Cordless Drill

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What is the best cordless Drill to buy , any recommendations

Budget is $300

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Reply By: Genny - Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 04:12

Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 04:12
"Best" is always determined by usage. I like the Ryobis. For occasional use, any of the cheapies may be adequate, and possibly considered disposable, should they fail. A tradie would possibly sneer at the Ryobi, and name any number of much more expensive, but more robust tools.
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Follow Up By: gbc - Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 07:15

Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 07:15
I'm a tradie and I have a boot full of ryobi 1+ gear. The brushless drill is in that budget and is trade quality. Then the battery will also power all the other ryobi camping stuff - vacuum, lights, fan, chainsaw......
There is better quality gear on the market, but arguably not at the same price.
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 17:53

Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 17:53
Brushless hammer drill is first rate too, eased through several holes in concrete tilt wall the other week.
I also have compact drill, right angle drill, several of the One glue guns, chainsaw, and 12v car charger, which is faster than 240v.
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Reply By: Capt. Wrongway - Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 07:26

Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 07:26
As already said, usage is an important consideration as is value for money, but so is best quality. Remember the old saying .... the poor man buys twice.

From my past experiences, I believe that buying the best quality you can afford is usually the best option. I'm a firm believer in the 18v Dewalt range of portable power tools. I've just up-graded all mine from the 12v to the 18v gear. Very happy with them, especially now with the Lithium Iron batteries which gives great battery life and no memory. Yes they are more expensive than some, but I've never had one issue with any Dewalt tool over many years.

If you cant afford the better quality power tools new, try the better porn shops. They offer great value as they now give a warrenty, test the units before selling them, and sell at a greatly reduced price. Only thing I suggest is, always buy the "brushless" Lithium Iron battery models.

Good luck with your choice.
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie - Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 07:30

Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 07:30
QUOTE: "If you cant afford the better quality power tools new, try the better porn shops." UNQUOTE...


Ahhhhh.....or you could try the "PAWN" shops......they might be more likely to have the type of drill you're after....hahahaha.....
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Follow Up By: Genny - Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 09:10

Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 09:10
Freudian slip perhaps, Dr Roach?
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Follow Up By: Capt. Wrongway - Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 11:03

Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 11:03
Yes guys, you are correct "PAWN", although I do know a shop ...........
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Reply By: Member - Roachie - Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 07:28

Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 07:28
It's a bit of a "Ford v Holden" type question.

I have a pile of Makita 18v tools, including 3 drills, a 1/2" impact driver, a vacuum, a recipricating saw, 3x angle grinders etc. Love their stuff.
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Reply By: Theo D - Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 08:28

Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 08:28
Makita is always a winner but have a good look at AEG. I've got the full set e.g grinder, impact driver, cut off saw and can't fault it. Gets used plenty and for the price its a winner
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Reply By: Member - Bigfish - Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 09:11

Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 09:11
Its a pity that your budget wasn't a bit higher. Milwaukee are among the best.I,ve had, including the Makitas, DeWaltt, Ryobi and some of the el-cheapo brands. Had the Milwaukee sets now for about 4 years and they have performed twice as good as any of the ones I mentioned. They get an absolute flogging as well. You get what you pay for. You wont see too many Milwaukee sets at a repairers..
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 11:39

Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 11:39
A second here as well for some of the US brands. I'm using DeWalt tools and would highly recommend both they and Milwaukee brand tools. Pricey but they deliver the goods.
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Reply By: Member - Peter (1) - Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 11:13

Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 11:13
G'day harlyalice h
I bought a Worx 20 volt lithium ion battery drill a few years ago and take it with me whenever I go on a trip. I bought it mainly to raise and lower the stabilizing legs on my van as being arthritic I found it hard to get down and up with the hand winder, but found it handy for many other jobs with the forward and reverse, electronic speed control and selectable torque, of which there is plenty. It is small and comes with two quick charge batteries, battery charger, all in a carrying case and costing just below $300. I use it for all types of jobs away and at home, the best investment I ever made.
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Reply By: ian.g - Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 11:59

Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 11:59
A couple of years ago we were away on holidays and I wanted a cheep cordless drill for some reason or another and didn't have my Makita one with us, bought a 24 volt Aldi on special for $95.00. This is without a doubt the best cordless drill I have ever owned. The sticker on the box states that it was chosen the best cordless by Choice and I don't know how they did their particular tests but if I ever saw another 24 volt product of theirs I would have no hesitation buying another. Has very good battery life and metal gear box and with the usage I give it feels as if it could last forever and will last me out.
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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 15:34

Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 15:34
Blow the budget and hang the cost, buy a Festool T 18 Li Cordless Drill/Driver 5.2Ah with all the attachments and you'll have to leave it in your will .
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Follow Up By: Member - silkwood - Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 21:59

Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 21:59
Mine stuffed up just after warranty. Love my other Festool gear though.
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Reply By: steved58 - Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 16:26

Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 16:26
Had loads of milwakies at work all did not last changed over to aeg we have about 5 drills rattle gun 2 grinders and the multi tool all going well we have only killed 1 or 2 over 5 or 6 years the trick is to get a good amp hour battery 4 ah is good 6 better thats where the cost is and as was said before go for brushless
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Reply By: rumpig - Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 16:40

Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 16:40
What do you want to do with it?....if it's winding caravan legs up, I'd get a 1/2" drive impact wrench instead, something better suited to the job then a drill....a normal impact driver will do the job also, but the wrench is a better choice IMO.
As far as brand goes, any of the well known names will do the job mentioned above....if you are after an actual drill for something else like drilling holes, then the AH battery size is something you'll need to look at closely
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Reply By: GerryG - Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 19:53

Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 19:53
Another interesting thought!
We had a fellow come and put up a shed for us. I was looking at his gear and noticed that all his cordless tools were of the cheaper brands. XU1, Rockwell etc.
I mentioned this and his reply was simple. When apprentices drop any cordless drill from a height onto the concrete floor they pretty well all bounce (or not!) the same!
When they're left out in the rain they mostly suffer the same problems as the more expensive ones and when they're stolen from being left out over night it's not such a big deal!
More importantly, most of these cheaper tools come with at least one year and quite often, two years warranty. If he gets half the warranty he's happy.
Personally, I'm a Makita boy, but over the years I've discovered that the only problem you'll have is with the batteries, especially the old types.
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Reply By: splits - Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 20:16

Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 20:16
It is hard to say without knowing what you want to do with it.

Nine years ago I bought a cheap rechargeable 12V drill from an auto accessory shop solely for puncture repairs in the bush. I then converted it to run off the car battery.

In order to do that I cut the battery off the end of the handle, drilled a small hole through the side of the handle; poked two wires through it and tied a knot in them so the wires could not pull on the original battery terminals. The loose ends of the wires were then soldered to the terminals up inside the handle while the other ends of the wires were attached to the car battery with alligator clips.. The open end of the handle was then sealed with tape.

So far I have not used it but two friends recently borrowed it to replace the entire corrugated iron roof on a house after taking a car battery up the ladder with them. That would probably be the equivalent of me fixing about 400 punctures.

If it is just for occasional use then you don't need an expensive one.
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Reply By: The Bantam - Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 22:27

Monday, Oct 02, 2017 at 22:27
as others say it depends on what you are going to do>
But ya realy cant go past Milwaukee ......

I have an 18 volt hammer drill and it's a joy to use and good warranty 5 years on the tool 2 years on the battery..... plenty of go ...never thaught Id ever buy a battery hammer drill .... heaps of torque on low speed.

I recently replaced my lighter drills with Milwaukee 12 volt ... very nice and not too expensive

Currently you will get into the lighter 18v hammer drill in a kit with charger and 2 x 3 ah batteries for around $285

In 12 volt you can get the driver drill and the light impact driver in a kit with 2 x 1.5ah batteries and charger for $200

The 12 volt hammer drill with 2x 2ah batteries and charger for $265.

