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Forum topic by danr78 posted 01-27-2010 10:46 PM 899 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2010 10:46 PM

I am looking at a Lith-Ion drill at Home Depot and they don’t give the volts. Instead they say it “deliver 250 in/lbs of torque.”

I’m not sure what that really means. Is that closer to a 12 volt or 18 volt drill. Can someone put this in layman’s terms and help me with an apples to apples comparison.

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#1 posted 01-27-2010 10:48 PM

I would cross reference the drill product number/name to the company web site.

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#2 posted 01-27-2010 10:49 PM

250’s about average for an 18V, if I recall correctly, with some drills going up around 400. Dewalt’s another one who doesn’t quote torque in in-lbs anymore, they use another measurement that escapes me at the moment.

But more than the voltage will determine the torque, so I don’t think you can draw any definitive conclusions from that. Look at the label on the battery itself, it should quote the voltage and amp-hours.

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#3 posted 01-27-2010 11:06 PM

For voltage – Usually the drills come with a battery and charger? Or at least tell you which one to use? In my experience, you must use the drill manufacturers battery – unless there is a generic made especially for the tool you are buying – i.e. I have the Milwaukee V28 series….and there is no other battery on the market but the Milwaukee ones. I have seen some generic batteries for black and decker….but none of the others.

As for torque…most of them are pretty much the same at 18 volts (the name of the manufacture usually will determine the quality)....Mostly I’ve seen a difference in torque when the type of drill is stated….like a hammer drill…or a demolition model…something like that. The bigger voltage usually has a little more torque…but most of the higher charge goes to longer work time. Once you jump up over 18 volt the price nealy doubles….I got lucky and got the Milwaukee set as a promotion….Otherwise, I would recommend looking for a reconditioned set…cheaper and usually has pretty much the same factory warranty…(Milwaukee is 5 year tool…1 or 2 year on battery (not sure if 1 or 2)...

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#4 posted 01-27-2010 11:41 PM

I believe you are talking about the little 12v Milwaukee drill. From the reviews I have read, they say its a really good 12v drill and part of their new 12v line of tools.

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