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Old 03-19-2017, 10:34 PM   #1
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I've got several cordless tools from different companies. Batteries are mostly shot. Costs as much to replace the batteries as it did to buy the tools.

I'm gonna get rid of all of it and replace everything with one brand.

I've got it narrowed down to Porter Cable, Ridgid or DeWalt.

Porter Cable. I've got a Porter Cable drill and reciprocating saw, a battery and a charger. They seem like good tools so far. Good price. Dependable. Good run-time per charge. Big selection of tools available. Might just get more PC stuff to round out what I already have.

Ridgid Good reviews, seem well built. Home Depot has a lifetime warranty on parts, service and free batteries. The batteries have always been my problem with cordless tools. Thinking hard about going with Ridgid.

DeWalt. Great reputation for quality tools. Higher prices than the others, but maybe you get what you pay for.

Lemme hear yall's opinions on which way you'd go.
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Old 03-19-2017, 10:36 PM   #2
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PC has been good to me from drills to compressors.
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Old 03-19-2017, 10:37 PM   #3
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DeWalt. Use them at work, their nicad batteries are awesome for nicad. Go lithium ion, you won't regret it
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Old 03-19-2017, 10:37 PM   #4
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No problems with my PC tools
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Old 03-19-2017, 10:55 PM   #5
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I just got a set of Kobalt cordless tools a few months ago, and I'm really impressed. They have some of the best warranty, torque specs, battery life, and battery prices out there. I have the 1/4 impact, 1/2 impact, and a cordless drill. I have no complaints yet. They also have a little fan in the charger to keep the batteries cool, since Li doesn't like heat.
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Old 03-19-2017, 11:30 PM   #6
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Rigid, hands down for me. Home Depot replaced a drill and hammer drill and the batteries at no charge. The set was two years old...and they still replaced them.
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Old 03-19-2017, 11:48 PM   #7
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I have Rigid stuff. Of which, a drill has given out. I'm on construction sites all day, every day and I see nearly all trades that rely on them using Milwaukee first and Makita second. Milwaukee will be my next purchase. Rigid has been good for three years though they are heavy.
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:29 AM   #8
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Old 03-20-2017, 05:01 AM   #9
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Milwaukee if Ize making a living with it. Still have my old 14.4v hammer drill that just won't quit. Just for projects around the the house, I'd go with cheap and the Ncad batteries. I've got a ryobi set that all still work great with the remodel jobs and deer stand bldg etc. When the batteries crapped out, I had them rebuilt and they're more powerful and last longer than the originals. (better sub-c's used in the rebuilds) Yes, lithium's are stronger and all but they usually don't last any longer and they can't be rebuilt. Last time I checked, they would'nt even take em in for recycling. Hopefully something has changed.
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:23 AM   #10
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DeWalt. Use them at work, their nicad batteries are awesome for nicad. Go lithium ion, you won't regret it
Dewalt for me as well, I just recently bought everything they sell cordless. I have an old 18V drill that is at least 7 years old and has the same batteries that I use all the time. I can use it all weekend on the same battery and it has been dropped on more surfaces and different heights than I care to remember . I was in Home Depot the other day and an older gentleman was arguing with the clerk about a fee they charge for sending a tool in for repair. He said I have a lifetime warranty , it is a year old , AND "you didn't charge me the OTHER two times I sent it in for repair" . I told him maybe you should buy a different drill
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:37 AM   #11
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I have Dewalt and am happy with them, but wouldn't hesitate to buy rigid or Makita.

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Old 03-20-2017, 06:41 AM   #13
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If I didn't have so much desalt crap I'd switch away from them.
Broke the handle off an 18v xrp last yr when 1/2" bit caught.
Surprised by that really.
The chuck on my 20v impact just broke
Flew apart when I was changing a tip out



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Old 03-20-2017, 06:54 AM   #14
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They even built an adapter to use the new 20V batteries in the 18V tools.
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:09 AM   #15
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I have used all three of those. You will probably be happy with any of them. I am a Dewalt guy all the way. Dewalt and Milwaukee are commercial grade your other two are not. If your not a contractor it won't matter. LI batteries all the way, they are night and day more powerful.


