Whats The Best 18V Cordless?

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Old 01-20-04, 09:01 AM
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Whats The Best 18V Cordless?

I researched some previous threads and didn't really get many answers, so its time to ask the pro's. What's the best brand cordless 18V?? I realize these will be "opinions", so feel free to "lay 'em" on me. I kinda got my mind set on a Ridgid, from Home Depot, they got the most torque in their class, ($200 and under), and the 20 minute battery charge is also a big plus. I'd be willing to spend a few bucks more,, if it was "really" worth it. I need a 18V with some serious torque, for around 200 bills. Got any suggestions??
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Old 01-20-04, 10:34 AM
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William:

In trade circles it seems to be Milwaukee that is the most popular.
They are higher priced but I would say on construction around here they are used by more than half the trades.
There are quite a few yellow ones with the rest being an assorted mix.
 
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Old 01-20-04, 10:53 AM
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Dewalt would be my choice for drills.
 
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Old 01-20-04, 08:29 PM
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Milwaukee and Dewalt are the best choices, Milwaukee to me are more expensive to get parts for. Keep in mind ive never used ridgid so im kinda wondering myself about that.
 
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Well, "supposedly" the Ridgids' have a lifetime warranty, kinda like the Craftsman stuff from Sears. This is what I've found,,, opinions on these drills seem to be, "regional",,, I'm in MI and theres not a whole lot of people using Milwaukees,, alot of Dewalts and Bosch. Are Bosch and Milwaukee the same drill? or made by the same company? Seems like Bosch has the most torque outta any of these drills,,, but your also gonna pay for it
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Old 01-21-04, 08:05 AM
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Rigid is, or will soon end the lifetime warranty.
Did a search on this a while ago and people were reporting problems with them honoring the lifetime warranty as none of the retailers had anyting to do with it.

The new Bosch drills look pretty tough.
The owner of our local lumber yard was trying to sell me a 24 volt Bosch a few days ago and I must say it's an impressive looking tool.
He had a piece of oak from a packing crate and a # 12 x 4" screw as a demo.
On low speed it twisted it in without any pause.
Although, I can't imagine working with a drill that weighs over six pounds for any length of time.
 
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my choice

I have two DeWalt 18 volt drills they are very good.A bit on the heavy side but plenty of torque,plus I can charge it in the DeWalt radio.
 
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I just bought the 18V Dewalt, and it does what I need it to, in plumbing I drill lots of holes, it saves me time not to have to pull out the hole hog drill.
 
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Well I expect whatever drill I end up buying is going to get "quite" a workout anyway,, I'm gonna be "boring" 6" holes through, about a foot of ice.
 
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Old 01-21-04, 08:55 PM
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Fine Homebuilding recently ran a review of 18V cordless drills and the best performer was the 16.something Panasonic. It out drilled holes and drove more screws than almost all of the 18V competitors.
 
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Old 01-21-04, 09:12 PM
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Originally posted by WilliamH Bonney
Well I expect whatever drill I end up buying is going to get "quite" a workout anyway,, I'm gonna be "boring" 6" holes through, about a foot of ice.

you are going to need more than an 18volt cordless drill for that.
 
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Old 01-21-04, 09:17 PM
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Yep,

Dewalt 18V instructions manual rates largest hole recommended to drill at in wood is 1-1/2"
 
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Old 01-21-04, 09:20 PM
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William:

Drill ice is what we do around here and I wonder how ANY drill would stand up.
A gas powered ice auger turns at about 350 rpm and takes a 2 hp engine to drill a 6" hole or 3 hp for a 10" hole.

I'm curious to know with as much power as it takes to drill ice how a cordless drill would stand up.
Right now we have about 24 inches of ice but in a month we'll have between 3 to 4 feet.
A record for us here was just under 6 feet at a lake near here.

So, is drilling ice with cordless drills something folks do where you are or is this your invention.
 
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Old 01-22-04, 06:19 AM
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Cordless drill ice augers are the latest "phenom", in southern MI, we get around 20" of ice in the real cold winters,, around 12" in the mild ones. A good sharp Lazer 6" auger and a "good" 18V drill will drill you roughly 20 holes on a fully charged, "warm" battery. The cold air is what kills the batteries, if you keep them warm, you're fine. I actually have a gas auger, that I'm selling now,, in favor of the cordless drill auger. The drill auger will go through the ice, faster than, ANY gas auger on the market today.
Granted,,, when your talking about 2 to 3 foot of ice, you're not going to get to many holes drilled with the cordless, but we don't get too many of those winters around here. Guys sell the "adapter bit" on ebay,,, just type in "ice auger" in the search part, you'll get a better idea, of what I'm talking about.
 
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Old 01-22-04, 09:22 PM
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I was installing an overhead fan in a clients maintenance shop when I dropped my 18v Dewalt 16' onto the cement below. I cringed and went down to inspect the damage. Battery popped out. I popped it back in and it was good to go. That's all I needed, sold on Dewalt.
 

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Old 01-23-04, 11:11 PM
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I've been a plumber for 25 years, and the most durable tools that I've come across are, oddly enough, Hitachi. You never hear much about them, or even see them very often. But I had a Hitachi cordless that had outlasted any other three cordless drill that I've had, and I've had a number of them over the years.
 
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