Cordless Power Tools

Looking at upgrading my RyobiOne gear. The hammer drill is great but the angle grinder & recip saw are weak and give me the *(%#^s. This is prompted as a I to get a cordless fan for camping but don't want to get RyobiOne because of the above (mainly the grinder).

Looking at Milwaukee or Makita. Sounds like Milwaukee might be the more powerfull grinder and a bit heavier duty but also more likely to break, need warranty.

Any tips for choosing? Will be for home handyman work.

 

 

 

 


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battery tools

Fri, 2020-02-14 10:33

 I have Makita drill, ratched gun, angle grinder, reciprocating saw, circular saw and they are pretty good.  I also have ALDI 20v battery drill and it is very good.  A mate has a shed full of Milwakee, DeWalt and Bosch... and has started to move to Aldi coz of the 5 yr uncondtional warranty and cheaper batteries. He swears that the Aldi ratchet gun is as good as any of the expensive brands and under $100.oo

 

I m not sure if they do grinders etc though.

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 In my trade use will not go

Fri, 2020-02-14 10:53

 In my trade use will not go past Makita cordless drills they are the best, for grinders only ever buy Metabo. Not sure about the American brands but for the use you're looking for probably be ok. Ryobi are shite imo

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 All my stuff is Milwaukee.

Fri, 2020-02-14 10:58

 All my stuff is Milwaukee. Had a good run out of them generally but have managed to burn out one grinder but it was an early model 18v cordless and has done a lot of heavy work. 
 

 

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School

Fri, 2020-02-14 13:08

For what's it worth, I run all things Makita at school. School students are a good test for power tool durability, they have a unique ability to thrash the equipment. Poorer quality stuff doesn't last long. Our current Makita 18V Cordless drills are still going strong in their sixth year.

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Makita batteries?

Fri, 2020-02-14 13:39

 @ Big John,

how do Makita batteries last for you?  I have been really dissapointed in the number of failures I have had in 5 years....  4! and mine is only home-handyman use.  I wish I could get an adapter to use ALDI batteries!!

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 Ive been running 4amp makita

Fri, 2020-02-14 14:30

 Ive been running 4amp makita batteries for 4 years full time till last year, now part time and each battery would go through 3 charge cyces a day from using a planer and drills and drivers etc. Batteries are still fine. Ive upgraded to 5 amp now and the 4s run my radio and blower/vac still as good as the day i bought em. My kit consists of 8 batteries and a duel port charger all my tools are cordless and wouldn't dream change from makita.

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Batteries

Fri, 2020-02-14 17:10

Batteries have been fine, sounds like others have had issues though. I've got a heap of spares though, so there's always fresh ones on the chargers.

All the blue tradie range, not the cheaper grey ones.

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Shame on you Andy!

Fri, 2020-02-14 13:54

The green brand of cordless tools is currently making a very, very nice looking mothership for next years fishing trip ( if you behave yourself.... :) . Gnaraloo is out for me btw, I'm due back at the grind the day you roll into town.

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 Ha ha You know me mate, I'm

Fri, 2020-02-14 14:00

 Ha ha You know me mate, I'm a good boy 

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I use Hitachi drill ,

Fri, 2020-02-14 13:54

I use Hitachi drill , hammerdrill , impact driver and grinder , can't fault them

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yep Hitachi cordless 18v

Fri, 2020-02-14 14:15

for me with 3 cars worth. 

power: 2 speed Metabo(dimond core drilling) and metabo vacs that the drill plugs into.

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yep

Fri, 2020-02-14 14:22

double post!

 

Having said that Milwaukee seem quiet good and their new batteries are light.

Makita have a cheapy range and a trade range so dont be fooled..

forget about aldi shit and I dont rate bosch.

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 Makita all the way! Ive

Fri, 2020-02-14 14:34

 Makita all the way! Ive burnt out 2 planers but not through fault of makita, just smashing 3mm off at a time all day long is a power tools job not battery tool. But i found the clutch on the dewalt drivers to be too strong and the Milwaukee gear is too bulky and heavy.

