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Blog entry by DocSavage45 posted 10-07-2011 09:06 PM 8759 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently ordered a new cordless drill after my Bosch 24 volt of 11 years just stopped. Was at my local ACE and stumbled on DEWalt. The cordless drill was on sale! Well that model was not in stock, gave me a replacement number, and I went to get some criticle reviews on the tool. I failed to notice that it was not a replacement. It was a 12 volt DeWalt. I need torque. In my hast I found the best price and it was well reviewed. At 1/2 the store price! It also came in 3 days! When I opened the well packaged package I saw “it’s a 12 volt!”

Sent an email through Amazon to the company and they responded immediately. We even discussed an exchange, but when I looked at critiues I realized I needed max power.

They were unable to provide what I needed made some suggestions, and promptly refunded my money once they recieved the returned unopened item.

I have delt with many service departments. this one is top notch. The company is Midwest Technology Products in Sioux City Iowa. They have a web store on Amazon. There is no place in LJ’s to review a company just the tools, so I just wanted to let other LJ’s who might read this that these are good people. And I highly recomend their professionalism.

Still need a 24 to 32 volt high torque cordless driver, any recomendations based on experience would be welcome.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#1 posted 10-07-2011 10:54 PM

Hey Doc,
Sorry the drill didn’t meet your needs, but that 12volt Dewalt sure fits in the hand nice for smaller jobs around the shop. I have always used a 14.4 volt, and the new 12 volt Dewalt makes my old one seem like a tank.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 10-07-2011 11:09 PM

What in the world do you need that much Voltage & power? Will a in-pack driver work? The new 18 Volt do a right good job for me. They also now make in-pack Phillips head bites. I have a 18 Volt Hitachi Drill and In-pack driver and both are all I want to handle. I also, get the feeling that the new drills and drivers are much stronger that the old ones.
Go to You will see cordless drills. Bosch makes a 36 Volt drill and there is a bunch of 18 Volt drills. I hope this helps Doc.

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#3 posted 10-07-2011 11:14 PM

Hello Doc,
I have the Makita 18v drill with lithium batteries and is has plenty power and is a dependable workhorse. I have had it for over 4 years and still using the same batteries. It is a combo drill and driver and will twist right out of your hand if you don’t hold on. I have the Makita drill, jig saw and circular saw that all work off the same batteries and what I like is that they only take about 20 minutes to recharge.

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#4 posted 10-07-2011 11:53 PM

Thanks, :)

I have done a lot of building/carpentry. Furniture usually requires predrilling while construction requires speed and power. Put up a fence around the propertyfriend used his DeWalt..nice drill, but he has to pre drill to drive long screws. Have used the 24 volt Bosch Beast to do most everything. Did see constructioon company critique on newer cordless verse older ones, same models. Lithium Ion was reported to shut down when pushed hard. Just not wanting to return it, especially if i pay a few bucks more.

I appreciate your input

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 10-08-2011 01:01 AM

I just retired my Dewalt 14.4 cordless drill (batteries were failing) and purchased a “Rockwell 3rill” cordless three-in-one driver. It is a two speed drill, screwdriver, and impact driver all in one. It is a 12v lithium battery. It drives lag bolts with 800 In-Lbs of torque, and the battery recharges in 15 min. It uses quick release hex bits. It weighs 2.5 lb and has lifetime battery replacement. Here is a link to the website;
I am very happy with it.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#6 posted 10-08-2011 04:01 AM


Went to the website, checked it out. Went to Amazon and checked it out two concerns were being off center due to torque, and hex based drills. Bought it through amazon with right angle drill adapter and put in my order for the soon to be released chuck that fits into the hex socket.

Relatively new tool w/ few critiques. Guess we’re on the leading edge?

It’s all your fault!!!! LOL

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 10-08-2011 05:14 PM


You need an impact driver, not a drill. An impact driver will have 2 – 3 times the torque and speed. Cordless Impact drivers are specifically made for putting in screws.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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#8 posted 05-05-2012 02:24 PM

Update: The 3Rill has great torque. Lightwieght compared to the older drill. Miss the wieght of the handle against the torque of the drill. Can you say “woosie” LOL. Getting adjusted to that. Critiqe by other users and myself. The chuck is something that fits into the drill. Was using it to hold my bits. Does not stay tightened. Now using a magnetic extension for the bits. When I have to drill a hole I’m using a less powerful drill.

With these exceptions I probably would recomend it. Might rebuild my older drill?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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