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Dan Lyke

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#1 posted 06-26-2012 01:34 PM

I’m guessing the “hammer drill” mode is just a key slot which keeps the chuck bearing pulled forward so the shaft can’t be pushed up by the hammer platen. Seems like the $20 extra for that is totally reasonable.

I haven’t used the M18s yet. I have a Festool C12, and one of the NiCd batteries was wearing out and I’d bought the Milwaukee M12 ProPex tool, and since I had those batteries and chargers around I bought a cheap M12 kit. My experience from that is that brushless is where it’s at. I should have saved my pennies and bought more batteries or the more recent LiOn Festool drill.

Way more control over the motor, much longer battery life (even with 1.3mAH NiCd). So, yeah: Go brushless.

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