Power tool roundup

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by mhambi, Oct 3, 2018.

  1. mhambi

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    I'm going to be buying/replacing some power tools in the near future and wanted to get opinions as to quality/durability. Share your experience here. Looking at air, battery and corded tools related to general construction and related projects. Impact drivers/drills, chop saws, table saws, sawzalls, compressors, nailers, etc. Below is my (ill informed) ranking from worst to better... educate me otherwise! What are your favorites? Add others too. :wavey:


    Harbor Freight.

    Black & Decker

    Craftsman - Ryobi - Porter Cable

    Rigid - Hitachi

    Dewalt - Bostitch

    Makita - Milwaukee - Paslode
     
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    MO Fugga Malt Liqra® Lifetime Member

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    Dewalt, Porter Cable, Paslode all are good.
     
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    Is this for work around the house or professional use?

    If it's work around the house then anything will do. I'd suggest go cheap because you're not going to be using them that much, unless you're going to work on mom's house, grandma's house, uncle's house, cousin's house, ad infinitum.

    If it's professional work then what industry? Commercial construction, industrial construction (light or heavy?).

    For heavy duty use at work (heavy industrial construction), I favor Hilti or Metabo. However, we also use a lot of Milwaukee and DeWalt too. They're a lot cheaper than Hilti and Metabo, but they also don't take the abuse or perform like Hilti and Metabo. Essentially for powered tools that we expect to have heavy use, we pay for Hilti and Metabo. For the more generic stuff like grinders (end or angle), sawzall, band saw, etc., then we'd go with DeWalt or Milwaukee.
     
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    Definitely not professional (c'mon, it's me we're talking about) or industrial.

    More like residential construction type projects. Build a house start to finish... that sort of thing. More than just 'fixing stuff around the house' type projects, but not into the 'this is my full time gig' arena.
     
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    DEWALT DCK940D2 20V MAX Lithium Ion 9-Tool Combo Kit
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018TM1Q80/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_15mTBbBCJE6NB

    Should last you a long time.
     
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    Black and Decker cordless drill didn't make it a year. Well, the drill did, the batteries didn't. Replacing them is the cost of a new drill so I went with a DeWalt.
     
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    Then go for DeWalt or Milwaukee.
     
  8. SC Tiger

    SC Tiger As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

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    Based on my experience I would move Ridgid at least equal if not better than Dewalt, and Milwaukee above both. Bosch is good stuff too.
     
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    I’m pretty exclusive w/ ryobi. I’d call them “medium duty”. So for a bunch of house projects go for it. Framing carpenter- probably not...

    But I do subscribe to battery tools...once you’ve had to bungee an air compressor from a 3rd floor dormer because you didn’t have enough air hose you’ll never want hoses again
     
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    I have yet to be let down by any of my (many) Ryobi tools.

    I believe them to be the best bang for your buck.
     
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    They do have more tools available that use the same battery, so that's a plus.
     
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    I have some Bosch stuff and been very happy with it. Ryobi is the cheapest but seems to be pretty good.
     
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    Electric tools. Milwaukee.

    Air tools/compressors Ingersoll Rand.

    Gas chop saws. Stihl.

    Nailers. Bostitch.
     
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    I have/had a cordless drill and miter saw from Ryobi. I used the heck out of the drill, but the battery started to suck and was cheaper to buy something new than just replace the battery. The adjustment/lock on the miter saw broke and was a pain to get to square up. Still... I feel I got my $$ out of 'em.
     
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    Milwaukee all the way.
     
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    Can a 20 volt DeWalt battery be used in an 18 volt tool without damage to the tool?
     
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    Commercial construction guy here.
    What I see :

    Makita is owning the cordless market
    Bosch is the innovator and has the best jigsaw and their Bulldog roto hammer is an industry standard
    Skil has the Model 77 wormdrive which is another industry standard
    Their new wormdrive portable table saw looks cool.
    Hilti is another innovator but probably overkill for the homeowner
    Milwaukie has two industry standards, the Portaband and Sawzall
    I like the regular Sawzall with the slim motor case

    Don't see much yellow stuff (DeWalt) but I do like their 12" sliding miter saw.

    For air Hitachi is still popular for framing.
    The Max nail gun is very popular with it's good power and short powerhead which can get places that the Hitachi can't.
    With Hitachi we've noticed that there is a Pro grade and a Big Box grade, so beware.
     
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    My Son is a plumber and will absolutely never buy anything but Milwaukee. Although I agree with him and have some Milwaukee tools, I also have a few Ridgid tools and actually some tools of all those mentioned. I like them all and have not had trouble with them. I am not a professional so take that as you may.
    Where I to need a new tool I would probably look at a Milwaukee first but not rule out any of the others.
     
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    I'm a huge fan of the Porter cable stuff. I just use them around the house but I use them pretty hard. So far after a year's worth of use, they are holding up great.
    The tool that gets the most abuse is the PC sawzall. I use it for cutting saplings and branches around the property. Works great for that, anyway
     
  20. Victor Dubya

    Victor Dubya The Kindly Curmudgeon

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    I prefer corded power tools for around the household use. Over time, batteries are always a hassle either by normal deterioration or they become obsolete. Of course there are certain situations where battery power has the advantage. I'll stick with, or rather go back to, corded power tools for my needs. Just my $0.02.
     
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