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  1. gazdkw82
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    gazdkw82 Trainee Trainee Access

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    I'm looking at replacing my ryobi drill and driver for something more professional/better quality and durable.

    I'm looking at brushless and ideally a drill and driver combi but happy with just the right drill for now.

    Iv looked at some of the makita ones and some of the Milwaukee ones but there's a lot of choice.

    Can you recommend any? My budget is £200
     
  2. Midwest
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    I like Dewalt, but whatever floats your boat. Whichever manufacturer you go with, stick with them, saves on batteries :)
     
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    When buying cordless tools, its best to settle on one make so the batteries are interchangeable...

    I've got Dewalt and recently bought one of these to replace one that some scumbag relieved me of!

    Dewalt DCD996M2 18v XR 3 Speed Brushless Combi Hammer Drill - Includes 2 x 4.0ah Batteries, Charger, Tstak Case | Buyaparcel - https://www.buyaparcel.com/p/cordless-combi-drills-drivers/dewalt-dcd996m2-18v-xr-3-speed-brushless-combi-hammer-drill-includes-2-x-4-0ah-batteries-charger-tstak-case/

    Decent bit of kit and a spare battery is essential - its over your budget, but buy once and buy wisely..
     
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    I have been a Hilti devotee,for years,but other marques can be more than adequate.
    Erbauer seem a strange one,as they are at the very cheap end,but the kit i have used,seems really good.
    Can only speak regarding the individual items,but i got a reciprocating saw,for a "one-off" destruction-job,cutting through 12 steel pivot pins,25mm dia a piece,using a mixture of Makita and Starrett blades - it loved it,and 2 years on,it gets all the "Dirty Harry" jobs...cracking yoke :)

    Some of the big shed electrical tools,are poor,with lads accepting that swaps will occur through the longer-than-lifespan warranty period.

    The other confuser,is manufacturers can have a really good model,then the same up-dated model is pants,so one man's meat...etc

    Standardising your fleet,with regard to batteries,is a good idea,but can harness you,to tools in a range,which are not up to the standard of each other.

    I remember seeing the first cordless Makitas,9.6V i think,with long,black batteries and a 3/8" chuck...and thinking...everyone's gonna want one of these...:confused:
     
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  7. HandySparks
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    Definitely choose the 'system' first. Take a look at the range of tools available from the different manufacturers. I chose to buy into the Makita 18V LXT range a few years ago and haven't regretted it. I now have quite a few assorted tools, all running off the same batteries. (Combi drill, impact driver, circ saw, multitool, SDS drills, chainsaw, etc.)

    If I was buying another drill today, I might go for the DHP459. (The DHP453 is more at the DIY end of the range.) It's not the most powerful, but the ones with the most torque are also the biggest and heaviest.
    Makita DHP459SFE 18V 3.0Ah Li-Ion LXT Brushless Cordless Combi Drill - http://www.screwfix.com/p/makita-dhp459sfe-18v-3-0ah-li-ion-lxt-brushless-cordless-combi-drill/6407p

    For a combi drill / impact driver set, this would be worth considering:
    http://www.toolstop.co.uk/makita-dl...-18v-dhp482-dtd152-2-x-3.0ah-batteries-p78878
    but it's not brushless.

    Brushless kit worth a look:
    Makita DLX2180TJ 18v Brushless 2 Piece Kit (2x5Ah) | Fastfix - http://www.fastfix.co.uk/makita-dlx2180tj-18v-brushless-2-piece-kit.html

    I don't use an impact driver much, but obviously it'll depend on the sort of work you're doing.
     
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    I have found the Erbauer stuff quite good of late and screwfix who own the brand do a good impact driver and drill combi set for a good price. it has held its own against my previous makita stuff.
    When i looked into the make up of the tools i found that a lot of the big brands use exactly the same motors and batteries as some of the erbauer stuff, its simply put in a different plastic case and you pay for the brand. this is true for the cheaper dewalt and makita stuff you see in band q, screwfix etc... less so with the much more expensive stuff in the premium makes ranges.
    If you buy from screwfix take some proof of trading stuff in such as letter head, invoices etc.. and they give you an electricfix account instead of retail one and you will get 10% off your next order too. could save a nice lump of cash.
     
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    I find the cordless Erbauer carp. I've got a garage full of devices (well combi drill & circular saw), and a load of duff batteries.
     
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    Makita was what my uncle used and I have to say 'me likey'. However, being on a limited budget, my gear is all Erbauer and have to say I'm very impressed with it, especially for the price.

    Think I've got a full set of Erbauer gear now, drill, tech gun, circular saw, multi tool, radio. Only issue I've had since owning it is my multi tool failed after about 6 months (hard) use - took it to Screwfix and they replaced it there and then, no questions asked.
     
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  12. Midwest
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    Wanna buying some rusting dusty combi's :)
     
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    My old hitachi 12v went to the WEEE skip as it was so outdated. Built my back deck with 3 of the same drills and 4 batteries, most donated! Wouldn't stand up to the grief I give them now.
    All my stuff is secondhand due to tight budget but I have had some cracking deals.
     
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    It's funny, I've got an 18v Bosch impact with my Drill but can't get a round to using it as the 10.8v Bosch impact is a stunning little tool that'll get in most small spaces.
    I've always liked the look of the eubaeur stuff, if it as good as members have cracked it up to be then I'd say that's the way to go. Also as Hightower said about returning stuff - no quibble! Last thing you want is a quibble!
     
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