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Offline dentdaddy

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cordless tools
« on: May 11, 2012, 07:50:21 AM »
I have been using one of these Dewalts for 2 years. I love it, but this is the 2nd one that stops working in "bent" mode and only works when straight. I have purchased the $10 OTC exchange warranty from Lowe's with both screwdrivers which is well worth the extra $$ to be able to walk in with a broken tool and out with a new one but I want something that will last longer that 8-10 months.
 
What do you use and how long has it lasted?
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Re: cordless tools
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2012, 08:14:59 AM »
Sears 14.4 drill and flashlight set. I use them everyday and 4 years old. On second set of battery packs. Built by?

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Re: cordless tools
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2012, 09:35:31 AM »
I have a nice black and decker drill driver i got from Lowes for $20. Really lasts a long time between charges.

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Re: cordless tools
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2012, 09:49:30 AM »
Bosch PS20.  I've had it for a couple of years.  It still will go for several days on a charge.



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Re: cordless tools
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2012, 10:02:57 AM »
I have been through a bunch of these screw guns, and have tried out other tech options.  I like the smaller drill shaped screw guns with:

  • A light on the tip (DeWalt has one with three lights. . .  no shadows)
  • A clutch (so I don't strip holes)
  • low rpm (<500) and high rpm (>1000) settings
  • lithium ion battery, that keeps it's charge in 0 degree weather
  • has 1/4" quick release bit holder (can buy drill adapter, and get drill bits, wire brushes, etc with this shaft.)
  • small enough to fit in my toolbox

Right now I run a little Makita 10.8V.



Here is a link to it, but it looks like now it is a 12V screw gun!  I saw a DeWalt at Lowes/Home Depot that was shorter, had three lights, had higher rpm (1400), and also ran on 12V, which means it probably has more torque for compressor bolts.  The down side of the DeWalt screwgun I saw was it didn't have a low torque setting.

I use this Makita to do everything from panel screws to cleaning out ducts with the rotary brush.  I normally get 3 to 4 days out of a battery.  If I clean a duct, it takes at least one battery.  I always have a battery charged and ready to go in the service truck.

Here is a link to the 1/4" shaft drill adapter that I put on the screw gun for when I need to use things designed for a traditional drill.



For those hard to reach areas, I use this flex extender:

« Last Edit: May 11, 2012, 10:17:49 AM by ApplianceGuru »
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Offline Washaman

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Re: cordless tools
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2012, 08:36:41 PM »
Bosch PS20.  I've had it for a couple of years.  It still will go for several days on a charge.




I have the Bosch also. I bought the impact and drill combo though.  Lightweight, and batteries last a very long time. Love it.

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Re: cordless tools
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2012, 04:41:32 PM »
I went with the Bosch P21, which is 2 speed. So far i like it. I also was able to buy 2 of the P20's at $69 ( my favorite number  ;D ) each on a close out shelf at Lowe's.




Thanks for the info fella's!
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Offline RAH52

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Re: cordless tools
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2012, 05:25:56 PM »
I use the dewalt that you showed on your opening post ,used it daily for 4 years .Only issue is the quick load chuck is starting to get a bit sloppy .

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Re: cordless tools
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2012, 07:38:30 PM »
Bosch PS-41 impact 12v. Tough as nails. Started off with the PS-21 2 speed. That was a Great drill driver as well, but lacked in three areas. Torque(even in low), speed(even in high), and switching back and forth between speeds! Lol! The PS-41 controls the speed so well, it works on delicate fasteners and has the torque to break free bolts, then spins them out at 2600 rpm! Best drill in its class if i do say so myself! O0

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Re: cordless tools
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2012, 05:19:44 AM »
The Bosch L Driver is the best I ever used. Check it out.
http://www.kelvinpowertools.com/bosch-angle-driver-10-8v-gwi10-8v-li-in-l-boxx-c-86-p-30
Got mine at lowes. $150.00.

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Re: cordless tools
« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2012, 02:11:24 PM »
I picked up a Dewalt 14.4 volt cordless drill on the ground at the dump back in the day.  It still turned, so I bought a charger for 10 bucks at a pawn shop.  Used it until the battery finally did not hold a charge - about 9 mos. later.  I coughed up $159 and got a dewalt 18v cordless, and have been using it for the last 5 years.  It still runs great, though the bit holder in the handle doesn't grip anymore after a drop from an 8 ft ladder.

I just invested $200 for the combo drill / impact driver with the same 18v batteries and charger.  Got the impact driver for those tough bolts, and the blower wheels & fan pulleys.  So now I have a back up for my cordless drill, the impact driver, two more batteries, and an extra charger.

Dewalt's website sure sucks, but their cordless drill has worked out great for me.

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Re: cordless tools
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2012, 02:04:53 AM »
I have a mikita lith ion drill / driver.    I was up at home depot,  and they have a lith ion 1/4 inch ratchet.    Im thinking about adding that to my tool bag.    I also have a Craftsman Sawzall,   a Craftsman 14.4 full size drill and a cordless dremel.   
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Offline ElectronGuru

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Re: cordless tools
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2013, 07:24:48 PM »
Can't find the specs, but the new bending dewalt looks pretty good:

http://www.dewalt.com/8vmax-gyroscopic-technology-screwdriver
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