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Need a new drill/impact set- what do you like?
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Post 16 made on Tuesday November 27, 2018 at 23:49
iimig
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Milwaukee Fuel, and as Paul said don't overlook the M12 stuff. You will need M18 for rough-in work and driving lags, but M12 is great for almost everything else.

The power tool I use more than anything else is the M12 2401-20 screwdriver, it has a 1/4" quick release only (no chuck) which keeps it nice and light and fast for driving any kind of fastener. There is a Fuel version 2402-20 but I haven't switched because some people say the clutch isn't as sensitive. I use the clutch a lot for rack assembly and even rack-ear assembly, where it needs to be quite sensitive.
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Post 17 made on Wednesday November 28, 2018 at 00:22
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Rigid, Iíve used them all except for the mil so not sure. Might grab one since a few guys here recommended them.
Post 18 made on Wednesday November 28, 2018 at 00:45
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On November 27, 2018 at 23:49, iimig said...
Milwaukee Fuel, and as Paul said don't overlook the M12 stuff. You will need M18 for rough-in work and driving lags, but M12 is great for almost everything else.

The power tool I use more than anything else is the M12 2401-20 screwdriver, it has a 1/4" quick release only (no chuck) which keeps it nice and light and fast for driving any kind of fastener. There is a Fuel version 2402-20 but I haven't switched because some people say the clutch isn't as sensitive. I use the clutch a lot for rack assembly and even rack-ear assembly, where it needs to be quite sensitive.

My Bosch screwdriver just died and I picked up the Milwaukee for $60. Itís still on sale as of this posting but not much stock left. I prefer the screw driver because itís small and has a clutch so I donít overdrive rack screws.

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Post 19 made on Wednesday November 28, 2018 at 06:45
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Milwaukee. Even went this direction for my lawn tools. I have a PROBLEM!, lol.
Post 20 made on Wednesday November 28, 2018 at 08:06
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Dewalt. As others have mentioned, you have to get the nicer brushless drills if you want longer battery life and longer motor life. I'm sure Milwaukee is great but we have 12 trucks using Dewalt every day without issues. Haven't seen a need for change.
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Post 21 made on Wednesday November 28, 2018 at 08:14
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Milwaukee .
I recently added their rocket work light and it's awesome.
Got their hedge trimmer and large blower this past week too, can't wait to go trim my bushes now to try them out!
Post 22 made on Wednesday November 28, 2018 at 08:40
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I bought a Milwaukee 18V NiCd hammer drill in early 2005 and because I didn't chuck a few drill bits correctly, I damaged the carbide inserts in the chuck. When I went to their service center (it's great living in the homeland) and got the bad news about the cost of a new one, but bought another drill when I saw that they had wire racks filled with the same model, batteries, chargers, cases and handles. I smoked a set of brushes in the first one because I was drilling through masonry with a 3/4" bit when I should have used a rotary hammer, dropped it several times and the chuck is the only other part that it needed- I bought a Jacobs chuck for $10. The second drill has needed no service, whatsoever. That one fell from the top of a 12' A-frame ladder onto a concrete floor and only the bit holder bent- the drill is still working fine. The only thing I have had to do is replace batteries and I use this thing for just about everything. Yeah, it's heavy with the NiCd batteries, but that keeps people from wanting to use or steal it.

I see a lot of Makita impact drivers on jobs, but I also see a lot of Masterforce, which are sold at Menard's. A friend has a small 12V impact driver and loves it.
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Post 23 made on Wednesday November 28, 2018 at 09:38
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On November 27, 2018 at 20:52, Ernie Gilman said...
Whatever you get, don't get a tool in a bag. You'll never be able to look in it and see what accessories or junk is in there. It must bave a hard box.

Good answer since he is brand new to the business
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Post 24 made on Wednesday November 28, 2018 at 09:40
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Btw, I had an electrician tell me he has been buying refurb Milwaukee from CPO for about half of regular retail.
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Post 25 made on Wednesday November 28, 2018 at 11:15
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On November 27, 2018 at 23:49, iimig said...
Milwaukee Fuel, and as Paul said don't overlook the M12 stuff. You will need M18 for rough-in work and driving lags, but M12 is great for almost everything else.

The power tool I use more than anything else is the M12 2401-20 screwdriver, it has a 1/4" quick release only (no chuck) which keeps it nice and light and fast for driving any kind of fastener. There is a Fuel version 2402-20 but I haven't switched because some people say the clutch isn't as sensitive. I use the clutch a lot for rack assembly and even rack-ear assembly, where it needs to be quite sensitive.

This is worth repeating. You will use the 18v Fuel for your heavy lifting, but the M12 stuff you will use ALL THE TIME. The drill is the perfect size for poking four holes into studs to hang a TV. The impact driver gets used all the time. I only ended up with the multi-tool because it was $20 more when I got the kit of 3. It is awesome for retroing and cutting sheetrock. When I used to use a jab saw or utility knife to go along or across a stud, it was annoying and took forever. The multi-tool is the solution.

The M18 Fuel drill has a charger for it's own batteries plus the M12 batteries as well.

I have no doubt the 20v DeWalt does a good job. They lost me when my 18v system, initially solid, would require batteries replaced every year or so. Replaced a few transmissions and switches. They squeezed me out.
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Post 26 made on Wednesday November 28, 2018 at 15:45
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odd guy here - I have the suite of Craftsman (gasp!) C3 tools and they are damn near bulletproof. I have the high-torqe drill driver and i can bore 1' auger holes thru 2x4s all day on a single lithuim battery. I drill concrete, stone, metal, whatever and it cruises right along. its not even a hammer drill. I have dropped it 2 stories onto concrete and no issues. they are tough. I have the saws, vacuum, ect. i think black and decker owns them now
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Post 27 made on Wednesday November 28, 2018 at 15:47
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On November 28, 2018 at 11:15, tomciara said...
This is worth repeating. You will use the 18v Fuel for your heavy lifting, but the M12 stuff you will use ALL THE TIME. The drill is the perfect size for poking four holes into studs to hang a TV. The impact driver gets used all the time. I only ended up with the multi-tool because it was $20 more when I got the kit of 3. It is awesome for retroing and cutting sheetrock. When I used to use a jab saw or utility knife to go along or across a stud, it was annoying and took forever. The multi-tool is the solution.

Ive used the 12v impact driver several times to mount TV's
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Post 28 made on Wednesday November 28, 2018 at 19:40
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Dewalt XR
Post 29 made on Wednesday November 28, 2018 at 20:42
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On November 27, 2018 at 22:48, Greg C said...
I've been a Makita fan. My combo 18v Drill and Impact kit has been working fine for 4 years now.

I'm very happy with my Makita kit as well. Even though in my current position I don't think I used my drill more than once this year.
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Post 30 made on Wednesday November 28, 2018 at 21:32
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Milwaukee here as well.
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