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    First off, this post has nothing to do with welding. I had to see a chiropractor due to some sever shoulder pain. He was telling me it was most liking repetitive motion injury so I should change things up a bit. I can use my left almost as well as my right so some jobs are easy. I am a trucker and pull flatbeds short haul. This mean a lot of strap winding with my right hand. My straps are left on the winches at all times. Some of the other guys are using battery powered drills to wind the straps up with good success. To take some stress off my aging joints, I too am going to get one.

    What brand is reliable? Locally we can find Makita, Dewalt and Milwaukee. I havent looked at any yet. Price is less important than reliability and service life to me.
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  • #2
    Have had very good luck with Makita... they are tough and reliable...

    and their batteries last....

    did have to replace the keyless chuck on one after 12 years of abuse though...
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    • #3
      I use milwaulkee every day. 5 year warrenty on drill, and batteries. Or 1000 charges. Best drills I've ever had.

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      • #4
        +1 on makita, and they are blue

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        • #5
          Latest Lithium-Ion 18v Makita set I purchased last year amazes me on how long the batteries last compared to the old 14.4 DeWalt I own. Not sure about Milwaukee now that many of their tools are manufactured in Asia.
          Miller 251...sold the spoolgun to DiverBill.
          Miller DialArc 250
          Lincoln PrecisionTig 275
          Hypertherm 900 plasma cutter
          Bridgeport "J" head mill...tooled up
          Jet 14 X 40 lathe...ditto
          South Bend 9" lathe...yeah, got the change gears too
          Logan 7" shaper
          Ellis 3000 band saw
          Hossfeld bender w/shopbuilt hyd.
          Victor Journeyman torch and gauges
          3 Gerstner boxes of mostly Starrett tools
          Lots of dust bunnies
          Too small of a shop at 40 X 59.

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          • #6
            Which battery powered drill to buy?

            Ridgid. The battery's are garenteed for life too

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            • #7
              Been a general contractor for years, makita is the best hands down. Absolutely no comparison. 18v is the only way to go. Oh, and not the white ones with the slim batteries, the 18v LXT line that's black and green.
              Last edited by Cgotto6; 11-02-2013, 04:29 PM.

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              • #8
                Stay away from ridgid crap ive had some issues with my chop saw and their lifetime warrenty is an advertising scam . No such thing. Id go with proven quality like makita.
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                Millermatic 211
                Spoolmate 100
                (Retapped to fit regular mig tips)
                Work better & less parts to stock.
                Miller 130xp
                T/A Dragster 85 (portability 11 pounds)
                Oxygen/Acetylene torch set 50'
                2. 4-1/2" grinders
                1. 9" grinder
                14" Makita chop saw
                1/2" Aircat impact gun 900#

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                • #9
                  I have used Makita, Dewalt , Craftsman and the best I have ever used is a Panasonic. Not cheap but the best performance and battery life.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by eecervantes83 View Post
                    Stay away from ridgid crap ive had some issues with my chop saw and their lifetime warrenty is an advertising scam . No such thing. Id go with proven quality like makita.
                    Not so!

                    Only reason you had issues (guessing here) is that you started using the tools and never (jumped through the hoops for registration)

                    1. Original receipt with an arrow besides qualifying purchase
                    2. Original UPC from the box
                    3. Warranty card filled out
                    4. Mail in
                    5. Register online

                    Never ANY issues with Lifetime Warranty

                    +1 for RIGID

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                    • #11
                      Looks like Rigid batteries are only 3 years. ...Bob
                      https://www.ridgid.com/us/en/three-year-limited-lsa
                      Bob Wright

                      Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
                      http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...php?albumid=48

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ericher69:313588
                        Originally posted by eecervantes83 View Post
                        Stay away from ridgid crap ive had some issues with my chop saw and their lifetime warrenty is an advertising scam . No such thing. Id go with proven quality like makita.
                        Not so!

                        Only reason you had issues (guessing here) is that you started using the tools and never (jumped through the hoops for registration)

                        1. Original receipt with an arrow besides qualifying purchase
                        2. Original UPC from the box
                        3. Warranty card filled out
                        4. Mail in
                        5. Register online

                        Never ANY issues with Lifetime Warranty

                        +1 for RIGID
                        -1 for ridgid

                        Did it all. They ask you to send in your tool and be without it for 2+weeks .all I broke was the tightening handle on my chop saw .
                        Why couldn't they send me one for replacement. The wanted the entire chopsaw. An essential tool in my arsenal I couldn't do with out.
                        Screw them to many hoops to jump thru for a simple warranty job.
                        .
                        Miller Bobcat 225NT onan
                        Millermatic 211
                        Spoolmate 100
                        (Retapped to fit regular mig tips)
                        Work better & less parts to stock.
                        Miller 130xp
                        T/A Dragster 85 (portability 11 pounds)
                        Oxygen/Acetylene torch set 50'
                        2. 4-1/2" grinders
                        1. 9" grinder
                        14" Makita chop saw
                        1/2" Aircat impact gun 900#

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                        • #13
                          Opinion only, but Emerson Electric is trading on the old name of Ridgid tools.
                          Miller 251...sold the spoolgun to DiverBill.
                          Miller DialArc 250
                          Lincoln PrecisionTig 275
                          Hypertherm 900 plasma cutter
                          Bridgeport "J" head mill...tooled up
                          Jet 14 X 40 lathe...ditto
                          South Bend 9" lathe...yeah, got the change gears too
                          Logan 7" shaper
                          Ellis 3000 band saw
                          Hossfeld bender w/shopbuilt hyd.
                          Victor Journeyman torch and gauges
                          3 Gerstner boxes of mostly Starrett tools
                          Lots of dust bunnies
                          Too small of a shop at 40 X 59.

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                          • #14
                            I have seen a Makita re floor one of those metal buildings, long decking screws with a work bench built on a very old and used charge. It was still going strong at the end of the day.
                            Pretty impressive but I found a 18v LI Dewalt set on sale and have no regrets. YET.

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                            • #15
                              bought the 20v dewalt li set (1/2 drill and impact driver set) and the thing smeels like it's always burning up.....it is still going after a year but I only use it once a month or so for small jobs....wish I stuck with Makitsa....
                              Originally posted by Hardrock40 View Post
                              I have seen a Makita re floor one of those metal buildings, long decking screws with a work bench built on a very old and used charge. It was still going strong at the end of the day.
                              Pretty impressive but I found a 18v LI Dewalt set on sale and have no regrets. YET.

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