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Old 04-04-2013, 04:28 PM   #1
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Looking at getting a Compact Drill and Impact driver set for around the house. Couple buddies working construction said stay away from the new Dewalt stuff because it was junk.

What's the green screens opinion on brands?
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:33 PM   #2
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I prefer Milwaukee,Ridgid,Dewalt and Makita in that order.
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:36 PM   #3
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The old Dewalt was good but new batteries suck . At work I am buying all new Makita tools
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:36 PM   #4
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I bought a new Dewalt to rebuild the privacy fence at my house. I'd burned it up before I finished the fence. And I don't have a big yard. Stay away based on my experience.

I've got Ryobi cordless tools that I bought at Home Depot. I've been very pleased with them. They've performed far beyond their price.

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Old 04-04-2013, 04:37 PM   #5
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I loved my Milwaukee impact driver set I use at work so much I bought them for my personal use.
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:38 PM   #6
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:42 PM   #7
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:44 PM   #8
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:46 PM   #9
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I've had the same 5 piece Makita set for about 8 years now and it is still going strong. I did have to replace the batteries about 2 years ago.
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:53 PM   #10
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I have Makita, Dewalt, Ridgid, Millwauki, Ryobi-was a drill junkie but about a year ago bought a Sears lithium driver after using one for a week at a scout camp rebuilt a gazebo and that little drill rocked! I later bought their multi tool as it uses the same batteries. I carry these two little cases around in my truck behind the seat as it so small and handy but the batteries last forever and charge quickly. For around $100 these cannot be beat and I would have never thought Sears would make something this stout.
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:59 PM   #11
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:04 PM   #12
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Makita and Milwaukee are nice setups. I got my dads cast off ryobi set when he upgraded to lithium ryobis and I can't complain about them.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:35 PM   #13
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Sears has 19.7 volt in ad today on sale, drill and impact combo $99
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:38 PM   #14
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All the name brands are pretty comparable. I've used all of them at work. The new dewalts are nice. Milwaukee and makita also. People say batteries but as far as I know there are only like three battery manufactures in the world so chances are most of the batteries are produced by the same company. I would stay away from the riobi for heavy everyday use but good for a home set.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:40 PM   #15
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If you are looking for compact I got a set recently I really like its made by Bosch. Good quality, power, and charges super quick
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:47 PM   #16
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:52 PM   #17
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I do HVAC work and ridged didnt last a week. Used to get dewalt tools free,drills had good power but batteries sucked. When I had to start buying them went with makita and they have far outlasted the others.And I use them all day, almost every day.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:54 PM   #18
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If I'm not mistaken, ridgid has lifetime warranty, including batteries.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:58 PM   #19
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Apparently you have never seen a Ridgid Tool calendar. I work for Ridgid tool and it is a quality product and the batteries are good. I have a little drill in my demo fleet that I like a lot and it is a small Ridgid.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:02 PM   #20
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I was given a Makita drill as a wedding gift. I was very skeptical b/c I was shooting for a Dewalt. The Makita has been very good with great battery life. No complaints here.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:09 PM   #21
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I have a dewalt set that I got back in 2011. Use it on everyday hard use (4 pieces, sawzaw, light, drill, and impact, as well as 2 lithium batteries) and nothing has failed me yet. I do like the Milwaukee stuff though too. You can't beat the cordless band saw.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:14 PM   #22
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Support your fellow TBH member...I make parts that go into the black & yellow.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:15 PM   #23
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Is everyone that's having bad luck with the new dewalt talking about the cheap *** 18 volt NiCd set? Ive got the 20v lithiums and they are some bad dudes. It took about a year to burn up the compact drill, not really designed to drill 5/8 and 3/4" holes in decent size steel, but other than that I've had good luck with them. Got some of the 3.0ah batteries and they will hammer all day.

I know a few people that have the white makitas and they have been good ones, don't know anyone with the new millwaukee stuff but I'm sure it's good.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:16 PM   #24
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:16 PM   #25
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I've got 2 9in, 2 5in, and 1 41/2in grinders, 2 1/2in HD drills, 1 1/2in spade handle HD drill,
1 I/2in impact, and 2 porta band saws. All of it Millwaukee. I wont put nothing else on my truck.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:16 PM   #26
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I would stay away from Rigid. I got one of their drills as a wedding gift a few years back. The charger lasted less than year before burning up and to buy a new cost almost as much as a new drill. Needless to say I junked that one and bought another brand.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:31 PM   #27
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I absolutely flogged my original Rigid set (drill, impact, recip, circ) for probly 8 years and it was bomb proof. Bought my fil a set for Christmas when the lithium ion came out and it's trash. My stuff is finaly wore smooth out.

