Best Cordless Drill

October 20, 2009

New Yankee Workshop to air no more

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — bestcordlessdrill @ 1:02 am

Just found this out from Tool Monger, and it’s sad, but the PBS show New Yankee Workshop is coming to an end after 21 years on the air.  Thanks for all of the good times.

October 19, 2009

24v cordless drill

Filed under: Cordless Drills — Tags: , — bestcordlessdrill @ 2:54 am

I’ve always thought the 24v cordless drill was an odd creation.  An 18v drill will cover most of your use cases.  You can drill holes and tighten screws all day with an 18v drill.  And the 18v drills are the right size for using a drill all day: big enough to have the power and not so big that it wears you out.

The biggest reason to move up to a 24v cordless drill is for more power.  And you can certainly get more power when you have 24 volts to work with.  And there are certainly cases when you need more power than most 18 volt drills will provide, like drilling through concrete and brick.  But the main reason people use a cordless drill rather than a corded one is the convenience of not being tied to an outlet.  If you need lots of power, people have always went with the corded drill.  It’s no longer convenient to have a cordless drill after it gets over a certain size and 24v drills seemed to always be in that no man’s land of too big to be convenient and not powerful enough for how big they are.

But technology tends to change things.  As we pack more power into batteries, we can go towards less weight and size and more power at the same time.  And that’s what Milwaukee has done with the 0724-24.  It’s a 28 volt drill but it certainly belongs in 24 volt “category.”  It won the 24v cordless drill category at bestcordlessdrill.net.  It has the power to justify being a real hammer drill, but it’s not so big and weighty that you don’t want to carry it around with you.

October 17, 2009

How do you like Makita?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — bestcordlessdrill @ 4:34 pm

Some people love them. Some people hate them. It seems that everyone has their favorite drill manufacturer and just like football they seem to have a rivalry with the others. As a blogger I try hard to be impartial. So my official line is that I don’t like them or hate them. I just evaluate their drills.

What’s your opinion?

October 7, 2009

Panasonic on Lithium?

Filed under: Cordless Drills — bestcordlessdrill @ 12:09 am

I love Panasonic drills, but when are they going put their drills on the power of lithium-ion batteries?  I know you can get similar performance from a NiMH battery, but lithium-ion is obviously the future.  Since everyone else has moved over, it seems like Panasonic is living in the past.

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