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Old 11-26-2012, 07:44 AM   #1
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I been thinking about putting me one of the new small cordless drills on my gift list. I have seen them in stores and on some mechanic work bench. I was wondering if anyone has had one long enough to give a good review on them. I notice some of the new smaller drills have a lot less voltage battery? They claim they are pretty strong?

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Old 11-26-2012, 08:14 AM   #2
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I bought a Black & Decker LD120 a couple of years ago and love it! It is very small and lightweight and uses the new lithium 20 Volt battery. It is very powerful for such a small drill and will run a long time on a charge! I don't know if they still make this model or not. If you find a good name-brand drill with the lithium battery you'll probably be OK. Good luck & God bless!

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Old 11-26-2012, 08:16 AM   #3
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I use a 24V Black N Decker at home that i have had for years. The battery so far has held the charge very well. Last year I got another one at a yard sale that i keep in the RV. I suppose it depends on what you want it for as to size and voltage. B&D, sears, Makita are pretty reliable. I would stay away from unknown name brands. i hear from on guy who works habitat projects thatthe lithum drills are good and the battery lasts all or most of the day. I have a small Makita (450 RPM) cordless that was good for driling etc till the charger went TU. Richard
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:18 AM   #4
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Higher voltage usually equals more power all other things being equal. One way manufacturers get more power even with a little lower voltage is through lower gearing, but lower gearing means lower RPM. High RPM is useful for polishing, grinding or sanding. It all depends on what you want to do with the drill.

Check the Lowe's and Home Depot websites to see what models and what features are available and reviews of various makes and models. Amazon.com also has info and reviews.r

I have an 18V Ridgid drill, which is about 10 years old. I picked this drill for its high torque. It has Ni-Cad batteries while the newer Ridgid drills have lithium ion. I have had the Ni-Cad batteries rebuilt once, and they are going bad again (they won't hold a charge) so I will be purchasing a new drill myself soon. A pair of new batteries cost almost as much as a new drill, but rebuilding them costs about 60% of the cost of new. The drill is old enough now I don't feel it is worth it to invest in rebuilding the batteries a second time.

I am very happy with the Ridgid drill. It has undergone a lot of use and abuse, especially back when we had a stick house. The similar, new model is $160 and includes a lifetime warranty even on the batteries, so I am likely to buy a Ridgid again.

FWIW, however, I watch a lot of home improvement shows on HGTV, and most of the pros use Dewalt. The Dewalt drills are more expensive than other brands, but they consistently get the best reviews.
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I've had both the Black & Decker 18V and the Ryobi 18V. Both are excellent w/ quick recharge and plenty of power. If you buy one of any of the major brands, at least 18 volts, you can't go wrong.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:22 AM   #6
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I have an old tech Makita 7.2v that I've used and abused for 20 years. Many home projects including 3 decks, a 300sq ft workshop, a shed..all using screws, not nails. the Makita's been 100 percent. Just bought new battery, keep 2 charged. In the 20yrs I've used up 2 batterys.
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Originally Posted by nccamper View Post
I been thinking about putting me one of the new small cordless drills on my gift list. I have seen them in stores and on some mechanic work bench. I was wondering if anyone has had one long enough to give a good review on them. I notice some of the new smaller drills have a lot less voltage battery? They claim they are pretty strong?
Here's my favorite cordless drill:
Milwaukee Cordless Drill
"Strong" is relative. If I need a stronger drill than the one above, I go to the old fashion 120VAC corded kind. The Milwaukee cordless is particularly handy around the MoHo because it fits in tighter spaces than the larger drills. I have the right-angle version of this unit too and it offers even more flexibility.

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Old 11-26-2012, 08:51 AM   #8
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18 volt is good power. Buy whatever. Replace a long time later. You wont use it all that much.
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For my money, the cordless drills are not for the RV

I have a couple of good cordless drill products. By the time you carry the drill, the spare batteries, the charger et al, it would be a lot easier to just carry the nice Craftsman wired drill that hardly EVER gets used anymore.
The battery will never go dead, and there are always plenty of extension cords around the RV.. Just remember to take the BITS with you. Kind of embarrassing to need one somewhere and not have the bits with you.
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I guess a lot depends on how much you expect to use it. I would say a good 18 Volt of any brand would suffice for on the road. A place like Lowes or HD have a lot to chosse from. Maybe even Sears....
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:48 AM   #11
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I have several battery operated tools. In general the more you spend the better they are.
With the Black & Decker that I use the most I have three batteries. If I use up all three it's time to quit anyways.
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Buy from Lowes the Porter Cable 18 volt. This time of the year they sell them for less than 100.00 and that includes a circular battery saw, case, extra battery, charger and lots of torque. I own two one for the bus and one for the stick house!
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20 years of use and abuse on my 12V B&D. Very handy in the RV (inside/outside, roof/underneith etc.). If it ever dies I will replace it - 18V most likely. You don't need the bigest/most powerful - just a mid priced portable drill with screwdriver and socket attachments.
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:28 AM   #14
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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?

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