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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Belle Plaine Iowa

    Default Which battery powered drill to buy?

    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.
    Who do you call when the lawmakers ignore the law?

    Miller AC/DC Thunderbolt 225
    Miller 180 w/Autoset
    Old cutting torch on LPG

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2003


    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...

    The more you know, The better you know, How little you know

    “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”

    Buy the best tools you can afford.. Learn to use them to the best of your ability.. and take care of them...

    My Blue Stuff:
    Dynasty 350DX Tigrunner
    Dynasty 200DX
    Millermatic 350P w/25ft Alumapro & 30A
    Millermatic 200

    TONS of Non-Blue Equip, plus CNC Mill, Lathes & a Plasmacam w/ PowerMax-1000

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2013


    I use milwaulkee every day. 5 year warrenty on drill, and batteries. Or 1000 charges. Best drills I've ever had.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    st-eustache qc.canada


    +1 on makita, and they are blue

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    WY...armpit of U.S.A.


    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.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Simcoe Ontario

    Default Which battery powered drill to buy?

    Ridgid. The battery's are garenteed for life too

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2012


    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.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Hermiston Oregon


    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.
    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#

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2012


    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.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2011


    Quote 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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