Cordless Drill Makita vs Dewalt
Posted June 04 2010 - 6:33 PM
My sister wants to get for her husband and asked me. They're younger and still collecting tools. Both are around $200. My Dewalt is old and the batteries went (I've gone back to electric) but when it was new I loved it and it got me through many repairs and additions on the house.
Just curious what you guys think who are in the trades?
Makita Makita 18V Compact Lithium-Ion Drill Driver
Model # BDF452HW
Dewalt 18V 1/2 in. (13mm) Cordless Compact Li-Ion Drill/Driver Kit
Model # DCD760KL
Posted June 04 2010 - 7:02 PM
If your sister and B-I-L aren't avid do-it-yourselfers, Sears actually sells half-decent cheaper cordless drills. The main problem with Sears is after a year or so they can't get parts for the unit; or at least the parts can be expensive. I have a nice little 18V Sears cordless than is missing the charger (one of the guys left it on a site) and a replacement charger would cost almost as much as a new set. I wouldn't build a deck with a Sears cordless, but for hanging pictures, etc. they are fine.
Almost forgot. I also have a neat little 19.2V from Sears. Nice and light, good for small holes, driving small screws, etc. It's at work so I don't recall the model, but it would be fine for a smaller lady to use. I'll check tomorrow - it was probably one of the ones that they sell in a combo with a light (good lights by the way) for 79.99.
Whatever they buy, stay away from Rigid. I bought one of thier first combo sets and the sawsall was trashed in a few months and the charger shorted out the batteries which shorted out the drill/circular-saw/etc. It was under warranty, but still...
Posted June 04 2010 - 7:20 PM
They last a long time and take a ton of recharges.
Posted June 04 2010 - 7:58 PM
Makita ranks pretty high in consumer reports over D Walt and other brand names,me on the other hand I prefer the 28 volt Milwaukee set Drill/Hammer,Saws All,Skill saw and light It was an investment but it's working pretty well for me so far,JMO.
as an example I ripped a 4X8 sheet of 5/8 CDX eight times on my skill saw on one battery and I still had room to move.
Posted June 04 2010 - 8:14 PM
Now that you mention it I remember my father in laws dewalt from HD was a slightly less grade then the one I got from a supply house - that would explain it.
I read the specs on that makita it it is pretty impressive. I may recomend that one to my sister.
I also love my Milwaukee's (1/2" drill from my father for when I helped him do electrical work so many years ago and it still kicks a$$ - that is so powerful it can rip your arm off). Plus my 1/2" right angle Milwaukee is the bomb!
Thanks for the replies guys - I'll read some more before I go back to her.
Either way I can finally borrow a tool from him when I want to go cordless
Posted June 04 2010 - 8:27 PM
Those batteries have good life on the charge only thing with lithium is no slow down it just dies ....keep 2nd battery charged and ready you will be good to go
Posted June 04 2010 - 8:43 PM
I also love the Milwaukee corded stuff, Magnum holeshoter has to be the coolest name for a drill and lives up the the name.
Posted June 04 2010 - 8:53 PM
Posted June 04 2010 - 9:18 PM
Posted June 05 2010 - 5:31 AM
and the Rats will beat a path to your Door..
Posted June 05 2010 - 1:00 PM
Why? Because almost every home-owner will have a use for the tools in those packages at some point in time. So instead of $200 for a drill, put that $200 towards a combo pack (~$400).
Posted June 05 2010 - 4:36 PM
makita is a better brand
nothing wrong with dewalt for the average joe
and if he would be an occasional user, the 14.4 might be better for him
the 18 volt can get a bit heavy and is usually more tool than needed for casual use
Posted June 05 2010 - 4:50 PM
I have yet to see anyone using one,& not that there bad or anything,but just never saw them on site or heard of them or even being talked about as "in the field tools".
Posted June 05 2010 - 4:52 PM
I have the 15 volt panasonic and I love it, it's small, and it has a short throw which means it will fit in small places, alot of guys have bought one after using mine,
Posted June 06 2010 - 5:24 AM
I'd take the Makita over the DeWalt.
I use a full size Milwaukee 3.0ah and a bunch of Bosch Li mini drivers.