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Posted: 08/02/20 08:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Makita for professional use.
Been using them since 1983. I have NEVER had a Makita tool break.
Only time I have to replace them is when new technology comes along.

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patperry2766 wrote:

I've got an older 18V DeWalt that has served me well, aftermarket replacement batteries are dirt cheap on Amazon, and they do have a 18V to 20V adapter that would allow it to use their modern battery design...but there are times I wish it had more power.


This video comparison of DeWalt batteries vs cheap replacement batteries may interest you: Project Farm

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mgirardo wrote:

patperry2766 wrote:

I've got an older 18V DeWalt that has served me well, aftermarket replacement batteries are dirt cheap on Amazon, and they do have a 18V to 20V adapter that would allow it to use their modern battery design...but there are times I wish it had more power.


This video comparison of DeWalt batteries vs cheap replacement batteries may interest you: Project Farm

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Yeah, just watched that this morning. For the 18V DeWalt brand, it $99 on Amazon. For a 2pk of 4.5 rated aftermarket batteries with Li batteries instead of NiCad, it's $53 dollars. So for essentially 1/4 the price of name brands, I can handle a little less performance


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Purchased a set of DW cordless ("20vMax") tools in 2012 (drill, saw, driver, angle grinder, recip saw, flashlight) that a professional handyman used for a 5-month "restore" of our remote cabin. Used up a few batteries and saw blades. Never a problem with the DW tools during or after that time, including the intervening 8 years of my homeowner use, building of two wood sheds, and rebuild of a 30' boat dock.

Were I going back into the construction/ corded tool world, probably default to Milwaukee, but for even aggressive homeowner use, been pretty happy with DeWalt.


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I ran a electrical panel shop for many years and was convinced that Milwaukee was the only way to go, we destroyed tools on a regular basis in an effort to meet unrealistic delivery dates.
But my neighbor bought a Ryobi drill and I liked it so I bought one for my personal use and it held up as good or better than the Milwaukee so now I have a complete array of Ryobi tools.
If any of them were make in the US I would buy that brand but to my knowledge none of them are I would buy that even at a higher cost.
further more Lithium is the only way to go, they last longer and maintain the power until they are dead.
Just my two cents for whatever its worth.


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Posted: 08/06/20 06:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Take it from a pro, 20V DeWalt hands down.


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Appreciate everyone's responses so far. For the next question, for a non-professional typical homeowner, it is worth the extra money for brushless motors?

For instance, HD has a DeWalt 20V XR 1/4 impact driver with 4Ah battery 1825 in/lb torque for $248. Amazon has the same 20V Dewalt but with a brushed motor with charger and 2 Ah battery with 1400 in/lb torque for $99.

Is 425 in/lb torque and a 2 Ah bigger battery worth almost $150 to a non-trades professional? I know batteries are expensive, stupid expensive. At this point in my life, I really can't imagine going much more than building with 4x4's.

****, I REALLY hate when I overthink a problem.

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Brushes can wear out and, I lost every extra brush that came with every tool that needed them.

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I wouldn't think the extra torque and battery life would make much difference for a homeowner. Having two small batteries is sometimes a better idea than one big battery: the smaller ones are lighter and more compact, and you can use one while the other recharges. 1400 in-lbs is a bit under 120 ft-lbs; if you need more than that for putting together a deck, you apparently aren't pre-drilling sufficiently or screwing into steel beams or some such.

There are perhaps other differences internally besides just the motor, given the price differential. I wouldn't be surprised if the more expensive one had a beefier gear train, etc.; but it's not likely you'd wear either one out anytime soon.





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For just normal usage around the house and garage, I can't see the benefit of spending the extra money. Mine are not brushless and have built and repaired a couple good sized decks, and other work around the place and show no signs of giving up any time soon. Use the money saved to buy a few more tools. [emoticon]


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