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Old 02-29-2008, 09:37 AM   #1
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Any thoughts on the best tool kits.We now use all Dewalt 18 volt,but have given some thought to switching to Makita. we keep about 7 chargers on our work trailer and it is nice to have all the same batteries.
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Old 02-29-2008, 09:50 AM   #2
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You cant go wrong with the dewalts and makitas if you can afford them but if you need to buy something cheaper say for the new guy to loose. Then i really like the ryobi 18v kit except for the vacume it sucks or not sucks. I believe ryobi is the best of the cheaper tools. The batterys are only $50 a pair. Dont buy any engine or moter driven tool with craftsman or skill on it.

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I vote Ridgid. Although the new Makita System is beyond Beautiful. But as expensive as it gets.

I have had Ridgid 18v Hammer drill, Circular, Recipro, Flashlight and Impact for several years. I never had a DeWalt for more than a few months (Hole saws through metal clad doors for locksets) before destroying the motors.

The Ridgid 18v Drill can literally hurt you if you drive hex bolts and bottom them out at any speed! Twist the hell out of you forearm.

But I can not stop thinking about the sophistication of the new Makitas.......Nor the PRICE!

The BEST part of Ridgid is that it is a Home Depot "house brand" and therefore they are pretty accommodating when it comes to exchanges (batteries that is).
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I never had a DeWalt for more than a few months (Hole saws through metal clad doors for locksets) before destroying the motors.


Ive said it before. If you got to do something that tough then get out the cord and for this case the milwalkee Magnum 1/2" drill. It will never tear up and at $129 a hell of alot cheaper including the extersion cord!
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I no longer do that sort of foolish, "I am too damn lazy to do it properly" sort of ca-ca. I just do other stupid sort of ca-ca these days!
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Dont buy any engine or moter driven tool with craftsman or skill on it.
I've had great luck with Craftsman cordless tools. Why do you say that?
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I've been using ridgid since I switched from 18v dewalt. evidently the dewalt nano is pimpin since pimpin been pimpin. I used the 36v dewalt my buddy has for a few days and fell in love with em then he had a problem with the trigger in the drill between that, the cost, and the weight I won't go pick up a set.

I've heard good things about milwakee 28v and makita lithium. I use ridgid lithium 24v and the 18v batteries still work on those 24v tools so I can mix and match. I like the way ridgid has the single tools you can buy to upgrade your set for $119 no battery no charger ( I have every cordless tool they've got on the market ). AND lifetime service agreement.... free batteries forever....how can you go wrong?

except that I heard they are discontinuing the 24v line because of sales...grrr. love the system though.


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I got nothing but good things to say about my V28 kit from Milwaukee.Just got right angle drill and 1/2 impact wrench as well.Love them.
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[QUOTE=Jason W;389303]I've had great luck with Craftsman cordless tools. Why do you say that?[/QUOTE Dad has the only cordless craftsman that ive used. a 12v kit he bought new from a guy on the street. We only used it bout a year when the batteries when bad and are discontinued. Drill still worked fine but cant use it. Its just mine and most people i knows experience that craftsman dont make good power tools in any form. All though i own about $1500 worth of crafstman hand tools and would not buy anything else.
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I just bought the Makita drills (impact+drill) no way will i ever go back to using my old 18v dewalts. Well i use my 18v dewalt for heavy abuse drilling, since my Makitas are new and i'm still pampering them.
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I've had great luck with Craftsman cordless tools. Why do you say that?
So have I, the older 18V was the best drill and saw Ive ever seen. The new 19.2v isnt as good but its been to hell and back. I have the drill, circ saw, recip saw, work light, and impact driver. They all work great and after the recip saw got soaked in water about 100 times I had to go to sears website and order a new motor for $35. The drill has been under water before to and still is going great. And I got batteries on sale for like $40 each. They are supposed to come out with a 19.2V lithion battery for these tools too.
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HD was having a clearance sale on the milwalkie(sp) 18v set for 299$ It came with hard case, hammer drill, sawzall(can bend at right angle), circular saw, flash light ,two nicd batteries and charger. It is also interchangeable w/ 28v batteries.
very solid set compared to my friends dewalt set. I was going to buy the dewalt set but the quality is not like the sets of past years.
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I've got the Makita Lithium Ion 18V set. Mostly like it. I had to get a new gearcase put in the drill (under warranty). Impact, drill, and circ saw are great, recip saw is pretty much worthless though.
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ebay ridgid cheap!!!

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I've got the Makita Lithium Ion 18V set. Mostly like it. I had to get a new gearcase put in the drill (under warranty). Impact, drill, and circ saw are great, recip saw is pretty much worthless though.
Whats wrong with teh makita recip saw?

The craftsman is very light and feels cheap but its been used and abused. It gets taken out in the grapes every day, snow rain, etc and still works fine.
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Dont buy any engine or moter driven tool with craftsman or skill on it.
There are a couple glaring exceptions to this- the most obvious is:

Of course, craftsman makes a copy of it as well:

Also, old metal cased Craftsman and Black and Decker tools rock!

I agree with you though, as far as cordless tools.
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There are a couple glaring exceptions to this- the most obvious is:

Of course, craftsman makes a copy of it as well:

Also, old metal cased Craftsman and Black and Decker tools rock!

I agree with you though, as far as cordless tools.
I knew someone would bring up the mag 77. Ive heard alot about them but never used or saw one first hand. Just from what everybody says i will make that exception too.
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Rigid all the way. A bit on the heavy side but their durability and battery life are really good
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Whats wrong with teh makita recip saw?

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Slow slow slow....I wasn't expecting it to be as good as my corded Milwaukee, but it seems like even when making a simple cut with a fresh battery and new blade, it just takes forever. I have an old Craftsman 19v that was better than the makita. I even took it to the service center because I was convinced there was something wrong with it, but they claim it's fine.
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i only know 2 people w/the rigid and they both complain about battery life .I was going to pick up this kit for my self but am afraid now.Any other input?

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