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Unfortunately the question is sort of like asking, "What's the best motor vehicle?"
It sort of depends on what you want, what your going to use it for, how often are you going to use it, is it for homeowner use or commercial, what kind of power do you want, etc., etc. etc.?
But, I'll give you a simple answer since you're posting on a Ridgid forum, and I'm a Ridgid fan. But you should know that I'm also a home owner, hobbyist carpenter/woodworker and I'm not in the trades.
For a "cordless" drill, that means batteries and chargers... Ridgid is the only brand that I know of that offers a "Limited Lifetime Service Agreement" which covers batteries and chargers. In order to get that LLSA you will need to register the tool, however. If you don't want to take those required steps, then you have a 3-year warranty.
Cordless tools need the battery to operate and the charger to keep the battery charged. Batteries and chargers are notorious for simply wearing out over time or prematurely if you rarely use the tool. At least with Ridgid's LLSA you can get them replaced with no further $, but you have to take (or send) them to an authorized Ridgid service center.
So now, tell us what your intended use might be and I'm sure you'll get all kinds of opinions.
hi there, anyone know which brand is the best in cordless drills?
Here is another link on Compacts/Subcompacts.
For what it is worth, I recently bought a Ridgid R82008 12V 3/8 chuck subcompact and it is way more usefull and powerful then I ever thought. It gets used 90% of the time. When used with some Milwaukee stuby spade bits, it can almost fill in for an angle head drill.
A lifetimes worth of free batteries can't be ignored. Every drill I ever owned, has far out lived many batteries.
Well first off, who is turning their back on who? I have purchased 7 Ridgid products. Only 2 use batteries. The rest are fine. But anything with a Ridgid battery, I would advise against it. To anyone! Yes I would change my tone if I got a set of batteries that lasted. Just look around. There are a lot of Ridgid battery problems and it seems Ridgid can’t get a handle on the problem. I guess the thing to do is start a Bad Battery Thread?