Just took a look at the Panasonic-darn sweet cordless...sounds like a turbine engine on a jet. I do computers/security equipment and when I hear this sound in machine, more often then not, I buy it. Lorax, I just think the Crapsman tool went to the crapper. The 19.2 drill doesn't have the torque as my Dewalt has. I can almost stop the spin by holding the end. I use the Dewalt until the popping out of gear annoys me. By the way, the other drill I have is a Craftsman 12 volt (not 14v as I mentioned) industrial that I have had for at least 5 years and serves me well. By the way, one of the batteries finally died on the 12v-not bad for over 5 years of use.
I haven't tried the Ridgid drills yet, but I will. I use drills alot in my business and need long battery/drill life, torque, balance, and a good warranty.
I recommend A NO BUY on Panasonic...take it from someone who uses the tool and 3rd party info to back any claim....I had 15.6 for a year...Dead battery and $120 to replace...do a search on NI-cd vs NiMh....yes its good technology for computers not power tools...
Here is some good 3RD party info on battery life.....ME I BELIVE IN NI-CAD BY FAR!!!!
"It is true that Ni-MH cells will run a tool longer between charges, but we've seen the number of times that battery can be charged is considerably less than a Ni-Cd battery," says E.J. Loferski, cordless tool product manager at Milwaukee Electric Tool.
[ 01-25-2004, 11:52 AM: Message edited by: paul v. ]
Had DeWalt, battery life was short. Bought craftsman, lousy chucks.Craftsman batteries outlasted Dewalt. Put the DeWalt chuck on Craftsman drill, great spare drill. Now have a 18 volt Ridgid X2. Great chuck and hopefully batteries for life. Nice big drill with lots of torque.
paul v. I read the URL on batteries. Nice tourist information. Presents both sides. Demonstrates lack of thought in testing. What is the big deal freezing a battery in solid ice? Temperature will be roughly 32 degrees. Orange groves in Florida use this method to keep fruit from freezing. Test a battery set outside in 0 degree F weather for 12 hours. Negative temperatures would be even better.