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  • Cordless Drill. Which is best?

    I'm a woodworking hobbyist that is looking for a new cordless drill.
    I don't necessarily need a beefy hammer drill, but I also don't want one I have to charge all the time.

    My projects are usually shelving units, play houses, toys, etc and maybe help with a deck. A lot of pine some hard wood.

    Anyway... I really like Ridgid lifetime warranty for the batteries so I'm leaning towards that but even Ridgid has many choices.

    So now for the question.
    If you had about $200 to spend what drill would you get and why?

    Thanks

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    Re: Cordless Drill. Which is best?

    Ridgid drills are great, I have one that I have had for about 5 years now. The batteries don't hold up like they used to so I decided to get a new drill for my work. This time I went with a 1/2 Li-ion 18volt Makita. I never dreamed a cordless drill could be so strong and last so long. Li-ion batteries are fantastic for any drill you get.
    info for all: http://www.hoistman.com http://www.freeyabb.com/phpbb/index....wwtoolinfoforu --- "I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me."

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    • #3
      Re: Cordless Drill. Which is best?

      The Ridgid compact 18v sounds like the best fit for you. It is light weight for an 18v drill, so it won't wear out your arm using it, but still has plenty of power. The batteries also last a long time, and they charge in only 30 min.

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      • #4
        Re: Cordless Drill. Which is best?

        I agree with Hottrodd. We have several of the Ridgid Compact 18V drills and our crews really like them. They are light, powerful, have great trigger control and beautiful balance. We use them with the 1.5Ah LI batts and the power and run time are surprisingly good. We have used them for two years now in rain, snow, dust, dirt and all the other abusive conditions that tools are exposed to by professional contracting crews. We have not had a single failure to date.
        I would like Ridgid to add a switch which allows the light to be turned on without operating the drill. That would be a handy feature in dark places and I believe some of the competition does offer it......Ray

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        • #5
          Re: Cordless Drill. Which is best?

          Are you folks talking about this one?
          http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/R86006-C...l/EN/index.htm

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          • #6
            Re: Cordless Drill. Which is best?

            Dewalt DCD950 or 970 handsdown best on the market. Check out the review and videos of testing. The evidence doesnt lie.

            http://dewaltownersgroup.com/index.php/topic,23.0.html
            http://dewaltownersgroup.com/index.php/topic,56.0.html

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            • #7
              Re: Cordless Drill. Which is best?

              Ridgid recently had a promotional kit. Autoshift drill, one-handed recip saw, radio, 2 compact Li batteries and charger for $199. The Autoshift drill alone is $229 (too high in my opinion), and the compact drill is $189. This kit seems like a pretty good deal if you need a new drill, and the recip might be interesting. There are still a few around, my local HD still has one left.

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              • #8
                Re: Cordless Drill. Which is best?

                Originally posted by Hiker-42 View Post
                Are you folks talking about this one?
                http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/R86006-C...l/EN/index.htm
                Yep.....that's the one! Of course I forgot to mention that this great drill and it's batteries are also covered under Ridgid's Lifetime Service agreement.

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                • #9
                  Re: Cordless Drill. Which is best?

                  Thanks for your help.
                  Yeah the Dewalt is great, but a bit more than I could spend.

                  I ended up getting the 18V Compact Lithium-Ion.
                  Very nice feel and the price was good.

                  100% replaceable repairable always wins out for me.

                  One question for those of you who have one.
                  When I'm on #2 setting and I let go of the trigger the drill makes a 'chunking' sound and sounds like gears rubbing (not so much grinding, but close)

                  Is this normal and what is it?

                  Thanks again.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Cordless Drill. Which is best?

                    I vaguely remember other people posting on some odd sounds with that drill, I have a milwaukee 18v so I don't know what the issue really is. Think that sound is pretty normal, try doing a search on here, the thread will go into more details about it.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Cordless Drill. Which is best?

                      I think what you are hearing is the brake.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Cordless Drill. Which is best?

                        Originally posted by Hiker-42 View Post
                        Thanks for your help.
                        Yeah the Dewalt is great, but a bit more than I could spend.

                        I ended up getting the 18V Compact Lithium-Ion.
                        Very nice feel and the price was good.

                        100% replaceable repairable always wins out for me.

                        One question for those of you who have one.
                        When I'm on #2 setting and I let go of the trigger the drill makes a 'chunking' sound and sounds like gears rubbing (not so much grinding, but close)

                        Is this normal and what is it?

                        Thanks again.
                        Hiker...Congratulations. You have made an excellent choice.
                        yep!.....Once again I agree with Hottrod. What you are hearing is the electric brake. You don't hear it when you are in low gear because the speed isn't high enough to generate much electric resistance. Some suggest slowly releasing the trigger to diminish the use of the electric brake. You will also notice sparks being generated out of the motor vent ports which are also caused by the electric brakes. Some of the electric sparking is caused by the brushes seating in. Fairly soon the amount of sparking will diminish.
                        Enjoy the drill. It is a very good tool......Ray

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                        • #13
                          Re: Cordless Drill. Which is best?

                          Originally posted by usmcdevildog73 View Post
                          Dewalt DCD950 or 970 handsdown best on the market. Check out the review and videos of testing. The evidence doesnt lie.

                          http://dewaltownersgroup.com/index.php/topic,23.0.html
                          http://dewaltownersgroup.com/index.php/topic,56.0.html
                          I always trust comparisons when run by a manufacturers site and they always win. LOL Not the case with independant site tests.
                          info for all: http://www.hoistman.com http://www.freeyabb.com/phpbb/index....wwtoolinfoforu --- "I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me."

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                          • #14
                            Re: Cordless Drill. Which is best?

                            Originally posted by papadan View Post
                            I always trust comparisons when run by a manufacturers site and they always win. LOL Not the case with independant site tests.
                            that site is ran by Kanxrus, and he is not affiliated with dewalt in any way.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Cordless Drill. Which is best?

                              Hands down the best drill I've ever used is the Hitachi DV18DL. Offers lithium ion technology, nice design/features and buttloads of wrist breaking torque. And of course it's the best looking drill on the market if that's what you look for. Later!

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