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Old 08-28-2012, 11:54 PM   #1
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Looking for a power drill

My dad is going to start renovating a bathroom and I want to get him a nice power drill for the job. Is there a "hands down" "only these top three brands" drill that I should get? It's labor day weekend so I'm hoping to pick up something good on sale. From searching around I've found that Li-Ion is the only way to go.

If you have links to actual deals that would be cool as well. Thanks!
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:29 AM   #2
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Dewalt drill driver. 18volt. 1/2" chuck

Hands down, I built my entire house with it an beat the crap out out of it for 7 years.
Still running strong

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B002RLR0EY
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Old 08-29-2012, 11:45 AM   #3
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cool, I'll keep an eye out for a sale on it. Thanks.
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:02 PM   #4
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I recommend Dewalt NON-LION Power Drill

Industry Standard.

Lowes had a killer deal on a set of an Impact Driver and Reg Drill (like $200 for both.)

Once you go impact, you will never go back.

HOLY SHEIT!!!

Look at this - 18v non lithium ion!!!

Lowes Item #: 79897 | Model #: DCK425C

1 impact driver
1 reg drill
1 flashlight
1 recipt saw
2 batteries
1 bag
1 charger


$219 !!!

go to the post office and get an address change kit for 10% off Lowes coupon.

$197 !!!

http://www.lowes.com/pd_79897-70-DCK...RL=&facetInfo=

You are welcome...



I gotta go to Lowe's...Right Now!

PS - Here is the original deal I was talking about....

http://www.lowes.com/pd_201409-70-DC...roduct_price|0

1 impact
1 drill
1 bag
1 charger
2 batteries


$149 !!!

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Those are pretty good deals, but I thought Lion battery was the way to go?
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Old 08-29-2012, 05:12 PM   #6
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Those are pretty good deals, but I thought Lion battery was the way to go?
Not for Dewalt. Bad reviews. Stick old school for heavy duty.

I have about 20 Dewalt 18v pieces.

My Bosch is Lion and its great for light duty.
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Old 08-29-2012, 06:13 PM   #7
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I have a Dewalt 18V non Lion drill and that thing is a beast. When you pull the trigger in mid air the thing torques your wrist and the room fills with the smell of ozone. I love it - it blows my old Makita out of the water.

That said, if your dad is going to be doing a lot of drilling, I'd go with a corded drill every time. Corded drill + square drive screws and you're rocking and rolling.
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Not for Dewalt. Bad reviews. Stick old school for heavy duty.

I have about 20 Dewalt 18v pieces.

My Bosch is Lion and its great for light duty.
Let's pretend that they get the Li Ion issue resolved.

Can you replace the old batteries with the new ones ?

JW. I have a Ryobi and I sat a battery down in a small pool of water and it died on me. I am down to 1 battery. JW if I can buy new lion's.
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Let's pretend that they get the Li Ion issue resolved.

Can you replace the old batteries with the new ones ?

JW. I have a Ryobi and I sat a battery down in a small pool of water and it died on me. I am down to 1 battery. JW if I can buy new lion's.
I actually don't know. I am going to guess no because they make lion tools that don't come with batteries. Why would they if they were compatible?
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Dewalt drill driver. 18volt. 1/2" chuck

Hands down, I built my entire house with it an beat the crap out out of it for 7 years.
Still running strong

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B002RLR0EY
I have this one and later bought it for my Dad. Fvcking beast mode this guy is.
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Thanks for all the replys. The three links listed are different models of the drill. I found this useful thread discussing the differences:

http://dewaltownersgroup.com/index.php/topic,398.0.html
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DC970K-2 is the same drill as the DC759KA. I've only recently seen the DC970K-2 model # surface this year. Not sure why it was thrown into the mix? There could be a different NiCd battery in there? I saw the DC970K-2 at Home Depot earlier this week for only $119.00!

