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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-09-2009, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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I really, really like these things. First of all if any of you haven't used lith-ion yet, you're in for a treat. These batteries hold charges for a very long time, will never have memory problems and typically charge to full in about 30 minutes. I never though ni-cad was particularly convenient for somebody who doesn't need to use tools on a job-site but when I gave Lith-ion a try I was sold.

I've got the subcompact drill/driver, the impact driver, and the Hackzall. I'm a little embarrassed that I hardly use the Hackzall but suspect it will be handy when I purchase my own home, which I fully intend to be a fixer-upper. Overall I'm impressed with the power output and longevity of the battery on all these tools for what they're capable of. That silly subcompact (cheaper than a battery by itself) is the most useful tool in the line for sheer portability.

I also picked up the LED flashlight (it's powerful) and the USB/car-adapter socket charging unit that lets you use your m12 batteries as backups for other small electronics.

Milwaukee just put out a 3/8" drill with variable speed to cover more demanding drilling tasks that I'm considering but subcompact + corded drills for 'real' drilling seems to be covering my needs just fine for now.

I'm guessing the Bosch, Makita and Ridgid versions of these tools are all quite good but Bosch and Milwaukee seem to have the most competitive lineup for sheer variety. I'd really like to get my hands on that Bosch cutout tool to see what it's capable of and I'm surprised Milwaukee didn't put out it's own.

The Milwaukee tools are a combination of plastic, a surprising amount of metal and nice rubberized grips in all the right places. They don't inspire the same confidence as my Milwaukee Magnum hole shooter but I'm sure they can take the occasional drop just fine. I can't compare to other brands from experience but it sounds like people are pretty happy with these tools across all the decent brands. Ridgid has a nice battery-replacement program worth considering but I'm not expecting to need that for my Milwaukee batteries.
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I have the 12v drill driver and am really happy with it. Light lots of power and been using on job site for over a year and is tough.

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I have more or less accidentally acquired a collection of the M12 tools. The first was a hex-chuck drill/driver that came bundled with a boroscope - inspection tool. The latter has been great for inspecting behind walls to fine problem areas.

But it is the balance of the M12 tools that I rave about. The tools are probably the same weight as a lot of 18v tools - because they are we'll made. Reviews show that the Milwaukee 18v tools will drive more screws and drill more holes and are better in hard woods. But, mostly I use mine in my workshop. I have a drill press for the heavy stuff. These tools have never left me wanting to use an other. I have built decks and used the impact driver to drive dozens of carriage bolts on a single charge. If I am running low, I have a supply of batteries. They are affordable.

The hacksall is rarely used (I have a couple of larger reciprocating saws for demolition and cutting small brush - Lee Valley has a great blade for that) but as a hacksaw replacement it is a real time-saver.

I thought that I had kept these well hidden in my shop. However, my son who is an auto mechanic found them. There are many days when one is missing - to be found in his shop on top of a Snap-on tool. I suppose that this should be seen as a compliment, but I do not lend my tools or my car lol!

As for the fact that they are made by TTI - the same folks as Ryobi. I am not able to replace everything for blue Bosch or Festool and for me these really suit my needs.
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Li-Ion are good, but I had two of three go bad within 9 months with my Ryobi tools.
HD tried to tell me they were only warranted for 90 days. Manual said 90 days for commercial use, one year for personal use. Haven't been back since. Found a Ryobi center that helped me out.

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Back around April I bought the 18v Milwaukee drill and driver combo. One of the reasons is I feel that Milwaukee has invested enough into this and the 12v lines that I can expect parts to be available for a long time to come.

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Re: Lithium Ion batteries. Just tried to buy one for my laptop, and not one of them came close to working as advertised. So I'm just a little gun shy about L-ion these days. I think it depends on which country the batteries come from. Chinese made batteries ar cheap, but really questionable quality. Sounds like the Milwaukee folks went for the good stuff.. I'm thinking of taking one of the questionale battery packs and replacing the cells with known high quality cells.

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