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Old 03-01-2008, 05:21 PM   #21
 
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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?
Depends on which kit, the 24v runs balls out until it dies then it just stops.. if you overwork it it will stop and then you gotta slap it on the charger (takes about half an hour to charge mine). the 2.5a/h 18v works great. I mix and match cause I've got the 18v and the 24v system. I can usually run the impact all day and I don't have to change the battery. the sawzall kills batteries quick ( bout 20 minutes of cutting), but the circ and drill run a while. if the battery finally takes a dump, not often, unless extremely hot or cold weather, then you just take it back to depot and get a new one for free. most the time... always if the ridgid rep is there, but sometimes at night the depot employees won't do it.... ridgid service center will always hook you up though.

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Old 03-01-2008, 06:20 PM   #22
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I have quite a few of the Ryobi's. They're great for the weekend warrior, home projects, that sort of thing...but I wouldn't recommend them for everyday use-especially if it's heavy use. I burned out the drill in a week of heavy use, and the batteries just don't seem to have a lot of life. Last week I had a 4 inch hole saw on the drill, and I went through 5 batteries drilling 9 holes 1 3/4" deep.

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And I have the blue ryobni stuff....NiCad's I think. Not that newer lithium ion stuff.
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...but if you need to buy something cheaper say for the new guy to loose. Then i really like the ryobi 18v kit ...I believe ryobi is the best of the cheaper tools. The batterys are only $50 a pair. ...
I fully agree with that.
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i have some porter cable. there a few years old and still work great. all i have is the circ saw and 19.2 drill/ hammer drill though.

i know a few people with ridgid and they like em. i know a guy with the mikita and he loves it. my siding guy uses the ryobi drill and impact drill every day and he loves it.

as far as dewalt, i know more people getting rid of there stuff that buying it.
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I have quite a few of the Ryobi's. They're great for the weekend warrior, home projects, that sort of thing...but I wouldn't recommend them for everyday use-especially if it's heavy use. I burned out the drill in a week of heavy use, and the batteries just don't seem to have a lot of life. Last week I had a 4 inch hole saw on the drill, and I went through 5 batteries drilling 9 holes 1 3/4" deep.
Another case where the cord should have came out. were you trying to kill the poor drill? no cordless should go through that kind of punishment even if and espessially if its and expensive powerfull one. they just cost to much and a very powerfull corded drill is relatively cheap. My 18v roybi kit and millwalkee corded magnum combined only cost $300. when i use the right tool for the job i dont expect to have to repace either for a long time.

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Another case where the cord should have came out. were you trying to kill the poor drill? no cordless should go through that kind of punishment even if and espessially if its and expensive powerfull one. they just cost to much and a very powerfull corded drill is relatively cheap. My 18v roybi kit and millwalkee corded magnum combined only cost $300. when i use the right tool for the job i dont expect to have to repace either for a long time.

