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northern
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New Impact Driver Recommendation
In the market for a new impact driver to work on my Jeep and various house projects. My current Dewalt 18 volt set is getting long in the tooth so I'm in the market to start replacing the set piece by piece. Should I stick with the next generation Dewalt or look at other brands like Bosch or Milwaukee?


Splackavellie
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re: New Impact Driver Recommendation
I just bought the Dewalt 887B which is strong enough to remove lugs and more than enough power to work on normal projects. Ive used it for 5" lag bolts recently that it had plenty of power for.

It is their 20V Max Brushless model and can be had for around $70-$90 for the tool only. I also have the brushless multi tool that gets a good bit of use and I have been happy with.
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OldSouth
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re: New Impact Driver Recommendation
Makita invented the impact driver and still has the most advanced on the market. I’m biased though because I sell their products.


BarryMcCokner
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re: New Impact Driver Recommendation
Buy milwaukee. Nobody else comes close. Dewalt is trash, good bits tho


civiltiger07
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Dewalt is trash


I’ll buy any dewalt trash you have for sale on the cheap then.


BarryMcCokner
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re: New Impact Driver Recommendation
Matter of personal preference really. They are good quality I've just had two Dewalt drivers shite the bed but my Milwaukee hasn't yet. My opinion is Milwaukee can do anything a Dewalt can do, but better.


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UPGDude
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re: New Impact Driver Recommendation
I have the Milwaukee 1/2. I specifically got it for automotive use (getting lugs off). It works great. But it’s heavy (vs my 1/2 pneumatic).


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TexasHand
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The maintenance guys i work with talked me into getting the Milwaukee 12v fuel kit and i’m here to tell you...... they are badass


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armsdealer
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I would look long and hard at Flex tools, they use the same battery technology as EGO yard tools.

If I didn't have all Dewalt stuff, I'd try them out, but the Dewalt stuff works great.


dude960
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Ridgid here, had many of them and issued a lot of abuse and they kept on rolling. Battery warranty is nice also. Heard very good things about Milwaukee also.
Hope this helps.


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offshoretrash
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I work at a papermill as a millwright and I've seen all brands, Milwaukee Fuel is hands down the best of the bunch. They will last you a lifetime as long as you don't get it wet.


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awestruck
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Makita
or Milwaukee

You can't go wrong with either of these.... can't same the same for a lot of DeWalt tools.


sparkinator
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I upgraded to the DeWalt 20 volt max. Bought a couple of adapters off Amazon and use the 20 volt Max batteries on my old 18 volt tools they work great with limited money spent.

I’ve bought old 18 volt tools off Facebook for cheap. 18 volt grinder, jigsaw, circular saw, nut drivers. With a 15 dollar adapter they all now run on the big 20 volt batteries. I even bought a weed eater and pile saw for the 20 volt set. Love them.


Icansee4miles
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A vote for 20V Dewalt Max here too. I’m strictly a weekend warrior, but they are plenty of tool for me


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NOLAGT
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would look long and hard at Flex tools, they use the same battery technology as EGO yard tools.


I am looking to adopt a brand for battery hand tools and I wanted to like these, I like my EGO stuff. It seemed they are generally pretty heavy and in some VS vids I have seen Milwaukie 18v fuel performing better or darn close and are lighter.


lion
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Milwaukee and Dewalt each make great tools. I have a Gen3 and an 887 and you'd be fine with either. Youll be able to find better battery deals with Dewalt. Makita makes great tools too but I cant figure out what in the hell they're doing with their battery platforms right now.


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NOLAGT
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Scoob
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Bought a couple of adapters off Amazon and use the 20 volt Max batteries on my old 18 volt tools they work great with limited money spent.

I’ve bought old 18 volt tools off Facebook for cheap. 18 volt grinder, jigsaw, circular saw, nut drivers. With a 15 dollar adapter they all now run on the big 20 volt batteries
The one thing to be careful of, when you do this:

I THINK the "correct"/new tools have something set up to keep you from over-draining the battery. You lose that protection with an adapter.

If you drain below a certain level, the charger will not recharge it; you have to set up a way to bump charge it back up to there.

I have a few different brands, and one of my Ryobi batteries is prone to this. I had to pull the cells out of the casing, and do a quick series of tap-charges with a car charger, to get it back up to around 13 volts... the normal charger can catch it there and finish the recharge.

BTW there's no actual difference between Ryobi and Milwaukee 18v, and Dewalt 20v. 18v batteries are listed using nominal voltage, 20v are listed using maximum voltage.
The improvement you're seeing with the older tools, are that the Lithium batteries are much better than the old Ni-Cad batteries.


Cypressknee
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I have a 1/2” Milwaukee M18 fuel with the friction ring. My only regret is not getting it sooner than I did. Have had it for a while now and it’s got some azz. I did have a issue with it. Walked in my shop one day and little work light on it was on. Couldn’t get it to cut off without pulling the battery. Contacted them and they repaired it for free with a week turnaround.


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Icansee4miles
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They had me at “the only one made in America”. Great side by side, definitely worth a watch.


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