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I am in the market for some new cordless tools since my trusty old Makita drill is dying, starting to make some bad noises.

Can't decide between the Makita 18 volt LXT's or the Milwaukee M18's. Figure I'll get a 4 piece kit since they both have some good promotions for a free tool with 4 piece kit.
 

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Makita, although the new Hilti 18V lithion is pretty sweet as has overload protection.
 

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I am in the market for some new cordless tools since my trusty old Makita drill is dying, starting to make some bad noises.

Can't decide between the Makita 18 volt LXT's or the Milwaukee M18's. Figure I'll get a 4 piece kit since they both have some good promotions for a free tool with 4 piece kit.
I had been a DeWalt customer since they came out with their cordless tool line and especially liked the 24V, 1/2" hammer drill. Recently all 3 of my drills and batteries started to puke out...4-5 yrs most of them. I went to get the replacement batteries and it was gonna cost me $300+ .I decided to look around a bit for a new setup.

I remembered a few months prior, on a trim-out, I saw a sleek little Makita snub-nose 12V that a cabinet installer left on the counter.......I had to check it out while noone was looking...man what a dream tool. Fast, agile, easy to see w/LED helper light, and too boot it had the new flashy Lith Ion batts in it.

It was an impact driver though, wasnt too sure that was the right tool for me...being just for screws.

When the time came I dipped into the emerg fund and wrapped my paws on the 4 pc bundle in the bag.. was about $420 then. I never had much of a use for the sawzall.. I thought, but after getting this set of wonder drills / sawzall / flashlight (use that the most) and the charger I am urged to find new uses for these starlets. I bought another setup for the home use.. I do alotta stuff around the palace.

Cant tell you enough, this set does it all for me.

Makita 4 pc combo
3000 rpm 1/4" impact driver
2 speed 1/2" drill/driver hammer
sawzall
flashlight
charger w/2 batts

and no....I dont work for Makita or own any or their stock
 

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What are best drills?????
For battery operated. Get an 18v 4pk or another combo kit.

IMO if you are using it for Cabinet installs only, look at an 18v 2 pk with an impact driver and a hammer drill. It's nice to have the hammer feature for the occasional "what ifs".

My preference always has been DeWalt.

Got to Lowes, HD or wherever you buy your tools and hold them up to each other for weight and compactness.

If you keep away from Ryobi the rest is just personal preference. They all have pros/cons and the occasional lemon.
 

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I have never had a problem with my dewalt's. Not that I wouldnt use another brand but all my cordless tools are dewalt 18v. So I have a bunch of batteries and seems silly to buy a different brand drill that wont take all these batteries
 

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Tom: to answer ur question LOL look at the top of the geared chuck end, you see a small "tang" sticking up, push it and you have reverse LOL LOL
Really
 

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I think Makita is making some of the best tools right now. All my cordless tools are dewalt, the batteries suck, as my Dewalts break I plan on replacing them with another brand. But that's a lot of tools & batteries. My choice would be Makita.
 
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