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Best Cordless Tools?

Discussion in 'Garage' started by Grit dog, Mar 5, 2021.

Which brand of cordless tools?

Poll closed Mar 12, 2021.
  1. Makita

    6.9%
  2. Dewalt

    31.0%
  3. Milwaukee

    51.7%
  4. Other

    10.3%
  1. 82sbshortbed

    82sbshortbed Fuckemall!!

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    I've got the ryobi cordless weed Wacker and pole saw. They have been great for me with no problems. Battery life is good too.

    Also have ryobi chop saw, Sawzall, drill, circular saw and sander all have cords mind you but, have worked great.

    I have a craftsman cordless drill 20v I think that has interchangeable heads for about 6 years now and it still works great. Have a snap on 1/2" impact too.

    I like the ryobi tools personally. They've held up well. I built a deck with cover in my backyard. Built work benches for the garage and back patio. Saws have lazer sights. And if you do smash or break one it's not gonna be expensive to replace. I've had these for about 6 years now and still work fine.

    I'm not sold that you have to by a big name brand for what you can get 3 or 4 other tools for the price of a Milwaukee or Dewalt for.

    Just one man's opinion
     
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    Hell man, just go to china freight and get a Hercules or Bauer. They supposedly can stand against the De Walt. They are all made in china anyways now a days.
     
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  3. Grit dog

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    Thx for the suggestions and replies.
    Not sure if I just jumped on the bandwagon, but I did go compare the big 3 at Homie Deport yesterday and decided I liked the features and size of the Milwaukee compared to blue or yellow.
    Blue might have won, but they have some new quick connect for grinding/cutting wheels that I didn’t like. I’m good with an old fashioned arbor with a threaded nut.

    Got a 7 piece 18V Fuel kit en route from Northern Hydraulics. I like the drill and nut driver better and those will be the most used pieces.
    Peanut grinder with normal arbor.
    Mid torque 1/2” impact is like 650/450 ft lbs, more than enough.
    And the skil saw and sawzall were basically free, but will be handy. I suppose even though most of the time I’m using those I’d prefer a corded tool.
    F it. I splurged on some good tools!

    I’ve been limping along the old Dewalt stuff for a while now and both still worked great, but it was time to step up in battery technology!
     
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    I’ve always been a Makita fan but that probably dates back to buying my dad one of the early 9.6V cordless drills for Father’s Day from the local lumber yard when I was about 15 or 16.
    It’s not something he would have spent the money on at that point in our lives.
    I saved up for it for a while and was pretty proud of it and he loved it.
    To top it off, I found it when I was fixing up their house a few years ago, after both had passed on.
    Didn’t have a cordless drill with me. Charged up the old 9.6V batteries and it actually worked! And worked well, although the battery life was pretty short on those 20+ year old batteries.
     
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    Not knocking your choice. I have Milwaukee shit too
    I use their 12V line a lot. I have the lights and their little drill plus the “hacksaw”
    I do NOT like the batterie drops on them they’re a royal pain in the arse to get off. Take em under a house to do some plumbing and I’m under there wresting this battery off like Steven Irwin with a gater/ croc.
    The Fuel 18V I killed no less than THREE hammer drills in a year and I shit you not.
    I’ll take some blame. Maybe I’m too hard. but I used them for the hammer and drilling function the most.
    we drilled a lot of 1/4-3/8 holes in SS 1/4
    But if they can’t stand up to what I use em for I stick with dewalt.
    Another disclaimer. The 18v Fuel was provided for me by my company so I never paid out I pocket for em.

    The 12v was my choice tho... I’m slowly phasing them out due to the battery issue.
     
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    Shit, didn’t really pay attention to how the batteries come off. Didn’t figure it would be difficult?

    FWIW, hammer drills are constantly trying to tear themselves apart. If drilling a bunch of holes, I (or whoever is running it for me) can kill a Bosch sds max hammer drill in a day, consistently. If there’s a project like that, I’ll buy a couple drills from Home Depot, and return em dead for replacements by the end of the week.

    Either way, pretty pumped to have a full set of brand new cordless tools on the way. Probably buy $5k worth of them a year at work and been limping along my old junk for a while.
     
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    I have 18V DeWalt tools also. When the batteries died I went on Amazon and bought "off" brand batteries for half the price of DeWalts. Check the reviews carefully. THe batteries I bought work great. Just an idea to save money.
     
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    Just beware the generic batteries clip that holds them in is pretty flimsy and break off easily.
     
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    I've bought off brand too, but the life span is shorter, and they don't hold a charge as long. At least in my experience.
     
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    My dad has a ton of Ryobi and nothing has broke or failed us yet. I was looking to buy some tools myself and was looking at milwaukee/ Makita.

    I like this guy's tests for tool comparison - .
     
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    I have all DeWalt 20V cordless tools which I love. Some are very old, and I had to use DeWalt's battery converter to convert the old style 18V to the new style 20V batteries, and they still work great. I do use some corded tools for when I'm doing something that requires lots of use, i. e., grinding and sanding lots of stuff which would require changing batteries a lot. One tool I have, which you can't find anymore is a Craftsman 1/2 inch, corded drill motor that has a clutch. Anybody else out there ever see a corded drill motor with a clutch? The one I have is the only one I've ever seen, and Craftsman doesn't make it anymore. Something to keep in mind, when trying to decide what tools you want and the manufacturer you decide on doesn't make that particular tool in cordless and somebody else does, you can find converters to use somebody else's battery in the tool you may like. Amazon sells them.
     
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    there are battery adapters available to use any battery with any tool. i saw it on a youtube video a while back. it's an option if you have a lot of good older 18 volt tools and want to use new 20 volt technology.
     
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    I've had good service from a Bosch 18-volt 3/8" driver/drill and 3/8" impact wrench. I've owned the driver/drill and two lithium ion batteries for approx 15 years. Bought the impact wrench a few years later -- tool only, no batteries. Those original batteries still hold a charge a lot longer than I'd expect. Both tools are made in China, but in a Bosch plant, not some low-bidder plant that exports tools to HF, Northern, etc. to meet a price point.
     
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    I have Milwaukee stuff. In the 12 and 18v platform and like every tool I have. I did have a ratchet go wrong in the head of it and they shipped me a new one. The 5 year warranty is pretty legit. I have a contractor buddy that has all dewalt stuff and we give each other grief but they're both good. I like the Milwaukee stuff because I can get every tool he has in red and a bunch of automotive stuff he can't. Since I farm I wanted battery platform that could power construction tools as well as mechanic tools without needing to source some kind of adapter.
     
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    i choose Milwakee too for my birthday present! :)

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