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UFownstSECsince1950
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What drill set are you getting for the next 20+ years?

If you had to buy a new drill (set) this weekend and it’s all you’ll use for the next couple decades, what brand are you going with?

And this is strictly for around the house duties, nothing commercial.


The Eric
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Strictly house duties? Dewalt or ryobi.

For strictly home use, I doubt it matters. Just make sure you get all tools using same batteries.


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DeWalt


LSUtigerME
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Dewalt


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GrizzlyAlloy
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Don't sleep on Makita or Milwaukee

Eta: Ryobi is the brand of choice for the pintrest crowd.
This post was edited on 9/24 at 10:04 am


armsdealer
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Honestly Ryobi is probably good enough.

I am mostly dewalt but I have been expanding my Ryobi collection. It started with a brad nailer and now includes 3/8 and 1/2 impacts, a rotary tool, shop vac and even a track saw. The Dewalt tools are better... but most of the tools that I picked up in Ryobi are 2X-3X more expensive in yellow.

For a drill specifically good bits makes all the difference. Look into getting some Fisch bits, they are affordable and cut amazingly well.


OYB
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I have Dewalt and Ryobi. Dewalt tools are better but the batteries have short lives. My Ryobi batteries last forever. Dewalt has replaced my shitty batteries with shitty batteries.


kengel2
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Eta: Ryobi is the brand of choice for the pintrest crowd.


Well that's just stupid.


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Jon A thon
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I'd personally get a Festool set, but I am relatively serious about my woodworking hobby.

I currently have a Ryobi impact driver and would recommend it to anyone for around the house stuff.


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weadjust
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For home use most any brand will do. I bought Rigid due to the Lifetime battery warranty. The tools/batteries must be registered within 90 days to get the lifetime warranty.


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I’d go with Milwaukee just because the batteries are so good and they have the broadest lineup if you plan on adding to it.


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bbvdd
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Never mind. Misread
This post was edited on 9/25 at 8:18 am


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turkish
Member since Aug 2016
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I just bought this. Pretty solid deal, I think.

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BoogaBear
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I have DeWalt and it's been great. One of those things I felt sort of forced into, got a bunch of DeWalt tools and batteries as a wedding gift, so it made since to keep expanding but damn is it higher than Ryobi.

I find myself looking at all the different Ryobi tool offerings and wanting to make the switch.


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jmon
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Don't sleep on Makita or Milwaukee


In my business we use these exclusively, and the warranty service on Makita puts it above the rest. Replacing with Makita as Milwaukee's die out. Dewalt and others fail miserable with the use we put them through.


Peytonknows
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Dewalt tools are fine for around the house. I’ve put their tools through hell and they keep ticking. Where they fail is normally the battery. It really just depends what type of projects you’re doing. Hell I’ve had subs use Kobalt or Craftsman tools and they work just as well. Milwaukee is the Mercedes of tools and Craftsman is the Dodge Neon. They’ll both get you from point A to point B, but you can either arrive in style or get dropped off around the block.


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laslabjohn
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bossier city
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Check out flex at lowes, New to the US. But german made and very very good battery technology.


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baseballmind1212
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I like the idea of Milwaukees 12 volt line.

A home owner is never going to have to do anything more than screw a few screws, drill holes smaller than half inch, etc.

The only exception would be if youre in to diy automotive. Then an 18v 1/2" impact wrench is a must.


turkish
Member since Aug 2016
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Just for more info, in heavy industrial applications, all the corded power tools I see are Dewalt. Cordless are Milwaukee Fuel.


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Clames
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Dewalt tools are better but the batteries have short lives.


The original 20V 4Ah batteries that came with my DeWalt kit are still going strong, over 10 years old too. Considering DeWalt, Ryobi, Makita, Milwaukee, and everyone else pretty much use the same cells when building their battery packs it doesn't make much sense to pick one brand over another simply on batteries.


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