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02-14-2011 06:13 AM

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O.K. folks, I am new to the forum here and could use some advice on different cordless drills. I had a ryobi that served me well, but now feel the need to upgrade to another drill. Can anyone give me their stories… the good…bad… and ugly about these drill manufacturers?


I did find a review about Milwaukee and Makita. Evidently, the reviewer favors the Milwaukee-2691-22-18-volt-compact-drill-and-impact-driver-combo-kit or Makitas.

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#1 posted 02-14-2011 08:16 AM

Well BB,
I have used all three and I have DeWalt in my shop after a very bad experience years ago. So far, so good.
After the screwing I got from Milwaukee you couldn’t give me one.I outfitted a shop and 5 welding trucks with all Milwaukee and every thing went south except the mag drill which I still have. This was in 1982. Their customer service sucked to be nice. I hope they have improved, but they will never get a penny of my money again.
I’ve been using Makita and Hitachi for almost 40 years and never had a bad unit. Never even had to use their customer service.

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#2 posted 02-14-2011 08:32 AM

All of my cordlees tools are DeWalt 18 volt. They have served me well for 5 years now. The original batteries are still working. Haven’t had makita tools since the early 90s. So I can’t offer any comparisons.

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#3 posted 02-14-2011 08:44 AM

Same thiing happened to me back in the 80s and I never bought another Milwaukee battery tool. I have used Dewalts but I like Mikita better. Dewalts are out of balance. Not something you want to deal with all day long. Mikita are great, but I now have Ridgid due to their lifetime warranty that is on batteries too. Batteries are what will wear out every couple of years. Ridgid handle almost as nicely as Mikita.

-- 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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#4 posted 02-14-2011 09:37 AM

I looked at Milwaukee years ago, turns out Panasonics parent company was making them. I bought the Panasonic it was ok. I used DeWalts for years but fell out of favor with their batteries. Bad design, I like for the battery to slide on, not hanging from a couple clips that tend to break if I drop the tool or it gets knocked off to bench or something. Nothing like holding the battery in with one hand while you’re trying to use the drill.
I went back to Mikita (After five brands and 20 years ago) and I love it. I’ve been using it going on 3-4 years no complaints. Now I did buy the impact last time and they offer advantages over drills I’ve learned. For an extra $20 the Mikita impact has 3xs more torque than the drill. This translates into less striped screwheads. And I learned that I can rechuck with one hand, can’t do that with a drill chuck. Sometimes I’m hanging on a ladder, not everybody needs to recuck bits with one hand. The down side to the impact is everything has to have that 1/4” hex shaft w/notch like the bitholders have, drillbits and countersinks included. That being said I not going back to a drill/driver. The impacts any brand are smaller units and fit where drills don’t.
Ridgid has a nice battery deal. My Mikita was $220 impact only, and my brother bought the Ridgid with drill/driver and impact for $200 about a year after I bought the Mikita. The Ridgid impact died about a year ago. Now my brother and I put these tools though some heavy use so Ridgid may work for you if you’re using it for a hobby workshop.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#5 posted 02-14-2011 10:53 AM

I agree 100% with going to a 120 volt drill if you don’t need portabliltiy. I haven’t had any problems with my Ridgids hold up, but I drive more sheet metal than wood screws.

-- 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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#6 posted 02-14-2011 11:16 AM

I’ve used Mikita, DeWalt, Ridgid and Milwaukee….Mikita was good had the slim pak batteries didn’t last long but charged fast…someone stole it from me… TopamaxSurvivor said just doesn’t seem to fit right and battery like seemed short…Ridgid….bought the whole 18v sent all died within 2 yrs….I used these tools everyday so when something dies I need to replace it now….switched over to Milwaukee/Bosch….most all of my tools…seems the battery life on the Milwaukee it’s as good and my impact seem to be puttering out after about a year and a half looking into getting a new Bosch impact with Fat pak batteries….with that said….I really don’t use a cordless drill to much, unless it is for say something like cabinet knobs or something light duty…...mostly use a corded drill but like devann said I use my impact daily and could live without it…....

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#7 posted 02-14-2011 01:09 PM

I have Bosch, Ryobi and Makita.
The Makita is at least 15 years old. Still has the original battery!!!!!
I keep my batteries in the house when the winter season comes along. I have other Makita tools, SMS, sanders etc. I love them all.

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#8 posted 02-14-2011 02:59 PM

I’ve had them all. My favorite by far is the newer 18Volt Li+ Makita impact driver. I got a combo deal for an outstanding price a while back.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 02-14-2011 04:55 PM

Milwaukee C12D 12V Cordless Drill Driver Li-Ion 12V

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

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#10 posted 02-14-2011 05:27 PM

Very happy with my Makita black and white drill.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 02-14-2011 06:36 PM

I have the Milwaukee 18v right now. It’s a very sturdy system and the
batteries have a lot of power and life. I researched the lithium options but
I’m sticking with NiCad for now.

The Milwaukee stuff is very heavily built in the 18v size so it’s awkward for
drilling and driving in the shop.

I have an old Bosch drill with dead batteries, but I really liked it when it
ran. Bosch is making a push to capture more of the cordless market by
slashing prices on their Lithium kits. You might look into that.

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#12 posted 02-14-2011 07:25 PM

I’m a fan of the entire line of DeWalt 18 volt cordless tools. I have a drill, impact wrench, reciprocating saw, circular saw and flashlight. I have 4 batteries that are completely interchangeable and 2 chargers. I think it is a great collection of tools without only one flaw – they are heavy. I’ve not switched to the lithium ion batteries and I won’t until my XRPs wear out (if ever).

As an FYI, I also picked up a Hitachi 12 volt drill with a lithium ion battery. It is light weight, has great balance and it has sufficient power for most applications. It’s my drill of choice when I don’t need a lot of power.

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

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#13 posted 02-14-2011 09:42 PM

Since there is mention of the multi-tool sets, I will mention that the sawzall and other tools I have are much clumsier than their 120 volt counterparts. I normaly use the 120 volt versions unless it is just a guickie one cut job. I suppose they are fine out in the open, but on top a ladder in a crowded ceiling space,they leave a lot to be desired.

-- 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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#14 posted 02-14-2011 10:17 PM

After watching a review of all of them (against a lag screw) this is what I found. All were 18v…

Dewalt, had the most power and lasted the longest. Was also the heaviest and not very well balanced.
Milwaukee came in second on power and the battery lasted almost as long. Much lighter and balanced much better for me.
Makita came in last in all categories except cost.

I chose the Milwaukee, as the weight and balance was more important to me. I am never that far from the charger and have two batteries. I understand that some have had issues with Milwaukee customer service, I can not speak to this as I have not had to deal with them. I am going on a year with mine and have been great so far.

On that note I also would say that for a screwdriver this Makita is great. 177lbs of torque and small enought to carry in a holster. Its only down fall is that it does not have a speed control. its either on or off. but as a impact is great for driving screws and light drilling.

Just my 2c…

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#15 posted 02-14-2011 10:53 PM

+1 for the Makita 18v lion.

-- --Thiel

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