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Old 01-23-2011, 07:02 PM   #41
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Re: How Long Has Your Cordless Drill Lasted?


DW gets bashed on here but every other post is a the DW or makita.

I just fully switched to DW last summer. Have had one failure on an impact. The case broke and never to a fall happened in the first 2 weeks we had it.

Before that hilti held up the longest at about 18months.

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Old 01-23-2011, 07:21 PM   #42
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IIRC I bought some 9.6V stick batteries a couple of years ago. I hemmed and hawed for awhile and then decided I wanted to get some while they were still available. I am still not sure if it was a sensible choice, I might have been better off just to toss all the old drills but ....
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I have two makita 18v lithium impacts and two drills they have had constant use 8 hours per day on metal doors for three years no problems with the drills but have had to replace each battery. Expensive batterys!
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I bought a 18v dewalt in 2000 and it is still kicking with many new bats but I switched to makita lxt 18v drill and impact about 4 years ago. The makita impact lasted 3 years of pretty hard use driving 3-5 inch screws and grk lag screws all the time. The makita drill is still kicking, I just bought a set of panasonic 14.4 impact and drill set they are as powerful as the 18v makitas and dewalts. Panasonic makes the best impact on the market period.
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Hands down panasonics are the best but were talking a huge price difference. Makita offers the bare tool program
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have had my DW set for abt 4 years now no probs. Buddy of mine has had his 8 or 9...only problem with his hammer drill was a blown tranny...was drilling joists for gas line and spade bit caught wrong and that was that..i think the drill hit him in the head too at the time..had the tranny replaced for 60 bucks and its still doing good
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I have the 14V one like this, got in when it first came out,

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I inherited this baby.
It's about as old as I am, and on the original set of batteries.

Lately it's been a bench tool though.
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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.

My hitachi drill is no longer driving a screw straight. I was driving a few 3in screws the other day and they just kept wobbling like crazy. Nothing I could do to keep them straight. So I removed my chuck reinserted the screw that holds the chuck in place and ran the motor. I could see the screw wobble. So now I know its not the chuck but the actual drill. Cant decide if I want to repair (still about a year on the warranty left) or just buy the bare tool. The hassles involved with getting hitachi to repair a drill just doesnt seem worth it - but I have to go with another hitachi for now cuz I have way too many new lithium batteries I need to burn out before moving on.

I have had this drill for about 4 years, never abused or dropped it - really didnt get much use since the impact craze, mainly used it for drilling holes. Never had an experience like this with any drill, hell the brushes are still good.

So how long are your drills lasting and are they worth repairing?

If it's warrantied why wouldn't you fix it? Shouldn't be paying for it.

This is a loaded question I hate to see. Some contractors are light users even if they use the drill everyday and they get years, others get the best drill and will break them in less than a year. Depends on the type of work it's being used for. Look for a drill with all metal gearing, high torque at the chuck, high rpms, 3 speeds, high effiency motors, good Li batteries, (and none of this 1 amp crap), good service and warranties. The fine print should be soooo fine either. If you hit all of these most likely your $300+ range.
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Well I finally found the receipt so its still under warranty - now I gotta decide if I wanna take the 45min drive to the service center to drop it off. I probably will since I have something like 18 working lithium batteries to go with it (and all my other tools). Just a pain.
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I've had my first cordless for over 10 years. It wasn't used full time all those years, but it's been used alot. Plastic on the clamshell is getting soft.
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I've had my first cordless for over 10 years. It wasn't used full time all those years, but it's been used alot. Plastic on the clamshell is getting soft.
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So, average lifetimes in years for sample sizes greater or equal to two
and not corrected for sample size,
Makita, 6.4
DeWalt, 7.6
Milwaukee, 5.5
Bosch, 1.3
Hilti, 2.2
Ridgid, 3.5

If each cost the same, the best value in Years per buck is DeWalt and the worst is Bosch.
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I am on 3 years now with my makita xlt and it gets abused a lot. Thats all I use to wire a house with.
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I have a DeWalt 18 volt thats lasted me 3 years so far and a impact that is going on 2 years. Everyday use for everything except mixing
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I found a statistics forum that was not too snooty to answer my questions about life data and they told me that you get more info from things that have failed than from things that still work.

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Censored Data

In many cases when life data are analyzed, all of the units in the sample may not have failed (i.e. the event of interest was not observed) or the exact times-to-failure of all the units are not known. This type of data is commonly called censored data . There are three types of possible censoring schemes, right censored (also called suspended data), interval censored and left censored.

Right Censored (Suspended)

The most common case of censoring is what is referred to as right censored data, or suspended data. In the case of life data, these data sets are composed of units that did not fail. For example, if we tested five units and only three had failed by the end of the test, we would have suspended data (or right censored data) for the two unfailed units. The term "right censored" implies that the event of interest (i.e. the time-to-failure) is to the right of our data point. In other words, if the units were to keep on operating, the failure would occur at some time after our data point (or to the right on the time scale).
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Re: How Long Has Your Cordless Drill Lasted?


I bought a new Milwaukee 18v kit a year ago switched away from Makita.

In that year I have gone through 3 bad batteries. Impact quit working. Drill broke.

All of these things milwaukee who use to have a lifetime warranty, (now is 5 years) Said the repairs were not within the warranty??


Prior to that I had Makita which lasted me 6 years no problem but batteries ever!!!


Going Back to my Makita...
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Re: How Long Has Your Cordless Drill Lasted?


I have used DW for the last 10 or 12 years. lasting about 2-3 years each.
about 2 years ago I got a awsome deal at HD on a Ryobe Li-Ion. My crew has been using it since with no problems. IMO most of these drivers are the same unless youre spending 250.00 or better.
I wouldnt normaly have bought that but for 75.00 with 2 batteries and a charger I guess I made a gamble.

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