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 Post subject: INSTALLER QUESTION
PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 8:23 am 

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I am looking to purchase a subcompact driver for around the home jobs. It should be lightweight and small enough to get to the hard to reach places. I am sure the Pros here have researched all the top brands and I wonder if you guys agree that there is a one driver that stands above all others? I have been looking @ 12v Milkwaukee 2401-22, Hitachi 12v, Makita and Bosch. I would like to know what you use and why? What you like and don't like about it? Thanks, jackiec


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 Post subject: Re: INSTALLER QUESTION
PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 11:30 am 
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Any of them made here in the USA? If so buy that one. I have the Bosch and I always forget I have the thing as it doesn't have a lot of torque for any real window or door work. The LED lights are handy. I love all of my Milwaukee tools and you can't wrong with them, they also usually cost the most next to Hilti.


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 Post subject: Re: INSTALLER QUESTION
PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 11:55 am 
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Delaware Mike wrote:
Any of them made here in the USA? If so buy that one. I have the Bosch and I always forget I have the thing as it doesn't have a lot of torque for any real window or door work. The LED lights are handy. I love all of my Milwaukee tools and you can't wrong with them, they also usually cost the most next to Hilti.


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Milwaukee or Hilti make some of the best stuff. My installer prefers Makita.


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 Post subject: Re: INSTALLER QUESTION
PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 1:50 pm 
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I'm a Makita fan as well. Just make sure to get the 3.0 ah batteries, as the 1.5 will die in exactly a year like clockwork.


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 Post subject: Re: INSTALLER QUESTION
PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:28 pm 

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One truck has Bosch.
One truck has Craftsman, which is almost as funny as seeing a tradesman with Ryobi.
Our circular saws, sawzall, and hammer drills are all Milaukee.


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 Post subject: Re: INSTALLER QUESTION
PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:52 pm 
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I am a Makita fan as well. Used them since cordless drills came out. I tried other brands over the years but Makita was always my favorite, especially the 18V Lithium like this one I bought about 7 years ago.
BTW, more Makita power tools are made in the USA than any other. They are a Japanese owned company though...
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Before that I used Yankee screwdrivers for my first 10 years of installing windows. They are the reason my lower arms looked like popeye's arms in my younger days. :wink:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAScEGXHnmA


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 Post subject: Re: INSTALLER QUESTION
PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:29 pm 

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I think the new Dewalts are pretty nice. I run Makita 18volt impacts with brushless motors and 3 speed, 1.5 amp batteries for lighter and ladder work 3 amp for bigger stuff and for when the 1.5er dies. Always liked Panasonic, but could not justify the cost over the Makita.The little Bosch drills are a little weak, batteries are dead the next day if left in the cold and don't hold a charge that long.For a sub-compact I think I would take the new Dewalt, then Makita or Milawakee and Bosch last.


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 Post subject: Re: INSTALLER QUESTION
PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:12 pm 
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Milwaukee's tool drop off is depressing. They used to be the stuff.


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