Can I claim "landscaper" as an excuse? My two stroke drill was in the shop that week.
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18 volt DeWalt is the way to go if you’re looking for versatility. You get a wider selection of tools and for a relatively decent price. They are also adapting a new LI ON battery (to the lovely price of around $169 per) to their older tools. Rigid is also not too far behind as far as the different types of tools for the one battery. Myself I'm pretty selective and I will run several different brands of tools. I'm thinking about getting a multi-charger from 10ctech.com. It sounds like a fun new toy. As far as
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Bosch now owns Skil (only one L in SKIL the brand) and Rotozip so I'm sure they are improving on their lower line as I assume that’s what you were referring to, but who in the trades would trust their work to tools anyway??? Also I believe only three quarters of craftsman corded and cordless tools are worthless, maybe more but I wouldn't buy it as not to let my equipment failure get in the way of my production.
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I'm thinking about getting a multi-charger from 10ctech.com. It sounds like a fun new toy.
I seen those, I wouldnt mind having one. Id get one if I had more then one type of battery.
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I believe that Black & decker owns mine and many others favorite brand, Dewalt. But would any pro use anything with B&D on it? On the same hand Chrysler owns Mercedes! V. W. owns Lamberginii. Ford owns Jaguar. I know i probably mispelled something but you get the point. Bosch owning skil would be the opposite case.
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I believe that Black & decker owns mine and many others favorite brand, Dewalt. But would any pro use anything with B&D on it? On the same hand Chrysler owns Mercedes! V. W. owns Lamberginii. Ford owns Jaguar. I know i probably mispelled something but you get the point. Bosch owning skil would be the opposite case.
John Deere owns a car company called renault, also zetor tractors, lance tractors, and alot of other stuff too. Just because a company owns something that makes a junky product doesnt mean everything they own is junk. But it is real easy for them to take the junk and sell it as the better item. I think John Deere is doing this with its new 5225 and 5325. The old tractors had a 3cyl and was built like a tank, the new one has a 5cyl that likes to twist crankshafts and camshafts. And zetor tractors are knows to be built with low quality metal. I also think the dewalts are going the way of thw B&Ds.
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I have the Ridgid 18-volt set. The only problem I see is with the charger and the batteries not wanting to charge in hot and cold weather. This is with the single charger. I understand that they have put a fan in the dual charger.
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Ive heard of renault. Thought it was ford owned, but it supposedly does well as a rally car. as in my post sometimes a giant subpar company can afford to purchase a small great company just to improve there image. My wifes a banker and the giant nation wide Regions just purchased Amsouth ,a southern based bank that does more high end mega dollar sales than regions did.
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I have two singles and one double. I really like the double and can take or leave the singles. The double does have a fan in it.
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I believe that Black & decker owns mine and many others favorite brand, Dewalt. But would any pro use anything with B&D on it? On the same hand Chrysler owns Mercedes! V. W. owns Lamberginii. Ford owns Jaguar. I know i probably mispelled something but you get the point. Bosch owning skil would be the opposite case.
I was just giving you grief on the spelling thing, but more to the point, Black and Decker owns DeWalt, Porter Cable, and Delta. I have owned Black and Deckersí Industrial line way before the merger with DeWalt.
On a personal note I have been very happy with my assortment of cordless equipment including 2 Panasonic 15.6 drills w/ Ĺ in chucks, a 14.4 Makita ľ in drive impact, 24 volt DeWalt reciprocating saw and circular saw. All of them are used at least once a week and none are less then 5 years old. In tandem with the Bosch box which dawns a four way gfci, I have had no issues other then the normal end of the day pickup.
I want to pick up the DeWalt 18 volt 15 ga nailer. Does anybody have any experience with these? I just want it for those quick little jobs that donít make sense to pull out the compressor, hose and nailer. I all ready own the Paslode framer and like it for what its worth (which is no more then a tacker).
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I have the Paslode finish nailer, and when it works I love it, so jerkoff dropped it when I first got it, and now to change the gas is all but impossible, its going to end up going out for repairs. Other than that no complaints, batteries last, and it even came with a car charger so i an have the batteries ready to go on my way.
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I bought the 36volt dewalt set and love it. It is a little bigger than the 18volt (which I had forever) but weighs the same, or so that's what they say. For small tasks I bought the Bosch 10.8volt drill and impact, and I love those as well.
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.......On the same hand Chrysler owns Mercedes!.....


Just a correction. MERCEDES (Daimler-Benz) owned Chrysler since 1998 but last May sold it because it was an INFERIOR brand name. They did a good job improving the quality of Chrysler but were unable to truly re-brand the Car.

Original purchase price 18+ Billion (1998)

Selling price 7.4 Billion (2007)

My point is that a Great car maker owns a lesser car maker and NOT the other way around.
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The Makita lithium ion tools are great. Go for the 3.0 Ah instead of the 1.5Ah for longer battery life between charges. I was surprised on this new job I just started how many people have the new Markita litium ion. They are so much lighter then the old nicad batteries.
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I agree with getting the 3 AH batteries. When really working the drill the 1.5 AH batteries don't last that long. But, the battery in the charger is always ready before the battery is drained in the drill. I love that.

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