Tool Recommendations -- Corded Drill and Belt Sander

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Forum topic by MattMcC posted 08-18-2010 07:01 PM 2802 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-18-2010 07:01 PM

Ok, I decided to turn over some of my older cheapo tools in favor of some more substantial equipment that will be my “last purchase” for each tool. These are small items but want recommendations on the following if you have them:

3/8” Corded Drill—Looking at the Ridgid R7001 or the new Milwaukee Tradesman. I have other Ridgid tools, including table saw, jointer and plunge router, so the idea of filling out with more Ridgid seems appealing to me and the Ridgid 7.5 amp drill looks to fit the bill for light/medium duty work. However, I also have a soft spot for Milwaukee—I have super sawsall that is untouchable as well as their big router under my router table—and their 8 amp Tradesman looks nice. Which one? Others?

Belt Sander— Need a new 3×18 belt sander for light / medium duty work. Ridgid makes an interesting wone with a dual fan system that appears to be the way to go. Any comments on this or other options that beat it out?

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#1 posted 08-18-2010 07:06 PM

I’ve got the following corded drill, used it for about 2 years now. Very pleased.

Got this 3×18 belt sander. Has worked perfectly, and frequently available for around $70. Haven’t used the Ridgid.

I can’t really address the models you mentioned since I have no experience with them, but would heartily recommend the models I linked.

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#2 posted 08-18-2010 07:21 PM

The Milwaukee corded drill has been my “go to” in the shop for ten years and I still love it …. rarely use the cordless except for a small Metabo that is my screw gun. I have the Makita sander and can’t sing it’s praises high enough. Had it for 5 years and it serves my needs. I have a lot of Ridgid tools too and like em a lot but the Milwaukee Drill is a bit better IMHO.
Hope this helps.

-- Don in Mountain City. Texas

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#3 posted 08-18-2010 10:52 PM

My Milw. Drill is my second choice and I have had it for over 40 years. My first choice is my Makita because it is lighter. I have only had it for 12 years though.

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#4 posted 08-19-2010 02:01 AM

Makita or Milwaukee
Try Tool Barn in Omaha NE for good prices.

Thanks jb

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#5 posted 08-19-2010 02:55 AM

I have Milwaukee and Hilti, both are work horses…

Belt sander is Makita, easy to track and parts are available. Mine is quite old, still works like a charm.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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