Hello - Newbie to the forum here. I am out to purchase a new 18v drill / driver for light - mod use at home. I have an 18v Craftsman (3yrs old), that the batteries, and now charger have taken a nosedive. I am confronted with the age old problem of spending more on batteries than the drill is worth. I have researched the heck out of the drill market and am trying to steer clear of ones that will break the bank when the batts die (even though the brand may be great). I have been reading this forum for quite some time and realize that every product has their good and bad points. I have narrowed things down to the following: Love the Ridgid 18v X2- but only if the lifetime service agreement still applies- AND- I have seen some posts where the tool has burned up (no circuit protection???). My other favorite is Ryobi 18v. Great because if you burn out the batteries- 19 bucks at home depot. Plus Consumer Reports gave it a pretty good write up (although this was a year ago). 2nd in line to these would be the hitachi 18v and the dewalt 18v XRP. Please keep in mind that I would be using these mostly for light to mod. use. Can someone please shed some definitive light on this for me- Preferably with suggestions out of the ones I have looked at so far. PLEASE HELP!!! Thanks
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