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KSUGreggy
2011-01-04, 09:03 PM
Who is the best right now in the 18v range and is available at lowe's (giftcards at my disposal)? The last time I bought cordless tools was my ni-cd craftsman 16.8v drill. I'd like to get a drill and an impact driver for some future projects I'll be doing. Don't think a trim saw or recip would be much use. I'd get more for my money corded I think.

Does anyone brand have significantly better battery life than another? I was impressed by the comfort of the Hitachi ones in the store but none had batteries installed to really get a feel for them.

Jalt28
2011-01-04, 09:38 PM
i recommend ryobi for the impact drill but its only sold at hd but dewalt is great but batteries are expensive and dont last as long as ryobi

i use a ryobi impact drill everyday for 6 hours a day and have dropped it from 20 feet and the damn thing still works on the original batter 4 years ago

01fordgazguzler
2011-01-05, 02:29 AM
I've used my Dewalt drills a lot at the house and a lot at work. As posted above the DeWalts are expensive but will out live the Ryobi's in the long run. IMO its worth the investment.

redhot916spd
2011-01-05, 06:21 AM
I think I saw a lithium set up by porter cable for sale for 255 with all the crap drill, saw and something else at lowe's

http://www.lowes.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&cId=SEARCH&productId=1244567&cm_mmc=SCE_gps-_-gps-_-gps-_-PORTER-CABLE%204-Tool%2018-Volt%20Lithium-Ion%20Cordless%20Combo%20Kit%20PCL418C-2

cassdroid
2011-01-05, 09:08 AM
I use the makita li-ion drills and they are awesome.

redhot916spd
2011-01-05, 09:15 AM
I just bought a rigid lithium and love it, its super small and fits in between joists on 16 in centers. And pretty powerful too.

fast895ohstang
2011-01-05, 09:20 AM
i swear by makita...my 18v li ion impact driver can break alot of shit loose but i believe they are only available at home depot

black797
2011-01-05, 09:39 AM
i swear by makita...my 18v li ion impact driver can break alot of shit loose but i believe they are only available at home depot

I'll second this.

Whatever you do, go with 18v not the lower one (14?) My 8+ year old dewalt set still works great, battery life sucks but whatever.

mrcooley
2011-01-05, 09:50 AM
Dewalt 18v lith. Best place to get - there is a guy named Keith @ the Southwest Blvd drive-in swap meet every saturday morning that usually has some unbelievable deals on them. If you don't want dewalt - give him a week and he can dig up whatever you need.

KSUGreggy
2011-01-05, 10:28 AM
I think I saw a lithium set up by porter cable for sale for 255 with all the crap drill, saw and something else at lowe's

http://www.lowes.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&cId=SEARCH&productId=1244567&cm_mmc=SCE_gps-_-gps-_-gps-_-PORTER-CABLE%204-Tool%2018-Volt%20Lithium-Ion%20Cordless%20Combo%20Kit%20PCL418C-2

I saw that set, more pieces but I think the impact driver would be of more use...it looks to be only $75 for the bare tool off amazon though.

These are the other two sets I was looking at http://www.lowes.com/pd_176037-353-CLPK23-180_4294857540__?productId=3071833&Ntt=bosch&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_Combo%2BKits_4294857540__s%3FNtt% 3Dbosch

http://www.lowes.com/pd_307830-79992-PCL318IDC-2_4294857540_4294937087_?productId=3032281&Ns=p_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_quantity _sold|1&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_Combo%2BKits_4294857540_429493708 7_%3FNs%3Dp_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr%7C0%7C%7Cp_pro duct_quantity_sold%7C1

kcsilveradoss
2011-01-05, 11:39 AM
malita hands down
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Hibidi-Shibidi
2011-01-05, 12:11 PM
I just bought a rigid lithium and love it, its super small and fits in between joists on 16 in centers. And pretty powerful too.

:thumbsup:

I will not buy any other brands besides my Ridgid power tools. To my knowledge they are the ONLY company that gives a lifetime warranty on their power tools AND the batteries.

