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05-13-2019 05:12 PM

I have an old hand me down Dewalt 14v set. Been great set for me. I’m just a hobbyist. I’ve got several drills, one impact driver, circular saw, recip saw etc. But it’s a heavy set and batteries go fast it seems or not hold charge anymore. I also find they are too much for finer work with smaller screws.

I’ve been eyeing a 12v set and can’t decide.

I think I’ve narrowed it down to the Ridgid 12v or Milwuakee m12 fuel. Both fit great in my hand and both come with longer 4amp batteries.

Any thoughts experiences with either? Milwaukee is more $$ but some deals pop up on ebay here and there.

For $199 at HD right now, its the fuel brushless drill and impact driver and a few cut off tool. 2 batteries and charger. Not bad I thought.


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#1 posted 05-13-2019 05:34 PM

If you want a less expensive tool that is targeted at the home DIY’er go with the Ridgid. If you are willing to pay more for an industrial quality tool, that the average home DIY’er will never wear out, go with the Milwuakee. Milwuakee is a long established industrial quality tool supplier, whereas Ridged only expanded into this line of tools when off-shore sourcing became available. Thats no guarantee of superiority but it is close.

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#2 posted 05-13-2019 05:42 PM

Check your local CL – you might be pleasantly surprised at what you can find there for pennies on the dollar. Most will have marginal batteries, but the good news is that new NiCad batteries for those tools are also very, very cheap. I won’t give up my old Makitas for that reason. Think I have $40 into two drivers, 3 flashlights, and 2 chargers (one was brand new still in the box). New batteries run about $10 each and are better than OEM.

Cheers,
Brad

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#3 posted 05-13-2019 05:43 PM

If you have a corded drill, then I really like the little Bosch 12v drivers for most of the day to day stuff. I’ve had Bosch drivers since the 10.8vs. But for other tools, 12v just isn’t enough IMO. Even 18v isn’t really enough for some tools unless you are only doing really light duty stuff. Hence why I keep a corded drill, since there really is no substitute when doing serious work.

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#4 posted 05-13-2019 05:44 PM

The problem with cordless tools is that the batteries always go before the tool, at least I’ve never heard anyone say they wore their tool out before the batteries failed. Right now most of my cordless are the M12 Milwaukee; and I’ve already replaced several of the batteries (with aftermarket cheapies). I’ve decided that the Rigid tools probably aren’t as high in quality, and that doesn’t matter to a hobbyist. You can get that LSA agreement That should replace the batteries if they go bad. Note: I have one Rigid tool so far and haven’t tested the LSA, but some have reported it’s a PITA to make a claim. Also, the registration process is about as complicated as you can imagine, you can’t just keep the receipt and think your good. But it’s still worth considering, and the one Rigid tool I have (an impact driver) has proven to be a very good tool.

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#5 posted 05-13-2019 06:26 PM

I have a Makita 12v set (drill and driver) a few years ago and I just love it, so small and lightweight, very handy. I liked it so much that I bought the 12v circular saw and that has been quite handy too. Previously I had a Ryobi (9.6v I think) that was heavy, never had any power, and the battery wouldn’t last long at all. The Makita set was a wonderful change. I would highly recommend them. I think I also read where they also have the widest range of 12v accessories of anybody.

-- DannyW

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#6 posted 05-13-2019 06:40 PM

I own an use both Milwaukee (12v), and DeWalt (18v and 9.6v). I like the smaller Milwaukee for most things except actual drilling. I will generally grab the DeWalt for drilling operations.

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#7 posted 05-13-2019 06:44 PM

+1 for the Makita. I have the 12V drill/driver kit and one thing I like about it is the battery pack is configured like the bigger units so I can stand the tool up on it. Some of the others have a round base.

For quality and performance I rank DeWalt, Milwaukee and Makita about the same. When I was in the market for an 18V kit recently, I went with Milwaukee only because I got a deal on the kit that sells for $299 at HD and elsewhere for $209, no tax and free shipping. If that same deal had come up on a Makita or DeWalt first, I’d have gone with that.

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#8 posted 05-13-2019 07:59 PM

I have a dewalt 20 volt 996 series 1/2 inch drill.was christmas gift from in laws. after 6 months stopped working.. called dewalt, they asked for build # on drill..sent me prepaid fed ex box to return. had a brand new unit back on my front door 5 days later. they didn’t request receipt.told them didn’t have a receipt as it was a gift, they said no problem..

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#9 posted 05-14-2019 10:08 AM

Makita. I recommend using wired drills

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#10 posted 05-14-2019 10:52 AM

I have the Milwaukee 12v and love the way it works, fits my hand and battery life. I have the drill, impact driver and Hackzall. I use them all constantly.

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#11 posted 05-14-2019 03:04 PM

I purchased a 12v Dewalt pair (drill and impact driver) several years ago (at least 5 years). The set came with 3 batteries and a charger. I keep a battery on the charger at all times and it is always charged when one of the tools needs it. Just swap and go. I have found that the 12v is more than adequate 99% of the time (the impact driver will drive d—n near anything). And the 12v is small, light, and compact. So far, I have not had to replace any of the Lion batteries.

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#12 posted 05-14-2019 05:54 PM


Check your local CL – you might be pleasantly surprised at what you can find there for pennies on the dollar. Most will have marginal batteries, but the good news is that new NiCad batteries for those tools are also very, very cheap. I won t give up my old Makitas for that reason. Think I have $40 into two drivers, 3 flashlights, and 2 chargers (one was brand new still in the box). New batteries run about $10 each and are better than OEM.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix


You would be better off with NiMh replacement batteries, they last longer both in charge and in age. The Nicads for my Dewalt 12v lasted 1 year, the NiMh batteries lasted 5. I was able to pick up a pair of 3Ah for about $35

-- Daniel

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#13 posted 05-14-2019 06:06 PM

+4 Makita. Although I think all the brands mentioned are probably good but Makita has been a workhorse for me and I got a crazy hot deal on a set around the holidays. I’ve owned 9v and 18v, both still going strong. Also owned PC and the drill driver and sabre saw were excellent but the circ saw was junk. I looked into Milwaukee, they are popular, nice color, lots of accessories, but they seemed to have a lot of very high and very low reviews which suggested to me their quality control was shoddy. People were either getting a great tool or a bad one.

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#14 posted 05-14-2019 06:13 PM

I can’t say anything about Rigid, but I’ve been very happy with my Milwaukee 12v tools.

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#15 posted 05-14-2019 06:41 PM

Check your local CL – you might be pleasantly surprised at what you can find there for pennies on the dollar. Most will have marginal batteries, but the good news is that new NiCad batteries for those tools are also very, very cheap.

- MrUnix

You would be better off with NiMh replacement batteries, they last longer both in charge and in age. The Nicads for my Dewalt 12v lasted 1 year, the NiMh batteries lasted 5. I was able to pick up a pair of 3Ah for about $35

- Brawler

You’d be crazy to buy anything but lithium these days. In terms of weight versus amp-hours the old school technology is obsolete, and their life expectancy is far beyond anything you’ll get with NiMH.

Another huge difference is that NiMH lose charge in storage, so you are likely to have to charge it before use, which is no fun if you just want to get some work done. And before you tell me you keep a battery on the charger, remember that it’s using electricity and aging the battery that whole time, so why not just get a battery that holds its charge?

-- There are 10 types of people—those who understand binary, and those who don’t

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