My brother’s been using Ryobi for a while, and his kit takes an absolute kicking (spends a lot of time being loaned to enthusiastic amateurs). At the end of the day anything can fail to be fair but yep it’d freak me out.
I’d go Makita because I’m a terrible snob.Posted 4 years agotymbianMember
I’ve been in construction for 25+ years and have never had a Makita drill/ driver. Cheap tat as fsar asI’m concerned. Mate had one of the Screwfix specials £99 with 2 batteries ( not lithium ) took it back every couple of months as batteries were shot. I’ve had a Dewalt 18v ni Cad for 10 years of hard proffesional use paired up with a Hitachi 14v impact driver. Both died last November and i’ve replaced with a Milwaukee 18v Lithium Ion which seems to be holding up well. It has 51Nm of torque. My soon to be next purchase will be this Hitachi DV18DSDL with 2 4Ah bats & 92Nm of torque.
If its just a drill your after This is fantastic.Posted 4 years agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
So I bought a new drill to replace the much (ab)used one that finally died.Posted 4 years ago
There was a Ryobi One+ 18v on sale nice n cheap.
Brought it home, plugged battery into charge.
Cue an exciting entry to the kitchen by middle son – who found the charger emitting clouds of smoke, some small flames and a nice ‘sizzling’ sound 😯
So, what drill and all that for a reasonable cost…on and onSubscriber
aren’t there questions over new Dewalt stuff being unreliable?
Funny you mention this.
yesterday I happened to be in a large national DIY store ready to buy the 18v lithium version Dewalt .
One of the staff came up to me and quietly said – don’t, we’ve had loads back from this batch.Posted 4 years ago
so i didn’tgavtheoldskaterMember
local b&q have a display of ryobi, hitachi, makita and dewalt that you can try. all about 100quid. absolutely hands down the dewalt one feels the best, in terms of ergonomics/balance and trigger action/control.
btw, i had a ryobi that melted a battery whilst charging.Posted 4 years ago
Someone put me off buying this:
Very close to buying it when I’m sure something else would doPosted 4 years agostumpyjonSubscriber
For £100 you’re not going to get a top notch drill, or more correctly top notch batteries. I’d steer well clear of the £99 Makitas, they’re general NiCd batteries and not good value for money. A £99 Ryobi with a 1.4ah LI-ion battery is better value. I’ve two Ryobi drills and an angle grinder, they’re fine. 1.4ah battery is a bit weak but you can also buy a 2.4 ah battery and recently they’ve released a 4ah monster battery.
I’ve also got an extremely good Hitachi with 3.6ah 18V batteries but that was £300 quid.
Edit rwc03, looks a good deal for an 18V 3.0ah LI-ion battery
All depends on how much you intend to use it.Posted 4 years ago
£230 on Amazon, sounds great with 92(!) Nm of Torque but way off budget for me.
Looks like £200ish for a metal chuckPosted 4 years agoFlaperonSubscriber
I picked up a Makita from ScrewFix last year with a Li-Ion battery and about a millions bits.
Very pleased with it indeed. The charger is an ultra-fast one that pours so much juice into the battery it needs a fan to keep it cool, and it plays the Fur Elise when it’s finished charging. I mean, sign of class or what?Posted 4 years agotomtomthepiperssonSubscriber
Have a cheap Makita Screwfix special. It’s not been well looked after (had a fair bit of use, left out in the rain, dropped off ladders etc) but it’s still going strong.
Had a problem with the chuck but it was quickly sorted out under warranty (collected and returned, free of charge in about 48 hours).Posted 4 years ago
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