Anyone ever have a cordless drill that lasted more than a couple years?

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10-20-2009 04:26 PM

My latest cordless drill is on its way out. I am VERY disappointed because this has been the best performing cordless drill I have owned to date. Sadly its going down hill fast after only a couple years of light hobby use. This is at least my third cordless drill that has once again not survived more than just a few short years.

Where/what are the drills that last? My next might be a Ridgid only because of the lifetime battery guarantee. It has received “ok” reviews but if I can STOP BUYING CORDLESS DRILLS that would be nice.

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#1 posted 10-20-2009 04:38 PM

I’ve had a small Dewalt that I use for smaller things that has held up for the past 7 years with no issues. It’s small and lightweight. I’m not positive on the model number or voltage, but I’d guess it’s only a 12v (or less). All of my drills are Dewalts and have lasted for quite a while. Good luck.

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#2 posted 10-20-2009 04:44 PM

When we remodeled our kitchen, about 12 years ago, I got a Makita 9v drill (long battery)- only type available at the time. I’ve had to replace the battery several times but the drill is still working great.

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#3 posted 10-20-2009 04:52 PM

My Dewalt 9.6 volt lasted for years until I could no longer get batteries for it. The drill itself was great, but they apparently change the battery style periodically so the new ones won’t fit and you have to buy a new tool when the batteries will no longer hold a charge.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#4 posted 10-20-2009 04:54 PM

I’ve had DeWalt 14.4’s since they came out, 3/8” regular, 1/2” hammer drill, right angle, maybe going on 15 years, still have every one of them in good working order, Bought a lot of batteries in that time though, not that they’re bad, just get a lot of use and recharge cycles. Stuck with the 14.4’s due to battery investment but they have all the torque I need, they can twist off a 1/4” bolt if I’m not careful.

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#5 posted 10-20-2009 04:55 PM

I have had my Ridgid drills – 18v and compact drill/driver – for several years. They still work like the day I got them. Makita and Bosch, while I don’t own them, seem to be very high quality as well.

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#6 posted 10-20-2009 05:06 PM

I have DeWalt 18V DD combi for more than 3yrs todate.
One of the battery pack needs constant charging now approx. after driving 6 or 7 wood screws no. 10# to 12# of 1-1/2” long (even with pilot drilled hole). My earlier drill Talon 9.6V lasted for 6 over years (actually forever if I could find the replacement for dead charger).

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#8 posted 10-20-2009 05:11 PM

I’ve had a DeWalt 18v half inch cordless drill since shortly after they came out a bunch of years ago. It’s still working just great. Very pleased with it. Plenty of power.

Dale, you can have those old batteries rebuilt. I took my original DeWalt battery to the local Interstate Batteries store and they took the case apart and replaced the battery cells inside the case. That battery lasted another 5 years or so. Any battery store should be able to do the same. I still have that battery but the wife bought me a twim pack a couple of years ago so I haven’t needed to have it rebuilt again. Interstate also sells their own brand of battery that will fit my DeWalt drill.

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#9 posted 10-20-2009 05:36 PM

Mind you, I hate cordless tools with a passion due to their tendency to die at the most inappropriate moments… Having said that…

I had a Skil 7.2v drill that lasted for about 10 years before the bearings failed.
A B&D cordless screwdriver that lasted me about 7 before a non replaceable battery failed.

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#10 posted 10-20-2009 05:39 PM

I own about a dozen cordless tools…makita and dewalt, including 2 makita drills and three dewalt 18 volt drills. the makita drills are 15 years+ old. The dewalts are about 7 years old. I had to replace the case on one makita because a knuckleheaded employee kept dropping it off the roof. So far the dewalts are ok but they are starting to show signs of weariness.

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#11 posted 10-20-2009 05:46 PM

For years I was a corded drill guy and never thought of those new fangled battery drills. Later I got my first batter drill from Costco (It didn’t have a seperate battery) and used it till it stopped working. Next I got those Makita 9.6v and really liked the new fangled battery drills. Now I practically never pick up a corded drill because I use the Ryobi impact drill for everything. For $69.95 plus tax and buy the Lithium-ion battery I’ve been using them ( now I have 3) for about 4 years now.

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#12 posted 10-20-2009 05:47 PM

I have had many cordless drills of my own and used many others in the workplace, the best I have ever used and am still using is the Makita BDF452H Li-Ion 18volt drill. I don’t have a single bad thing to say about this one, it costs about $250 but the price is going down, plus you can throw in a impact driver into the mix for an extra $50. I currently have two of these makita’s, the battery charges in 15 mins and since its Li-Ion, it lasts longer and you don’t have to worry about battery memory. This is by far the best bang for your buck in drills that I have come across yet. They were also rated #1 in the 2010 Tool Guide.

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#13 posted 10-20-2009 06:03 PM

I bought a pair of Rigids (LI battery 12 volt) drill a couple of months back.
One is a hammer dirill and easily drives 3” screws in 2×4 lumber.
The other is a keyless chuck and seem to have lower speeds and great torque as well.
I bought the complete set after my Dewalts wer no longer upgradable due to the high cost of the batteries.
They served me well but $75.00 a battery was a bit steep.


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#14 posted 10-20-2009 06:04 PM

I have several Makita tools including 2 – 12V. drills, a right angle drill, A 3 1/4” saw. I have had these for many years. Replaced the trigger on one drill. I had a Dewalt that lasted for about a year. Dropping it on a concrete floor didn’t help. I will not hesitate to buy another Makita.

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#15 posted 10-20-2009 06:14 PM

I have an 18v Milwaukee (purchased 2nd hand) that I’ve replaced the bushings on and reconditioned the battery but otherwise has been a workhorse for about 5 years.

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