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Old 02-12-2016, 11:36 PM   #1
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Default Decent but inexpensive impact driver?

I have been thinking of getting a cordless impact screwdriver but I can't decide which brand to go with. Right now all my cordless stuff is the old style 18 volt DeWalt and I have looked at buying just a bare impact and they appeared to run about 100 bucks. For about that price I can other ones with two batteries. This is for homeowner use not everyday. While working as a sheet metal worker I have used DeWalt,Riyobi, Porter Cable, And Hitachi. The DeWalt Lith ion was my favorite but the others got the same job done just heavier with the NiCd batteries. My thoughts on buying a top of the line impact for home use is that the batteries will go bad before I ever get all the use out of them. Anybody have any input or past experience they want to share with middle of the road cordless stuff? I would like to. Keep all my batteries the same but for the price I don't think that is going to happen unless I find a good used one.
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I use the 20V Dewalt driver daily and like it alot.... I'm sure there are better ones, but I have no complaints...
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I have Makita, DeWalt and Bosch. I have to say the Dewalt 20v brushless is a hands down favorite for run time, balance and weight. If it was for home use only I would probably look at the Ryobi LiIon.

Also, I have seen some pretty good post holiday clearance deals at Home Depot recently.
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Love my Makita. But for middle of the road? Ole ryobi probably ok. Batteries dont last lonflg though
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Old 02-13-2016, 07:03 AM   #7
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most of the batteries come from the same plants in China regardless of what brand you buy and in about 3 years it is time to buy again. = $
Like you I seldom need one but have a Harbor Freight corded driver .
Under the hood of my FJ is a 3500 watt inverter and I have generators at my off grid 2nd home is how I go about my electrical needs.

do you really want to go through keeping batteries charged , maintained and replaced for something you seldom use?

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When it comes to cordless impacts and drills I just don't like the cheap ones..the 20v dewalt is real good...I have some smaller Milwaukees too but there's no comparison...and Harbor frieght power tools are just not for it's more of a situation to find a good deal on a good impact...check home depot they have lots of sales /promotions to sell good kits reasonably...

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Myself and two friends all got the Ryobi 18V Lithium deal at Home Depot back around Christmas. We've been using them a lot over the last few weeks at work disassembling hangars including thousands of screws and hundreds of 3/8" lag bolts in PT wood. . I'm extremely pleased. HD has their 2 pack 4 Amp battery packs on sale too right now so two of us went in on a set ($79.00).

I prefer Milwaukee and Dewalt but for the price and home use I just can't see anything better.

I also bought the Sawzall for the set. I certainly wouldn't rely on it for constant use but it gets the job done.
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If you've never used an impact driver, you'll kick yourself for not getting one sooner. You can drive a 3" drywall screw into a 2x4 without the bit jumping out and stripping out the head.

I converted over from Makita to Bosch over the years. I'm very happy with their tools. I had to replace the brushes in my impact driver a couple of times over the years, but I used the heck out.
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