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Offline bearhawk

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I'm getting started and since I've built a house, am an aircraft mechanic etc I already have a ton of tools.  My cordless drill that I already have is a dewalt 18v hammer drill.  It worked great when building my house.  For appliances, not so much.

As I have started appliance repair with washers, dryers, and fridges I am noticing the old dewalt is just too heavy to use for longer periods of time.  It's very bulky so it's hard to get in smaller spots.  The clutch can't be set low enough either when using on sheet metal screws.

I also have a couple of snap-on ratcheting screwdrivers and they work great and worth what I paid for them (which was a lot) but power tools save time and time savings mean doing more jobs in a day.

What do you use and prefer and why? 

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Re: what is your drill or screw gun of choice in appliance repair
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2014, 11:11:30 AM »
I recently picked up a http://www.cpooutlets.com/bosch-ps21-2a-12v-max-cordless-lithium-ion-pocket-driver/bshnps21-2a,default,pd.html?xsell=shop-by-brand--bosch--8
Been using it now for 6 months.
I usually get about 2weeks use out of one battery charge. That is using it daily for 9hrs typically a day. Came with 2 batteries.
I haven't had one issue with it. Would I buy another one. You betcha.

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Re: what is your drill or screw gun of choice in appliance repair
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2014, 11:23:15 AM »
I have the same drill as keithvibe ...had it since last Nov 2013 .....love ,love ,love it .My buddy just bought one too.Excellent drill for appliance repair !

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Re: what is your drill or screw gun of choice in appliance repair
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2014, 11:55:49 AM »
I'm still using the DeWalt I posted about here.
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Re: what is your drill or screw gun of choice in appliance repair
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2014, 12:29:42 PM »
I like my Milwaukee M12. Almost 3 years old, works like new.http://www.milwaukeetool.com/power-tools/cordless/2401-22

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Re: what is your drill or screw gun of choice in appliance repair
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2014, 01:14:25 PM »
I have the same one AJ has. Love it.I also have the flashlight that uses the same battery. Best flashlight ever.

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Re: what is your drill or screw gun of choice in appliance repair
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2014, 02:33:39 PM »
I read some reviews on many models. 

For the bosch owners, one thing that kept coming up was that the bit holder was too big so it made the bits sloppy if you're using standard bits.  Is that something you've noticed?  I'm guessing they might have fixed that by now.  I know I tend to use a universal holder and swap out phillips bits, nutdriver bits, extensions, 1/4" square drive for sockets, etc.

For the M12, have you had battery issues?  That was one thing that seemed to come up with that model.  Many youtube videos of appliance repairs have guys using the M12.  Just something I noticed, not that anyone was touting them, just using them.

I've liked my current dewalt cordless hammerdrill, flashlight, and recip saw (although I had to do a return/replace on the drill soon after I got it as the clutch system grenaded).  They are just too heavy/bulky.  I use the flashlight a lot.  I know my 18v stuff won't work with the other dewalt stuff so I don't need to stick with it.  For appliances I don't really need a drill as much as a powered screwdriver. 

I know black & decker stuff is typically not the highest quality.  My luck with them has been hit and miss.  I was wondering if anyone uses those daily?  One review online had some appliance guys recommending the predecessor of this http://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-Li2000-Rechargeable-Screwdriver/dp/B005LTNLDS/ref=pd_sim_hi_5?ie=UTF8&refRID=11BNBN8GX5M7RDYTYEFA  I'm a bit leery but it is cheap.  It doesn't seem to have quick changing batteries which is a big negative for me.

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Re: what is your drill or screw gun of choice in appliance repair
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2014, 02:56:33 PM »
I have a Milwaukee 18 V and a Makita 14.4 V, both excellent drivers but now at my age, four screws higher than my chest and I need a nap and an ice pack. I bought this little AEG jewel in "91" and wore the motor out 3 times in 20 years ($20 rebuild kit) and replaced 2 batteries.  It came with two 2.4 V batteries, Phillips bit, and flat bit. I picked up a 1/4 and 5/16 socket bit and that's all I used for a long time. 2 speed reversing with clutch. Full clutch would break refrigerator door liners. Best electric screwdriver ever (JMO). They stopped making it but I've seen several similar models.
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Re: what is your drill or screw gun of choice in appliance repair
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2014, 03:41:36 PM »
Rick, I had that exact same one. Purchased mine in 1988 well in vocational school.
Been so long ago that I don't remember what ever happen to it.
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Re: what is your drill or screw gun of choice in appliance repair
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2014, 03:45:25 PM »
My battery charger crapped out and there was no replacement available. My friend at work had the same one so I used his until I left.
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