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Old 03-20-2017, 07:18 AM   #16
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:24 AM   #17
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I've got several cordless tools from different companies. Batteries are mostly shot. Costs as much to replace the batteries as it did to buy the tools.

I'm gonna get rid of all of it and replace everything with one brand.

I've got it narrowed down to Porter Cable, Ridgid or DeWalt.

Porter Cable. I've got a Porter Cable drill and reciprocating saw, a battery and a charger. They seem like good tools so far. Good price. Dependable. Good run-time per charge. Big selection of tools available. Might just get more PC stuff to round out what I already have.

Ridgid Good reviews, seem well built. Home Depot has a lifetime warranty on parts, service and free batteries. The batteries have always been my problem with cordless tools. Thinking hard about going with Ridgid.

DeWalt. Great reputation for quality tools. Higher prices than the others, but maybe you get what you pay for.

Lemme hear yall's opinions on which way you'd go.
Porter Cable. However, I would suggest taking another look at Milwaukee. Rigid and Dewalt are the same on the inside, and have lots of plastic parts. I believe both are made in the same factory. At least they used to be. I would shy away from DeWalt at all costs to be honest.
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:32 AM   #18
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I use Battery tools everyday. All of my stuff is Dewalt 20v lithium.

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Old 03-20-2017, 07:34 AM   #19
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I have a Dewalt 20v set it has been very impressive the batteries last a long time even under very heavy use. I can't speak for the PC or Ridged brands but as for Milwaukee we have them at work and we sell them the batteries don't last near as long nor or they as sturdy as Dewalt in my opinion.
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:53 AM   #20
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I know they arent on your list, but My next set will be either Makita or Milwaukee. I have a 9v Makita that is going on 20 years old and still works great although underpowered (they didn't make much bigger back then). We use the 28v Milwaukee at work and those things are dang near indestructable!!

I've had Dewalt for 10 years and they used to be great tools. The last few drills I've bought have been great, but the batteries are pure junk. My last 2 sets barely lasted 1.5 years and that's topping them off on the charger regularly!

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Old 03-20-2017, 08:10 AM   #21
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IF you can afford them https://store.snapon.com/POWER-TOOLS...S-C629022.aspx
They don't make everything but for drills and impacts there are none better or stronger.
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:16 AM   #22
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I am on a 80 million$ electrical job. Every tool we are using is a Milwaukee Fuel system cordless. From band saws, to sawzalls to hammer drills to cable cutters to hydraulic crimpers. All Milwaukee Fuel series. 12v and 18v. Batteries last incredibly long and tools are tough.
These tools have come a long way in cordless tool development.
I'd say Milwaukee...all the way.
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:25 AM   #23
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:39 AM   #24
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I guess it would depend on what you are using the tools for. Making a living off of them? Side work for extra cash? weekend warrior doing projects around the house? If I was making a living off them, it would be Milwaukee. Hands down, no competition. If it was just a weekend warrior thing, fixing little stuff and tackling little house projects, I'd go with Porter Cable.
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:50 AM   #25
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Anyone use Hilti?

My friends a dealer but I've never used them, even though he raves about them..
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Old 03-20-2017, 09:07 AM   #27
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X3. I just picked up a pair of their newer subcompact 18v drill driver combo. Wow! I didn't need a new set even though mine are 10+ years old. I even have their weedeater. Love the 18v battery options from 1.5 mah to 5 mah.

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I am like you in that my tools are not the problem it is the batteries that wear out.

I have two sets of Rigid drills / saws, a makita drill/driver set, and several ryobi tools. All have been excellent so far.
I have had two batteries go out on the oldest rigid set (7 years old) and it is real convenient to go to Home depot and hand them an old battery and they hand me a new one.

