I would like to buy a high torque, relatively well made cordless drill
with high speed and low speed settings. I have a 120V DeWALT drill
that I owned for many years, it is a hammer drill with a extra handle,
with two speeds, high and low. I would like to, ideally, buy something
similar. There are dewalts sold for about $250, which seems to be
excessive. On the other end, there are $25 "24v drills" sold on ebay,
most likely junk.
Is there something that is good that's in the middle?
Thanks. I looked at 18V stuff, whereas before I looked at only 24V
stuff. I saw a 18V dewalt for $124 on ebay, that's something I could
see myself paying. Delivers enough torque. The hammer capacity I do
not care for, as much. All metal gearbox, etc.
Do you know if in those higher end drills, I can leave the battery in
the charger forever? (like in a smart AA battery charger)
On Sun, 26 Sep 2004 01:30:15 +0000, Ignoramus32065 wrote:
I've never had a problem with leaving a battery in a charger for extended
periods with my Makita, Porter Cable, or Milwaukee tools.
In terms of quality of construction and lifetime I've been a bit
underwhelmed by the DeWalt tools. The price isn't too bad and they look
good, but the few that I've had haven't been that well made and didn't
last very long. On the other hand the I've got Porter Cable and Milwaukee
tools that are over 20 years old and are still going strong (and yes, they
get used quite a bit).
The only DeWalt tool I've still got is one of their laminate trimmers. And
its bearings went out after a couple of hundred hours of operation.
Hopefully the better grade bearings I put in it will last a reasonable
amount of time. In contrast the PC trimmer that I also have is still
running its original bearings after 15 years and whole lot more than 200
hours of operation.
With respect to tools, you pretty much get what you pay for. A more
expensive tool will probably outlast its brethern by a wide margin. And in
the end it will prove to be the less expensive option.
The instructions said to use Windows 98 or better, so I installed RedHat.
I've got a couple of the DeWalt 18 volt tools and have been happy with them.
The drill is a non-hammer type but has enough torque to pull it out of my
hand if I'm not careful with the larger bits. The batteries seem to work
fine with constant charging.
Exactly what I need. Thanks. I need a lot of torque because I will use
this drill to start up my electric generator. (a hard starting diesel
that needs to be spun up fast to start). Obviously, I will also use
this drill for other, more regular, purposes.
Yes I do too, almost 8 hrs a day for over a year I abused my 18 volt hammer
drill I and I would not buy a non hammer model and here is why...
Although the hammer drill feature is a joke ( and I'm all most sure that it
is no better on other brands of cordless hammer drills), it's slow and
pathetic. Well I guess it is useful for small holes, like for small
tapcons etc... but, for larger holes forget it. However, the hammer drill
has a MUCH better keyless chuck on it, than does the non-hammer model. The
price difference is only about 15-20 more depending on who you get one from
so, get it for the better chuck and if you HAVE to use it to hammer just
don't hold you breath while waiting for it to drill:-)
Another nice feature of the Dewalt drill is it spins faster than most other
model drills, and for my use that made it the only way to go for driving the
many thousands of self drilling/tapping metal screws in.
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