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Old 08-17-2019, 12:17 AM   #1
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I'm upgrading my cordless tools from Ryobi. Looking at Milwaukee, Makita, Dewalt, Hitachi ... or something else that you've had good luck with. Contractor /handyman, millwork, remodel, etc. I'm guessing that porter cable, craftsman, kobalt, Ridgid ... are the same as Ryobi ? Does 20v max outperform 18v in any way? Drill, driver, skillsaw, recip saw, oscillating tool, etc. Any batteries better or worse? Thoughts?
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Iím a Bosch whore. Iíve got compact hammer drill, impact, recip, circular, oscillating, radio/charger, and hepa vac that all run on the same battery platform. Working on getting an actual sds in cordless, as I seem to be drilling a lot more into concrete and brick lately, but I donít ever do enough at one time to justify a corded sds. I have a lot of LBoxxes as well, which all of my tools except the drill and impact are kept in, with the inserts that has spots for batteries and chargers as well. Iíve had great luck with batteries so far. Only had one out of 20 that has crapped out on me, and the one new battery I have, which is the new Core 18v, has crazy long run time per charge.

When I was shopping to get started, my boss had all dewalt, and I didnít like how they fit my hands, and at the time, dewalt didnít have a charge indicator on their batteries, and Bosch did. Those were what decided it for me. I didnít look at reviews at all.


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My kit has Milwaukee, Mikita, and Hitatchi
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I'm upgrading my cordless tools from Ryobi. Looking at Milwaukee, Makita, Dewalt, Hitachi ... or something else that you've had good luck with. Contractor /handyman, millwork, remodel, etc. I'm guessing that porter cable, craftsman, kobalt, Ridgid ... are the same as Ryobi ? Does 20v max outperform 18v in any way? Drill, driver, skillsaw, recip saw, oscillating tool, etc. Any batteries better or worse? Thoughts?

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Seriously look think and go to one battery platform. 1st Maki. 2) dewalt. Also don't forget warranty, service center and or factory store's like dewalt has one 5 min south and Hilti has 5 min West of me. I'm primarily Hilti. Dewalt 2nd which is for interior fit outs on additions for some reason where on a friggin roll this year. Don't go buying different chitt because it's on sale or the real is too good to pass up. Stay to one system and the rest will follow.

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Mostly Makita because I like the colour.
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All the major brands are good and they are all constantly putting out new stuff. If you have to go with only one, you will always be missing out on certain tools. I’m primarily Milwaukee m18 and m12 at this point but That’s not to say that I wouldn’t buy another brand and batteries if there was a tool I needed. It’s really nice to have one set of batteries for everything, but it’s not the end of the world to run multiple sets.
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Keep in mind all brands have many levels. You could wear out or break any Milwaukee, Makita, Bosch or Dewalt lower end kit in a year, if not a day.
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Mostly Makita because I like the colour.
Mostly Makita because When I was young if you had a battery driver it was Makita and they are the only ones the make a saw big enough to cut a 6X16" beam.
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I have several platforms. Milwaukee, Dewalt, Makita, Mafell. It's not a big deal to have more than one charger out during a project. It's more important to have the tool you need, imo.


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Mostly Makita because When I was young if you had a battery driver it was Makita and they are the only ones the make a saw big enough to cut a 6X16" beam.
Is that the "case" for that saw?
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Decide what you'll use the most (impact, saw, whatever) and make sure that fits your hand. Then make sure that your dream tools (cordless caulking gun, whatever...) exist in the line you want. Add up the current prices for the core tools you'll need. You won't go wrong with Milwaukee, Makita, Dewalt, Bosch, Hilti.

I'm heavy Dewalt because I got suckered 20 years ago. I occasionally drool over the Milwaukee surge impact, but on balance, I'm happy. Having a battery "wormdrive" and tracksaw improves my life a lot. If they ever came out with an ac/dc 10" tablesaw, I'm be all over it.

Unlike some, I'm not willing to have 2 different chargers on the job -- I move around a lot, so lugging crap back and forth is the bane of my existence.

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Good info guys, thanks. Like I thought, Any of the major brands "top shelf" should work just fine ...
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Is that the "case" for that saw?


It's called a stand.


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It's called a stand.


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Iím a one man show who uses one cordless platform.

I donít carry a charger, but have enough batteries to last several days of home repairs.

I like not having to find power for a charger. I Charge batteries at home.

If you do lots of small jobs, one platform is very beneficial. If you do longer term jobs, itís less beneficial.

I donít think you can go wrong with any of the major platforms.






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Yes, the newer one out of Buford Ga. come with it. The older ones out of Japan did not.


I have the older model that didn't come with one. Bought the stand to find out the saw base didn't fit it. Well then I had to purchase the base.


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Keep in mind all brands have many levels. You could wear out or break any Milwaukee, Makita, Bosch or Dewalt lower end kit in a year, if not a day.
I am all Makita with the same battery.
I don't buy any of the kit set ups because I want individual pieces.
Usually getting the most heavy duty version of a particular tool vs what comes in the kit.
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I am all Makita with the same battery.
I don't buy any of the kit set ups because I want individual pieces.
Usually getting the most heavy duty version of a particular tool vs what comes in the kit.
Agree with the buying the tool you need instead of combo, but man sometimes the battery & charger kits are too good of a deal to pass up, especially when they're adding two free batteries on top of the two that come in the kit.
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I was mostly Makita before all my tools got stolen. After that I've been really going for milwakee one key they just added geo fence. But I got some dewalt and Makita tools. The milwaukee deals are damn good this summer. Love the 12ah m18s crazy run time. No need to charge them it seems haha.

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Agree with the buying the tool you need instead of combo, but man sometimes the battery & charger kits are too good of a deal to pass up, especially when they're adding two free batteries on top of the two that come in the kit.
A lot of times Makita will do those free battery bonus deals with individual tools also.
I just bought the X2 string trimmer and they had a deal going with the extra batteries thrown in.

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