Bosch or porter cable drill?

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Forum topic by Matt88 posted 01-16-2011 10:29 PM 7336 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-16-2011 10:29 PM

I have been looking at upgrading my old black and Decker 12 v cordless drill and have been looking at the Bosch kit they have at lowes for 199$ that comes with an impact drill too. then I saw a porter cable at lowes for 99$ soy good reviews. I’m kind of torn. my gut says go with Bosch but keeping 100$ in my pocket is nice too. any thoughts ? by the way I just joined LJ’s last week after only being able to paruse through site and get all the info I can. what a great site. I built my daughter a rocking horse for Christmas and now I can’t get wood off my mind!

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#1 posted 01-17-2011 01:51 AM

I would go with the Bosch.I have owned alot of Bosch tools and in my opinion they are of higher quality than Porter Cable.

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 02:24 AM

With respect to cordless drills I rank Bosch higher than PC and I rank Hitachi higher than either.

You say you are giving up on a B&D 12 volt cordless drill. Are you staying with a 12 volt? Unless you have to do some real heavy duty drilling, a 12 volt is a good choice. Relative to the more popular 18 volt, a 12 volt will be lighter, with better balance and a better feel in your hand. I find that my 12 volt Hitachi has all the power I need.

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

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 02:26 AM

I love all my bosch tools and not so much for my porter cable. However i use 14.4 makita cordless and i dont think much can beat it.

-- Building quality in a throw away world.

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 02:35 AM

Welcome to LJ’s Matt88. IMHO I’ve had good luck with Bosch products, i don’t own there drill i have a makita, some say pc quality has gone down hill so i would go with bosch. There 6.4 jigsaw cuts wood / metal like butter.

-- A poor man has poor way's

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#5 posted 01-17-2011 03:21 AM

I own one bosch drill. It works great.

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#6 posted 01-17-2011 05:01 AM

Gary, I second that on the Jigsaw. I bought a bosch jigsaw about a month ago after using a skil saw. I thought it was crazy to spend $180 on a jigsaw, but then I took the plunge. It is true what they say…you get what you pay for. It is like night and day, this is what turned me on to bosch tools. I guess I just answered my own question…I appreciate everyones input.

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#7 posted 01-17-2011 06:31 AM

I have a lot of Bosch tools and like them very much.

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#8 posted 01-17-2011 09:13 PM

I have a couple of the “older” (Grey) PC’s 9.6 and 14.4 and other than the battery on the 9.6 wearing down rapidly they are great. I also have 3 Dewalt 14.4’s and being a tool nut I bought the Makita (B&W) 18v with a lithium battery at X-mas. The Makita is great and even with the small battery has a lot of power and is balanced very well. and is lighter weight than the Dewalts.

Which ever you buy I would go for one with the lithium battery, they hold a charge longer, are lighter weight and reportedly can be charged more often and a drill with a 1/2 inch chuck.

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#9 posted 01-17-2011 09:54 PM

By all means get the lithium battery machine. I have both P-C & Bosch drills. Their both good drills, but I think I would opt for the Bosch.


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#10 posted 01-17-2011 10:47 PM

so Bosch it is. what would you recommend for woodworking? fastening screws, etc. the 18 volt 36618 or a smaller pocket driver like the ps20?

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#11 posted 01-18-2011 01:02 AM

Plain and simple a drill for drilling holes and the impact driver for setting screws, that’s my experience. Otherwise you’ll will wear the clutch out in the drill.

-- A poor man has poor way's

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#12 posted 01-18-2011 08:24 PM

So I should go with the 36618 and impact driver combo for woodworking?

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#13 posted 01-18-2011 08:30 PM

check out the milwakee drivers also before you deside. I bought one and i think is one og the best hand power tools i ever had.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#14 posted 01-18-2011 08:47 PM

I own 3 18V Makitas. None are impact drivers. After using several other brands, I’ll never switch brands again.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#15 posted 01-19-2011 02:34 AM

I’m just saying … If going to set a lot of screws buy the impact to do that. I bought a new 18v Makita combo impact/hammer drill driver last year for the same price the drill cost me in 06’ . Milwakee got a low rating for there battery life according to woodworking magazine, stay with bosch are makita. If you can afford it do it. Get the combo kit. I would have bought a bosch drill, but i wanted to try makita, the new lithium batteries are lighter and last longer then the ni-mi batteries. If woodworking magazine wouldn’t have given makita a high ranking i would have opted for bosch.

-- A poor man has poor way's

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