I would not hesitate to buy the higher end models of any of these.
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Old 03-20-2017, 09:11 AM   #29
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Have you checked with the store Batteries plus bulbs to see how much fixing the batteries are? They will rebuild them with new cells good as new.
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Have you checked with the store Batteries plus bulbs to see how much fixing the batteries are? They will rebuild them with new cells good as new.
"NOT" I had 2 rebuilt there. Promises, promises. Not as much duration and they lasted less than a year.
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Old 03-20-2017, 09:42 AM   #31
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I have Dewalt 20v and they are great, bought back in 2012 and I have used them a lot for industrial applications at work and they are still ticking. I bought the extra life 3.0 batteries and get so much more run time.

That being said, Milwaukee used to make a good tool, and makitas have been good ones too. It pretty sure the PC is more of a home use tool but I think the Rigid will give you pretty good work too. It's all up to what you want to spend on them. I like my Dewalts though.
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:56 AM   #32
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Milwaukee hands down,

Have had ridgid, makita, and porter cable.

I would put Makita and Ridgid together as close 2nd.
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I'm just a home owner/hobby type user and have both a 12v and an 18v Ridgid drill. Yes they have a lifetime warranty, to include the batteries, but you have to follow their registration rules, and even register replacement batteries to be covered. And, you have to take the problem tool, battery, and charger to their repair place for evaluation in order to get coverage. The shop in San Antonio was about 5 blocks from my bow shop and that wasn't bad, but now the closest one is in Beeville, about 80 miles away--no good.

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Milwaukee hands down,

Have had ridgid, makita, and porter cable.

I would put Makita and Ridgid together as close 2nd.
Milwaukee is the way to go!
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Old 03-20-2017, 11:45 AM   #35
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Old 03-20-2017, 02:24 PM   #36
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Thanks everybody. I had no idea the response I'd get. Keep it coming.

I'm gonna answer a couple of questions without trying to multi-quote.

Some of the stuff I have is Craftsman. Pretty much homeowner grade stuff. I don't feel like it'd be worth it to try to replace the batteries. I have a set of Milwaukee 14.4 volt tools that I bought new close to 20 years ago. The batteries never seemed to last long, then they crapped out, then the charger crapped out. At the time, it was going to cost a fortune to replace the batteries and charger. I've heard mixed reviews of having batteries rebuilt, so I'm gonna pass on that option. I've got a Makita 1/4" impact and a weedeater. We moved and I can't seem to find the battery and charger to save my life. I think I'm going to box it all up and garage put it in a garage sale.

The Porter Cable stuff has done everything I've asked it to, but it seems a little bit light-duty. My BIL has some PC stuff. If I buy something new, I'll give my BIL my current PC drill, sawzall and batteries.

I don't make a full-time living with my tools, but I live on a ranch and I weld part-time, so when I work 'em, often as not, I work 'em pretty hard. The main thing is decent battery life.

I hadn't looked at Makita or Milwaukee until this thread. Frankly, I wasn't too impressed with Milwaukee before, but the set I have is almost 20 years old - I know they've improved since then. I've used a Milwaukee Fuel grinder and was pretty impressed. I think I'll take a closer look at Milwaukee and Makita too.

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I've been slowly switching everything I own to DeWalt after borrowing some from a friend.

My drill is a year old and the first DW I purchased. So far, zero issues and I'm pretty rough on it. Maybe not a daily user but it gets a hot supper every week at least once.

If you want to see some truly unbiased tool reviews and teardowns that you can guarantee aren't sponsored or paid for, look up AvE on the youtubes. Dude shoots straight.
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:10 PM   #38
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If you want to see some truly unbiased tool reviews and teardowns that you can guarantee aren't sponsored or paid for, look up AvE on the youtubes. Dude shoots straight.
Will do!

Dustoffer, what you describe is one of my concerns with Ridgid. If using the warranty is a pain in the rear, it ain't such a great thing after all.
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:41 PM   #39
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:12 PM   #41
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I've been real happy with my Makita tools.
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:18 PM   #42
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I'm in the AC business and abuse my Dewalt 20 volt and they hold up really good.
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:59 PM   #43
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We didn't have very good luck with the Dewalt. Mainly bearings but chuck problems as well. Almost all of what we use now is Makita and it's been great. No ones even had to get new batteries yet and they are around 6 years old now and these things put in millions of screws a year.
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