It's argued that milwaukee has the best battery system on the market ..... electronics in the pack to prevent over discharge & such
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Tuesday, Oct 03, 2017 at 12:16

Tuesday, Oct 03, 2017 at 12:16
If you see a Milwaukee kit in your $ range you won't be disappointed...quality HD gear in my view...strong, well made and finished. I bought a $500 kit a few years back...drill, impact driver*, detachable right angle handle (fits both tools) 3 batteries, smart charger and a flash, robust compartmented carry bag...all up good value to me.
*talk about grunt...you need to watch your trigger finger when using that beast.
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Reply By: bazz - Tuesday, Oct 03, 2017 at 13:46

Tuesday, Oct 03, 2017 at 13:46
Roofers flog drills ..Makita seem popular with them ...which indicates reliability ..Hitachi are good as well .
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Tuesday, Oct 03, 2017 at 14:23

Tuesday, Oct 03, 2017 at 14:23
Seen plenty of roofers also running AEG and Milwaukee gear on the jobsites at work aswell....there is no real one brand that trades run with from what I see at work each day.
I personally think the Makita gear is low on power from the ones I have used previously, but the kiwi chippie I work with bought his gear over from NZ and it's a different model number from what most guys buy here, and is heaps more powerful. My old Hitachi gear was not bad, though I had the trigger on one drill fail early on. These days I run Hilti gear, just to throw yet another brand name out there to confuse the OP...lol
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Reply By: Rod W6 - Tuesday, Oct 03, 2017 at 22:03

Tuesday, Oct 03, 2017 at 22:03
GMC... wait a minute.... they went bust... Okay then Metabo... the ants pantz.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Oct 03, 2017 at 23:24

Tuesday, Oct 03, 2017 at 23:24
Plenty of good quality stuff these days.
I went with Makita and on a big trips I take:
- Makita 36V chainsaw
- Makita 18V drill
- Makita 18V 115mm Angle Grinder in case the shit hits the fan
- Makita 18V vacuum cleaner for SWMBO
- Makita 18V blower to blow the dust off the doors
Just take the one charger, 300W inverter and two 4Ah batteries.
I've baulked at the Makita cordless coffee machine
Just buy the drill and add the extra skins later.
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Wednesday, Oct 04, 2017 at 08:22

Wednesday, Oct 04, 2017 at 08:22
So there you go harlyalice.

Your first and only post to this forum. You ask a question, with almost no information, about drills on a CAMPING AND TOURING FORUM and surprise surprise you get around 25 recommendations including just about every brand there is, ranging from $50 specials that last a week to $700 super professional tradesmen tools. So that should narrow it down a little.


Surprise surprise.


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Follow Up By: Member - Outback Gazz - Wednesday, Oct 04, 2017 at 18:27

Wednesday, Oct 04, 2017 at 18:27
Hey Boobook

Do ya think I should post the question -

What is the best beer to drink around the campfire and how many should I drink ?

lol

Cheers and Beers

Gazz
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Reply By: Member - Lyncol - Wednesday, Oct 04, 2017 at 22:13

Wednesday, Oct 04, 2017 at 22:13
You could be onto something here! Dewalt 4x gold, Milwaukee say Emu export, hitachi VB anyway the list could go on?? I prefer 4x gold sorry dewalt got all sorts never let me down . My first one was a 12v but when the new 18v came along I upgraded so I put a 7m twinflex lead and some clamps/fittings and keep it in the camper ok its not cordless but works great and that drill is 19 years old. Buy quality.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Thursday, Oct 05, 2017 at 07:32

Thursday, Oct 05, 2017 at 07:32
Err I think you mean Ozito 4x Gold.
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Reply By: Member - Lyncol - Thursday, Oct 05, 2017 at 22:21

Thursday, Oct 05, 2017 at 22:21
I was going down the path of the colours of the tools and the labels, I take it you don't like 4x gold?
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Reply By: Member Andys Adventures - Saturday, Oct 07, 2017 at 19:53

Saturday, Oct 07, 2017 at 19:53
This is my cordless drill, goes forever without batteries
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Follow Up By: Member - David M (SA) - Saturday, Oct 07, 2017 at 20:27

Saturday, Oct 07, 2017 at 20:27
You young fellas think you knows it all with your new fangled tools.
Dave.
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