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Old 06-30-2018, 04:17 PM   #1
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Need a suggestion to replace my drill (battery operated)

What is out there that is small; reasonable in price; charges quickly; has at least two set speeds ( not a variable speed that you cannot every control properly); a hand-tightened chuck...and will last?

The story of my loss is below if anyone cares why I need a new drill.
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I've had lots of drills over many years. About 9 or 10 years ago, I bought an A123 battery operated Black and Decker VPX 7 volt drill. In fact, I bought two of them. Now, I wish I had bought four or more.

As you probably know, the entire A!23 battery company went out of business and the remains were sold to the Chinese.

IMHO, the A123 batteries, while low in power, were great for my needs. They charged in an hour or less. The drill itself was small, lightweight and had plenty of power for my around-the-house/garage/boat usage.

Anyhow, the last of the two drills died today. I am hoping to resurrect one good one from the two defunct relics, but I have to be a realist.
Thanks for any help or suggestions.
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Old 06-30-2018, 09:38 PM   #2
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My Kobalt (18v lithium) from Lowe's has lasted 3 years so far, good drill for about $100
Came with 2 batteries and a charger. Battery will charge before I wear out the one I'm using.
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Old 06-30-2018, 09:47 PM   #3
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They all do the same thing. The batteries are what dies and are stupid expensive.
Rigid has a lifetime warranty including the batteries. You set up online. Very easy to do.
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I've had about half a dozen over the years and Makita is by far the best I've owned. Most any drill you buy will outlast many sets of batteries, so it''s always the question of whether to replace the batteries or the whole drill kit. Based on my experience, Ridgid's "lifetime" warranty is worthless, as is their customer service.
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Old 07-01-2018, 10:45 AM   #5
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Bought my 12v Makita in '96 ... I'm on the 4th battery and 2nd trigger switch ... charges in about 45 min ...

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Old 07-01-2018, 02:13 PM   #6
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Thanks for all of the suggestions.

Search is over. Went to Lowes. Found a Bosch deal. $99.00 for BOTH a 12-volt, Two speed (very important to me); TWO batteries (also important to me); Charger, and a 12-volt DRILL and a 12 Volt DRIVER, plus carrying case.

Two tools; two batteries; good name... I couldn't find anything better than that.

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I have a Bosch orbital sander that has a gazillion hours on it, and it's still going strong. I'll buy another just like it if it ever quits

I'm sure you'll be happy.
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Old 07-05-2018, 06:38 PM   #8
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Milwaukee for the win.. Or Dewalt.
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Makita #1, Bosch & Milwaukee tied #2, the rest are either also-rans or no experience, IMHO
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You will love having the driver. I have the same set in Milwaukee and love it. Get the adapters that go from the driver hex to 3/8" and 1/4" sockets for lag bolts and everything else. like these:
https://www.amazon.com/SE-7503SD-3-P...socket+adapter
You'll be glad you did.

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