Dewaly vs. Makita vs. Milwakee


Old 05-10-04, 06:41 PM
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Dewaly vs. Makita vs. Milwakee

Hi all.
I am in the market for a new cordless drill. I bought a Craftsman 6 moths ago and the batteries wouldn;t even hold a charge if i stored it for 2 days. Anyway, back to sears, and refund. Anyway....

I have seen many dills preform, and preform great, which makes my decision hard. It's a question of, DeWalt vs. Makita vs. Milwakee. I am looking for the contractor grade line of products. In your opinions, and expieriences, which is the toughest, and most versatile of brands? I want a drill probably a 14.4 volt drill (but i've also seen some great 12 volt drills), unless someone can convince me otherwise, but the 18 volt drills seem like they would be to heavy and clunky. I want great battery life. So with all of that said. Thanks
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Old 05-10-04, 09:09 PM
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Milwaukee all the way ! I'm just partial to them, the others are quality tool makers as well.
Old 05-11-04, 07:09 AM
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Of the three brands you listed, I would probably go with the Makita. They're all good, but my own experience with Makita has been excellent. (I bought a 9.6v cordless in the mid 80's that lasted almost 20 yrs). I would also recommend the 14.4v tools. The 18v are pretty heavy.

If you're open to other brands, you might like the Ryobi. Some folks claim that they're junk, but I've had excellent experience with their 14.4v & 18v tools.
Old 05-11-04, 07:36 AM
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I think you will find as many differing opinions as there are brands.

I personally think any of the major brands are good.
I own Makita in 7.2 and 9 volt and a DeWalt in 9 volt, they do anything I ask of them and I've owned them for quite awhile.

Weight is the major consideration I have as most of my use is service related where I haul my tools into all kinds of odd places.
If you buy a unit with two batteries, the chargers now only take an hour to recharge, never leaving you without power.

Mind you I have thought of going to 12 volt as they are not much bigger than 9.
Old 05-31-04, 09:22 AM
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fine woodworking has a 2004 tool reveiw you might want to look at I think its about 10.00 they did reveiw drills as I recall.

I had makitas they were ok but only seemed to last me about two years

I bought a milwakee drilled 3 holes it died returned it got a new one it also died in less than a month

they talked me into a dewalt it lasted about two years

I saw Ryobi it had a two year warranty so I gave it a try

my Ryobi 14volt lasted 6 years drill was still working battries just quit taking a charge.

I bought a 18 volt ryobi 5 peice kit been pleased with it. you cant beat them for the money.

I use the drill several times a day other tools several times a week.

the rigid tools have a lifetime warranty but they were twice the price and I figure in 4 or 5 years there will probably be new features i want anyway.

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