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Old 05-31-2019, 04:55 PM   #51
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18v Milwaukee gets my vote.
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Old 05-31-2019, 05:29 PM   #52
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Which one is good to have around?
Dewalt, Milwaukee, Ryobi, ???
Looking at getting a drill, impact, Sawzall for the time being.
I have a drill and saw from Harbor Freight, but batteries don't last and the last few times I've been there, can't even find a replacement. I'm not going to be using them all the time, but when I need one, I need to work and the battery to last more than a few minutes.
What's in your tool box??
All of my power tools are Milwaukee. You could have gotten a complete set for about 50% off through Home Depot earlier this week.
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Old 05-31-2019, 05:33 PM   #53
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I have nothing but problems with my 18v rigid tools. When I started my business that's all I bought, and I've had battery issues and tool breakdowns with every single item, recip. saw, circ. Saw, impact, drill, hammer drill, multi-tool. Sure they are warrantied, but they aren't any good to me when they are off getting repaired/replaced. I've gone to Makita and Milwaukee and havent had any issues whatsoever.
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Old 05-31-2019, 05:39 PM   #54
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I havenít had any problems with any of my dewalt tools. Dewalt gets my vote.
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Old 05-31-2019, 06:23 PM   #55
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Milwaukee brushless will ruin you on anything else available at a box hw store.

My tools get used 5+ days a week.
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Old 05-31-2019, 07:00 PM   #56
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All of my power tools are Milwaukee. You could have gotten a complete set for about 50% off through Home Depot earlier this week.


They are still on sale at my local store . Not all sets but a few are , batteries too
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Old 05-31-2019, 07:14 PM   #57
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Milwaukee...buy them on sale
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Old 05-31-2019, 07:35 PM   #58
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My brother is a cheap... rascal, and gets good service out of Ryobi tools for around the house projects. I use cordless tools on a pretty regular basis and have good luck with dewalt, we also use Milwaukee tools at the ranch and have good luck with them. Drill bits I like Milwaukee red helix drill bits and for any kind of saw blade I use diablo brand.
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Old 05-31-2019, 08:11 PM   #59
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Milwaukee all the way. I use their tools 7 days a week, and they flat out last.
Their E-Service is way ahead of anybody else I've found. Break a tool, enter the serial online, they immediately email you a prepaid label, drop it off, shows up a week later.
I just got an impact back. Dropped it off a cell tower, and snapped it in two. They sent a brand new one back. Quick, no phone call, no hassle, no arguments.
They're all going to break at some point.
Ever sent a Ryobi tool off through HD? Takes 6 weeks to get it back. Absolute nightmare everytime.
Rigid sucks, end of story. Burned up 3 brand new drills, in one day.
Makita is the only tool company left that builds their own tools. All the others mix and match parts, are owned by other companies, etc..
I would put it Hilti, Milwaukee, Makita.
Just like hand tools though. Not everyone needs Snap, or Mac, for some people, Craftsman is more than enough.
Depends on how you plan on using it.

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Old 05-31-2019, 08:16 PM   #60
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I stick with Kobalt...bought a new set for Black Friday this past November.
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Old 05-31-2019, 08:54 PM   #61
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18v Ryobi for several years, they are used less than a pro but more than the weekend warrior. I have the grinder, circular saw, sawzall, drill, driver and flash light, no complaints
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Old 06-07-2019, 11:43 PM   #62
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Lots of sales for Fatherís Day.
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Old 06-08-2019, 09:19 PM   #63
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Milwaukee
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Old 06-08-2019, 09:55 PM   #64
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Porter Cable is a good mid range option. Will hold up to serious work but not gouge you too deep.

Gary
Another vote for Porter Cable. Love mine and battery life seems to be better than some others Iíve owned.
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Old 06-09-2019, 10:41 AM   #65
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DeWalt is the best hands down !!!!
IMHO
I have yet to kill one and I try daily
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Old 06-09-2019, 11:06 AM   #66
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Are there any online retailers to get tools from, makita, Milwaukee, dewalt? Amazon of course but any others that might offer good online deals?

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Old 06-09-2019, 03:07 PM   #67
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Are there any online retailers to get tools from, makita, Milwaukee, dewalt? Amazon of course but any others that might offer good online deals?

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Craigslist. You can buy em still in the package. Never had a warranty problem either, and
any name brand you can think of.
Big city CL though. Dallas, Houston, etc..
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Old 06-09-2019, 09:24 PM   #68
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Craigslist. You can buy em still in the package. Never had a warranty problem either, and

any name brand you can think of.

Big city CL though. Dallas, Houston, etc..
Cool madhat.. i'l take a look on cl and see if i can stir the pot and see what comes to the top

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Old 06-09-2019, 09:39 PM   #69
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I'm a DeWALT guy & got most of their 20v stuff...FYI, DeWALT makes / owns the Porter Cable line. I think both DeWALT & Milwaukee make stuff for the Snap-On cordless products??

I used to mfg most of the DeWALT wire harnesses for the Reynosa facility...this was back in the day before Nicad took over the scene.

