Gee, no answers...... :-(
My advice is to goto your big box store of choice and check out the
"systems". It's not a good deal to buy just a cordless driver, you
get more bang for the buck when you buy the kit. Also, you'll be
using the cordless impact driver to drive the deck screws &
lags. using the small driver makes the 18V battery (almost! :-)
bearable for the whole day of driving. WHy 18V? Seems that's the
intro "pro" battery size....
I still have my 14.4V DeWalt kit and love the heck out of it. I
don't really miss 18V power with it, if I need that extra grunt, I
grab the corded tool (trim saw's a little weak after a while). Rigid
offers (offered) free batteries for the life of the tool or something
like that; if you go through batteries, that might be
attractive. Milwaukee, DeWalt, Makita are still the big 3. Metabo
is really nice but $$$. if I were to upgrade, I think I'd get
whichever system came with the best cordless impact (my most used
tool), the nicest charger and a nice gatemouth bag. They're all
pretty fungible to me (buy maybe not to you).
You will also probably want a small mini cordless non-impact driver -
Bosch makes a real nice one of those. Which reminds me, Tool of the
Trade did a review not too long ago - should be on their website....
At 6/13/2009 at 20:47, Shakespearean monkeys danced on David
Scheidt's keyboard and said:
>What's the current opinion on cordless drills? I need to rebuild a
>deck. My ancient makita is on its last legs, even if the battery
>packs weren't dying.
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