- Choosing a power tool brand (bare tools/battery)
I’ve got a random assortment of mains power tools and the odd battery powered tool, all the battery tools are worn out, so looking to buy new kit.
The only tool I want to buy right now is a decent impact wrench (variable torque, 1/2″, at least 600nm) that will cope with my 3.5t van, working with axle stands and ramps, the clearance is often too restrictive to use a big breaker bar. But in future I’m likely to want to replace my mains tools as they die, and I seem to spend more time coaxing my petrol mower to run that I do cutting grass so it would be good if they have a battery mower in the range too.
I’m struggling to even choose the impact wrench as there are so many choices without even looking at the rest of the tool range, if anyone has any recommendations that would be great 🙂 I do all my own servicing so would lean towards quality over price, within reason. Variable battery sizes of the same voltage would be great so I can use them interchangeably but have a lighter option for stuff like a drill driver.Posted 1 month agoslackaliceSubscriber
To be honest, any of the main/big brands will be absolutely spot on for you, just don’t go for the ‘specials’ often paraded on the Screwfix and home diy stores posters, those tools are cheap because they are built to a price, plastic gearboxes, sub par chucks, triggers etc.
So as above, LXT from Makita, DeWalt, Milwaukee, yadda yadda, they’re all much of a muchness. What will possibly be more important for you will be how they feel and balance in your hand and for that find yourself a good local tool supplier or a mate in a trade.
Personally, it depends upon the tool as to which brand I go for, which is a bit of a pain as far as batteries and chargers go but that’s my circus! 😉Posted 1 month agoThe Flying OxMember
Makita LXT here as well. Started off with just the drill a few years ago for home DIY stuff then added more when I retrained as a heating engineer/plumber. I think I’m only a jigsaw and an impact wrench away from being able to do any conceivable job now. Their stuff is nice and light and compact, and there are often some crazy deals on Amazon/eBay.Posted 1 month agodbSubscriber
Bosch pro for me, got a little Mikita 10v driver as well which is nice but I used to get a discount on the Bosch stuff and it seem to last and take abuse well so built up a collection.Posted 1 month agoNorthwindSubscriber
I went Makita 18v And Their Knockoff Friends, basically because I got a killer deal on a drill, charger and battery, and simultaneously found a “compatible with makita” grinder and battery for peanuts on aliexpress. Added some other stuff- a fan, portable light, cordless vacuum. (oh my god, the cordless vacuum- I’ve had rechargable dustbusters and they’re crap tbh, this thing is a weapon, I love it)
Still haven’t got the impact wrench that I was really looking for, because I have a cheap silverline impact that actually does the job pretty well. I’ll upgrade when it dies. But I added another cheap “compatible with” ie knockoff brushless impact, which doesn’t have half the power it should but is still pretty convenient to have as it’s small and light.
And I’ll add a strimmer or brushcutter next spring I think for stealthier trail clearance- got a 2 stroke one just now but it’s a bit <obvious>
Only downer I’ve found really is that they don’t do a power ratchet, those are really useful. Ryobi and Milwaukee both do. I think if it wasn’t for those good deals I’d have gone Ryobi tbh but I’m still pretty happy.
(I discounted bosch, I know the blue stuff is a different quality level but every green bosch tool I had let me down- failed batteries, failed chargers- and they made every warranty claim a pain)Posted 1 month agosparksmcguffSubscriber
Anyway, to answer the ops question. Makita are decent and even the 6Ah batteries are well priced. My first Makita drill has finally broken after 7 years use – lots of use, commercial maintenance type environment. All batteries still in use and working. Everything from 1.5 to 6Ah and a full range of tools.Posted 1 month agoDT78Member
Makita lxt here, its great – I have quite a few of their tools and used a lot for the house renovation.
Only problems I’ve had – impact driver got a bit stuck in the chuck, ended up taking it apart to see if I could release it (its really well made inside). couldn’t release, in desperation smacked the chuck and bit really had with a hammer and it finally released (I was prepared to buy replacement)
Oh and that vac, can’t cope with brick dust, mine packed up after about 3 days of clearing up after chasing. Possibly I was asking too much of it. The only Makita tool to have died on me. I now have a henry (well, a james actually)
Only thing the LXT range doesn’t seem to have is a mini-circular saw for small trim work – or my googlefu is poor. I’ve seen one on the smaller CXT range, but don’t really want to have to buy new batteries and chargers just for that.
Another thing, whilst the 5a batteries are great they are heavy, though not by much more than the 3s. For most drill/driver/jigsaw jobs I have a small 1.5a which makes them much easier to use on the wristPosted 1 month agoVaderMember
Interesting thread this
We are using makita 18v lxt stuff at work, it’s a filthy wet trade in all weathers and it is holding up well. Basically using combi drills and blowers. Battery life and recharge times are superb. We do a lot of wet mixing with a giant whisk and combi drill, heavy work with viscous liquids but no bother at all.
On a busy site all the joiners are using Dewalt kit, in fact it seems to be exclusively dewalt this year. Can’t remember anyone else with makita or owt else for yonks. The other day a lad set up a dewalt cross cut, ran off two 18v batteries. Was impressed.
We have a couple of massive dewalt hammer drills, big beasts for gunning of render. 110v. But man what a pain setting up transformers and reels.Posted 1 month agobenjamins11Member
I’ve got dewalt for impact and combi+ multi tool, really good kit. I’m just a diy’er though and I do find for a lot of things I don’t need to spend dewalt money for stuff I’m not using regularly. I find einhell stuff is a good compromise between cost and performance for things I’m not using that often. You can use their batteries in all their tools including lawnmowers too.Posted 1 month ago
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