You guys should see what these upper end companies do for destructive tests & trying to find the weak points that may happen out in the real world.
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Old 06-09-2019, 10:52 PM   #70
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I won’t say my porter cable are “best” but I’ve been pleased with all mine for the 3 years I’ve had them. Built several barns, several thousand feet of floors and showers and countless daily jobs. Good battery life. For my usage I’d probably buy again
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Old 06-10-2019, 08:50 AM   #71
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Dewalt here that we use in the morgue. 18V sawzall and drill! 18 inch blade goes thru titanium like butter!
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Old 06-10-2019, 10:29 AM   #72
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I decided to be a guinea pig and bought the new craftsman cordless sets that Lowe's is putting out. I got a 4 piece combo set (regular and impact drill, sawzall, and the "light", with 2 batteries and charger ) and a separate 7.5 inch circular saw, for about $215. They all did exactly what they were supposed to do for the kitchen counter replacement and sink install that I did a couple weekends ago. Time will tell how they hold up.
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Old 06-14-2019, 11:41 AM   #73
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Going to give these a shot. Like the portable shop vac to clean out my grill. And itís Costco so if I donít like itís an easy fix.


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Old 06-14-2019, 11:58 AM   #74
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Have owned and used Milwaukee, Dewalt, Ryobi, Craftsman. I'll take Milwaukee all day now, Dewalt is OK but would take a Makita over it.
Ryobi is junk !!!
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Old 06-14-2019, 01:31 PM   #75
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Looks like I will be going with Milwaukee, since a friend of mine gave me a 1/2" impact and 2 batteries and another guy gave me a brand new charger!!!
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Old 06-14-2019, 01:40 PM   #76
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Looks like I will be going with Milwaukee, since a friend of mine gave me a 1/2" impact and 2 batteries and another guy gave me a brand new charger!!!

That 1/2" impact is a great tool!!!

I have all kinds of M18 and never had an issue with any.

2 drills
2 impact drivers
1/2" impact
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Old 06-14-2019, 01:46 PM   #77
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Who carries Milwaukee brand?
Going to look for Father's Day Specials.
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Old 06-14-2019, 01:47 PM   #78
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You won’t be disappointed! believe Lowe’s and HD both carry them.

Edit: nevermind Lowe’s does not carry them.

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Old 06-14-2019, 01:49 PM   #79
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Who carries Milwaukee brand?
Going to look for Father's Day Specials.
Homedepot
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Old 06-14-2019, 02:37 PM   #80
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Who carries Milwaukee brand?

Going to look for Father's Day Specials.
Home depot is the spot.. I've been looking at them too.. good sales right now for certain combo packages! Let us know what you get and if it was a good deal..

I'd like to hear opinions on Milwaukee vs Makita 18v

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Old 06-14-2019, 02:41 PM   #81
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We use cordless stuff all the time in our shop and I used to always purchase Milwaukie, the impacts we great but drills started going down more frequently. Switched almost all the shop stuff to Dewalt a couple of years ago and have been very happy with them. Since then I have replaced all my stuff at home to DeWalt.
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Old 06-14-2019, 02:46 PM   #82
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Had Dewalt stuff and they were so so. About 4 years ago I went with Milwaukee cordless tools and never looked back. I have a small fortune in them.
Matter of fact just ordered a $300 finish 16 ga nailer today to help with installing many interior doors and lots of trim in my barndo.

I used their 18 ga finish nailer to install about 10.000 nails into 1400sqft of shiplap and it worked like a charm.
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Old 06-14-2019, 02:54 PM   #83
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I've had a Rigid 18v 1/2" drill since father's day of 2008, I registered the warranty and they've replaced the batteries twice without any problem or issues. No problems with the drill or the charger. Personally, would not hesitate to buy another Rigid
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Old 06-14-2019, 03:05 PM   #84
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Dewalt here that we use in the morgue. 18V sawzall and drill! 18 inch blade goes thru titanium like butter!
Do you ever have any spare titanium laying around?
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Old 06-14-2019, 04:09 PM   #85
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I sell these tools everyday and also get them repaired for customers. I would say Milwaukee is slightly ahead of Dewalt in the tech in the motors and electronics but Dewalt is ahead of Milwaukee in available types of tools and availability of products. Dewalt has better service. Dewalt has better warranty repair centers. Batteries are a breeze to get swapped out if they are in warranty. So, I would say Dewalt is slightly better and a small amount cheaper. P.S. If you can afford the higher end tools like the XR for Dewalt or M18FUEL for Milwaukee, get it. It is well worth it. They are way more solid tools and better tech.
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Old 06-14-2019, 04:13 PM   #86
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I have a Dewalt 18v drill & sawzall combo and they are good but recently I have added ryobi 24v drill, impact driver, skill saw, 18v blower, weedeater, edger and a 40v lawnmower...they are great. For my small subdivision yard, that 40v mower is AWESOME!!!
Ive got a Kobalt Battery Powered Weedeater and the best thing I have bought in a while. Wondered about the mower's, to big of a yard for them. Cool ideas though.
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Old 06-14-2019, 04:14 PM   #87
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Best pricing will be Lowes or Home Depot. Best Service after the Sale will be Fastenal. If something happens to the tools after the sale, you can go back and speak to the same person that sold it to you and they will send it in for repair.
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Old 06-14-2019, 04:53 PM   #88
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X2 on the M18 Fuel.... Just left HD and they had some fairly good deals going
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Old 06-14-2019, 07:34 PM   #89
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Rigid been good.
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Old 06-14-2019, 07:43 PM   #90
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Dewalt, Milwaukee, or Makita. I have a lot of Dewalt now and it has held up well.
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Old 06-14-2019, 08:21 PM   #91
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Skip those and spend the money on Makita. You'll never look back
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