Best Cordless Drills/Screwdrivers around $80


Old 01-20-05, 02:32 PM
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Best Cordless Drills/Screwdrivers around $80

Please I need some opinions regarding a cordless drill/screwdriver: which brand, model is more reliable, easy to use, better baterry ?

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Old 01-20-05, 09:47 PM
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hi mark22,
-I recently bought the Skil 'X Drive' 12 volt VSR, with 2 batteries, charger, case and studfinder. I got it on sale for 59 but i think 'normal' price is around 80-85. I've been using it a lot and really like the 2 speed ranges, High torque (0-350 rpm) and High speed,(0-1200) for driving or drilling. VSR in both ranges makes it very versatile and it compares well to my 3 year old Ryobi 14.4 which it is replacing. Also has battery power LED indicators, An excellent drill for around $80.
At this price range, B&D are now selling their 14.4 'GelGrip' VSR with 2 batts charger and case. Speed range of this is 0-750.
I think the Skil, even though 12 volts , is the better deal.

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Old 01-21-05, 06:13 AM
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I like the ryobis , I have been thru the whole gamet makitas (had three) milwakee (two) . dewalt (two ) I have a 6+ year old 14 volt ryobi and a two year old 18 volt ryobi .

I read a lot of good things about panasonic but hav e never owned one they have limited availiblity and are a bit pricey.
Old 01-21-05, 08:57 AM
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What do you think about this kit from Ryobi ($ 100 at Home Depot), 18.0V Cordless Hammer Drill Kit HD1800MK2F.
Old 01-21-05, 10:19 AM
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I haven't seen the kit, I'll take a look at it
But I can tell you, in general, hammer drills make lousy cordless "screwdrivers", and 18v is usually pretty heavy, so unless you need the torque...

What are your planned uses?
This could be very important in finding the right tool for you and your needs

Edit:Found Specs
Internet ID 165658
Brand Ryobi
Manufacturer Techtronics Industries
Model # HD1830MK2F
Blasts Per Minute - Maximum BPM 32000 BPM
Chuck Size 1/2 In.
Chuck Type Keyless
Clutch Setting 24 positions
Contents Drill, 2 batteries, 2 double ended bits, 1-hour charger, auxilary handle, depth stop rod, case
MFG Name Techtronics Industries
Number of Batteries Included 2
Operation Modes Rotation And Hammer
Recharge Time 1 Hr.
Side Handle Yes
Speeds 3
Torque 480 in/lbs.
Type Cordless Rotary Hammers
UPC CODE 033287132041
Voltage 18 V
Weight 4.8 Lb.

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Last edited by slickshift; 01-21-05 at 10:30 AM. Reason: Added Specs

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