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Pekoecat

04:26AM | 02/13/04
Member Since: 01/27/04
26 lifetime posts
Bvtools
I am looking to purchase some power tools such as a cordless drill and a cordless screwdriver.
Is there a place here that can tell me what to look for? Also, is a higher volt better? Should I just look at price and assume the more expensive the better?
Thanks,
Angela

retisin

09:37AM | 02/13/04
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
Depending on what you are wanting to do with it,I use mine for alot of various tasks and it works just fine.It is a Ryobi 14.2 volt came with a set of other tools too and a charger and extra battery for a decent price forgot how much though,just remeber that it was a good deal.
I think a 18 volt or higher is more for contractors or people who are going to use it quite a bit.

Pekoecat

02:06AM | 02/16/04
Member Since: 01/27/04
26 lifetime posts
Thanks for your input.
That sounds like a good way to go.
I'll check into that.
Angela

k2

04:53AM | 02/16/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hello Pekoecat,

Retisin's experience aside, there have been a lot of negative postings on this site in the past about Ryobi. It could be their quality is improving.

Personally, I recommend the best drill/driver you can afford. Reason: it's just the tool you reach for the most. A professional quality one will cost more--but not THAT much more, considering you'll have it for years (hopefully)--and want it to do what you want every time.

I also think that voltage is important--but equally important is that you find the thing useable. Consider that at times you'll be 'one-handing' it above your head--for example installing draperies, or what not. Most folks (me included) don't want to use an 18v for that. You may find a 12v to be "just right" for you. I probably use my 14.4v most of the time.

I've had Makita tools (definitely a top-notch brand) drills for about 15 years--back when Makita didn't have decent competitors. I still really like them; for one thing the original batteries for my reallly old 9.6v can still be bought, and can even be charged in my newest Makita charger--despite an entirely different battery shape. How many brands can offer that! Some brands seem to let their batteries go obsolete--I guess so you have to buy new tools--kind of like cell phone makers.

Interestingly enough though, I still use original batteries I've had forever, and they still charge up and work fine.

Other quality brands: Porter Cable, Milwaukee, DeWalt, and perhaps one or 2 others.

But don't skimp on the drill-driver. Or the bits. I tend to buy #2 Vermont-American bits in 10-packs at big-box stores. Crummy bits will wear out quickly and strip the screw heads.

Best regards,
-k2 in CO

[This message has been edited by k2 (edited February 16, 2004).]

Pekoecat

04:59AM | 02/16/04
Member Since: 01/27/04
26 lifetime posts
Well thank you very much. Your posting is very helpful. I will take that info to the store with me.

k2

05:32AM | 02/16/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hi again Angela,

You're very welcome!

I should mention that as I've accumulated these drill/drivers (9.6, 14.4 and 18v), I still use the earlier ones just as often! For example, depending on the project, at a given time I might have a drill bit in the 9.6v, a screw bit in the 14.4, and a flat-blade drill (like for drilling 1/2 or 3/4" holes) in the 18v. So the fact that I originally bought "quality" still pays off!

I probably wouldn't have the 18v, except a few years ago my wife bought me (for a gift) the 18v kit with circular saw and drill. Do I have her trained, or what!? The 18v definitely has its place, for heavy work--like driving lots of deck screws, and the saw is quite handy as well.

Hey, got to thinking (with your new posts), you must've closed on your new place by now!
If so, congratulations on your new home! (Hopefully my memory isn't totally failing me again!)

All the best,
-k2

[This message has been edited by k2 (edited February 16, 2004).]

Pekoecat

05:41AM | 02/16/04
Member Since: 01/27/04
26 lifetime posts
Thanks (again).
We don't close until Feb. 27th.
This is my first time going through the whole process of buying a place. It was so confusing and different from back home (Canada).
It's been a real learning experience.
I have been dying to go and buy some power tools but didn't even know what to look for so that's why I posted this.
Thanks again. I love this site.
Angela

k2

06:05AM | 02/16/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Yes it's a long drawn out process--but hopefully will be worth it for many years to come!

Oh, almost forgot, don't forget to pick up a "magnetic bit holder" or two for the drill. These come in different lengths and cost about $5 a piece. They allow you to "quick change" bits, and more importantly, their magnetic power holds the screw in place so you can drive'm one-handed. The greatest thing since, well, cordless drill/drivers!

So, 27th is closing day! Get those writing hands limbered up for all those signatures on all that paperwork!

I love this site too. ("Too much," if you ask my wife!)

-k2

retisin

08:53AM | 02/16/04
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
K-2,is right obviously Makita,Milwauke,and Dewalt are the best out their and 18 volts are heavier duty.
Thats why depending on what you are doing,need to think of the weight too and such.
I am an owner of painting company I use my Ryboi all the time for past 4 years and live in MN where it gets -30 below and up too 100 degrees and that drill stays in the inclosed trailer all year long,it has been dropped,paint spilled on it,and other abuse.
It still works well grabs the bits all the times with no slipping.Has plenty of power for mixing paint in 5 gallon pails (spraying 60 gallons=12 pails handels it with ease.
Im not knocking what K-2 has said just stating what this drill has done for me.Gives you just an insight of how and what I use mine for.

[This message has been edited by retisin (edited February 16, 2004).]

Pekoecat

09:04AM | 02/16/04
Member Since: 01/27/04
26 lifetime posts
Thanks again.
Basically I'm looking for something in the middle.
Nothing too heavy but strong enough for drywall and other "around the house" type of jobs.
Thanks to all.
Angela - Michigan
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