think I burned out the motor and both batteries. It is basically useless for drilling through metal. I will still keep it to drill small holes and drive screws.
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I would second or third the Craftsman cordless.

I have had mine now for 2-1/2 years. 14.4 volt with the case and flashlight. It does not have the transmission so it is just 0-600 RPM.

I used it to put my deck together. 16' by 24' I used 2.5-inch screws and 3.5-inch screws. If you are not careful you can break or strip the 3.5-inch wood screws with it. Even with working the deck the next battery was charged by the time the next one was dead. They were lasting about 1-2 hours each. It really depended on how hard I was working.

I do not attempt to drill metal with it just because the corded drill does so much better with metal.

I use it all of the time for drilling in wood or driving screws with it.... Not the best, out there but works darn good for the money.


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I would agree with the above statement.. I broke the 3rd Gear on the Dewalt and it's always getting stuck inbetween geras..

Get a Milwaukee and never look back!
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