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Old 01-01-2020, 10:35 PM   #1
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Your Brand Of Choice Of Battery Powered Tools


If you were in the market to use battery powered/cordless tools such as a drill, circular saw and a jig saw, which brand(s) would you recommend in terms of value, reliability and compatibility. And which would you stay away from.

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Old 01-01-2020, 10:49 PM   #2
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I like Makita personally

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Milwaukee, Makita or DeWalt. There's others as well, but those 3 are the most mainstream and have wide selections. Ones to stay away from? I don't think Ridgid makes great cordless tools. Ryobi usually wears out fast under hard use and doesn't perform as well as the others. It has it's place, but yo can't go wrong with any from the first three.
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i've used makita since they came out with the original 9v drill.

tools are durable & have been pretty much trouble free.

they held up incredibly well to crew use & abuse.
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I'm all Makita from my beam saw to my 6Ĺ" saw.

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i've used makita since they came out with the original 9v drill.
I too go back the the 9volt days when that was the only cordless on the market.
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If Hilti didn't come out with there cordless skilsaw I'd be all Maki.

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Makita is by far my preference and I have some Hitachi/Metabo.
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Another dedicated Makita user since 1983.
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i've used makita since they came out with the original 9v drill.

tools are durable & have been pretty much trouble free.

they held up incredibly well to crew use & abuse.
The one with the foot long battery and the metal strap to hold it in?
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See how they feel in the hand before making the commitment. Makita handles seem a little tight for my fat hand, so I went with Milwaukee. I'd be cool with Dewalt, though.
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My main brand is Makita. But they had no line up for lights so I bought into the Milwaukee line up for lighting. But now that I have their battery system I've also picked up the jigsaw and multimaster tool. Also have 2 of their 7" fans.

Jigsaw is good enough, I find the multimaster to be buzzy compared to my corded Fein. But the price difference is about $200 so I expect a quality drop with Milwaukee.
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as said -makita ,milwaukee and dewalt . depends on the particular tool .
if i was wanting a more reliable brand for the basics i might try hilti .they have a small selection and not generally the fastest or most powerful .if your not going to use them alot then there are less costly brands that do just fine .
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Milwaukee for me, because when I made the switch they were top dog. They beat the market to the new battery tech and got a pretty good jump on things.


I also have a supplier/warranty center locally, so it's easy to drop off stuff for repairs and buy or order new tools.


In 10 years when battery tech takes another big step forward due to some new innovation or battery design, I'll probably go with whatever brand is the leader.
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I have all dewalt. Tried to upgrade to Milwaukee years ago until I realized how many cordless tools I actually had and would need to re-purchase to switch battery platforms!

Dewalt, Milwaukee and makita are the only ones I know that the guys I know (proís) use for residential. Some commercial guys I know use hilti and lease them

Not to hijack the thread, but is it true that tool suppliers and big box stores have different quality of tools? Iíve always heard this, and I have both that I use everyday, and honestly couldnít tell you which ones where which


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Milwaukee for me, because when I made the switch they were top dog. They beat the market to the new battery tech and got a pretty good jump on things.


I also have a supplier/warranty center locally, so it's easy to drop off stuff for repairs and buy or order new tools.


In 10 years when battery tech takes another big step forward due to some new innovation or battery design, I'll probably go with whatever brand is the leader.
I have not experienced any noticeable difference in battery quality between my makita and milwaukee tools .
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I’m all Milwaukee, since 2016, when I bought my first tools. Their impact drill is what I first liked, I also think they have the best cordless reciprocating saw. The M18 line features a ton of tools, and they have a lot of battery options. I’ll always recommend Milwaukee. But like a lot of others said, can’t go wrong with Makita or Dewalt.
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The one with the foot long battery and the metal strap to hold it in?

Yes sir, that is the one....

Couldnt kill those things...
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Iím all Milwaukee, since 2016, when I bought my first tools. Their impact drill is what I first liked, I also think they have the best cordless reciprocating saw. The M18 line features a ton of tools, and they have a lot of battery options. Iíll always recommend Milwaukee. But like a lot of others said, canít go wrong with Makita or Dewalt.
have you picked up milwaukee's newest [super saws all] cordless recip saw . haven't had a chance to see how it does with heavy use but it does cut a bit on the fast side .they show it cutting faster then there big 15amp corded in reviews . super impressive .
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Yes sir, that is the one....



Couldnt kill those things...


I killed one in 1990(?)

They were brand new and the supervisor had one and was quite proud of it.

After scraping the popcorn ceiling, we had to re-hang the fluorescent lights.
I was on stilts and he let me use the new gun.

The existing hole Didnít hit a stud, so I had to punch a new hole with a drywall screw to hit a stud. You probably know where this is going.

Holding onto the screw, trying to push it through the sheet metal. The screw collapses and the bit spins out, stabbing me in my middle finger probably to the bone.

Apparently, my eyes got quite large as I realized that the drill had hurt me. In a fit of rage, I threw it at the ground. It hit at the base of a wall, snapping the handle from the drill body.

Supervisor wasnít too happy, I ended up having to pay him back.




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have you picked up milwaukee's newest [super saws all] cordless recip saw . haven't had a chance to see how it does with heavy use but it does cut a bit on the fast side .they show it cutting faster then there big 15amp corded in reviews . super impressive .
Yes I have. Itís an amazing tool I love it. I havenít seen any of those reviews. It could cut faster than the corded, Iíd say you can still feel a little more.. consistency behind the 15-amp version, but thatís the best reciprocating saw Iíve ever used. The M18 version comes dangerously close to it in terms of overall power in the field Iíd say.

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