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      04-04-2006, 12:52 PM   #1
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Cordless Drills?

I need to get a drill for around the house and to install my aluminum pedals! I don't know much, but I am considering something like this...
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IMO makita drills are the way to go. they are light weight and good quality i use a makita 9.6v becuase i work a lot on cars..dewalt are good drills also...just get a little heavy for the stuff i need a drill for..
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IMO makita drills are the way to go. they are light weight and good quality i use a makita 9.6v becuase i work a lot on cars..dewalt are good drills also...just get a little heavy for the stuff i need a drill for..
Thanks for the reply! I used to always used Makita drills in the past when I installed car stereos in the past. Since then, Dewalt seems to be a good choice. That particular model weighs about 4lbs. What's the benefit of 14v vs lowers ones?

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The voltage rating just means how long the drills can last power-wise.

If you want actual motor/drilling strength, that's where you look at the current/amp rating. Last I looked at drills, drilling power is comparable between many corded and cordless models.
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I need to get a drill for around the house and to install my aluminum pedals! I don't know much, but I am considering something like this...
Dewalt

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I have this drill and I like it very much. My dad has the cordless screwdriver version and it is great also. Dewalt has nice stuff--plenty of power, good durability, and reasonably priced for what you get.

Mikita is also good--I have used their cordless set briefly and liked it as well.

If you go with the Dewalt, get it from Costco. That's where I got mine. It was cheaper and it came with a nice set of bits (drill bits, extenders, and various phillips and flathead bits). Plus you can't beat Costco's return policy, just in case.
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i have rigid drills, love em, great product
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i wouldn't get les than 18volt cordless. too weak for imho.
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ryobi makes some good drills and combo kits. i love them
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IIf you go with the Dewalt, get it from Costco. you can't beat Costco's return policy, just in case.
i agree..get it from costco...return policy is great..
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I'd agree with holding out for 18V

the lower voltages may be too weak, also consider at least one extra battery so you won't be stuck unable to work while waiting for a battery to charge
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i got one from Kragen.....a Nikota....18 volt......$29.99

i've been using it for a few years now.....and it's fine!

$169 for a drill is too much IMO........
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i got one from Kragen.....a Nikota....18 volt......$29.99

i've been using it for a few years now.....and it's fine!

$169 for a drill is too much IMO........
Nice Kevin!! :rocks:

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i got one from Kragen.....a Nikota....18 volt......$29.99

i've been using it for a few years now.....and it's fine!

$169 for a drill is too much IMO........
I used to think so before I went through two $35 drills. If you're only doing some very simple, light work, then a $30-50 drill is just fine. But if you want to drill into some thick wood, etc., forget it.

I bought a $35 Coleman drill from Costco. The thing was terrible. It was barely powerful enough to put up some blinds. I broke two of the bits that came with it and stripped another couple. This was after only about 4 or 5 drill holes and screws. The power was pretty crappy too (a higher voltage than the Dewalt one that I got). I didn't want to spend over $100 on a simple cordless drill so I returned it and got another one. Same thing happened. Then Costco brought a couple of nice Dewalt sets and I bought one of them. Great drill, no stripped/broken bits, plenty of power, and an extra battery.

If you do various light repairs, etc. around the house, it pays to have a good drill--you never know when you'll need it. But if you're not a handy person and just need something to mount the occasional mirror, then *maybe* a cheapo drill will be okay--but only if the job is very simple and straightforward. I'll never buy a crappy power tool again. A good one should last many years through many jobs.
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I'm not sure of a $35 drill. Seems too low to me. Check out fatwallet.com, you may find some deals there are higher 'list priced' drills, for less.

I agree that you need a good drill. Guys, I have a friend who even put a drill on her wedding registry! Its a very useful item.

I wouldn't pay 200 or so, but I would you think you can get a good cordless for 60-80 bucks. I think that should get you something good.

As far as drill bits, if they are stripping quickly, then the quality of them sucks. I have had good experience with Black and Decker drill bits. If I need something for occasional use, I"ll buy the dollar store drill bit set. You can use it a few times, and then it screws up, but thats okay i guess. Better put pressure into the screw you are drillling, it won't strip so bad. Stripping will usually occur if it comes out and is turning against the top of the screw.

why am i even talking about drills!
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...why am i even talking about drills!
Cuz it's off-topic and you want to help!!! :rocks:

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I ended up buying this today. I'm hoping the bits that I purchased will go thru the metal brake pedal. A big Thank You! to all of you for helping me out!

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Nice! I have the 18v version. A lil heavy but it's great for repetitive tasks that need a lot of power.
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Very nice--you won't regret spending a bit more to get some quality. Hope you got it from Costco too!
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dewalt is definitely a good brand.....all my bits are dewalt!
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looks good. 14.4 should be okay for casual use. I think Dewalt is pretty good. The bits look good quality, titanium.
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How much did the drill cost and where did you buy it from?

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I think the drill was $179.99 and the bits were $18.99 at Home Depot.

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