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I see almost everyone here has a portable drill.

I used to have a Black&Decker 9.x volt.. BLAH..

I am now looking for a new one.

What kind do you guys have?


And also, does the drill being 18volt make a difference in the strength and power output that I REALLY need?

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Black and Decker 18 volt FireStorm drill/driver and B&D 1/2 inch with bullseye level.


One more thing to pay some attention to is the AH (amp/hour) rating of the batteries of the tool that you buy. During the research that I did when I bought my Hitachi, I found that the majority, at that time, had batteries with a 1.5 AH. One of the reasons I bought the Hitachi was the fact that they offer both 1.5 AH and 3 AH Batteries. The 3 AH givesmore power and has longer battery life. As a foot note to this, my son-in-law bought the same drill as I did at a much cheaper price (which he did some bragging about) and then we found out that my drill would sink screws that his would not touch. We then found that his lower priced drill had 1.5AH batteries where mine has the 3 AH batteries. You just get what you pay for.

I use a Craftsman anniversary corded drill for drilling and Makita LCT203W 10.8-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Two-Piece Combo Kit Makita LCT203W 10.8-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Two-Piece Combo Kit

for driving

Depends on WHICH one you are asking about. I have a "general purpose" Porter-Cable 18v or B&D Professional from years ago. Other than that, I have a CE (Chicago Electric) for 1/2" heavy duty, a 1" CE Hammer Drill for some "concrete work" I did. I still have, but do not use, 2 small 1/4" Craftsmans. Like I said, for most of the general purpose work I use the Porter-Cable or the B&D Professional. Both stand the gaff and torque needed for the various jobs.

I like my Dewalt electric drill with the good ol keyed chuck...I bought one of the smaller ones...comfortable in my hands- doesn't lose batteries to worry about - I pretty much leave it setup for drilling my Kreg pocket holes...I believe it was about $62...2 years ago


Michael J. Gillen

I have several Dewalt cordless 1/2 " drills, an AC powered Dewalt 1/2 " drill, and a Bosh hammer drill for concrete work.
so steven what did you decide, im curious to know what you will buy?

I have a Dewalt 18 Volt drill. I've had this drill for about six months and am very happy with it. I am a homeowner so I can't speak as to how this drill would function during all day use. For projects around my house it has plenty of power although, like every other cordless tool I have used, it needs a little more time drilling/driving through hard wood however works well with my Kreg Jig.

All in all a great drill. I can't imagine ever installing curtain rods, assembling bookcases, etc. with a corded drill and/or screwdriver again!

Dewalt corded for drilling and a Craftsman 12V Li-Ion for screwing.
I have a mix of drills. 12 volt Hitachi impact for driving screws, 18 volt Dewalt drill/driver for drilling, also a 1/2" Milwaukee corded drill for long drawn out projects. The Dewalt and Hitachi are used the most.
I have a SKIL.  Works great 18V
I went with a corded DeWalt to match the 2500 rpm specs Kreg recommended for drilling. I use a Makita driver/drill for running the screws in. The combo works great.

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