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Old 08-14-2009, 07:08 PM   #21
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Makita?

Bah, Bosch baby, got everything you need.
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Old 08-14-2009, 09:03 PM   #22
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I bought a factory refurb'd kit from cpo.com a few months ago

Milwaukee 18V lithium ion hammer drill, impactor, sawzall, flashlight, charger, 2 batt's, & case for 349.00

very pleased with it so far.

but I I still won't part with my 10.8V Bosch - it's the bomb.
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Old 08-31-2009, 12:04 AM   #23
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I bought a $30 14.4V Black and Decker cordless drill when it was on sale. Has anyone here had any experience with Black and Decker drills. This one seems pretty basic. Is Black and Decker a good brand to use? Here is a picture of a similar drill:
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The Black and Decker may be fine for home use but probably won't take the daily beating on a job site.

You might take some heat for your choice too.
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Old 08-31-2009, 03:07 PM   #25
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She don't look like she'll withstand a fall off the top of an 8' step ladder to well. It also may be a bit under powered, as the post before stated B&D is a good Harry the home owner tool but probably wont stand the day to day grind of the trade. You sure don't have much invested into it so it may be worth a try. Good luck and let us know how it works.
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She don't look like she'll withstand a fall off the top of an 8' step ladder to well. It also may be a bit under powered, as the post before stated B&D is a good Harry the home owner tool but probably wont stand the day to day grind of the trade. You sure don't have much invested into it so it may be worth a try. Good luck and let us know how it works.
Thanks for your input. I'll probably buy a good Dewalt or Makita drill once I start making some money. Some journeymen who I've worked with before either used Dewalt or Makita. Which brand do you recommend?

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Milwaukee, Dewalt is evil.
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Bosch, Milwaukee is evil.

But not as evil as DeWalt.
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I'm done with Dewalt. Milwaukee is good. I think the best value for your money is the new Ryobi Lithium Ion series. They are just good enough to use everyday and cheap enough to replace if stolen or broken- oh and the batteries last a long time...unlike some other brands cough cough dewalt.
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I use almost exclusively Milwaukee. They have good power, hold there charge and can survive a tumble.
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DeWalt makes a fine tool, but the batteries are junk. Hitachi is hard to kill. And I know how some of the guys here feel (I think out of ignorance of the tool), but Ryobi is a good tool for the price. Also, alot of guys here look down on big box store brands, but I have owned every brand of cordless out there, and I'm hard on a tool. The Ridgid 24 V hammer drill is the best I have ever owned. I'm going to pick up the Ridgid impact driver over the weekend.
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I bought a $30 14.4V Black and Decker cordless drill when it was on sale. Has anyone here had any experience with Black and Decker drills. This one seems pretty basic. Is Black and Decker a good brand to use? Here is a picture of a similar drill:
Honestly, you will be laughed right off the job. BUT tell them to stick it in their ears. If you take care of it, it is OK. It would be a good tool to put in devices and do some light drilling. If you plan on drilling out a whole house, or hole sawing a steel I-beam, well, you might need something else.
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I bought a $30 14.4V Black and Decker cordless drill when it was on sale. Has anyone here had any experience with Black and Decker drills. This one seems pretty basic. Is Black and Decker a good brand to use? Here is a picture of a similar drill:
It'll do ok. I know a guy who has used the cheapo 18v Black & Decker drills for years and they last for a long time, you just don't abuse them. And when it breaks no biggie it's cheaper to buy a new one than repair a Dewalt.

I have used the Ryobi Lithiums since they came out, they don't even compare to the regular Ryobi line. The batteries are great and In all honesty I'd buy them over Dewalt. I've had MANY MANY bad experiences with Dewalt and will never buy their cordless tools again and I know a lot of people who think the same about Dewalt.
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Honestly, you will be laughed right off the job. BUT tell them to stick it in their ears. If you take care of it, it is OK. It would be a good tool to put in devices and do some light drilling. If you plan on drilling out a whole house, or hole sawing a steel I-beam, well, you might need something else.
You drill out a whole house with a cordless drill?? I have dewalt 4 piece kit and its ok, Ive beat the hell out of that drill, it needs to be replaced. If I had to do it all over again id get the new milwaukee 18v lithium ion series, seems pretty sweet.
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Honestly, you will be laughed right off the job.
Thats for sure.
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You drill out a whole house with a cordless drill?? I have dewalt 4 piece kit and its ok, Ive beat the hell out of that drill, it needs to be replaced. If I had to do it all over again id get the new milwaukee 18v lithium ion series, seems pretty sweet.
I have drilled out a house with a cordless a couple of times. It's not a preferred method, but it will do in a pinch. My Ridgid in low gear gets down and dirty. I changed the battery three times on one job, and twice on another.
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I have drilled out a house with a cordless a couple of times. It's not a preferred method, but it will do in a pinch. My Ridgid in low gear gets down and dirty. I changed the battery three times on one job, and twice on another.
That was probably nice not having to drag the cord around.
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Agree with many others, probably not something you need now, unless it is for your own use.
However, got someolder mikita... 5 or 7 years or old. 12 v and they have been awesome. Used the impact to drive 3/8 lags for elevator work over and over. Love those tools.
I think since then, everyone has come along way.
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I couldn't use black and decker, I've used one before, and it felt like a toy.

Plus, I need a good hammer function.
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You might get kicked outta the union or laughed out of the union and the jobsite if you brought a b&d pile of crap to the site..this includes Ryobi/Craftsman. They have their place for a DIY/Handyman/Hack/Home Owner know it all.

I started with the IBEW with no drill, I did not get a drill on my tool list until my 4th year. This was over 11 years ago..
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