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Cordless Drill Makita vs Dewalt

post #1 of 32
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Curious what you guys recomend of the two cordless drills:
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

Thanks
post #2 of 32
I have about five or six cordless drills. To be honest, I've never had a Makita but know one or two guys who do. However I have a few of the 18V Dewalts and we beat the heck out of them. You name it and I've drilled through it with them. After a few years of hard daily use the batteries need to be replaced, but the drills themselves (and the sawsall) are fine. Get the version that is also a hammer-drill and you can drill small holes (say up to 5/8" though not more than a few holes of that size) in masonry as well. For the everage home-owner it should last a long time. They are a bit on the heavy side so your sister may not like it. Also it will catch on a large hole and twist your arm so it may be too much drill for your sister.

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...
post #3 of 32
Makita hands down. I don't own one, yet. I have used quite a few, and the are pretty amazing. My advice, get the 3.0 amp hour Lithium-ion batterys.
They last a long time and take a ton of recharges.
post #4 of 32
First off,if you buy your D Walt from Homies or Lowe's you are getting a different grade VS a Marathon Tool,Graingers or any other supply house, when it fails and you send it in for a fixin they will not honer it that's what a rep from D Walt told me.

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.
post #5 of 32
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Originally Posted by 5/0 View Post
First off,if you buy your D Walt from Homies or Lowe's you are getting a different grade VS a Marathon Tool,Graingers or any other supply house, when it fails and you send it in for a fixin they will not honer it that's what a rep from D Walt told me.


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
post #6 of 32
Milwaukee is great ,got one 2 years ago when my dewalt crapped out .
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
post #7 of 32
just a little warning if you're doing anything more than installing,light jobs, etc, the compact lith ion batts tend to crap out fast. If you plan on doing something more, I would like at the Makita LXTs with the full size lithion batts.

I also love the Milwaukee corded stuff, Magnum holeshoter has to be the coolest name for a drill and lives up the the name.
post #8 of 32
I've been beating up an 18 volt Makita lithium ion drill/driver for more than a year. I like it a lot more than all the DeWalts I have owned. It is very light weight and powerful. ....and it has a light.
post #9 of 32
Panasonic, hands down the best, it will smoke all the others, I've had mine for almost 4 years, same 2 batteries from day 1, it's the only cordless tool I own and I love it,
post #10 of 32
3.0 Makita
post #11 of 32
If I were buying today - Makita LXT405 or LXT406 Combo pack.

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).
post #12 of 32
a half inch drill is overkill unless the guy is in the trades



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
post #13 of 32
Like I said before Makita got good ratings in Consumer Report's guide but believe it or not Panasonic got better reviews
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".


5/0
post #14 of 32
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Originally Posted by 5/0 View Post
Like I said before Makita got good ratings in Consumer Report's but beleave it or not Panasonic got better reviews
I have yet to see anyone useing one,not that there bad,but just never saw or heard of them or being talked about as "in the field tools".


5/0

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,
post #15 of 32
Panasonic makes a very nice drill, however, they used to be more "drop sensitive" than other pro makes.



I'd take the Makita over the DeWalt.



I use a full size Milwaukee 3.0ah and a bunch of Bosch Li mini drivers.
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