Anyone know any review sites – sort of Bikeradar for power tools?
Also any suggestions for Hitachi or Makita cordless combi drill/drivers? My Hitachi batteries have given up, and ridiculously it looks like it is cheaper to buy a new drill than two new batteries.Posted 9 years agosnapsMember
http://www.reviewcentre.com/consumer_reviews27.htmlPosted 9 years ago
Or use a company called Re-cell to fit new better batteries inside your knackered packs.AnthonyMember
The new Makita LXT Li-ion kit is great. Ebay should get you a 2 battery kit for about £200.
Screwfix were offering the Makita NiMh 3 battery combi drill for £79.99 which is an absolute bargain for frequent DIY USE. They also have the new Hitachi Li-ion kits going fairly cheap.Posted 9 years ago
I’ve been really disappointed with recent dewalt stuff, I find it heavy and clumsy to use, and you can get stung with non-EU market mexican made guff if you buy online. Only worth considering if you have small hands, as the battery design allows for a smaller grip.
Makita and Bosch stuff has always been good value for me, even the cheaper green bosch stuff.
With the newer Li-ion batteries on the scene the older technology Ni-Cad and Ni-Mh stuff is very well priced at the moment with either higher amp/hr batteries or more batteries then you would have got in the past.
I generally lean toward Makita stuff, maybe its just what I’m used to but I find their stuff quite controllable, certainly more so than Dewalt. Screwfix’s own brand "Site" tools might be worth a look – made by Makita, seemingly with their older technology and very keanly priced just now. If you’re not using drill drivers an awful lot they might be worth a look.Posted 9 years agoskiMember
Just replaced my last dead cordless drill (DEWALT) for the 18v Makita on offer here:
Battery charges in 20 min and has lasts me all day, with the DEWALT it would want a boost at lunch time!
S*** loads of torque for a cordless as well, my mains powered drill never makes it to the van any more!
Not the cheapest bit of kit though.Posted 9 years agoCaptainMainwaringMember
Thanks everyone. Top advice as usual. Think I will go for that Makita ski. Bit nervous about only having one battery, but 3.0ah is dead good, and as its Li-Ion I am not so worried about frequent recharging knackering it too quickly
As a slight aside, I could replace my old Hitachi 2.0ah battery for £70. How stupid is that when you can get a complete new Hitachi drill with 3 x 1.4ah batteries for £117?
Agree with the De Walt comments – wouldn’t touch them with a bargepole. Elu routers were great though before they and De Walt got taken over by B+DPosted 9 years ago
Dewalt has been part of Black and Decker since 1960. People seem to assume that Dewalt is/was a german brand. Mr Dewalt, inventor of the Radial Arm Saw (or the Wonder Worker as he called it) started his company in Pennsylvania back in the 1920’s. B&D bought Elu in the 90s and applied Dewalt branding to some of their lines.Posted 9 years ago
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