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11-21-2013 02:55 AM

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I have a Ryobi cordless set (drill, circular saw, reciprocating saw, jigsaw). I am looking at maybe upgrading a tool or two at a time. I really want to start with the drill and impact driver first. What brand and model would you suggest?

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#1 posted 11-21-2013 03:11 AM

I’ve loved my Bosch 12v drill for four years and have been trying to convince myself to pull the trigger on the impact driver for a long while now and have been waiting for hopefully a good Black Friday sale. I haven’t seen anything yet that has popped out to me on that yet, but I did see something at Home Depot. They are going to have the Makita 12v drill and impact driver with two batteries, charger and a case for $99. I was thinking the Bosch would be a good deal at that price, but I am thinking to get two very highly rated tools for that price would be a killer deal. I haven’t used the Makita drill, but I know that the impact driver definitely packs a punch.

Not that I’ve used them, but Craftsmans Nextec series has a number of different tools and is pretty inexpensive.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#2 posted 11-21-2013 03:17 AM

I narrowed my search down to the Bosch clp27 and craftsman nextec drill and driver packages. The Bosch is nice and runs about $160 on amazon. However, the nextec has better ergonomics (in my hand), and I found the drill impact driver kit on sale for $75ish. That said, I went with the nextec. I’ve been using the hell out of it for 6 months now and have no regrets.

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#3 posted 11-21-2013 03:18 AM

I like Makita!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#4 posted 11-21-2013 03:20 AM

I’ve been using the Makita 18v drill and impact for a few years now at home and love them. The shop I work at has switched out all of our old dewalt 12v’s for these too. I’ve also used the cordless circular saw once on a jobsite and it was light and powerful. the guy who owned it had great things to say about it.

-- Take it apart to see how it works

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#5 posted 11-21-2013 03:22 AM

I’ve had a Makita 14v for a while now and I really like it.

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#6 posted 11-21-2013 03:31 AM

The switch on my Makita 18v drill broke. Twice, on 2 different Makita drills.

The 18v Makita impact still works, but I’ll start using Dewalt
from now on and get rid of the Makitas.

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#7 posted 11-21-2013 03:32 AM

Awhile back I picked up the refurbished 18v Bosch drill and impact driver combo from CPO outlets for much less than new. Same warranty and everything. I use the holy living heck out of them, and I can’t praise them enough. Much better than the 12v system I used to use. You might want to check them out.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#8 posted 11-21-2013 03:32 AM

I have the Bosch 18V Drill which is a great tool, but I find I reach for my 12V Dewalt drill and driver first. If I need more torque, the Bosch comes through, but the Dewalts are very comfortable, smaller, lighter and do most jobs with aplomb.

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#9 posted 11-21-2013 03:43 AM

I’m a big fan of the Dewalt 18V. The driver and the impact are both great. The new lithium batteries are awesome. You can drive 3” screws forever with the impact driver. The batteries are also much lighter than the nicad.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#10 posted 11-21-2013 03:56 AM

Why do you need to change? I have had my set for years and they are still working fine. I did upgrade to the new batteries. That was a whole lot cheaper than all new tools.

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#11 posted 11-21-2013 04:00 AM

I use my Bosch 12 almost all the time and when I need something heavy duty I grab an old corded Makita. I’m looking for a 12 impacter to fill a void between my Bosch and Makita.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#12 posted 11-21-2013 04:13 AM

A friend recently praised his Ryobi 18v. cordless tools. He chose them because of battery price. But he was pleasantly surprised to find out that he really likes them. They are the newest version, kind of a puke green. Since I needed to make some changes, I tried them out. They are really great. The impact driver has a chuck that kicks out the bit and can be loaded with one hand. Batteries have a “fuel gauge” and the chargers are very good. I also like my 18v black&silver makitas.

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#13 posted 11-21-2013 06:21 AM

I’ve got makita, dewalt cordless drills, saws, flashlights, jigsaws, tile saws, All of which were described in the press and by the tool stores as the best you could get.

So some years ago, I’m trying to sort out the bad batteries from the good, and get them all together. The ones that won’t hold a charge, or hold olny a weak charge get set aside. I figure out what replacement cost is….it’s 500 bucks easy. Since then I’ve had to toss about another 250ish in defunct batteries. You look at the ones that are still good, and realize that these too will become trash soon enuf!

While there are places for battery operated tools, that 750 bucks would have paid for a lot of corded tools that will last for many more years and have more power than any battery operated tool.

Call me a luddite, but I’m thinking that battery operated tools are totally false economy. The only time I think they are appropriate is when you want “low speeds” ie for saws that don’t spew dust all over everything

The battery operated cordless tools become an operating expense that has to be paid to keep the tool functional, and sometimes the cost of the battery is equal to the cost of a new corded tool. EG 70 bucks for a 1/2” DW corded drill, VS 60bucks for a makita battery for a well used 3/8” drill. No brainer fellas.

Many times nowadays have I listened to the racket of tradesmen using impact drills to sink woodscrews for no advantage whatsoeve other than to make the noise.

Eric the luddite

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#14 posted 11-21-2013 09:53 AM

I’m playing with M12 and M12 “Fuel” at the moment.Nice toys. My real tools are marked Metabo and have cords.
When I drive 2 hours on chitty rain forest roads to do a job, the toys stay home.

-- What day is it ? No matter. Ummmm What month is it ? No moron. I paid for a 2 x 6. That means Two inches by six inches. I want the rest of my wood.

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#15 posted 11-21-2013 10:34 AM

As long as the battery is Lion it will be a good choice
The voltage well the higher the voltage the less current it will use per load
dependent on your size requirements will be the most determining factor in choosing a suitable appliance.

They/we all die sometime so I guess the less stress we apply the longer they will last.

-- Regards Rob

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