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Old 11-26-2012, 11:42 AM   #15
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I agree on the cost of replacement batteries. I really like my B&D 18v but now that the batteries dont hold a charge anymore, i am using my 30yr old electric makita. I can't seem to justify spending $80 on batteries or a new drill when my old standby works great, with more torque too.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:58 AM   #16
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Having been a custom home builder for many years I have used and abused many brands of cordless drills. Initially it was the Makita 9.6 volt but later a 12 volt Black and Decker. In more recent years, I buy nothing but DeWalt XRP18 volt drills model DC925. They have 3 speeds and are continuously variable. They have an accessory handle that's removable, a clutch, and have a hammer drill setting. They have an enormous amount of power for a cordless drill and seem to fit my hand the best. They recharge quickly, batteries are readily available, and while I now have 3 of them, I have yet to break one, and yes, if you can imagine all the things you can do to a drill, I have done it. They have been dropped off of roofs, they have been run over by my 3500 diesel, they hand been left out in the rain and in the baking sun but most of all they work hard and never complain. The worst that has happened to me was after leaving one out in the rain for 3 weeks on a roof, the keyless chuck rusted into a useless blob. I tried everything to undo it but it would not budge. I bought another chuck for 40$ and after unscrewing the useless chuck from the drill, I screwed it back onto the drill shaft with some lock tight. Good as new. They have been great for over 10 years and I have gone through about 3 sets of Ni Cad batteries. The next drill I buy will be the De Walt 18 volt lithium Ion but I'll wait for one of these drills to give up first. I have used them frequently to drill 3+3/4 inch holes using a De Walt hole saw in 2x12 framing floor joists for running a 3 inch plumbing drains. They are really tough drills and they seem to be indestructible. I buy them in a kit that includes the drill, case, charger, and 2 batteries off ebay for about 195$ new. I use them more then any other tool I have.
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:17 PM   #17
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From humble beginings cordless tools in general have become the standard for reliability and convenience.

Other than home repairs I also have a wood shop at my home and when I am on a jag I use everything in there pretty much full time. Including cordless drills.

I have had bunches of these things over the years so many that I just give them away to relatives when the drawer gets to full. I have never worn any of them out. I am finally down to some basics, needing the space more than the tools, I have a dewalt 12v nicad battery and it just goes and goes. I just keep it as a friend.

Recently however I found a Hitachi set of drill driver and impact drill 12v litium ion battery for around $100 for the two of them. I liked it so much I bought another set and put it in the RV. This combo is basically more than you would need for any reasonable use in an RV. They are small enough to get into tight spaces and powerful enough to do most every job.

A small powerful impact drill is an amazing tool.

I also have a corded drill when more power is needed but I use it very seldom.

Lithium ion batteries are worth the extra cost.
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:25 PM   #18
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I have three, all different makes. What I find most irritating about them all is the batteries will all fail at some point and to replace them almost always cost as much as buying a complete new drill with 2 new batteries. $89 on sale or $45 apiece for replacement batteries. Which will you choose?
True, in my case my old Makita batts can be had for $15 if you surf around.
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:37 PM   #19
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I will use my antique elec drill any place on the MH & don't have to worry about batt charge/condition.
The hyd jack motor is the real reason I even carry any drill in the MH. You can raise or lower the jacks with any good reversible drill, but you need the adapter to put in the chuck that matches your motor end shaft.
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:05 PM   #20
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Recently however I found a Hitachi set of drill driver and impact drill 12v litium ion battery for around $100 for the two of them. I liked it so much I bought another set and put it in the RV. This combo is basically more than you would need for any reasonable use in an RV. They are small enough to get into tight spaces and powerful enough to do most every job.
This is what I was looking to hear about.
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:31 PM   #21
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Battery drills are cool, but given that we have either shore power or generator power and outside outlets or utility post outlets, I have opted for a corded drill.

No worries about recharging the battery before you need it and perhaps more available power. The corded drill is lighter by the weight of an attached battery.

I need to carry extension cords anyway.
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:51 PM   #22
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I carry and use a Milwaukee 12v compact Lithium Ion drill/driver. It's small but powerful and easily handles all my RVing drill & driver chores. The Milwaukee comes in a nice soft case with storage room for drills and driver bits, so this one small package is all I need. I'm an amateur woodworker, so much of my usage is cabinetry, where a small physical size is almost a necessity.

I also have an 18v L-I Porter Cable for home use but see no need to take that in the coach when we travel. I have no need to crank down stabilizer jacks, so 18v would be way overkill for me.

However, I recently added a small Porter Cable hammer drill to the collection of 18v tools and really like that a lot too. Who knows - maybe it will start to travel with me?
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:51 PM   #23
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I have the Ryobi 18 volt model, but I would say that, for RV (occasional) use with long periods of non-use, Lithium (not Ni-Cad) is far and away the most important thing. Lithium holds a charge over long periods of non-use, while a Ni-Cad battery will self-discharge in a couple months and then refuse to take a charge! Plus they're much lighter which makes the tool nicer to use.

Also you might consider the systems where many different tools use the same plug-in battery. I have a drill, Sabre saw (when did they stop calling them Sabre saws?) and lantern, but just one Li battery.
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Having had several differing brans over the years, I obtained a Bosch battery drill a couple three years ago. Have since bought nearly all Bosch battery tools. Great quality at a moderate price point.
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I use the Makita 18 volt lithium ion but I also carry a corded drill, no batteries and works every time. The Makita impact driver is very handy, fits small spaces.
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Some of you guys must be doing a lot of construction while traveling in your RVs! Multiple drills? And a lot of 18v stuff? Anybody carrying a drill press???
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A cordless drill is in the top ten best improvements in my life. If you have not needed one yet why now? These things came out 12 or 15 years ago. Anyway - they do work! !!
Lithium Ion is the way to go
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Here is what I use in the rig - Craftsman NEXTEC 12.0 Volt Right Angle Impact Driver - Tools - Cordless Handheld Power Tools - All Cordless Power Toolswhat I use in the rig.
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