Cordless Tool Decisions...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Celtic Curmudgeon, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. Beemeup

    Beemeup 1978 R100/7

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    I'm retired now but was a contractor at my last gig. Dewalt and Milwaukee rules the roost. Lots of show and tell on the contractor forums. Contractors are tool junkies. I've had very good luck with Milwaukee after switching to them many years ago. Haven't had a tool or battery go south yet. One major issue is the battery platform. Having compatible chargers and batteries is a big deal.
  2. 1greenmachine

    1greenmachine Long timer

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    One thing Dewalt is better at is a single battery platform, Milwaukee kinda double dips with the M12/M18 platforms. I've stuck to the M18 platform and really want to get the mid torque 3/8 impact but it is huge.
  3. Beemeup

    Beemeup 1978 R100/7

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    I guess the M12s are for smaller projects. I don't have any but if Dewalt offered smaller tools they would need smaller batteries. I think if I ever get a impact it would be 1/2". Maybe corded since I'd seldom use it.
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  4. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool Super Supporter

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    FYI - don't worry about the batteries, they make battery adapter kits, so your Dewalt will go into a Makita and into a Milwaukee, etc...

    The only ones I haven't seen are to take the old C3 batteries to new tools, but that would be crazy bulky.
  5. YesRush

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    Show me dewalt going into Milwaukee ?
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  7. YesRush

    YesRush Long timer

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    Wow can’t believe I never seen that vid.I’ve only heard of dewalt 18 adaptor to 20 bat.
    Good find! 15 bucks for a knock off :) for dewalt.18-20
  8. Beemeup

    Beemeup 1978 R100/7

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    I just don't see the point. You'd still need the chargers, unless you want to rely on one brand charging everything effectively. And they both make excellent tools so why bother? I could maybe see it for a work crew who had the two different brands and you want to keep them up and running.
  9. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool Super Supporter

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    Charge it through the adapter, but if you're buying the tool with a battery, they usually come with a charger.

    I think it is more for one brand comes out with a tool that the others don't have and you need/want it, but don't want multiple batteries. I can also see these being handy when one tool in a set dies and you need to replace the tool not the set, or the replacement tool from the same manufacturer has changed battery styles.

    For example, I use the impact driver in my Craftsman 19.2 set more than anything else in the set. It takes the old C3 batteries. The new ones use XCP batteries, so even if I stay with the same manufacturer, I have one odd battery that won't fit the other tools. As the old batteries die off, now I need to try to buy the old C3's versus buying an adaptor that allows me to keep using the new battery in the older tools.
  10. Beemeup

    Beemeup 1978 R100/7

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    I can use and charge the old style Milwaukee batteries (about 12 years old) in my newer brushless torque driver and visa versa. I didn't think that was going to be the case. I don't know about Dewalt but Milwaukee sells many tools without the batteries. I guess time will tell how big the demand for the adapters are.
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    Dewalt for decades. My trailer has solar panels to batteries to DeWalt battery chargers. Love the DeWalt weed whackers, chainsaw, chop saw, brad nailer, and of course the various hand tools. I buy quality and keep it forever, or at least until a new battery system comes out. My trucks have 12 v DeWalt battery chargers in the glove compartment. If only DeWalt made electric dirt bikes...

    Mixed brands in the shop is a pain in the ass. Pick a quality brand with a range that covers what you need and start shopping.
  12. Beemeup

    Beemeup 1978 R100/7

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    I have the Dewalt portable table saw and planer and a corded die grinder. They will probably outlive me.
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    I think the M12 is marketed towards lighter compact tools, the M18 is on the bigger more powerful side.
  14. jonz

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    I needed a new hedge trimmer and decided to make the change to cordless. I opted for the Ryobi One+ 18V system. I already had a shop light, 1.5 Ah battery, and charger for that. Pre Father's Day sale got me two 4 Ah batteries, a charger, and the tool of my choice so I got the hedge trimmer option for $99. All arrived and I got to play with the trimmer. Pretty darn handy not having to worry about cutting a cord which I'd done twice. The hedge trimmer is not as long and not quite as powerful as the corded one but I think the handiness will outweigh the decrease in power/length. I also got the 18V 12" chainsaw with 4Ah battery and charger for $159 iirc. I got it primarily to carry on the dirtbike for trail maintenance in Montana. I won't get to try it for a couple weeks. I was favorably impressed a week ago riding for awhile with a guy that had the Dewalt 20V 12" chainsaw. He said it was good for 32 cuts on one battery charge. I hope to ride with him again to do some more work on that trail and will report back with a side by side comparison if it works out.
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    Another Ryobi fan. I’ve had a drill for over 10 years ugly but going strong. Recent bought a impact driver, I can’t believe the difference for screws. My original charger died, 10years, and the original batteries also ten years are starting to weaken. Many Rigid tools are interchangeable. I wish they made a ratchet.
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    I am sure there is valid reasons for every reply here. I worked in a very large tool store where we handled the warranty work for the big four as well as the ultra high end tools which we are not speaking abut here.

    What you need to consider is are you going to expand your tools in the not too distant future? If you are, you want to expand that collection with same brand. You will see that most single or even double tool sets are now being sold as "tool only" and you need to buy the battery and charger. That gets very expensive. And those sets that come with a battery, usually come with a 1.5 to 3 amp-hour battery which is good for a drill and a small impact gun so long as you are pre-drilling any screws into hardwoods. And as I mentioned impact driver, I have to say, changing truck wheels, I am surprised you can break the tight hold of the lug nuts with a small impact driver. To get a substantial impact driver, you need to go with one of the four big brands, Milwaukie, Makita, DeWalt and Bosch.

    I have all Bosch equipment. I like them and have had no issues with any of them. But. If I were to need to replace everything at once, I think I would go with Makita. Reason I take Makita over Bosch is that they have a far greater selection of cordless tools than Bosch. And like I said before, batteries need to be considered. I don't want to have a whole bench covered with different battery chargers.

    I have Ryoby biscuit which I really like and use often for 30 some years without problem. It is corded. My lawn trimmer is a Ryobe cordless and I quite like it. It started acting up after several years. So, seeing as I worked at the tool store I bought a DeWalt. I have used that a few times and regretted buying it. I was able to fix the Ryobe about two or three years ago and it has not failed me since, and I am still on the original battery which is now over ten years old and still produces enough on one charge to trim my whole yard. I find that impressive,

    So! (breath) there you have my thoughts.
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