The miwaukee and makita are nice too just really stuck with dewalt for battery and charger compatability . The radios are usable and double as chargers except the new small one. Anybody try out the rigid drills yet, they say lifetime warranty has anybody had to use this yet?
Quite a few guys I work with have it and love it. We also have one on our truck at the power plant that we usedaily (too much effort to bring our own trucks and tools in daily). Batteries last quite a while and we use them daily, mainly the impact driver. Last battery charge was back in August and it just died today. With the ridgid's there's no slow down, the batteries just die. No big deal though. They charge quick. Even on the cold weather we've been having out here (15-25 wind chill), the drills ran like a champ even though they're rated down to 44 degrees.
Milwaukee is where it's at, dewalt ain't got jack on them. Dewalt used to be really good stuff, so did a lot of tools including milwaukee, but to me it seems like they've gone the way of black and decker, they just aren't "contractor grade" IMO.
I have owned both. I had the Milwaukee M12 for a year. Then I bought the DeWalt 12v. I sold the Milwaukee. The DeWalt was more powerful and had longer run time. And I liked the balance and feel of the DeWalt better. Most of our guys abuse their dewalts and have no problems with them. I'm not knocking Milwaukee, I just prefer DeWalt. It's just a preference thing kinda like the Ford and Chevy debate.
I have a Dewalt 12 volt lithium impact and drill that have been pretty faithful. I've had Milwaukee and the larger Dewalts. I really don't feel I need a larger set for service. My 12 volt lithium impact lasts for a surprisingly long time and has a lot of power. I keep an invertor in the truck where I keep my batteries charged. I've thought about going to the 20 volt, but then the size and convenience of the 12 volt lithium means it fits in my Veto LC bag (along with an extra battery if I choose)and fits in tight spaces the larger volt units won't. I have larger corded drills (Dewalt too) for heavier jobs.