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  1. #14
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    I'm in the same boat my Makita lithium impact driver has taken a beating and still going. But it's only a matter of time before it dies... I think I'm going with the new 3 speed brushless impact driver next. Hoping Santa brings it this Christmas.


    http://toolguyd.com/makita-lxdt06-br...impact-driver/

  2. #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dchappa21 View Post
    I'm in the same boat my Makita lithium impact driver has taken a beating and still going. But it's only a matter of time before it dies... I think I'm going with the new 3 speed brushless impact driver next. Hoping Santa brings it this Christmas.


    http://toolguyd.com/makita-lxdt06-br...impact-driver/
    I was looking at this site before and is it me or is this battery looking a bit fat? I ended up going with a dewalt 20v 3 speed brushless. It will get plenty of workouts this week so ill give some feedback

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  3. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by hvac wiz 79 View Post
    I was looking at this site before and is it me or is this battery looking a bit fat? I ended up going with a dewalt 20v 3 speed brushless. It will get plenty of workouts this week so ill give some feedback

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    It's the same 3 amp hour batteries I believe.... That dewalt brushless looks very nice too, sure you will be happy with it.

  4. #17
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    There's a lot of good impacts out there now. Hard to go wrong. I'm hooked on Makita, but for no real reason other than they haven't let me down to go shopping anywhere else.

    If you already have batteries and chargers for Makita stuff, I'd be hard pressed to not stick with it. I LOVE finally having all my tools one brand so I can swap batteries between everything as well as have a couple chargers going if needed.

  5. #18
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    <---makita 18v impact and driver. has 2 batteries and 15minute charger. it isn't the brushless one. i've had it since may and i love it.

  6. #19
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    Gravity is that the Black and white combo set that they offer?
    I worked with a guy that used it and man it charged fast and lasted long. I am glad to see all this good feed back from Makita products.

    I wanna buy the 9 piece Makita cordless Toolset
    http://www.globalindustrial.ca/p/too...9-pc-combo-kit

  7. #20
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    I suggest the drill you buy have compatible batteries to run other cordless tools that are available from what ever manufactuer you desire. I have a M12V Milwaukee Impact and hammer drill combo with the larger 12V batteries for longer run time and more torque and i love them for doing service They save me a great amount of time when disassmebling units. I keep a assortment of bit/drivers in my tool bag and this really prevents me from having to make many trips back to my truck to get another tool.

    I also have Milwaukee M18 Fuel lithion Battery Drill/driver, Small circular saw wood and metal cutting blades, Wet Vacuum (great time saver, tremendous power, compact and well made), and another useful tool is the Hackzall. I find this useful when having to cut off motor shafts that are seized in blower wheels or other types of cutting thats needed to be donw in tight areas. I have about (5) M18 Batteries that keep their charge very well.

    I also have a Go-power sign wave inverter to charge my batteries and other devices when needed. If you plan on using/buying other cordless tools now or in the future make sure the manufacturer of the cordless drill you aquire makes other tools that you may want. It always sucks having different size and brand batteries for all of your cordless power needs. I have the peace of mind knowing that i will have at least a few batteries that have a full charge.

  8. #21
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    Hey OldSchool.....It's the black and white one. Came with a green carry case(lunchbox). Yup they charge in 15 minutes and they do last long.

  9. #22
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    I love my brushless makita impact extremely powerful and last and last and the trigger allows for precise control

    i believe milwaukee also has a brushless impact now
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  10. #23
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    I'm certain it isn't just the fact my drill is a "dewalt" that it has serious balls compared to my makita. But wow at the difference in power. I'm able to zip screws through metals with no effort. I was waiting all week to encounter a panel with gigantic screw holes in which my 12x3/4 screws wouldn't bite. Friday night a had a bunch of carrier rtus with panels on the roof finally! I zipped new screws up and down those panels with no effort. I like the 3 speeds and this battery better last. I'm getting mixed reviews on charging technique. Some say run it till its dead, others say try to maintain full charge at all times. What do you guys do typically?

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  11. #24
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    Makita is the best I've used. Impact is the best tool. Use it for almost everything.

  12. #25
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    Milwaukee 18 volt lithium all the way, all I use, I have dropped drill from ladders and its been in water while performing cleanings on units. Light enough for service work and strong enough for installs.http://www.toolbarn.com/milwaukee-2601-22.html

  13. #26
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    Quote Originally Posted by hvac wiz 79 View Post
    I'm getting mixed reviews on charging technique. Some say run it till its dead, others say try to maintain full charge at all times. What do you guys do typically?

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    I always run them dead so you dont waste a cycle half charging. The batts are rated for so many cycles/charges. If you charge your batts after draining halfway everytime. You would only get half the life out of them. Could be wrong though. Lol

    3pt - sent this from his DUMB-PHONE

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