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  • icesailor
    icesailor Member Posts: 7,265

    Other than that one, I now buy the cheapest throw away ones I can buy. I've bought too many drills and other tools that the tool is fine, but the barrel full of dead batteries and chargers that don't charge, that I decided when my last Mikita 18 volt charger died and requied both Li-Ion batteries, I switched to Ryobi. When both batteries die, I'll throw out the drill with the rest. My PEX Expander is a Milwaukee. Any specialty tool might be a better quality. I prefer a cord.
  • SWEI
    SWEI Member Posts: 7,356
    Milwaukee FUEL

    is pricey but potent.  Brushless motors are starting to revolutionize the concept of what a cordless can do.  I was a Makita guy for many years, but after a PITA warranty experience with a lithium ion battery, my repair guy clued me in to the fact that Milwaukee has a no hassle battery warranty.  Oh, and everyone else (including Makita) who uses lithium ion for cordless tools is apparently paying them a royalty.
  • Stenty
    Stenty Member Posts: 74

    I have a DeWalt 18V XRP hammerdrill that I bought in 2005. Twice I've dropped it off at DeWalt for repair in 9 years. The last time I got it back was for less than $100 and the only original part was the yellow case.

    It had a new motor, trans, trigger, and chuck. It runs beautifully.

    At some point (maybe already) they won't fix it anymore and will offer a new drill at a good discount.

    I like DeWalt. But get the XRP models, not the Father's Day models.
  • Gordy
    Gordy Member Posts: 9,546
    edited June 2014
    Your buying the power source

    When ever you purchase cordless.

    Its crazy you can buy a combo kit with the lith batteries for the cost of replacement batteries. Thats what I do. You end up with more duplicate tools, but it makes more economical sense.

    I like Porter Cable, Bosch, Milwaukee they all have thier niches. Dont wast the extra dollars on 24volt your not getting that much more performance once you pull the trigger.
  • KC_Jones
    KC_Jones Member Posts: 5,745

    I have had several different brands of cordless.  What I have found is the one that lasts the longest is the one that you use the most.  I have a small (light weight) 12V that is geared really low and will easily drive 3" screws it has a swivel head and is the most versatile drill I have ever used.  I always grabbed it and reserved my "big guns" for the heavy work.  Guess what happened?  All the "big guns" died from under use.  Those batteries DO NOT like to sit around unused.  Drawback is it doesn't have a chuck it uses one of those quick release deals.  It is 8 years old has driven thousands of screws has been dropped kicked knocked around and still has all original parts and batteries.  Those batteries will last for years if you ONLY charge them when they are completely dead and I mean barely turn the motor dead.  Usually When mine goes "dead" I pull the trigger the whole time I am going to put it on charge to run it as dead as possible before plugging it in.  Mine in all honesty is a cheap B&D POS, but it works and it works well.  I have 2 dewalts in my cabinet right now that have bad batteries 50 bucks a piece to replace, no thanks I will stick with my little toy that just keeps running.  When this one dies I am going to try one of the ones that supposedly has lifetime batteries, see how that goes.  That is if I can't find another one of the ones I have now.  Oh and I agree with Gordy those big batteries just add weight.  Like I said are you going to use a huge heavy tank or the lightweight easy to handle tool?  Mine is geared low which gives great control and helps with the weight.  Just my $.02 worth.
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  • Aaron_in_Maine
    Aaron_in_Maine Member Posts: 315

    I have added a fuel sawzall and pro press since this was taken.

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  • SWEI
    SWEI Member Posts: 7,356
    M18 FUEL ProPress

    I heard rumors from the Uponor Convention -- has anyone actually seen it yet? 
  • Snowmelt
    Snowmelt Member Posts: 1,418
    Favorite tool

    Has to be the viega propress.

    A 30 fitting job in loess then 20 minutes,

    I also have the mega- press jaws
  • Coany
    Coany Member Posts: 91
    saw a gas powered sawzall I liked alot

    pull the chord and go, no chord required, The exhaust could be problem, yes.

    The thing had a batman quality that was very appealing.

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