Cordless Power Tool purchase question.

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OzssieDave19

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Hello Gang. I am looking at buying a 3 piece cordless tool kit. I was all set to buy Milwaukie until today. My local store told me that the after sales on any warranty or breakdowns was very poor and as a salesperson he found it an unpleasant experience. So now I am wondering if I should look at 1: Dewalt, 2: Makita and 3: Hikoki. Keep in mind I am am an Australian. My budget is $1k ball park for a grinder impact driver with battery and charger. Anyone got a tip. I am a swinging voter on this but De Walt seem ok.
 

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I'm a fan of Ozito, cheap, I have the full range, they get used and abused in a very hostile environment. I know the well known brands will out perform them but they have been very reliable for me and get a lot of work.

Ken
 

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I recently got a metabo set and have been really impressed with it. Milwaukee are good but i find their range limited. I have a couple of ozito machines and find them good. I was actually disappointed with my bosch drill but am told they're good.
 
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My first drill was a Bosch. Bosch are the most disappointing equipment, drill, oven, hot water unit. Pay for the name, great to use and then to get them fixed is impossible or horrendous. Bosch is a real swear word. Yeah. The Ozito is great gear. I was shrinking about going a little upmarket. I use Milwaukie at work and like it a little more than my ageing Ozito that’s nearing replacement. The head mechanic made a comment about them being a. Bit funny and then the shop drove it home. Hard to deal with on repair. After my Bosch experience I want the device.
 

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My first drill was a Bosch. Bosch are the most disappointing equipment, drill, oven, hot water unit. Pay for the name, great to use and then to get them fixed is impossible or horrendous. Bosch is a real swear word. Yeah. The Ozito is great gear. I was shrinking about going a little upmarket. I use Milwaukie at work and like it a little more than my ageing Ozito that’s nearing replacement. The head mechanic made a comment about them being a. Bit funny and then the shop drove it home. Hard to deal with on repair. After my Bosch experience I want the device.
We had a german made bosch dishwasher and it was a heap of junk.
 

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First off $1000 for a 3 tool kit YIKES! Less than half that here. I have Milwaukee and have been pleased although of late I am noticing a lot of problems with their switches. Dewalt was top dog here for awhile but then dropped out, seems they are making a good comeback now. I know a few running Makita and they have been happy. I am not familiar with the other brands to offer any help there.
 

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DeWalt. Which segued into the DeWalt cordless blower, hedge trimmer, pole saw, trimmer (weed whacker).
Dewalt is the contractors go to brand here it seems. I have transitioned with dewalt at work, to my home equipment. Plus, I already had the extra batteries.
 

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I have Milwaukee mainly because that was the first one I bought. They seem to work fine for as much as I use them. I figured it was best to stay with the same so batteries are inter changeable and the same charger works for all of them.
 

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I was scrolling through my photos on facebook today and found a photo of my DeWalt impact driver and drill/driver from when I purchased them 8 years ago. I use them daily in my job as an installer in jails and prisons dealing with all types of metals and concrete. They never miss a beat and I'm still using the original batteries that came with them. In my opinion, DeWalt 20V tools are the best.
 

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I have Milwaukee and am thrilled with them, but it’s hard to argue with Rockdale. That’s pretty impressive. I even have the chainsaw, and it goes as long as I can. Probably wouldn’t have when I was younger. We lost electricity and the generator didn’t work. I used the light for 5 hours, one battery. The power came back on and I checked the charge. It was still fully charged.
 

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I've had DeWalt for years and have really liked them. I keep going back because I have the chargers and batteries. However, I needed to run two 1/2" impact guns this summer to tear down some wheel lines, so borrowed a friend's gun. It was a Milwaukee Fire storm. That thing was a beast and out performed my DeWalt. If I ever need to buy another impact I think it will be a Milwaukee.
 

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I've had DeWalt for years and have really liked them. I keep going back because I have the chargers and batteries. However, I needed to run two 1/2" impact guns this summer to tear down some wheel lines, so borrowed a friend's gun. It was a Milwaukee Fire storm. That thing was a beast and out performed my DeWalt. If I ever need to buy another impact I think it will be a Milwaukee.
A mechanic friend who does not like Milwaukee uses their impact wrenches, said to me they're the best.
 

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Milwaukee is the best, hands down. Best batteries by a mile.

DeWalt is second, tools take a lot of abuse, batteries are not very good.
You can dang near submerge DeWalt cordless tools, I know this from experience in the hole fixing water main leaks. Gotta switch batteries way to much for my liking.
 

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I used DeWalt cordless tools up until a year or two ago, then switched to Milwaukee. So far, I'm happy to have switched.

Main reason for changing is the 1/2" impact with 1400 ft/lbs, numerous recommendations from friends/family who are mechanics for a living - that thing is impressive.
 

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I am quite pleased with Bauer tools. Example: I've never had a drill with such torque or batteries last so long.
 

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I've had the DeWalt grease gun for about 3 years now with no issues. Son who is a service Tech on mining equipment recent bought the Milwaukee version. It's lighter and a tad smaller making easier to get in tight places. Some day I may have to switch from DeWalt when tools stop working, but they have been drug around and abused and still going, so who knows when that will be.
 
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