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Old 06-17-2013, 05:00 PM   #1
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New Cordless Drill/Impact Combo - Which one?

I am looking at getting a new cordless drill/impact combo package and was wondering about ya'lls opinion on them. I was looking at either the Milwaukee 18V lithium-ion drill driver/impact driver combo, the Ridgid 18V lithium-ion drill driver/impact driver and radio combo or the DeWalt 18V lithium-ion drill driver/impact driver combo.

All three kits are priced at $199. Which one/brand would you get and why (please include why)?

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Old 06-17-2013, 05:06 PM   #2
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They are all the same price because they are all the same, pick your favorite color. If you want a truly effective impact driver, the cream of the crop is the Ingersol Rand W-7150, or if you don't need to unbolt the universe, try the Craftsman C-3.

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Old 06-18-2013, 04:55 PM   #3
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I recently hit a factory rep sale; settled on the Milwaukee set, came with a hand tool bag, got the mega-driver as well for less as a pair than either alone. Plus they gave me $100 trade in on my old crummy used POS.

Been using the Milwaukee for about 3 months around the place; absolutely sterling performance so far.

Treat yourself.....the new ones really ARE great!
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:16 PM   #4
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I've been happy with my Ryobi 18v one+ tools. had the same set for probably 5 years now and theres still new stuff coming out and the batteries are pretty good. my NiCD batteries are junk now but they were the first ones and my lithiums are awesome
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:16 PM   #5
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Home Depot has/had the Ryobi lithium combo on sale for under $100.00 as a fathers day promotion. It was as cheap as buying 2 replacement NiCD batteries for the set I've used for about 8 years now.
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:20 PM   #6
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Milwaukee M18 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill Driver/Impact Driver Combo Kit (2-Tool)-2691-22 at The Home Depot
this set??? if so the "impact driver" is just a large powered screwdriver and not meant for any major torque (notice its a 1/4" HEX drive (AKA screw driver bits!)). if your looking for an impact GUN/WRENCH that can strip your lug nuts or engine bolts off in a hurry then you do NOT want this.

Milwaukee M18 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 1/2 in. Cordless Compact Impact Wrench Kit-2652-22 at The Home Depot
if the set your looking at comes with this ^^ then go for it. its not the most powerful gun in the world but enough to take your wheels off..

post the set your looking at and what your needs are
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:27 PM   #7
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Ive got the Milwaukee set. Been using it for over a year now and very satisfied.
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:35 PM   #8
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I'm a maktia guy. Been running the same set at work building cabinets for at least five years everyday use and the battery's are still going strong. Wouldn't buy anything else.
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Old 06-20-2013, 01:33 AM   #9
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I bought the Dewalt 18v kit from lowes with 2 batteries for about 100, and the 1/2" drive 18v Dewalt impact (the BIG one, but puts out 300 ft/lbs....) bare for about 150.00..... I've been blown away by its power..... It's not a 600 ft/lb air impact, but it hasn't let me down yet. The "combo" packs I've seen don't offer the power for what I wanted.....
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:49 PM   #10
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I have a Makita that is at least 7 years old with 1 of the original batteries still good but you wont touch them for 199. My next one will be a Rigid because of the lifetime warranty on the batteries.
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Anyone have an opinion on the black and decker max ? for 100bucks you got a drill and driver in one, and they list the power rating at around 3300inch pounds which is about 275 ft lbs

BLACK & DECKER 20-Volt Max Li-Ion Matrix Drill & Impact Combo Kit (2-Tool)-BDCDMT120IA at The Home Depot
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Milwaukee M18 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill Driver/Impact Driver Combo Kit (2-Tool)-2691-22 at The Home Depot
this set??? if so the "impact driver" is just a large powered screwdriver and not meant for any major torque (notice its a 1/4" HEX drive (AKA screw driver bits!)). if your looking for an impact GUN/WRENCH that can strip your lug nuts or engine bolts off in a hurry then you do NOT want this.

Milwaukee M18 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 1/2 in. Cordless Compact Impact Wrench Kit-2652-22 at The Home Depot
if the set your looking at comes with this ^^ then go for it. its not the most powerful gun in the world but enough to take your wheels off..

post the set your looking at and what your needs are
The ones I got were 1/2" drive & seem to be as powerful as the big electric corded 1/2 monster I've used for years.

The driver-version runs very tight nuts on & off, haven't tried lug nuts yet. Will see if I can find the part #. Certainly was a step up from the previous models I've owned.

Lots of choices.....I favored my old Makita now nearing it's 25th anniversary with me. The original battery lasted about 15 years, replacement was $18. Now they're considerably more and my model is considered obsolete.
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I've got the dewalt 1/2" impact and it has taken off everything I have thrown at it.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:05 PM   #14
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Depends on how much you are going to use it. I have a Makita set from Lowes $199 the white one with the small batteries. I use it nearly daily. They last about 2.5 years, then they go in the trash. I prefer the size and balance of that one. I have been using them since they were one of the first with the lithium ion batteries, that charge in less than 1 hr. My dad who is retired now and has time to wait for them to charge uses Ryobi, he does plenty of heavy work with them, but admits that they would never hold up to the daily abuse that a shop mechanic would put on them.

It is a cost vs. use argument.... Buy what makes since to you and what fits your budget.


By the way a new Makita impact driver will take a lug nut torqued to 150ft lbs off. If done consistently it will shorten the life span considerably.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:07 PM   #15
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I bought a factory refurbished Bosch set off eBay for $139 shipped to my door. It's worked great, but I'm not happy with the batteries. They do last and hold their charge really well, but there is no telling when they will die. They just give up.
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One of the Chicago electric ones are only like 50$ and you can buy a 20$ replacement plan to get a new one when I breaks, it's not the best quality but sure is cheap

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