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    Default Advice Please - Cordless Drill

    I would like to add to my tools a cordless drill. With me not knowing all about these, what should I look out for.

    It will be used from time to time, with me being diy minded at home. This would not be used for drill into concrete nor be used daily.

    I would also not be against adding tools to the range which can use the same battery. Grinder, sander etc

    Which voltage? 14.4 be suffice for my application?

    Ryobi, Bosch or Ingco ? any other?


    I would not want to spend more than R2k for equipment which is a nice to have item.

    any info appreciated

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    Default Re: Advice Please - Cordless Drill

    Buy one with two batteries. I have a Bosch, had excellent service from it.
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    Default Re: Advice Please - Cordless Drill

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Miles View Post
    Buy one with two batteries. I have a Bosch, had excellent service from it.
    do you have 14.4v or 18v

    makro has a special on set with 3 batteries and bits R1700

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    +1 On the Bosch. We work ours hard at work, no issues, batteries last ages on a charge even after 3-4 years of use and they hold their charge when not in use.

    Compare that to the couple of Makitas we had, batteries were trashed after a year.

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    Makita. Durable and many tools use the same battery.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwayne P View Post
    do you have 14.4v or 18v

    makro has a special on set with 3 batteries and bits R1700
    Yes, this one, 18V. I paid a bit more but very happy with it.
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    Bosch is probably the best bet in that budget.
    Personally I use Stanley products now and have no issues. It's also not as expensive as some others.
    I think Makita is a good solid brand but they are getting very expensive.

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    I have a Ryobi 14v with 2 batteries and some bits in a nice carry case. I have been using it for more than a year, no heavy work but drilling in wood, driving screws and such. 2 batteries mean you can easily have a charged spare at all times, which unless you are going to be drilling for 5 + hours straight you will be fine. For the heavy stuff I have a big Bosch impact drill, for the light jobs the Ryobi is 100%. Sure it isn't in the same league as the Bosch, Makita etc. drills, but for light work it works well and it cost in the regions of R500. Which means you can toss away and replace 4 times over before you start spending more money than on the more expensive tools. I'm a big Bosch fan and if money was no object I would gladly buy Bosch, but by the sounds of it the Ryobi would work perfectly for what you need it for.

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    Do not buy one with a Nickel Metal Hydroxide (Nimh) battery in it. By Lithium Ion. They hold charge much longer and can deliver power for longer per weight of the battery.
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    Just a heads up: Builders have a special on the Bosch Professional(blue) 12v drill/driver - R998 - normally R1500
    Great compact unit!!
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    Makita. I have had mine almost 10 years and still going like a beast. same batteries. I have drilled holes in just about everything you should and shouldn't. I cannot comment on other drill as i have never needed another drill.

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    Did the OP buy a unit - I see this was in Feb...?

    If not, Ingco has a decent unit iin your price range (PM me for a price) - Makita or Dewalt are the top of the range, but no change from R5K.....
    Bosch Blue is pretty decent, and a special is good.... stay away from Ryobi (zero support)
    NiMh batteries were the Top Of The Pops 10 years ago, and they are still fine. My Makita Cordless NiMh 14.4v batteries lasted more than 10 years, and they can be re-packed at about 60% of the price of a new battery. LiIon batteries are not cheap, but they do last and charge very quickly (Makita 3Ah - R1000 for the battery) Don't be put off by 14.4v NiMh, they are fine, but not the newest tech.
    Anything with a platform of batteries that can be used on many different tools is a winner in my book!


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    Quote Originally Posted by ClimbingTurtle View Post
    .... stay away from Ryobi (zero support)
    Actually I get great repair service from Ryobi Midrand.

    better than trying to find a decent Karcher repair shop
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    Actually I get great repair service from Ryobi Midrand.

    better than trying to find a decent Karcher repair shop
    Thank you - I will bear that in mind - I have never been able to get the JHB agents to even quote....


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    https://www.builders.co.za/Tools/Pow...00000000633847

    18v Dewalt currently on special at builders: 1x impact drill + 2x 5Ah Batteries..

    on special till 18 Nov 2018

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClimbingTurtle View Post
    Did the OP buy a unit - I see this was in Feb...?

    If not, Ingco has a decent unit iin your price range (PM me for a price) - Makita or Dewalt are the top of the range, but no change from R5K.....
    Bosch Blue is pretty decent, and a special is good.... stay away from Ryobi (zero support)
    NiMh batteries were the Top Of The Pops 10 years ago, and they are still fine. My Makita Cordless NiMh 14.4v batteries lasted more than 10 years, and they can be re-packed at about 60% of the price of a new battery. LiIon batteries are not cheap, but they do last and charge very quickly (Makita 3Ah - R1000 for the battery) Don't be put off by 14.4v NiMh, they are fine, but not the newest tech.
    Anything with a platform of batteries that can be used on many different tools is a winner in my book!
    The Ryobi service is ok around here and it served me well but the replacement battery wasn't worth it considering this 12v Bosch with 2x batteries for R1k.
    I did my homework and looked at the pros and cons of the 12/18v I really can't see the benefit of the 18v for the average application, this thing is simply brilliant!!
    Even a mate who uses cordless day in and day out in his cupboard business (all Dewalt stuff) hardly picks up the 18v drills anymore, most of the work is done with the 12v's!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cream110 View Post
    https://www.builders.co.za/Tools/Pow...00000000633847

    18v Dewalt currently on special at builders: 1x impact drill + 2x 5Ah Batteries..

    on special till 18 Nov 2018
    Good deal at R4500, those 5Ah batteries are enormous and very expensive on their own, the one inherent drawback though is they make the drill quite heavy, especially if it's already quite a beefy model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtshark View Post
    The Ryobi service is ok around here and it served me well but the replacement battery wasn't worth it considering this 12v Bosch with 2x batteries for R1k.
    I did my homework and looked at the pros and cons of the 12/18v I really can't see the benefit of the 18v for the average application, this thing is simply brilliant!!
    Even a mate who uses cordless day in and day out in his cupboard business (all Dewalt stuff) hardly picks up the 18v drills anymore, most of the work is done with the 12v's!!
    I also prefer the smaller cordless drills, li-ion means they still have plenty power for most jobs. A few hours in and those big cordless drills start causing problems in your elbow and wrist joints, day in day out use and you have a problem on your hands. The form factor of the small Bosch in your post is very comfortable for extended use.

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    Default Re: Advice Please - Cordless Drill

    You need to decide between a good screw driver, or a good drill, or a good hammer drill.

    I use this which is a great all rounder for heavier duty stuff.

    https://www.takealot.com/stanley-18v...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

    For lots of drilling and screwing I prefer something a bit more compact and powerful like the Bosch 18V Professional. I also have two Ryobi's, one, the cheap as chips version, I just leave permanently on charge on my workbench as my goto tool. The professional one in its case in the tool cupboard with the rest of the tools.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
    You need to decide between a good screw driver, or a good drill, or a good hammer drill.

    I use this which is a great all rounder for heavier duty stuff.

    https://www.takealot.com/stanley-18v...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

    For lots of drilling and screwing I prefer something a bit more compact and powerful like the Bosch 18V Professional. I also have two Ryobi's, one, the cheap as chips version, I just leave permanently on charge on my workbench as my goto tool. The professional one in its case in the tool cupboard with the rest of the tools.
    Correct on all fronts - Stanley is a Black & Decker (same company now) - a "lower-end" product, but perfect for DIY - similar price and specs to the IngCo that sells at around R1800 odd - for me at home, either is fine!


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