I'm stuck between Makita, and Milwaukee right now.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:54 PM   #28
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The 12v system from Milwaukee is awesome. It has 20 different tools that use the same battery.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:56 PM   #29
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Bosch lithium drills for me.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:15 PM   #30
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Milwaukee has held up for me and the impact really impressed me putting lag bolts in.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:21 PM   #31
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Grinnnnnderrrrrrr!

I may have to look at Makita again. All my old Makita gears batteries are shot.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:35 PM   #32
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The 12v system from Milwaukee is awesome. It has 20 different tools that use the same battery.
X2. Its the M12 line. I used to be a hard core Dewalt fan til there batteries went to crap. I started using the Milwaukee M12 line at the end of last summer and it is just plain awesome. The battery life is crazy long. Right out of the box it took almost three weeks to drain the factory charge off of the battery before I could recharge it. Not to mention they recharge in about 30 minutes or so.

Here is a link to the Milwaukee site.

http://www.milwaukeetool.com/power-t...ct+systems=m12
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:37 PM   #33
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I had most all major brand battery tools and several years ago realized for me that high end stuff breaks or batteries die as fast as Ryobi so I just buy the that stuff.

Corded tool I think it pays to buy more power. Check the little numbers on the labels before buying on those things.

I have a few Hitachi medium and super duty impact hammers that are like the energizer bunny.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:39 PM   #34
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Makita! Ever since Dewalt was bought out by Black and Decker, they have been junk! And the replacement batteries are expensive.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:04 PM   #35
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I just gave away a few Dewalt tools that needed repairs. Each was gonna be $89 to fix... Their max repair is $89. I now use Rigid battery powered drills and sawzall. Milwaukee, Rigid, and Ryobe are manufactured by the same company. Their level of quality is in that order too.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:13 PM   #36
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My gutter crew runs the newest Demalt lithium with the brushless motors and they last a long time on a single charge. No complaints. Im phasing out my Hitachi drills and impacts but i had no complaints about them other than the chucks and clutches wearing out after several years.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:16 PM   #37
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Go with lithium Ion battery imo. The only setback from them is letting them cool down before you can charge them after running them down in 100+ degree heat.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:35 PM   #38
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I had a bad experience with dewalt so I steer clear of em.

We had a tool guy swing by the office pushing the new lithium line so I took him out back and put his 20v up against the Hilti 18 and the dewalts just flat out quit after 5 minutes of work. The guy said the batteries got too hot with the heat outside, but my hiltis never quit.

We also have quite a few of the new Milwaukee M18 drills and I have NO co.plaints with them either.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:38 PM   #39
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Darn it!!! I just bought some of the lithium ion dewalt tools. I guess I should have asked the Green Screen first!
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:11 PM   #40
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Milwaukee is always my #1 when it comes to power tools
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:17 PM   #41
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Love my Makita 18v drill/impact set.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:55 PM   #42
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Thanks for the feedback!

It'll be Makita or Milwaukee.

Anyone notice this post was more civilized than the "what cooler should I get post" or Yeti-vs-Brute?
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:55 PM   #43
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Darn it!!! I just bought some of the lithium ion dewalt tools. I guess I should have asked the Green Screen first!
You may be fine for around the house brother, but our sheet metal guys run the guns 9 hrs a day on roofs so they get nothing but the worst treatment.

One weekend at the house is a lot different than the roofing world for sure. The Hilti guy we use has told us we burn through more tools than any of his other trades
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:44 PM   #45
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My brother runs a construction crew building metal buildings and they use Makita impact drivers daily and he recommended them to me. I bought a Makita 18v lithium set with drill, impact, circular, recip, grinder, light, and radio. Love em all. Charges quick and plenty of power. Actually use the radio the most!
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:47 PM   #46
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i most have bought an "old" dewalt with the lithium ion battery 18 months ago because my little impact driver has been a work horse from wood screws to metal to 4"lag bolts even 1.5" paddle bits through 2" wood over and over,,, no battery problems or lack of power, i would by another in a heart beat if this one ever breaks... heck i even used mine with paddle bits to drill holes in liveoaks so i could screw in tree steps, never counted how many holes but we put up three lock on's and used screw in steps for all of them and never changed or charged the battery
i have had several craftsman battery tools and will never by another of them, over priced short life and none of them held up to recharging
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I had similar questions and went with Ridgid. Very happy.
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:27 PM   #48
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I'm another that srews on a lot of metal on buildings and I have tried them all. I've been using Makitas now for a the last 3 years and they have lasted. That's more then I can say for the other brands except for Milwaukee. One of my guys has one and it is very good as well.
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:34 PM   #49
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Bosch lithium drills for me.
I have them all. I prefer my Bosch's over the rest.
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Can't beat Milwaukee. Plus they are the only ones with a heated jacket. That's gotta mean something lol
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