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Opinions/advice needed about Cordless drill

My beloved PC has died...and the dewalt is on the way. Got my eye on a Bosch 18V Li-ion rig that I can get quite reasonably with my mil discount and a coupon. I have no experience with Bosch cordless stuff, but I have had good times with the corded Bosch. Any one have any horror stories, or attaboys? The model I'm looking at is DDS 180-02.
Please, let's not turn this into a brand bash fest.

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That Bosch ought to serve you well. I'm a Makita guy because it's the first one I bought and had great service from it.

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My beloved PC has died...and the dewalt is on the way. Got my eye on a Bosch 18V Li-ion rig that I can get quite reasonably with my mil discount and a coupon. I have no experience with Bosch cordless stuff, but I have had good times with the corded Bosch. Any one have any horror stories, or attaboys? The model I'm looking at is DDS 180-02.
Please, let's not turn this into a brand bash fest.

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Check battery price and availability. Years ago I had a Bosch cordless drill. I liked it a lot but when it needed new batteries, they were hard to find and it was cheaper to junk the drill and buy a whole new kit.

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That Bosch ought to serve you well. I'm a Makita guy because it's the first one I bought and had great service from it.
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Batteries for the 18v LXT are about $100 a pop but they charge fast and last a good while.
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I have both and they both work great.
Bosch and Makita are both workhorses.
I personally like how the 'Kita "feels in my hand.

You won't go wrong with either one from my viewpoint....

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I have a bosh 12v that I use everyday at work. I love it. I was going to get the 18v version for home, but the new issue of wood mag. has a review of the latest drills. The Bosch does really good, however the makita for the same price is a better buy, more torque, quicker charging battery, and bigger chuck size.
I was going to go buy the Bosch, however this review has changed my mind.
About the only knock I can give to the makita is it is white....
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I don't have any of the newer Bosch's. I still have one of the original Bosch cordless 9.6V, that came out in the 80's. My usual is a PC 14.4 PC drill/hammer drill. Out of the two batteries, one died and had to replace it (about $65). My only complaint is that after hours of use, like mounting a lot of drawer hardware or hinges, it gets a bit tiring.

On a fluke, I was in Lowes a while back and they had some Skil's 14.4V LI drills for $45. I thought for that it may be worth a try. I've gotta say it's like half the weight and size of my PC, and doesn't lose a charge when not used.

Both the Skil and the PC, are more than adequate in their duties, and I doubt I would need to go to 18V, considering their weight and size. I've also got Milwaukee, and Makita that I don't use very much.






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I wouldn't go less than 18v. Have you looked at Hitachi? I have the set below and the tools are very durable and light weight. You can get a bigger size battery but that will add more weight. I find the standard batteries are great for 95% of my needs. If I am doing some power drilling/driving the bigger battery comes in handy.

http://bigskytool.com/Hitachi_KC18DH...)___i1585.aspx

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