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Fri, 2020-02-14 14:41

 Hard to fault gmc. Practically indestructable.

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 Im a chippy flogging tools

Fri, 2020-02-14 15:24

 Im a chippy flogging tools day in day out.Running hitachi/hikoki alongside milwaukee and makita.Lots of different skins Drills,impacts,saws,jigsaws,grinders,rotary hammers,planers etc

Hitachi/hikoki has held up the best out of the 3 brands with the batteries especially lasting alot longer.

They now have a 6 year warranty so its what i buy in any new stuff as its a no brainer.

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 makita has the worst

Fri, 2020-02-14 15:52

 makita has the worst chargers and batteries of any of the known brands - but lots of tools/skins

i dont touch em and wont let any friend buy them- they always soft on the warranty as well burned 4 grinders out in 2 years at work -and not on heavy work- the blue tradie models- not the bunnings cheapies

plenty of info about batteries on the net about them -none good

 

milwaukee have a good range of skins and apparently stand behind their product

 

m8 was working at a tool store said to me hitachi never comes back under warranty

i bought hitachi( now called  hikoki ) 14 years ago those tools and batteries are still going strong 

got some new ones -brushless about 5 years ago -their only issue is they dont have some of the skin s the competition offers eg grease guns etc

a m8 in the trade buys ozito from bunnings -and take em back every 12months as they dont ask questions- but they are gutless- i couldnt do it either 

the yanks swear by de walt

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 Seems a few different

Fri, 2020-02-14 22:46

 Seems a few different experiences , as I mentioned I won't go past the Makita drills and they cop a hammering from me drilling stainless etc under pressure and have never had a failure. Batteries are good and last well, can't vouch for the grinders as once again I only use Metabo and as I'm a boily they cop a flogging too but with respect, I don't abuse my tools as they're expensive. 

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 Run a lot of Makita gear

Sat, 2020-02-15 07:21

 Run a lot of Makita gear including 36 volt compound saw and the only thing that shits me is the chucks on the drills. Have had no issue with batteries and most of my 4 amp ones are 8-10 years old

Use 2 of the dual chargers for about 15 batteries

Buy the 125mm angle grinder not the 115mm model heaps better and takes a pounding.

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 Yeah I only ever use the

Sat, 2020-02-15 07:34

 Yeah I only ever use the 125mm 

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 Yep drill chucks are a let

Sat, 2020-02-15 18:26

 Yep drill chucks are a let down

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  Crank it up tight on the

Sat, 2020-02-15 18:40

  Crank it up tight on the ratchet then back it off one click.Thank me later.

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Ratchet? Last i heard the

Sun, 2020-02-16 13:57

Ratchet? Last i heard the ratchet on my chucks was when i pulled it out the box. Tiny bit of moisture kills them real fast too. Biggest downfall in the drills i must say. 

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 2 off makitas dearer drills

Sun, 2020-02-16 17:55

 2 off makitas dearer drills and both chucks have been shit from get go... 1 replaced under warranty and still shit. but that is my only complaint about their products. I have about 20 of their products.

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 Metabo all the way.Some

Sat, 2020-02-15 15:55

 Metabo all the way.

Some milwaukee gear lasts but I've had too many issues with the m18 grinders and rattle guns to buy it for myself. 

I'm at a Rio tinto site in the toolstore so I see plenty of milwaukee gear.. 

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 Hilti smash them all..  22v

Sat, 2020-02-15 19:13

 Hilti smash them all..  22v and big amp h and quality tools with excellent customer service but you pay for it ..for diy handiman id go either makita Milwaukee or metabo they all are similar and will last years 

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Interesting fact

Sun, 2020-02-16 11:52

My brother took a bloke through a China battery facility the other week. Aparrantly this bloke owns or controls a company who own Ryobi, AEG and Milwalkee. Pretty big control of the power tool market in one company..

In the next year or two, battery technology is changing. All the new batteries will be able to charge to 80% in 5 minutes with very high amperage charging with no ill affect on the battery.

This will firstly have a huge impact on the automotive industry and will flow down to consumer electronics, tools and other areas over the next 2-3 years..

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