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post #21 of 28 Old 05-27-2011, 08:36 AM
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Makita, 18V, Li ion. 'Nuff said.
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Can anyone answer if the smaller 1.5 Ah Makita or 1.1 Ah Dewalt batteries last sufficiently long for your uses? Or should I go with a model with the larger 3.0 or 2.4 Ah batteries?
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Makita, 18V, Li ion. 'Nuff said.

I can't answer that specifically, but generally speaking, a higher AH battery will last a longer period of time in use before having to be recharged.
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Can anyone answer if the smaller 1.5 Ah Makita or 1.1 Ah Dewalt batteries last sufficiently long for your uses? Or should I go with a model with the larger 3.0 or 2.4 Ah batteries?
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For general shop use the smaller [slim pack] batteries are fine. For heavy use all day like putting in lag bolts on a deck or running in ledger lock or timber lock screws the bigger batteries last longer but I have never run my battery out before a new one is charged putting in regular screws. If you are getting a battery jig saw /sawzall /or circular saw then a fat pack is handier. I personally have all 3 but the only one I use very often is the battery jog saw. As far as brand I own the bosch and makita 18 volt lithium and they are great I would not buy another ridgid lithium i also own a ridgid and thier batteries are to sensitive to cold.

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I've got the Makita kit (hammer drill and driver) w/ the 3.0Ah battery, and love it. If you are going primarily for driving screws, you HAVE to get an impact driver. I just bought one two weeks ago and my only concern has been that it took me so long to get one.

On my first charge with the impact driver, I drove about 4.5 lbs of #10 x 3.5" screws before the battery died. I'd say thats pretty good.

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This under hard use all day will kill 2 batteries and takes 30 min ish to charge. I can't speak for the 1.4's you were askig about but I can't see em being much different. BTW it kicks major butt on my Dewalt 18xrp stuff
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Thanks for the information everyone. I don't really have any specific project in mind. This will be my first drill, so something that will cover some woodworking projects (I'm just getting started in this woodworking thing) and basic around-the-house jobs. Good to know about the battery warranties for those brands, thanks.
Well if that's all you want it for, give the Ryobi 12 volt li-ion a shot for i think $80.00 you'll get the drill two batteries and the charger with a cloth case, and i gaurantee you'll be amazed at the torque and the battery life of this tool,it will also help you decide on future tool purchase's,just my 2 cents.
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Guys - I work as a maint tech for a chain of 100 groc stores. I use cordless tools every day , all day ! I origionally started with Makita, ventured to Porter-Cable, and then to Hitachi. I currently have 8 Hitachi tools - all are 18v Lithium Ion. There is no comparison. These are the best I have ever owned. Batteries last forever and recharge rapidly. A couple of my co-workers have the yellow/black stuff and they are constantly being repaired or replaced. I have about 10 batteries. I can even recharge as I travel from store to store.
Check out the "kits". You can get several tools, batteries , and chargers for $300-$400. A large savings over individual purchases.
Check out acmetools.com. They have an excellant selection of everything and are great to work with.
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