Re: New cordless system: Milwaukee, Makita, or DeWalt?
I agree, you do not want 10 different battery styles and chargers fighting for outlet space in the shop, on the job, or for room in your truck. Pick one brand and battery size and stick with it.
Originally Posted by MLB Construction
On the note of cordless jigsaw, don't bother. I've got a DeWalt 18v, and just like the DeWalt reciprocating saw, it's not worth the time or investment, get yourself a good corded model. Battery life just isn't that good with these items, especially the harder you run it. The jigsaw, IMHO, it a pain to use and isn't all that accurate.
Something else to keep in mind with all tools is how much you're going to be using it. For the typical handy homeowner, battery tools really aren't worth the investment, sure they're nice, but if you don't use them almost daily, the batteries just aren't going to last.
As for a brand, I've always really liked my DeWalt 18v stuff and never had any problems with them. I started out with a Makita 7.2v set and loved it too, in the days before I became serious about the trade and needed more power.
If I were to do it all over again I'd probably go with Milwaukee. Their Hole Shooter drill and Sawzall are unstoppable and well built. I've used their 18v cordless stuff and to be honest, you wouldn't know much difference from their corded tools.
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