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  1. #27
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    Makita and a clip on bag of chucks for self taps
    Dewalt XRP hammer drill for drilling
    Milwakee saw saw
    Dewalt band saw <---one of my favorites
    Milwakee snake camera
    Rotozip for cutting certain sized holes in ducts or wood (and some drywall)
    Dremal for those tough to reach items



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  2. #28
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    Quote Originally Posted by XcelTech View Post
    Makita and a clip on bag of chucks for self taps
    Dewalt XRP hammer drill for drilling
    Milwakee saw saw
    Dewalt band saw <---one of my favorites
    Milwakee snake camera
    Rotozip for cutting certain sized holes in ducts or wood (and some drywall)
    Dremal for those tough to reach items



    Sledge hammer for Monday morning!
    I have wondered if a rotozip would cut duct. Does it work good? Battery powered or 120v?

  3. #29
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    I had a 18v Milwaukee li-ion and it was junk imo. I had a older makita impact 14.4 ni-mh battery and that thing still works great. However i have the 20v dewalt li-ion now and i love it, been beat to hell on some installation jobs and still going strong

  4. #30
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    Quote Originally Posted by ga-hvac-tech View Post
    Milwaukee has a new drill out, called the 'fuel'. They advertise the new motor is brushless and battery life is lots longer due to more efficient motor. From the little I have read, it appears the motor may be a variation of an ECM design... anyone know anything about this?
    im a milwaukee fan. im going to have to try this one out.

  5. #31
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    I had a Milwaukee drill impact set and have no complaints. But Ridgid all the way now. Great tools at a great price and if you register them you get a lifetime warranty on them. Heck I had 4 2-3 year old 18 volt lithium batteries that I didn't register and they still swapped them out for new ones at Home Depot. If there is a tool rental at the Home depot they should have the battery swap program there. Sometimes you have to talk to a manager because not many employees know about the battery swap deal


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  6. #32
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    M 12 for me too.....I have the impact,mini sawzall,right angle drill and the pro pex expander. I'm looking to buy the mini band saw next.

    I have a Milwaukee hole shooter drill that I bought in 1986 and it is still in use. All my heavy duty tools are Milwaukee. I am retiring my dewault stuff as soon as the last battery quits.
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  7. #33
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    M12 for light duty (panel removal and maintenace) and M18 for heavy duty installation/Repair (sawzall/hackzall and circular saw use). I have the M12 Impact driver and a Hammer drill driver. The hammer drill is quite powerful for a 12 volt. It is pretty impressive compared to other 12v i've had like Bosch which is currently retired to the basement.

  8. #34
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    Quote Originally Posted by socotech View Post
    I have wondered if a rotozip would cut duct. Does it work good? Battery powered or 120v?
    I took my 120v roto zip and installed a 1/4" chuck in it and bought some 10,000 rpm+ blades. I used it to cut some duct in a wall to install some 16 gage sleeved fire dampers. It was damn dangerous due to the fact that my roto zip had a slide switch on it and the damn thing stayed on when I lost my grip on it. I would never use it again unless I absolutely have to cut some metal in an impossible location.I'm lucky I didnt lose a finger.

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  9. #35
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    I bought my makita 18v combo and fell in love with it. I used and abused the impact for roughly a year and it held up very well. It was was dropped off 6 foot latters , left on condensors in the rain and snow, and took a couple 10-15 foot falls and still worked awesome. The batteries charge very fast too. The drill on the other hand was only used for spotters so i cant really comment. The case/ bag is also super convenient. After both batteries died recently I went to the dewalt 20v max combo. I couldn't justify spending $140 on batteries when i bought the makita combo new for $200. The impact is much more powerful and the batteries seem to hold a better charge after sitting in the truck over the weekend in the cold. The dewalt does have more of a plastic/cheaper feel to it all the way around tho( both drills and charger). Ive only had the dewalt about a month now (and it is growing on me) but If I had to do it again I would have gotten another makita combo...

  10. #36
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    I'm very happy with the milwaukee M12 tools.

    I have the impact and just bought a 3/8 chuck drill.

    They work quite well, in my opinion and fit nicely in my Veto bag.
    X2 though I only have the impact.

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