DC759KA, I believe was the first model Dewalt launched in the compact line? Not 100% sure. It was the previous model to the DC720KA. Been around for a while, and has proved itself to be a reliable drill. Dewalt keeps it around for special buys, and promo's.

DC720KA, is Dewalt's most current compact 18v drill. You are correct about the updated grip, however it now has a frame-less motor, rather than a canned style on the DC759/DC970. This creates two benefits. A lighter weight and more compact drill, and a more efficient running motor. The motor can actually breathe better and run cooler without a aluminum can wrapped around it keeping in heat.

I personally love the DC720KA, it is a compact power house! I've done several reviews on it, you can start here if you'd like to read up on it.

You mentioned not wanting to pay for lithium. Any one of the drills mentioned above will accept Dewalt's lithium ion batteries. If you decided to go lithium down the road, all you would need are a new charger and batteries. Also worth mentioning is the DCD760KL. It is the exact same drill as the DC720KA, it just comes with the lithium batteries, and updated charger.
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DC720 kit comes with DC9099.
DC970 kit comes with DC9098.
DC759 kit comes with DC9099 or DC9098 (It is strange but it happened)
The fact is DC9099 is better than DC9098.

DC720 appears to be more "solid", more soft black plastic compare to the hard yellow plastic on DC970 and DC759
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Looks like the DC720 comes in the $219 kit posted above, but I wouldn't mind having the impact and sawsall. I mean my dad wouldn't mind.
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:03 PM   #12
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Lithium ion's are best for contractors who use them a lot and on a daily basis. For home owners and DIY'ers, most people say that the Ni-Cad batteries will last you the longest. If you go with Dewalt, go with the XRP's. If you want sheer power, I think the Milwaukee's are the most beastly (search for the new FUEL M18 models). The new Milwaukee's also have the new brushless motors. Only the Dewalt 20V impact driver has a brushless driver so far if you really want a Dewalt.
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I have the Makitas (impact/drill/flashlight) - very similar to DeWalt but weighs a little less.
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I'm not sure what you guys are talking about, but I feel the opposite on Lithium Ion.

NiCad batteries have memories, and drain over time faster. Very easy to ruin a battery if you're not using it often. They're also much heavier.

Lithium Ion, on the other hand, are lighter, but have a set number of uses. They're also more temperature sensitive. Better for the hobbyist, NiCad or NiMH are better for pros.
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I'm not sure what you guys are talking about, but I feel the opposite on Lithium Ion.

NiCad batteries have memories, and drain over time faster. Very easy to ruin a battery if you're not using it often. They're also much heavier.

Lithium Ion, on the other hand, are lighter, but have a set number of uses. They're also more temperature sensitive. Better for the hobbyist, NiCad or NiMH are better for pros.
Lithium ion has more charge cycles but shorter battery life (how long before the battery totally craps out and becomes a glorified brick). So it's better for pros because you can charge them more often and they are built to handle that (pros will use them daily). Their overall life is shorter than nicad though so most diy'ers won't fully take advantage of them since they probably won't be using the drill every day.
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If you go with dewalt don't get the kits with the normal drill driver. Get the hammer drill driver with the 3 speeds I think, It has a metal chuck. It's much more powerful.

I have two of the normal drill drivers and although still fantastic, the other one is even more ballsy.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:33 AM   #17
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Dewalt is good but I personally like Ridgid. The quality and value is great! I own the 18v li-ion drill...
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Dewalt is good but I personally like Ridgid. The quality and value is great! I own the 18v li-ion drill...
Home Depot has the rigid lithium drill and impact driver set for 179. I picked one up last weekend and it has been a godsend. Lifetime battery warranty makes this a decent deal.
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Home Depot has the rigid lithium drill and impact driver set for 179. I picked one up last weekend and it has been a godsend. Lifetime battery warranty makes this a decent deal.
+1, bought this a few weeks back.
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High end quality - DeWalt or Makita 18v
Mid Level - Milwaukee or Ryobi 18v
Low Level/Light Duty - Craftsman or Black & Decker
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