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Old 11-27-2014, 06:11 PM   #21
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Old 11-27-2014, 10:12 PM   #22
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what feels good in your hand - seems like my main priority in the end .
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I'm loving Dewalt 20 volt max lithium "anything they make" these days. I even got that light little 20 volt max circular saw and end up grabbing it all the time.

I bought a different brand drill last summer to drill holes in concrete. Literally destroyed it in about 15 minutes. Took it back to the store the next day and the guy at return looked at me like 'what the heck'?

But Dewalt just seems to keep going. Never any complaints. Batteries last forever.

Haven't tried lots of different brands. There could be something better for sure. Just hard for me to switch horses when Dewalt never has let me down. So that's all I can say.
I'll second that..............But I'm still all 18v XRP's Looks like 20v might be in my future. All Black Friday sales are 20v tools.
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what ever you get avoid getting the compact battery model. i had a bosch set that had the 1.5 amp batteries and the impact was underpowered. it couldnt compete against my older bosch 18 nicad. the nicad died and i was stuck with the compact battery lith ion.. it struggled immensely with driving larger screws.. i sold that set and upgraded to the makita 18v set and love it. i also have the milwuakee m12 fuel brushless impact which gets used for light duty work such as door hardware. chances are when my makita set dies ill probably switch to hte m18 fuel as well
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I have two m18 fuel impacts and love them. I am heavily invested in the fuel line, they blow the doors off the older generation Milwaukee.
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what ever you get avoid getting the compact battery model. i had a bosch set that had the 1.5 amp batteries and the impact was underpowered. it couldnt compete against my older bosch 18 nicad. the nicad died and i was stuck with the compact battery lith ion.. it struggled immensely with driving larger screws.. i sold that set and upgraded to the makita 18v set and love it. i also have the milwuakee m12 fuel brushless impact which gets used for light duty work such as door hardware. chances are when my makita set dies ill probably switch to hte m18 fuel as well
Seems like my Bosch impact gets weaker everytime I use it. When I first bought it about 2 years ago it would sink 3 1/4 Tapcons, now it's hammering pretty hard just to put in a 3 inch deck screw.

I hate having multiple batteries/chargers for different tools (been there, done that, it sucked) but I think my impact is getting ready to die and I'm not sure I'll replace it with Bosch.
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Seems like my Bosch impact gets weaker everytime I use it. When I first bought it about 2 years ago it would sink 3 1/4 Tapcons, now it's hammering pretty hard just to put in a 3 inch deck screw.

I hate having multiple batteries/chargers for different tools (been there, done that, it sucked) but I think my impact is getting ready to die and I'm not sure I'll replace it with Bosch.
I can't say enough about the fuel, it's a great tool. So far every fuel I own has exceeded my expectations.
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I can't say enough about the fuel, it's a great tool. So far every fuel I own has exceeded my expectations.
Does Milwaukee still do hard cases or have they gone to bags like everyone else?

I've been wanting to try the Fuel circular saw as well. You have impressed me framing decks with cordless.
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Does Milwaukee still do hard cases or have they gone to bags like everyone else?

I've been wanting to try the Fuel circular saw as well. You have impressed me framing decks with cordless.
I'm pretty sure you will get a hard case with any fuel tool.
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Well I did a little test this evening. Not sure how scientific it is but it's at least as good as the "Tool Reviews" on YouTube.

Grabbed a piece of scrap 4x4 from out behind the shop and a bucket of 3 inch deck screws out of the trailer. Put a new bit in my Bosch Impactor and got my newest battery. It happened to be a 2.0 AH battery.

On a fully charged and fairly new 2.0 battery I put in 142 3 inch screws.

I'm actually surprised I expect to get less than 100 screws the was this thing has been acting lately.

142 deck screws into a treated yellow pine 4x4 is not really all that bad for a brushed tool on a 2.0 battery.
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142 screws sounds good to me also .so looking at "tools of the trade " winter 2013 mag .has a review on impacts .no bosch though .using 1/4" lags ,3 1/2" long into a glue lamb .top performer is an 18v panasonic at over 120 of them .wow .
the best makita does less then 80 .these are the brushless impacts .
still you said you had over 10 worn batteries ,could mean you have used it and sucker is really just tired .
interested in hearing what you replace it with and why .
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Well to be real honest I may not replace it just yet after that little test. It's slowing down and it's noticeable. Takes a lot longer to sink a screw than it used to. But still apparently working better than I thought.

I'm so heavily invested in Bosch cordless that it would make since to just buy another Bosch. It's not hard to find "bare tool" Impactors for less than $100 on ebay.

Milwaukee Fuel sounds good but I hate having multiple batteries and chargers. To me a cordless system only works if all tools share the same batteries.

Dewalt 3 speed brushless 20v looks pretty good too. But I swore that I would never buy another Dewalt cordless tool after dumping the 18v line and going to Bosch several years ago.

There for a couple years I had a mix of 18v Dewalt Ni-cad and 18v Bosch Li-ion. That was interesting to say the least.

I do know that Bosch (or any brand for that matter) isn't the end all be all tool brand that a lot of posters on here make them out to be. Tools are just that - tools, they all wear out given time. Heck if you never wear out tools you will never make any money!

I've got a couple Bosch drills laying out in the shop right now with issues. They saw a hard life a served me well. Replaced them with Bosch Brushless, I'm not crazy about the "soft start" or what ever the little hesitation is they have when you pull the trigger but they seem to be ok.

I didn't make a big deal out of things when the drills died, I just replaced them. Not sure why I've made a half dozen posts over a couple threads (hijack in progress ) to complain about the ageing Impactor. It's whole life has basically been deck screws and tapcons, and while to a homeowner a 2-3 year service life on a Bosch tool may seem short. We all know how cordless stuff gets used on the jobsite.

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Anyone used ridgid battery tools?

My coworker has a drill/driver set and it feels pretty good when I've used it.

We're doing electrical though, so it hasn't taken a beating on any of our jobs yet.
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Robinson1 : you sure make sense to me .i can hear my own thoughts as i listen to yours .one thing i got from this thred was that though the Makitas i have maynot be my present first choice , i really haven't figured out what is and this stuff is changing fast . thanks for your input
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I have had great success with Makita but I'm liking the new Milwaukee cordless line up lately. 5 year warranty is nice too.
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Yep, milwaukee is leading the charge on brushless variety and that is enough for me to switch from makita. I have the hammerdrill, impact driver, angle grinder, led area light and 1/2" impact.

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