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Old 01-18-2009, 10:45 PM   #1
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Kitchen Install *( Impact Driver )


I have been looking lately for a new impact driver, and I have read some amazing reviews on the panasonic impact driver.. Anyone else have experience with this line of tools from panasonic.. price is not really an issue. I want the best I can get( Makita is a no go, still have bitterness toward that pos tool. )

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Old 01-18-2009, 10:53 PM   #2
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I use the bosch impactor and love it, I never use my other big cordless drills anymore.

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Panny's are sweet but, check out Festools C12, it is not a impact driver. It does have 3 different chucks, 90 degree, eccentric,
1/2" keyless. Wieghs under 4lbs. Works for days on one battery charge. Check it out if you can. festoolusa.com
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Nothing beats a HILTI. Try the SID-144
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For kitchen installations, I suggest light and small. Whatever brand you get, those 2 specs help.
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had also thoughts of usining the compact line drill/driver and impact from bosch as well. anyone use compacts for kitchen install..
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I use the Makita 18v compact driver and impact...the white ones....for 95% of what I do. That includes kitchens, int trim, stairs and some occasional exterior trim. In tight spots I turn to my 10.8 Bosch driver and impact. I've never had an issue with my makita stuff. In fact, I just bought a 18v LXT hammer drill that I'm also very happy with.

I don't think I would willfully use the 10.8-12v sub-compact stuff for a whole install.

I had a bunch of Bosch 18v gear but never felt right in my hand.

My first choice would be Makita. I think it they are a good value for a good tool. But, since you don't like Makita, I think Panasonic would be an excellent choice.

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I used to use my compact Bosch driver and impactor, untill I bought the Festool C12. Now I cant even tell you where the rest of my cordless drills are. Sold my 2 Panny's to a friend as well.

Should have said this was related to kitchen installation.
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had also thoughts of usining the compact line drill/driver and impact from bosch as well. anyone use compacts for kitchen install..
I also use the Makita. I chose it because it is lightest of the 18v Litho Ion, over 1200 in. lbs (torque) and around 3lb (weight) impact drivers. At 5 3/4 length, it's also among the most compact. If you're not into Makita, look at Milwaukee which has similar stats:
http://www.amazon.com/Milwaukee-2650...2377858&sr=1-3

I'll say it again, for kitchen installs, short and light is the way to go but don't skimp on power. I don't think kitchen installs and pocket impact drivers (Bosch ps40 and similar) go together. My Makita impact is definitely my favorite cordless tool.
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My father bought a panasonic set a few years back, it was the best out there at the time. He bought it because he was supposed to do a job where he was installing cabinets in a building with either a steel frame or brick (dont remember, this is a few years back) and he wanted the impact for that. You dont really use an impact gun to install kitchens regularly, way too much power and you can actually cause more trouble than its worth by overtightening screws.

I have the milwaukee M18 set with the impact gun and I wouldnt even consider using that gun to install a cabinet, It has enough power to just strip the screw right out of the wall before you know it.

Everyone in the shop has one of these bosch screwguns for cabinet installs and assembly, super lightweight, more than enough power, and reliable.

(Its not this one, I think this one is an impact, but it looks very similar and runs off the same batteries)

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Makita 10.8 even tho the OP hates Makita....i still reccomend it.
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thanks for all the replies. I do not hate Makita, just have had bad luck with their drill/driver and impact set( batteries died within a few months and impact mech stop working in about 1 month ) Just have heard so much good about panny tools.. My work consists of steel stud and concrete buildings where the kitchen/vanites/bars are to be installed..
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Another vote for Makita 10.8V or 18V, even though the OP had one bad experience. Makita has more tools out for their lithium than I can afford. It seems last time I was at the tool place Makita had about 30 tools for their lithium batteries and I thought that was a nice option.
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Mike the Panny's are a sweet drill they real are. They are second to my Festool, just because of the extra chucks that comes with the Festool drill.
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I have a twelve volt Hilti, I like it but I don't use it all that often.
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I use the Makita 18v compact driver and impact...the white ones....for 95% of what I do. That includes kitchens, int trim, stairs and some occasional exterior trim. In tight spots I turn to my 10.8 Bosch driver and impact. I've never had an issue with my makita stuff. In fact, I just bought a 18v LXT hammer drill that I'm also very happy with.

I don't think I would willfully use the 10.8-12v sub-compact stuff for a whole install.

I had a bunch of Bosch 18v gear but never felt right in my hand.

My first choice would be Makita. I think it they are a good value for a good tool. But, since you don't like Makita, I think Panasonic would be an excellent choice.
Roger that. I beat the snot out of my impacts doing decks (like THOUSANDS of SCREWS) and the Makitas are hands down my favorite. I have the greens and the whites and have never had an issue with either. I used to run Bosch impacts but the batteries were terrible.

Makita's service is fantastic should you ever have an issue. I get things back from Makita in less than two days INCLUDING UPS Ground shipping!!!
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I used to use my compact Bosch driver and impactor, untill I bought the Festool C12. Now I cant even tell you where the rest of my cordless drills are. Sold my 2 Panny's to a friend as well.

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I've been using the Makita Lithium Ion's for about two years now and they work great. I used to have a Panasonic cordless drill that I really liked till I did a job in Hollywood and some brotha's decided to break into my truck and "borrow" my tools.
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Cant help it Greg, I love that drill. Plus its just kinda cool too!

I use my old 12V NiMh makita impact driver. I have a couple Of Bosch's as well but, they are just to darn heavy.

Plus, I am kind of a tool whore.....p.s. I just picked up my new MFT/3 table sweeeeet!
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My work consists of steel stud and concrete buildings where the kitchen/vanites/bars are to be installed..
Ok, then I stand corrected. Thats exactly the reason we bought our panasonic. Its a great impact, we never ended up using it for the reason we bought it, it was supposed to be used to install cabinets in the boston medical offices, but their union guys ended up doing the install instead (the union policy i guess) but we have used it for other things and it works well.

Panasonic is a good brand and would be a good choice for you

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