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Old 18 October 2012, 10:42   #51
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I've got rid of all my Makita and Dewalt, and been buying Hitachi from these guys.... Offers & Deals from UK Tool Centre

A while I bought a 10.8v drill, an impact driver, 2 batteries and a charger for 99.00 incl delivery.

Lovely bit of kit, nice and light, and great for working under dashboards, inside consoles etc.
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Old 18 October 2012, 12:43   #52
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Hitachi in in the post.
Coming from a Worx, that's quite some upgrade.
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Old 18 October 2012, 14:21   #53
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Dewalt get my vote
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it really depends on how often you use it , I've got a cheapo B&Q chopsaw, it been used for 2 floors , building a wooden building, loads of stuff , its still good, paid 100 the dewalt equiv was 350 , if I was on site everyday it would be binned ages ago. See where i,m comming from. Trade go with makita or dewalt but not really necessary, especially if your going to leave the batteries unused for long periods. I went with a dewalt screw gun, it fine apart from my spare battery being walled up somewhere in the building I built with it.
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Hitachi gets another vote from me. Price and spec won it for me. Also the battery's nice and light, so it doesn't get heavy despite using it all day.
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I use battery drills in my Engineering Job (or I did until I was made redundant last week). I've tried De Walt and although they are pretty rugged drills I found the battery the Achilles heel and if you don't fully discharge them before charging they last no time at all and you knacker the battery quickly

I've also used Makita the last 3 years, I like the feel of the drill however the reverse function doesn't last long on these and the trigger control has a tenancy to overheat during prolonged use. But I do use it for a lot of tapping and an 18v one will handle M12 in mild steel on low range, so pretty impressive!

My latest is the Hitachi. It's my first Li-on powered drill. It's very light and powerful and so far I have had a good experience with it. One thing, and that is you're not suppose to let the battery run flat before a recharge. However you get little warning that it's going flat and will suddenly stop working and when your tapping holes it's a pita when you have to manually unwind the tap from the hole.

So my recommendation would be the Hitachi. They look pretty in green and black too!
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I use battery drills in my Engineering Job (or I did until I was made redundant last week).
Sorry to hear that dude, do you fancy some winter cod fishing in the next couple of weeks?
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Sorry to hear that dude, do you fancy some winter cod fishing in the next couple of weeks?
Thanks for that Alex. Let me get the next couple of turbulent weeks out the way so I know if I'm coming or going and we'll set a date.

We'll take Blue Venom for the next one. Not sure my body can go though a three day healing process right now
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