Makita cordless drill, 9.6 volt models
This tool was for a long time the only choice for contractors. Other manufacturers were slow to get it in gear, but once they did the market exploded with quality drills and eventually a whole new way of working cordlessly.
The 9.6 volt drill went through several evolutions. It started as a simple single speed reversable drill. Next came the variable speed trigger. A high/low gear selector let you choose torque or speed. Enter the adjustable clutch, a way to drive screws into drywall or hardwood without snapping the fastener. The keyless chuck was next, and the final improvement was switching from the NiCad to nickle metal hydryde batteries. Through all these changes the drill retained its simple "L" shape. This design let you get very close to an inside corner for drilling. These drills got dropped and broken a lot, and a universal replacement housing fit all models for quick and easy repairs. This design has a nice balance in your hand. It has a good amount of run time on a charge, and it's still sold for a very reasonable price: around $80 with a charger, 2 batteries and carrying case. Car chargers are available, replacement batteries easy to find. I own 5 of these drills, 2 were bought used for $10 each because they didnt have batteries.(I had extra's) I have a small charging station with 3 chargers so I always have a fresh battery ready. These drills are not as powerful as the newer models from Makita or other manufacturers, but they have as much run time as most, more than some. Remember that when you increase the voltage you decrease the size of the individual cells meaning shorter run time. All around these drills are an excellent value and provide long life for a very good price.
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