looking to buy new power tools

Old 02-25-10, 06:02 AM
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looking to buy new power tools

I currently own a set of B&D Firestorm cordless tools. i want to get a better set since my wife and i just bought a house and are planing on remodeling it ourselves. I am torn between DeWalt because i see contractors use them and Makita because my dad has always used them and people i know say they are good quality. all help would be greatly appreciated. :-D

Old 02-25-10, 12:42 PM
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I used to have cheap off brand cordless drills and they were ok but when I got a craftsman 19.2 volt, I was really impressed Although I've owned some Makita corded tools, I've never had their cordless. I've not owned Dewalt either

Years ago I saw makita on the jobsite the most often but now it appears that dewalt is the preferred brand. Both should give you good service. I'd let price and the feel of the tools [in your hand] decide. There is a definite advantage to having all your cordless tools the same brand and voltage!
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Oh my goodness......did I hear $$$ for tools????
What Marksr said. Not only the price of the tool, but consider the cost of replacement batteries. It can vary from $39 for a Ryobi 18v. to nearly $90 for a Dewalt 18v. Using cordless tools around the house is convenient, but not very practical unless you use them all the time. I use 14.4v and 18 v. Dewalt in my business and find them to be very reliable, very costly to maintain (batteries), and very strong. The battery charge last a good while, but as with all batteries they tend to die as they age. I use the drills, jig saw and airless nailer that run off 18v. That gives me one set of batteries for all the tools. I can keep several charged (even have a car charger) and keep working.
Look into a good set of corded drills for the garage. Keep your firestorms for remote work, but rely on the torque and reliability of the corded ones.
Old 02-25-10, 01:10 PM
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I've been using craftsman cordless tools for almost 10 years, and the only problem I have with them is the batteries. For a home owner craftsman tools are great. If I was contractor I would use dewalt or one of the other high end/professional brands.

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