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Old 05-08-2014, 09:57 PM   #1
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If you had to purchase a new cordless drill and impact driver what brand would you choose and why.
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Old 05-08-2014, 10:03 PM   #2
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Day in and day out the two that stand out are.....

1 Makita

2 Dewalt

They take a licking & keep on ticking...

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20volt, extend, lithium battery, DeWalt's. Awesome. Only down side, is there is no slow down when the battery is losing its charge. These batteries are either charged or not, meaning the tools runs 100% out not at all. But I love the drill and driver!

I have a Makita, and DeWalt. The above DeWalt is the go to every time
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After my $350 18v Dewalt hammer drill decided to catch on fire, I'm almost done replacing all my Dewalt cordless tools with Makita. Not the white but the teal colored ones. One thing I do like about the Makita is the led light stays lit for a few seconds after letting the trigger loose.

My second choice was Bosch and I hear Milwaukee is making some decent stuff now.

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After my $350 Dewalt hammer drill decided to catch on fire, I'm almost done replacing all my Dewalt cordless tools with Makita. Not the white but the teal colored ones.

My second choice was Bosch and I hear Milwaukee is making some decent stuff now.
Only decent chit Milwaukee still makes is pipe threading stuff...

and I'm not sure the quality if you were to buy new stuff...
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Only decent chit Milwaukee still makes is pipe threading stuff...

and I'm not sure the quality if you were to buy new stuff...
Don't know I have never owned a single Milwaukee tool, just heard their new cordless stuff isn't bad.
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Only decent chit Milwaukee still makes is pipe threading stuff...

and I'm not sure the quality if you were to buy new stuff...
Why do you say that? Just curious. We have all milwaukee cordless( mostly fuel now) and havent had any big problems.
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Only decent chit Milwaukee still makes is pipe threading stuff...

and I'm not sure the quality if you were to buy new stuff...
Milwaukee doesn't make pipe threaders.

Are you just saying that all Milwaukee stuff is sh!t?
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Milwaukee doesn't make pipe threaders.

Are you just saying that all Milwaukee stuff is sh!t?
Yea, my bad....that's the other red tools, that should have just stuck with pipe threading chit....


and yea their new stuff is crap.....
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Since getting my Hilti cordless set about 6 months ago, there's no turning back...you pay a tad more, but it blows away my co-worker's Dewalt 20v set without question. The driver keeps going all day without re-charging, the hammerdrill blasts out 5/8" masonry holes & 5" hole-saw through 5/8 OSB without a hitch (that's the largest I've tried...can't attest to larger holes). I broke down and got the Recipricating Saw & Circular Saw too...we're talking some nice chit there too...the Circ rips without problems, though both saws (along with any cordless saw) rips though batteries...nothing horrible, but you do notice the difference.
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Bosch

I've been beating on Bosch cordless for going on 5 years and still haven't been able to kill anything. I've got 2 drills, impact driver, recip saw, 1/2 impact wrench and a whole pile of batteries. The original 1.3 amp/hour batteries marked Litheon than came with the first drill I bought are still kicking. 5 years of professional use and still working.

I was a Dewalt man before I went to Bosch. Left Dewalt mostly due to battery issues (ni-cad line). I'm too heavily invested in the Bosch line now to switch for no reason but if I was starting from scratch I'd give the Dewalt 20v a try. Been playing with them at Lowes the last couple times I stopped by and they seem nice. Might pick one up for shop use, battery compatibility doesn't really matter that much in the shop.

Alot of guys on here seem to really like Makita as well.

I'd say as long as you stay with Bosch, Dewalt 20v, or Makita you can't go wrong.


Actually I was picking up my tools this evening and it finally dawned on me that practically every tool I own is Bosch. With the exception of a few electric drills and angle grinders its basically all Bosch. While I'm not crazy about the CS10 circular saw or their circular saws that had direct connect overall they make a top notch product.
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Bosch

I've been beating on Bosch cordless for going on 5 years and still haven't been able to kill anything. I've got 2 drills, impact driver, recip saw, 1/2 impact wrench and a whole pile of batteries. The original 1.3 amp/hour batteries marked Litheon than came with the first drill I bought are still kicking. 5 years of professional use and still working.

I was a Dewalt man before I went to Bosch. Left Dewalt mostly due to battery issues (ni-cad line). I'm too heavily invested in the Bosch line now to switch for no reason but if I was starting from scratch I'd give the Dewalt 20v a try. Been playing with them at Lowes the last couple times I stopped by and they seem nice. Might pick one up for shop use, battery compatibility doesn't really matter that much in the shop.

Alot of guys on here seem to really like Makita as well.

I'd say as long as you stay with Bosch, Dewalt 20v, or Makita you can't go wrong.


Actually I was picking up my tools this evening and it finally dawned on me that practically every tool I own is Bosch. With the exception of a few electric drills and angle grinders its basically all Bosch. While I'm not crazy about the CS10 circular saw or their circular saws that had direct connect overall they make a top notch product.
I have around 50 cordless and corded tools so I'm not brand loyal. If it wasn't for the fact that I had issues with more than one of my Dewalt cordless tools and batteries, I'm down to 1 battery out of 6, I'd run 2 brands of cordless tools. Which I still may do just not with Dewalt.

One thing about Dewalt, they make just about anything you'd want in accessories. The one tool I do hate losing is my little cordless Dewalt vac of all things.
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Since getting my Hilti cordless set about 6 months ago, there's no turning back...you pay a tad more, but it blows away my co-worker's Dewalt 20v set without question. The driver keeps going all day without re-charging, the hammerdrill blasts out 5/8" masonry holes & 5" hole-saw through 5/8 OSB without a hitch (that's the largest I've tried...can't attest to larger holes). I broke down and got the Recipricating Saw & Circular Saw too...we're talking some nice chit there too...the Circ rips without problems, though both saws (along with any cordless saw) rips though batteries...nothing horrible, but you do notice the difference.
I really hope you did not pay that for your HILTI kit. My same kit with 3.3 batteries and two extra 3.3 batteries was less than that.
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Dewalt all the way, go brushless. Built a deck, 4ah battery lasted 3 days on the impact...was impressed.

There is going to be a person that hates every brand for one reason or another, choose what you like from the big companies, you will be happy with it.
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I really hope you did not pay that for your HILTI kit. My same kit with 3.3 batteries and two extra 3.3 batteries was less than that.
Nah, got a package deal...4 tool kit with 3 batteries and soft tool bag for far less!
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Love the Red stuff

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The new Milwaukee's M18's are real nice. I went with the brushless, they are a little more but are well worth it.
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Makita for me.
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20 year old magnum hole shooter keeps pluggin away. No complaints with their job site radio either.
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i gave up on makita ive had over 10 batteries go bad. im all dewalt 20v and milwaukee fuel now. the only makita i still use is the cordless vac (dustbuster) and the multitool.

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