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Forum topic by Beeguy posted 12-24-2010 08:53 PM 1390 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-24-2010 08:53 PM

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Although I have an 18V drill, its use is has been limited. I generally use cordless drills for driving screws and still prefer a corded tool for drilling. I don’t see any disadvantage in corded tools at the workbench. Outdoors or away from the shop is a different story. I find that the 18V is just too heavy to use when I can get more power and less weight with a corded counterpart. But for assembly or just driving screws I don’t think you can beat a cordless drill, but I want one that is not too heavy.

I have to replace my smaller 12V and am pretty sure I am going with the Hitachi combo set; drill and impact driver. I have found mostly favorable reviews and for the price (around $150) it seems like a good deal. Most of the negative comments were around power, or lack of, but it always seemed to be in situations where I would not reach for this tool in the first place. This is my first Hitachi tool but they don’t sound like they are a bad purchase for the price. I know there are better tools available but not in the same price range.

I kept leaving hints the past few weeks, but I don’t see anything under the tree that looks like anyone paid attention. I even went as far as uttering a few choice words when using the 18V to assemble my granddaughter’s presents. All that got me was a lecture on cussing a gift for the baby.

So first question, has anyone had really bad experience these drills in particular or Hitachi tools in general? And for discussion, am I the only one who avoids the heavier 18V tools in favor of lighter 12V or corded models?

Merry Christmas!!

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

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#1 posted 12-24-2010 09:23 PM

I actually like using my big 18-volt drill as long as it is a situation where I have enough room to maneuver it. I find the heft of the tool seems to absorb some of the torque when tightening a screw, making it easier on my wrist.

For working in tighter places, or in situations where weight is a factor, I purchased the Makita 12V li-ion combo drill-impact driver set. I’ve got nothing but good things to say about it…. It seems nearly as powerful as my Dewalt 18-volt, and handles anything I throw at it.

I don’t have any experience with the Hitachi, but based on things I’ve read, I would expect it to perform equally as well as my Makita.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 12-24-2010 09:30 PM

Thanks Charlie,

A few years ago I had a chance to buy that Mikita set. A guy was selling used “demo” tools at farm/flea/antique market. I was not sure if it was a good price at the time and I knew I would never see this guy again so I passed. I should have taken the chance. It turns out the price was pretty good.

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

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#3 posted 12-24-2010 09:42 PM

I’ve been using Hitachi and Makita corded and cordless tools for the last 40 years. Either company are make great tools and I am sure that you will love the 12 volt units. Be sure you get the combo set with drill and driver. I bought the Ridgid 12 volt set as a gift for one of our neighbors two years ago and they love their set.
They are much lighter and quiet powerful. Good luck on your decision.Rand

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#4 posted 12-24-2010 10:00 PM

Ron, I am not a fan of the 18 volts, too much weight for me to lug around. I have a bunch of older Panasonic 12 volts, a Hitachi 14.4 Lion, and a few of the Bosch 10.8 ( now marketed as 12 ) mini drivers. I love the Bosch and use them all the time. I think they have plenty of power for most of what I do, and I love the compact size, and light weight. I haven’t tried the Hitachi micro, but there is a video showing them at this site. The design looks nice, the Bosch won’t stand up when you lay it down. Note that at that page they are selling the reconditioned set.

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#5 posted 12-27-2010 05:49 PM

Well Santa did not leave a drill under the tree, but I did get enough gift cards at Lowes to get the set. I guess someone was listening. I have not had a chance to use them but I was pleased with what was in the box.

One thing that was interesting was while at Lowes they had three sets on the shelf, however one also contained a flashlight. The two drills were the same but one box had the flashlight. It also was the only one that advertised the lifetime warranty. The others said 10 years although I can’t see a lifetime warranty going much beyond 10 years, or at least 10 years from when the tool is discontinued. The price was the same on all three.

When I went to the Hitachi sit to register for the warranty they had a mail in rebate for a 14 piece driver bit set. I did not realize this rebate was underway but it is a nice extra.

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

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#6 posted 12-27-2010 08:59 PM

I have a fairly complete set of 18 volt DeWalt tools including a drill and impact driver. However, I also picked up a Hitachi 12 volt drill with the Li battery. It is light weight and the balance and feel are perfect. It has enough power for 95% of the stuff I do. It is my “go to” drill and my 18 volt DeWalt gets a lot of rest these days.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#7 posted 12-28-2010 01:02 AM

I recently bought the dewalt set and absolutely love it. I use a makita 18v drill and impact set on the jobsite everyday, the dewalt set does 90% of what I do with the makita the only thing I the dewalt won’t do just as fast as the makita is drive LedgerLoks (basically fancy 1/4 lag bolts). You don’t need to predrill for ledgerloks and I never expected the 10.8v dewalt impact to drive them. The 18v makita impact struggles with them.

I wanted a 10.8v impact/drill kit and I wanted the drill to have two gears and a chuck. The 1/4 quick release chuck on the dewalt is far better than anyone elses. You can insert and lock a bit by just pushing it in, and a quick push on the chuck’s collar pushes the bit out making it easy to switch bits with one hand. Makita’s don’t do this, you have to use both hands, or fumble with it with one hand for a little bit. Also the chuck on the drill is the kind that once it starts to get tight on the drill bit, it “ratchets” even tighter, but still releases quickly.

I was really tempted to buy the hitachi’s at 60 bucks less but the chucks that dewalts put on theirs are well worth the money to me. Granted I use my tools to make money everyday, so if they can save me a few minutes a day, I get that 60 bucks back pretty quick.

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#8 posted 12-28-2010 05:44 AM

I like Ridgid, especially the lifetime battery warranty ;-)) I have been using them on the job for at least 5 years without any problems.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 12-28-2010 06:07 AM

I used to do a lot of install work in houses and my weapon of choice was a Milwauke 12 volt, not only because it was less bulky, but because it had a removable chuck so switching between drill and driver bits was real quick. It’s proven to be a very reliable and well made tool.

-- Blinded by brilliance

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