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I need to buy a new drill.  I am thinking of buying a corded drill as I have a lot of problems with batteries, either not charged when I need it or batteries that don't hold a charge.  I know that battery ones are more convenient, but........   Any suggestions as to what kind (Brand) to buy? What power is the best? 

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David , well said , your project,s speak for there self , well done , thank,s for sharing , JIM !

Helpful thread.

When my corded Craftsman finally bit the dust, I ended up with a corded Hitachi for about $40.  It has a 3/8" keyless chuck and was rated at highest rpm of any that I looked at.
When my cordless Skil stripped its gears I ended up with a 18v Kobalt from Lowes.  I got it on sale for a bout $99 and it has served my needs well.  I also added another 18v Skil - I just really like the grip and control I get with the Skil. 

I also have a 12v Craftsman drill (& impact driver) that works well for smaller bits/projects.  

I use a corded drill with my jig because it is plugged into a switch which turns on my vacuum cleaner when I start drilling. I use a battery drill to drive the screws

For a look at who makes what tool check this out.

http://pressurewashr.com/tool-industry-behemoths/#whoowns

If you are a pro then you know about Milwaukee stuff. As a hobbies-guy I like one corded and three battery types, either big-box-store brand. I also have two battery chargers for back up purposes.  Depends on your needs and uses. Good luck in your choice.

For homeowner use, occasional and as well as some light to med-duty construction tasks,

the RYOBI line is a good choice, and they're affordable.

If one fails, after the warranty expires, it's not that costly to replace.

Replacement cost will be less costly than having it serviced/repaired.

I've found these tools to perform as well as the higher $$$ tools.

I have several of the Ryobi 18V cordless tools, for nearly 15yrs.

Some have gotten lots of use.

Milwakee M12 (battery) line of products, are nice and they're compact.

A large variety of M12 are available.

I have several, they all perform well, for small tasks as well as limited construction tasks.

Very handy and useful for the remodeler.

The angle drill/driver is great for getting into confined spaces.

The Hackzal, a smaller version of a SawZal, is great for smaller tasks.

With a branch cutting blade, trimming trees and the like, it performs surprizingly well.

I use it more often, than an 18V or a corded version.

BTW---for demolition work, the corded models are the way to go.

Happy Building!

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