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New Cordless Combi Drill

Discussion in 'Tools and Materials' started by Belle427, 23 Dec 2018.

  1. Belle427

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    Time for a new 18 volt drill for my father, used for Diy tasks and general car maintenance/repairs.
    Ive seen both Hitachi and Dewalt at Toolstation, and im guessing they will be comparable at this price point.
    Budget is £150, 2 batteries and metal chuck preferred.
    Ive also used the brushless Erbauer from screwfix which to be fair feels quite nice and light in the hand for the price.
    Anyone used Hitachi tools and been happy with them, any comments on the 2 below is much appreciated.

    https://www.toolstation.com/dewalt-dcd796d2-gb-18v-xr-li-ion-cordless-brushless-combi-drill/p30986

    https://www.toolstation.com/hitachi-dv18dbfl2-18v-li-ion-cordless-brushless-combi-drill/p63686
     
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    I have used dewalt makita or bosch blue and found them generally good for quality and longevity, a lot of tradesman do use erbauer hitachi etc though, so ok for general diy use, but less robust and reliable,
    I would say, in the long term.

    Blup
     
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    hikoki is now the name for hitachi
    any way the point is if you are thinking off extending the range dewalt have a large extensive range to go with the same batteries where as hitachi is a bit more restricted but has better capacity batteries
     
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  4. I'd probably go the way of Hitachi myself as the you get the 3ah slims rather than the 2ah DeWalt. DW do have a more extensive 18v range but most of which isn't really DIY oriented.

    They're both solid options but for me the Hitachi/HiKoki just edges it. Both offer 70nm max torque so you aren't getting any more peeformperf but a drill with 3ah batteries will slightly perform better as the cells are capable of delivering a higher amperage.
     
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    The trade brands are DW, Makita, Bosch blue, yes, but Hitachi/Hikoki is also up there together with Metabo and Milwaukee. Erbauer is more a DIY brand. Easy enough to understand this - Google "spares for Erbauer" and see how little there is available. Trade tools always have spares backup.

    Never had Hitachi/Hikoki battery stuff (although the cordless air over pinners and nailers look really interesting), but I have had/used some of their corded stuff over the years - rip saws, angle grinders, planers and routers - and they were well up to the standards of, say, Makita
     
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    I'm just going to Ryobi out there for DIY/light trade use
     
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    I use some Ryobi kit myself and i find it very good so it’s a contender too.
    Probably worth waiting to see if any discounts are applied over the Xmas period but the Hitachi looks a good buy.
    Thanks all.
     
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    i used to shout the praises off ryobi as "diy light to medium trade" at 40% the cost off big boys toys
    but in recent years they have so upped there game quality and price wise that this no longer applies indeed when it comes to batteries you can get dewalt at £40-45 for a 4ah battery or £50-60 for a 5ah with ryobi you struggle to get near those prices
    ryobi direct doing 12% off at the min
    https://www.direct-powertools.co.uk/

    this is best way to get a brushless ryobi hammer drill and 2 5ah batteries
    https://www.diy.com/departments/ryo...atteries-r18pdbl-ll50s/1273274_BQ.prd/gallery
     
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  9. If I'm going to spend the better part of £100 or more on a cordless drill It's not going to be on Ryobi.
     
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    I bought my DeWalt lithium cordless drill probably 8 to 10 years ago now, it's put up with all sorts over the years without complaint.

    Wasn't cheap then (£320 with 2 batteries), but the fact I can just take it out of the box and know it will work is priceless really!.

    Would be another DeWalt for me.
     
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    They are made by the same company as milwaukee, they can't be that bad.
     
  12. I don't buy milwaukee either.

    That's a lie, I have some milwaukee cordless site lighting and a heated hoodie, other than that I don't buy it.

    I've said this somewhere else on this forum, Milwaukee peaked when they were owned by Atlas Copco.
     
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    I don't think you you could, they are less than that.

    But anyway, I would if I had not done so already in about 2005/6 and it's been used regularly since with no problems.
     
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    They certainly were the Rolls Royce of tools in that period.
     
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    I ended up buying the Dewalt, no real reason but for general diy work etc it will be more than enough.
    Site work would probably have gone for the Hitachi with higher ah batteries.
     
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