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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old 04-29-2012, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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I have been kinda thinking of going cordless with a few tools. I have a Ridgid 18volt driver and find Myself using it constantly and not dragging extension cords and wires all over is a big plus. SO now I am thinking of getting a drill and maybe jigsaw. So my question is any of You out there using these and if so what brand and how do You like them ,,, be honest I want the good and the Bad

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I have a set of Ryobi. Was a X-mas special about 3 yr ago. Circ saw, reg drill, right angle drill, flashlight. I also got an xtra batt. IF I was gonna only use cordless, then Id DEFF buy me more batteries. Nice charger too. I like the cordless stuff, even the small circluar saw. Guess I am just too use to pluggin in to go cordless all way lol. I like mine and I do uise them when I can.

And I love the xtra batt. Its a must. Thought of gettin one more off Ebay....

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Do it! IMO cordless Lithium Ion is a mature technology.

I use the Makita LXT 18v line and the batteries charge fully within 20 min and last almost that long under constant use. So with three batteries you can use the tool constantly.

They have plenty of power and are beautifully designed. Super sturdy they last and last.

I have the circular saw, the jig saw, the reciprocal saw, the combo drill/ impact driver and radio and love them all.

The only time I ever use a corded hand held tool is when I pull out my Skil Mag77 circular saw if I need to rip a long 2x. I haven't extensively tested the reciprocal saw, it's possible that for major demolition I would switch to corded but so far I haven't found the need.

I also have the new model Bosch 12v Max compact impact driver which has actually replaced the full size Makita for ALL of my hand held drilling and driving. I haven't pulled out my 18v in over a year!! The reason I note NEW model is that the original model (ps40-2a) had plenty of power but was considerably slower than the full size Makita. The new model (ps41-2a) is almost as fast as the Makita and a lot smaller! If I was using it for hours at a time I might switch back to the Makita for the slightly faster speed and longer lasting battery. Than again the small size on the Bosch is pretty nice and switching batteries only takes a second.

I was so impressed with this tiny wonder added the Bosch 12v reciprocal saw and the Multi Tool (Oscillating Tool).

Bottom line IMO there is very little need for corded hand held tools. Lithium Ion charges quickly and has very low internal resistance making for HIGH POWER!

The convenience is well worth it and the batteries last at least a couple of years.

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I have a kit of the 18v drill and sabre saw from Ridgid and I don't think you can beat it if they still offer the lifetime warranties on the batteries and charger. I've had mine for 6 yrs now and have had the batteries and charger replaced once and probably need it again. They perform great and I have had a lot of use out them both.
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I like that Dewalt line. What you don't want is a cheap one like a Craftsman or the Black and Decker Firestorm line. Also get something that allows you to switch the battery between tools. That way you can save money by buying the bare tool.
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I'll go ahead and add my 2 cents worth. I've got the 18v Rigid drill, circular saw, and recp saw. I've had a Craftsman impact for who knows how long. I recently started looking for a new impact driver and I figured I couldn't go wrong with the Rigid except for a couple of things. First, I would research their lifetime battery warranty. I heard that you have to send the tool in with the battery as well. I hope that's rumors really. Also when you pick a cordless brand, look at the options for future purchases. Like stand alone saws for example, can you buy your next piece without the battery and charger? About 2 months ago my last battery died on my Rigid set and my Craftsman impact died all within a hour of each other. I was on a job and had no choice but to go right then and make a major decision. Did I make the right decision? Time will tell but for now, I absolutely love my Dewalt 20v max compact drill and impact driver. Yes I'll suck it up and get a couple of Rigid batteries for my existing set but as for future tools I can't see me getting any other thing than the Dewalt 20v. It came with 1.5ah batteries that seem to last forever and I also have the option of buying the 3ah batteries. It's got more power than I ever saw from my Rigid and the batteries last longer than my Rigid ever did as well. That's my 2 cents worth and now, time will tell the rest of the story.
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This is right up my alley.

I bought my starter set of Ryobi One+ about 3.5 years ago. This was the kit with the circ, recip, drill and light. Came with two NiCds.

Over the years I've added to this system significantly. Bought a set for my BIL. Bought some reconditioned tools. None have failed. No batteries have ever failed. I keep these in a workshop that has poor insulation and no power, heat or A/C. We go anywhere from 15-100F. The NiCds have been relegated to radio and fan duty, but still perform as they should.

For the price, I can't speak enough good volumes about the quality. The only issue I've ever had is that the bolts on the cordless jigsaw came loose and out, but I wasn't using the tool properly. These aren't industrial-quality tools, but does the weekender need them? I argue no. While the Ridgid offers a better battery proposition, the Ryobi is more versatile.

Including yard equipment (edger and blower), I estimate I own 15 of the tools, and I'll probably add 5-6 more. I have 1 large LiIon, 3 small LiIon and 2 of the NiCd.

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I'm the other way. I've started back towards corded tools. The cordless ones are great but I have a collection of good drills that need batteries and the new batteries are worth as much as new drills. All of them lasted about 5 years. The newer ones may be a little better. I've noticed that the cordless tools are on sale all the time but the batteries aren't. If someone really is offering new chargers and batteries free if the old ones fail maybe I'll take another look.

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I have the Craftsman 12V NexTec set that includes the Drill/Driver, 3-38" Circular Saw, Sander, Light, Extra Battery and Charger. I bought it on sale even though I was only interested in the drill/screwdriver to use around the house. I have since used all but the saw extensively in my shop keeping in mind their limitations.

Other than those battery powered tools I can't find a place for battery powered tools in my shop or around the house. I do realize new technology has brought battery powered tools out of the dark ages, but I still prefer corded tools for my day to day use.

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I have the Rigid 12V (Li ion) driver / drill. Much smaller and lighter than the old NiCad tools - It's great, feels really good in your hand, battery lasts much longer than old NiCad - comes with an extra battery and charger - highly recommended.
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