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xfmr

09:40AM | 12/14/03
Member Since: 12/13/03
3 lifetime posts
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Looking at 18V kits. The 2 I have looked at are Dewalt and Milwaukee. There are approx the same price and the same for tool selection. Which is the better package. My 12v Dewalt finally failed after many years of use. These tools are used everyday to make a living. Looking at the packages the Milwaukee set seems to be built better but I have never owned one of their cordless products. Any info is appreciated.


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toolcen2

01:50PM | 12/14/03
Member Since: 09/10/03
67 lifetime posts
I have both of these products on my website. The 18 v milwaukee only comes with one battery. It is a 1/2 in chuck,with slip clutch.Has a slide battery which works in either direction for balance. Has 30 day oc warranty,1 yr parts, labor. The 18 v Dewalt has 2 battery,charger, case, Same warranty. The 18v model Dw987k-2 I currently have promo at 269.94 plus a mail in certificate for a free battery valued at 80.00. The Milwaukee is currently 299.97 with charger, case, and battery. I am authorized warranty station for either. See my website www.toolcentral.com


xfmr

02:35PM | 12/14/03
Member Since: 12/13/03
3 lifetime posts
I'm looking at the 4 piece kits
drill/hammer drill
sawzall
skill saw
flashlight

both kits come with radio charger

Looking at the 2 kits what I can see is:

1) Drills - Dewalt has a ratcheting chuck milwaukee not.
2) Milwaukee's drill has 495 lbs of torque as compared to dewalt's 450.
3) Skill saw - Dewalt plastic guard Milwaukee titanium
4) Sawzall - Milwaukee's appears to be more functional with the 6 posistion handle.

This is what I can see.
Which set performs better under daily usage in temps -30c to +30c throughout the year.

retisin

05:18AM | 12/15/03
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
I own neither of these,but live in N. MN and I am on alot of job sites as I own a small painting company I see both of these brands working in extreme cold 20 below zero and the hot months of july and august.
The contractors I work for use the 2 brands you mentioned and being around alot of sites if they didn't work well under heavy use they wouldn't have them.
So I would say the choice is really up to you on how they feel and look for your own use.If anything else flip a coin because you will get Dewalt people here and Mil. users so I am unbiased opinion.

toolcen2

05:01PM | 12/15/03
Member Since: 09/10/03
67 lifetime posts
milwaukee model milw9012 is a 1/2 in,slip clutch hammer drill comb. has a 5 1/2 skillsaw,flashlight,and a hatchet sawzall. it comes with 1 hr nicad fast charge charger,2 batteries,and a bag. at current, there is promo for free mdse which is (extra battery, multi bay charger, or jobsite radio. one year warranty,.30 days over counter . current pricing is 499.94.

Dewalt is 1/2 inch slip clutch hammer drill,5 3/8 skill saw,standard sawzall, and flashlight. 1 hr fast charge nicad battery,charger and case. model is dw4cpk2 current pricing is 399.99 one year warranty 30 day oc.

xfmr

01:13AM | 12/16/03
Member Since: 12/13/03
3 lifetime posts
Ok - but which out performs the other? Does one have a higher breakdown rate? I want this to last thats why I;m looking for as much info as possible.

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retisin

02:49AM | 12/16/03
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
I don't think you will get a clear answer on that one they both are top brands.I don't think 1 will out last the other you will get alot of debate on this.

BrazosJake

06:19AM | 12/17/03
Member Since: 11/13/03
8 lifetime posts
I have the 18v DeWalt combo. I love the drill, but frankly wish I had gone corded and put those extra bucks towards something else. The saws go through batteries very quckly. I guess if you look on them as a convenience for small cutting jobs in remote locations only, they're fine, but that's a lot to spend for convenience. A recip saw especially needs lots of power and no cordless can match even a cheap corded recip.

You can find slightly better deals on DeWalt combos on Ebay, but I wouldn't sweat the differences too long, either will serve you fine.



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