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Old 12-08-2010, 06:53 AM   #21
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Makita 14.4 Bought in 2005
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:23 AM   #22
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I have the earlier version, metal box and keyed chuck. I bought it around '85 or'86. It stays in the garage and gets used.
I still have my old 9.6 Makita sticks. I bought my first one in '84. They just gather dust now since I use all 18v.
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I have two 18V Dewalt DW988 hammerdrills. One was bought as a kit and is about 6-years old. It's used mainly around the shop these days. The other one is part of a 4-peice suitcase set that is about 4-years old. It gets used on jobs. Both still seem to be working okay although probably not as frisky as they once were. I bought a new 18V DCD950 hammerdrill as a bare tool this year to carry with me in my tool bag.

I have one of their 18V DW960 right angle drills thatís about 4 or 5-years old, but actually looks like new because the body cracked at the base, so I replaced the "clamshell", as Dewalt calls it and both of the decals. Now the drill has a different serial number than when I bought it.
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Mine is supposed to drive over a million screws before servicing.
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Mine is supposed to drive over a million screws before servicing.
Thats such a great selling point espicially when my drill never drove one screw in its entire life.

Now how many holes can it drill through spruce with a 1" auger before servicing?


In my experiences if you don't abuse the drill too bad then it will outlast the batteries; if you are like me and throw a 1-1/4" auger on your 18V drill to run 3/4 ENT through wood then you are going to kill the drill first.

I look at cordless tools as disposable tools and I look at corded tools as investments...a corded drill could last over 20 years where I would only expect 3-4 years out of a cordless set before its not worth repairing/replacing batteries.
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Big Shoe an Impact virgin huh......... you know what they say," Once you have an impact you never go bacK!"

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milwaukee 18v, nicad batteries 4 years still going strong. Everyday hard use.
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mine's 10 years old
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It's all about use. I did metal framing and drywall punchout for about fifteen yrs., alot of abuse on the drills i used. Seems like the triggers were the first things to always go, then it was the chucks, drop it a few times too many and you get a cracked housing.

I was lucky to get a couple yrs out of one and always needed a back up.

The impact is on my x-mas list. One of my kids will buy it for me.
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I don't look at how long a tool lasts as much as I would look at how much money I was able to make while using it. One specialty tool can make a job take half as long but it requires a bit more of an investment on my part up front.
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generally im the same way.. starting to think that with cordless drills if it lasts 6 years it probably sat around a long time being more of a cost to me than a investment
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Just curious how long a cordless drill lasts other people. I dont mean battery life, I know we all buy batteries cuz they dont last forever. Im talking about the actual drill body.
shes are still good.

Porter Cable 14.4 purchased 2001 - been a great drill, amazing battery life. Worst experience was with Bosch 12 volt, batteries crapped out in one year.
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Dewalt 18v hammer drill bought in 2004

Though i have basically switched over to makita lithiums now
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shes are still good.

Porter Cable 14.4 purchased 2001 - been a great drill, amazing battery life. Worst experience was with Bosch 12 volt, batteries crapped out in one year.
Yeah those old PC's were great, even the 19.2v. You can still find them on a few sites, Ive thought about getting one...but once the batteries do go they are not making them anymore so you gotta find what you can at that point. Ive thought about just getting the new PC drill and impact set and just abusing it and see what happens. Hell my ryobi set is 8 years old and works great still, and Ive beat the hell out of it. Maybe I will luck out on PC, maybe not?

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We have a couple 18v Panasonic drills that were purchased in the early/mid 90's IIRC that are still alive and kicking, a little rough looking but still functional.

Its just too bad that the new 12v Lithium Ion cordless tools have almost the same power as those old ones.
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mine's 10 years old

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A long, long time ago, can't remember when, I bought a Makita 9.6 in the metal box. It is still running, but when Makita cam out with the more powerful 12 v, that also took the 9.6 v batteries, I bought that and have been using it every since. Again, I don't remember when I bought it, maybe mid-80s? It is my favorite general purpose drill and heavy duty screwdriver. I think I've replaced the 12 volt batteries (I have 2) once. I make a point of running the batteries until they are flat, then charging them fully,but never back in the charger until they have a full cycle in the drill again.

Repeatedly charging NiCads before they are dead, is a battery killer. The charger is a rapid one, that has always charged a battery in less time then it takes me to run the working one down.

I'm not a big fan of cordless drills, but these Makitas have been good to me. I'm not sure I can buy the battery packs for it any more and may have to rebuild my own, but will use NiHM if I do.
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Yeah, the Makita 9.6V sticks last almost forever. I have three generations of them going back over 25 years although they now are relegated to shop use in favour of the newer 10.8 compacts. The only 9.6 Makitas that disappointed were the ones that came with NiMh batteries, drills were fine but the OEM batteries were the worst rechargeable batteries I ever had. Within a ridiculously short period of time they would no longer satisfactorily hold a charge.
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A long, long time ago, can't remember when, I bought a Makita 9.6 in the metal box. It is still running, but when Makita cam out with the more powerful 12 v, that also took the 9.6 v batteries, I bought that and have been using it every since. Again, I don't remember when I bought it, maybe mid-80s? It is my favorite general purpose drill and heavy duty screwdriver. I think I've replaced the 12 volt batteries (I have 2) once. I make a point of running the batteries until they are flat, then charging them fully,but never back in the charger until they have a full cycle in the drill again.

Repeatedly charging NiCads before they are dead, is a battery killer. The charger is a rapid one, that has always charged a battery in less time then it takes me to run the working one down.

I'm not a big fan of cordless drills, but these Makitas have been good to me. I'm not sure I can buy the battery packs for it any more and may have to rebuild my own, but will use NiHM if I do.
are local ace store still has the batteries and the 3"saw in stock. lol
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are? [Our] local ace store still has the batteries and the 3"saw in stock. lol
How dusty are on the packages?
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