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thanks, will give that a try next time

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FWIW: It is bad practice to solder directly on to the top or bottom of a NICAD or NIMH battery. The heat required to accomplish a good connection on the top will damage the battery vent system. The result is a drastic reduction in charge/discharge cycles. I purchase cells with solder tabs already spot welded to them to avoid having to solder diretly onto the cells.

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I am a big Milwaukee fan, and when I though I'd lost my 12v cordless (which I loved), I went and bought one of these:

http://www.milwaukeetool.com/Product...ordless+System

I bought it as a kit (w/2 Batteries, a Charger and Case)-it has tons of torque, takes a good while to run the Battery out, and has been my favortie Drill-I would highly recommend it-I did find my old 12V, and while it is a good unit, the 18 kills it hands down-
I have the Milwaukee, it will hurt you if you're not ready for the torque. I've had a few Makitas, they're good tools, although I have heard the new Mikitas don't hold a candle to the old ones. My only gripe about my Milwaukee is the weight, and it's a bit awkward at times. The 90 degree Makita is a very handy tool to own for the tight spaces.
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Craftsman 19.2v .. battery packs work with all of their other cordless tools too... everything else is overpriced rubbish unless you're a professional construction worker...
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I'm absolutely thrilled with my craftsman 19.2 stuff... plenty of power, they seem to last long enough, use them all the time and I haven't managed to kill a battery yet (got 2 with the set that I bought, and bought an extra at the same time because I had a coupon, an all 3 are still working well). If you need more they're compatible with their LI packs

OH, and compared to anything even close, they're cheap
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Hitachi Model: DS18D
570 inch pounds of torque, one of the highest I've seen ( most companies don't even list this spec )
18 Volt Li Ion batteries, rated 3 Amp Hour, also the highest rated I've seen ( typical rating is 1-2 Amp Hr for most)
2 batteries
45 min. charger
keyless chuck
nice plastic case
10 year warranty
This is the highest rated drill I've seen. The torque is amazing, I was sinking 5/16 x 3" lag bolts like they were drywall screws.
Bought it at Lowes, clearance price $170.00
Replaced my faithful old Makita 9.6 volt. It served me well for 17 years, but alas nothing lasts forever!

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I hate keyless chucks

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Vince - I usually change them out with a Jacobs but just for the heluvit I left it on my Bosch just to see if it was any good. I am surprised that it is every bit as good as any 1/2" Jacobs. The Bosch somehow locks the shaft so that you can tighten the bit right down. Even the 1/2" wont spin in that chuck - a sore wrist told me that when it caught . I'm a convert - at least with this drill and had to return that Jacobs I had bought back to Home Depot. My 1/2" corded Bosch has a replacement Jacobs chuck on it and it will slip a bit fairly easily

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My neighbor turned me on to the fact that the Craftsman 19.2 C3 series tools are clones of the Ryobi's.





I got both of them in a kit ... on sale from the annual tool sale catalog ... for a little less than $150.00 CDN. The kit included both drivers (the first one pictured is an impact style that delivers 900 in/lb of torque) 2 batteries and the one-hour charger.

I love the impact driver, especially. It's small, light, well-balanced, and the battery life is very good as well.

I had a Delta 14V (power screwdriver) prior to that ... and there is just no comparison.

Before that a "Power XT" (El Cheapo Junko) 14 V.
I still have it, and it still works, but it's laying on the bench gathering dust. It would drive about 8 (?) #8 x 3-1/2 inch deck screws before the battery crapped out.
The Delta unit was just marginally better. (10 to 12 screws)
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Just picked up a right angle drill - craftsman 19.2v brand new on ebay for $39 bucks.. cant beat the price and it works with my existing 19.2v battery packs!!

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My neighbor turned me on to the fact that the Craftsman 19.2 C3 series tools are clones of the Ryobi's.





I got both of them in a kit ... on sale from the annual tool sale catalog ... for a little less than $150.00 CDN. The kit included both drivers (the first one pictured is an impact style that delivers 900 in/lb of torque) 2 batteries and the one-hour charger.

I love the impact driver, especially. It's small, light, well-balanced, and the battery life is very good as well.

I had a Delta 14V (power screwdriver) prior to that ... and there is just no comparison.

Before that a "Power XT" (El Cheapo Junko) 14 V.
I still have it, and it still works, but it's laying on the bench gathering dust. It would drive about 8 (?) #8 x 3-1/2 inch deck screws before the battery crapped out.
The Delta unit was just marginally better. (10 to 12 screws)
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I've got the same set and love it... that little impact driver is a workhorse and it really doesn't use a lot of power... when I recharge a battery pack I usually drop it in the drill and take the partially used one from the drill and put it in the driver, and still get most of a day's use out of it. I've driven piles of 3" deck screws with mine, torn down transmissions various other assemblies, I spent last weekend with it taking appart my father-in-law's ham antennas (like 6thousand little U bolts and screws holding all the crosspieces together, everyone that was there was fighing me for my driver).

I really want to get the right angle drill and they just released a full size impact gun, like to change tires...

The only only negative thing I have to say about it is that my drill (not exactly the one in the picture, but the 1/2" drive with screw on handle that they offered earlier with the impact driver) came with a chuck that wobbled a little bit. I exchanged it for one that was straight but in the mean time I got my hands on a jacobs 700 series chuck that I originally bought to replace the one that I broke on my Milwakee hole shooter and ended up with 2 so I put one on it. BTW, that drill will drive 3 and 4" deck screws all day, even into hardwood... I've never snapped so many hardened screws before I owned this thing.

BTW, I bought mine, drill + impact driver + charger and 2 batteries in a set, + another extra battery durring a father's day sale with another coupon (I think it was a 20% off) and ended up walking out of the store with all that for $80some...
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I am a Milwaukee fan also, like the way the chuck works the bits do not slip.
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Which type of batteries are best? Lthium batteries are the newest technology.
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Which type of batteries are best? Lthium batteries are the newest technology.

Yes, lithium - if you can justify the up to 50% price difference vs what you need that drill to do
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Yes, lithium - if you can justify the up to 50% price difference vs what you need that drill to do
Yes, lithium polymer are the best and a lot better than NICAD or NIMH. You cannot however use you NICAD or NIMH charger to charge lithium polymer batteries. They take a completely different charging technology and will be damaged if a NICAD or NIMH charger is used on them. Fires have resulted from people using NICAD and NIMH chargers on LIPO cells.

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