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04-07-2010 10:51 PM

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I need some help choosing a cordless drill to buy my husband for his birthday. He didn’t specify which one he wanted and (foolishly) I thought there was only one kind. To my surprise at the Sears website I found myself lost in a sea of drill/driver, right angle, reversible, hammerdrill, lithium ion, impact, rotary doo-dads and no idea what the heck to click on. Can someone tell me what an all-around handy cordless drill would be? I’m not looking to break the bank, but I also like to buy him nice things and I don’t want it burning up after just a few uses. Any help would be appreciated! :)

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#1 posted 04-07-2010 11:04 PM

There are a lot of nice drills out there, but I favor those with enough power to do just about any type of drilling you might run across, so I lean towards the higher voltage drills. I recently bought my son a Bosch cordless drill. It was 18 volts with a Lithium battery shown below. It runs about $175 so its a little pricy. Porter Cable also makes a nice drill. I have a Porter Cable 19 V nicad battery drill that I have had for many years and its been great. I guess if he just uses it around the house for smaller jobs, you could get buy with a smaller votage like 12 volts. In any event Bosch and Porter Cable are top of the line. The Bosch drill in the picture is the 18 v model

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#2 posted 04-07-2010 11:10 PM

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If you want Craftsman I would go with the one above. I have a 18v Ryobi That I am very pleased with, have used it for years. Model P201. Either of these would be an all round good cordless drill/ driver.

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#3 posted 04-07-2010 11:12 PM

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I just bougt this for myself . Its very nice lots of power looked at a lot of drill decided on this. If you have a home depot near you they have them, Bosch is nice too..I thought the” fit” of the Makita was better, very comfortable to use. Google Makita
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#4 posted 04-07-2010 11:14 PM

No matter the brand or type, I drift to the ones offering two batteries. Nothing more irritating than waiting on the charger, while a project sits undone.

(I have a B&D Firestorm 18v & a 14.4v that I really like)

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#5 posted 04-07-2010 11:16 PM

Something else to consider (as if there wasn’t enough). If your husband already owns some cordless tools that he is happy with, it might be nice to get a drill that uses a compatible battery. Having multiple tools using the same battery and charger is very convenient.

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#6 posted 04-07-2010 11:29 PM

I agree with Grampa. That Makita drill is lightweight (3.5 lbs.), has lots of power, and it’s battery charges in 15 minutes. So, your battery will charge before you can run the other one out. Seems to get a lot of great reviews as well. It’s about $180 at Home Depot if you have one close or you can order it online. Take a look here.

Makita #BDF452HW 18V 1/2 Inch Cordless Drill

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#7 posted 04-07-2010 11:43 PM

- Ryobi brand (at Home Depot) is overall biggest bang for the buck type of tool.
- DeWalt, Bosch high end = pricey (but may be a way to go if it’s a present)
- Craftsman, Skil – low end
- Go with 18V battery. 12V somewhat underpowered, 24V heavy duty, professional = pricey
- Lithium ion battery is superior to Ni-Cd battery (more energy stored per unit weight), not too important
- Impact/hammer drill is not needed unless you plan to drill masonry/concrete
- Terms drill/driver often used interchangeably. Driver implies use for driving in screws and having multiple speed setting. Majority of cordless drills have this feature.
- It is hard to go wrong with a drill. It is a relatively reliable tool regardless of the brand.

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#8 posted 04-07-2010 11:53 PM

what ever you get him ,
the ion battery’s last much longer ,
although they and the charger
may cost more .
a good 18v tool with charger and ion battery’s is the way to go .

sweet that you are thinking of this for him !

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#9 posted 04-08-2010 12:07 AM

If he is only going to have one drill-

18 volts
2 batteries (Li-Ion)
High and low speed (drill/driver)
Hammer drill option

Most brands will have a drill with these characteristics. Cheapest is not always the best- but neither is the most expensive.

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#10 posted 04-08-2010 12:25 AM

I have a Hitachi, couple of Bosch (impact and drill), couple of Makitas and Dewalts. I bought a Craftsman drill + impact driver set for $100 some years ago. (I am something of a sucker for tools) The impact driver is what I generally reach for first. A recommendation requires knowledge about how and what he would use it for.
A good review of impact drivers:
look for the video titled “testing impact drivers”.

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#11 posted 04-08-2010 12:27 AM

I used to be real partial to my 18V Ryobi until the batteries finally died after a few years. I replaced them with new ones that cost almost as much as a new cordless drill. Less than 2 years later the second set of batteries died then I started looking for a new drill. I was sold on Milwaukee after being referred by a couple of tradesmen that swore by theirs. I bought a 14 volt cordless Milwaukee that came with a charger 2 lithium batteries and a carrying case. I’ve had it well over 2 years and the batteries are still charging like new and the torque/ power of the drill is much more powerful than my Ryobi was. I have drilled through lots of different thicknesses of wood. thin metal, and even drilled through concrete to attach screw anchors, and many projects requiring lots of screws etc. It’s a real work horse to me. You should be able to pick one up for under $200.00. I wouldn’t even think about another brand as for me. Also, the drill chuck on mine is metal not the heavy plastic like others. It even beats my brothers 19V Craftsman as far as durability, power and torque. I don’t know, can you tell I’m partial to Milwaukee now?
Best of luck to you on your selection of choices.
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#12 posted 04-08-2010 02:32 AM


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#13 posted 04-08-2010 07:07 AM

Welcome to LJs DW! Dan’s a lucky man! Most household and woodworking tasks don’t need the big monster drills (18v to 28v). A decent 10.8v to 14.4v Lithium Ion impact driver will drive the vast majority of screws really well, and are light and comfortable. It’s going to be tough to figure out which drills feel best in his hands, but odds are good he’ll love whatever you give him. You can always grab hold of them yourself and judge for yourself. If you want to impress, I’d shy away from most of the common homeowner drills like Skil, B&D, Harbor Freight, and other no names. Makita, DeWalt, Hitachi, Porter Cable, Bosch, Milwaukee, Panasonic, and Ridgid make some really nice drill/driver options. I’ve got a big 19.2v Craftsman “C3” drill and impact driver, but my little 10.8v (12v max) Hitachi palm driver is my favorite. All of the better names above have a version of one….most run in the $100-$125 range. Good luck!

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#14 posted 04-08-2010 07:14 AM

I would go with the Ridgid at Home Depot. You get life time warranty on the drill and batteries too!! The battereis are the weak spot in battery drills.

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#15 posted 04-08-2010 07:41 AM

You can never go wrong with a gift card. :) As part of the deal, he takes you with him so you get an idea of what he needs/wants and then go to dinner. He has to wait till he gets home to play.

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