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CrashFarmer2 10-13-2009 10:47 AM

Makita cordless impact
I bought a Makita cordless impact a couple of months ago but I have only gotten around to using it much for the last week. I had my doubts that it would be good for much since it is so small and light but it has really surprised me. I have decided that I love this thing. I have been using it for many things that I would have to drag my gas powered compressor around to us an impact on. I'm sure it has it's limitations but so far I am impressed with the power it packs into such a small package. 10-13-2009 01:02 PM

I got one for the shop a couple of months ago. I was impressed after seeing a customers unit. These really have power! Don't have to snake an air hose all over the shop for quick small jobs.

SNTGreg 10-17-2009 07:03 PM

I am an auto tech and use mine everyday,,,, lots of battery operated tools out there that will surprise you nowdays.


CMR 10-18-2009 12:06 AM

Makita makes great tools, their 4" grinders are about indestructible from my experience.

SNTGreg 10-18-2009 07:55 AM

You should also try Matco's line of battery operated tools. They have a 1/4 inch rachet and a screw driver that rocks. I bought those and a battery operated buffer and use them all the time.

DanielC 10-18-2009 08:03 AM

I know it is getting difficult, but try to buy USA made tools.

trees 10-18-2009 02:50 PM

Daniel, when you make this kind of comment, please provide a list of Made in USA tools that are as good as or better than the on being discussed. Don't need any USA brand names that are made in another country either.


DanielC 10-18-2009 03:46 PM

I was only making a polite suggestion on supporting workers in the country I live in, as opposed to helping bring up the standard of living of somebody who lives in another country, thus enabling them to compete with us for the world's oil supply.
Yes, the money you save buying a tool imported from another country, you can then spend on higher gas prices, and the unemployed American worker that used to make tools can no longer afford to buy whatever it is you produce or sell.
Battery operated tools have gotten a lot better lately, but I still consider them as toys, to be displayed on a pegboard, behind your perfectly clean workbench.
I do not own any. I have found this wonderful device, called an extension cord, that enables me to use electric tools just about anywhere on my property, and I live on about 9 acres of land and have stables, and board horses on it. I have not yet had a dead battery in anything I plug in. The few places extension cords will not reach, hand tools have suited me just fine, and the battery in them has not gone dead either.
If I am not interested in buying any of these battery operated toys, why should I research them?

SNTGreg 10-18-2009 08:11 PM

Toys? Well I work with mine Monday - Friday all day long and these toys work really good. Your opinion is noted but I made my observation on what I know and what I make my living with.

CMR 10-18-2009 11:25 PM

If you can name an American made 4" grinder that is on par with Makita's, I will gladly buy one. Makita tools aren't "cheap" either. They're some of the best on the market, and I'll take them over Dewalt (Black and Decker) any day. And don't knock the Battery tools before you've tried them. I've used plenty of 18 volt drills that will break a bit and spring a wrist if your not careful.

geezer69 10-19-2009 12:30 AM

ive used battery powered tools too. they are ok but they cant replace an electric tool that plugs in. the best tool i had was a makita 1/4 in impact with a would drive 3 in. screws all day long. i think it was discontinued. i cant find another one. dangit.i hate when the battery gives out half way through a job.give me a cord any day.

Irelands child 10-19-2009 07:01 AM

I only wish that my (almost) new Bosch cordless drill would be as good as the Porter-Cable(now owned by B&D) it replaces. It's good, but not quite. The old PC was made in the US, the Bosch in Malaysia.

(In 2005, Black & Decker acquired Delta Machinery, Porter-Cable, and Oldham Saw as well as already owning DeWalt, Kwikset, Baldwin, Weiser Lock, Price Pfister and, I'm sure many more)

Dave W

CMR 10-19-2009 01:28 PM

I didn't know B&D owned Porter Cable and all those other companies now. That's not something I really like the sound of. :(

Irelands child 10-19-2009 03:02 PM


Originally Posted by CMR
I didn't know B&D owned Porter Cable and all those other companies now. That's not something I really like the sound of. :(

....especially if you live in the Jackson, TN area where there is (was?) a P-C factory. I found out about it when I was doing research for a replacement for my old P-C electric screw driver that ate its clutch one sad :pain: morning.

Dave W

chevyhed53 10-19-2009 03:14 PM

Anyone tried the 24-volt Milwaukee impact? It's supposed to be a monster--and it's US-made.

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