I got the Jobmax for Christmas, and although I haven't had any projects to use it on yet, I'm probably going to pick up the 12V Fuego stuff for smaller projects. Same battery as the Jobmax and a lot lighter than my 18v stuff.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31zOb5va3gL._SL160_SS160_.jpg

Hibidi-Shibidi
2011-01-05, 12:11 PM
It's only at Depot though.

KSUGreggy
2011-01-05, 12:37 PM
yea...I've got about $200 in gift cards to Lowe's. Otherwise I would have bought a rigid set by now. :mrgreen:

Hibidi-Shibidi
2011-01-05, 01:10 PM
It may be more hassle than its worth, but you can look at those gift card trading websites online and see if you can switch with someone.

Hell, I'd go into Depot and tell them that you have the gift card of xx.xx value to Lowes, assuming they can call and verify account bal., but you would rather buy the Ridgid set. Is there anything they can do?

Worse thing they say is no.

nusch
2011-01-07, 12:53 AM
:thumbsup:

I will not buy any other brands besides my Ridgid power tools. To my knowledge they are the ONLY company that gives a lifetime warranty on their power tools AND the batteries.

I got the Jobmax for Christmas, and although I haven't had any projects to use it on yet, I'm probably going to pick up the 12V Fuego stuff for smaller projects. Same battery as the Jobmax and a lot lighter than my 18v stuff.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31zOb5va3gL._SL160_SS160_.jpg

Both of my father-in laws have this and I gotta admit it worked great for me when I borrowed it. Never did anything heavy with it, so no opinion on that... gimme a call when you go look next time and i'll come with ya buddy.

Hibidi-Shibidi
2011-01-07, 11:27 AM
Both of my father-in laws have this and I gotta admit it worked great for me when I borrowed it. Never did anything heavy with it, so no opinion on that... gimme a call when you go look next time and i'll come with ya buddy.

I took some things back to Depot the other night. They gave me store credit for whatever else. I asked them if they would work online, they said yes, and I ordered this:

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xjl/R-202351922/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053


http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/300/3a/3a3bbba6-66f1-435b-befd-970fb8cf20bf_300.jpg

silversilvia
2011-01-07, 11:33 AM
I have a porter cable impact driver that is 18v. But I do not have the litium ion batteries. I like them and kinda bought into the whole tool.set with them

Jalt28
2011-01-07, 09:52 PM
rigid is great shit but i dont reccoment their battery trim gun cuz i have one and it breaks down all the time just make sure you fill out the paper work for the warranty and send it in although depot is real good about returns for rigid as long as its just an exchange for a new one

redhot916spd
2011-01-11, 02:07 PM
I saw that set, more pieces but I think the impact driver would be of more use...it looks to be only $75 for the bare tool off amazon though.

These are the other two sets I was looking at http://www.lowes.com/pd_176037-353-CLPK23-180_4294857540__?productId=3071833&Ntt=bosch&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_Combo%2BKits_4294857540__s%3FNtt% 3Dbosch

http://www.lowes.com/pd_307830-79992-PCL318IDC-2_4294857540_4294937087_?productId=3032281&Ns=p_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_quantity _sold|1&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_Combo%2BKits_4294857540_429493708 7_%3FNs%3Dp_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr%7C0%7C%7Cp_pro duct_quantity_sold%7C1

bosch and porter cable products are very very nice, I wouldn't shy away from either product. I went to Home Depot and picked them all up an and looked at the ft/lb delivery and was trying to strike a balance between power and fiting into tight spaces thats why I chose the rigid.

Hibidi-Shibidi
2011-01-11, 02:51 PM
My Jobmax/12v drill combo kit came in today!
yesyesyesyesyes

KSUGreggy
2011-01-12, 11:15 AM
Picked up the Porter Cable Drill/Impact 3 pc combo. Was free after 10% coupon and my gift cards :mrgreen: I'm impressed by the quality of it and the 3 year warranty on it. Nice balance too. It's no rigid warranty but should work fine for me.

Ordered a set of Milwaukee Shockwave bits off Amazon for the impact when I ordered my tax software today (H&R Block Taxcut is only $22.49 right now on there) so I'll put up a review of those as soon as I get them in.