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#4637313 - 01/17/18 02:31 AM cordless drill users..got a question for you!
Chris B. Offline


Registered: 03/16/03
Posts: 3409
Loc: Colorado
Guys who heavily use cordless drills...I'm wondering what your thoughts on a brush-less drill vs a drill with brushes? Would you rather have a cordless drill that is brush-less with 700 in-lbs of torque and a longer run time or a cordless drill with brushes with 800 in-lbs? I'm looking for a new cordless drill that is also a hammer drill. I'm switching over the Ridgid for their life time warranty and they offer both versions. Kind of leaning towards the brush-less for the longer run time thinking 700 in-lbs should be plenty but I'm not sure. What do you guys think? Thanks for the expert advice!

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#4637325 - 01/17/18 03:28 AM Re: cordless drill users..got a question for you! [Re: Chris B.]
das_peikko Offline


Registered: 01/01/18
Posts: 410
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Supposedly the brushless motors last longer and they are also 'sparkless' incase you ever have to operate it in an explosive environment.

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#4637347 - 01/17/18 05:05 AM Re: cordless drill users..got a question for you! [Re: Chris B.]
DemoFly Offline


Registered: 06/03/12
Posts: 994
Loc: Bremerton, WA
No reason to ever buy another brushed drill.
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#4637349 - 01/17/18 05:09 AM Re: cordless drill users..got a question for you! [Re: Chris B.]
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Registered: 11/29/08
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Loc: Oshawa, Ontario Canada
I would go for the brushless.
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#4637353 - 01/17/18 05:18 AM Re: cordless drill users..got a question for you! [Re: Chris B.]
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#4637359 - 01/17/18 05:29 AM Re: cordless drill users..got a question for you! [Re: Chris B.]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
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Loc: Upstate NY
Look at the brand's product line of tools you might want rather than any one tool.

I have several Milwaukee M18 Fuel tools. The 'Fuel' ones are brushless.
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#4637369 - 01/17/18 05:52 AM Re: cordless drill users..got a question for you! [Re: Chris B.]
LotI Offline


Registered: 01/01/13
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Brushless

I’m invested in the M12 line and just replaced a drill with brushless and it’s much better. I see a lot of automotive shops using M12 because it’s easier to work underhood.
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#4637483 - 01/17/18 08:26 AM Re: cordless drill users..got a question for you! [Re: Chris B.]
IndyIan Offline


Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 8897
Loc: Ontario, Canada
700 or 800 in-lb is well beyond safe one handed usage, so you might as well go for the brushless unless you have some specific high torque job. My brushed rigid hammer drill has lasted 10 years now with only a free battery swap to Li batteries, and it gets used pretty hard. So I imagine a brushless one could last a lifetime of regular home usage.
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#4637489 - 01/17/18 08:32 AM Re: cordless drill users..got a question for you! [Re: Chris B.]
tomcruise Offline


Registered: 03/14/15
Posts: 196
Loc: Ridgecrest, CA
I have the Ridgid "Gen5X" brushless set and they work great. The batteries last forever and both the impact and drill have great power. I bought the light that fits the batteries and it'll last a week. I'm overall happy with them, especially when you consider the price over something like Snap On or similar. I'm a diesel mechanic, so they see heavy use and so far no problems.
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#4637550 - 01/17/18 09:50 AM Re: cordless drill users..got a question for you! [Re: Chris B.]
Superflan Offline


Registered: 04/28/15
Posts: 335
Loc: Reunion Island
Go brushless. I rely heavily on cordless tools and have a multi kit from HILTI, with :

Impact driver
Rotary hammer
Combihammer
Angle grinder
Reciprocating saw

No deception here.
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#4637578 - 01/17/18 10:30 AM Re: cordless drill users..got a question for you! [Re: Chris B.]
JLawrence08648 Offline


Registered: 01/20/17
Posts: 161
Loc: NJ
Never used brushless but because of their lifetime warranty on tools and batteries, Richie is the way to go.

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#4638373 - 01/18/18 01:29 AM Re: cordless drill users..got a question for you! [Re: Chris B.]
Chris B. Offline


Registered: 03/16/03
Posts: 3409
Loc: Colorado
Sounds like brushless is the way to go! Is there any real world difference with 700 in-lbs vs 800 in-lbs? With this type of cordless hand drill would it make any difference? Thanks gentlemen!

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#4638386 - 01/18/18 02:31 AM Re: cordless drill users..got a question for you! [Re: JLawrence08648]
das_peikko Offline


Registered: 01/01/18
Posts: 410
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Originally Posted By: JLawrence08648
Never used brushless but because of their lifetime warranty on tools and batteries, Richie is the way to go.


Richie?

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#4638935 - 01/18/18 03:30 PM Re: cordless drill users..got a question for you! [Re: Chris B.]
bchannell Offline


Registered: 01/09/08
Posts: 349
Loc: WV
I use cordless tools almost every day, and can say for sure that brushless is the way to go. More power, batteries last longer, etc. all good, no bad that I can see. I chose red for mine, and have both 12V and 18V by the wheelbarrow full with no regrets. My son, the contractor, uses DeWalt, by the truckload, but has just recently switched to Rigid. I don't know the reason, but I know he's happy with them.

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#4639464 - 01/19/18 12:16 AM Re: cordless drill users..got a question for you! [Re: das_peikko]
Chris B. Offline


Registered: 03/16/03
Posts: 3409
Loc: Colorado
Originally Posted By: das_peikko
Originally Posted By: JLawrence08648
Never used brushless but because of their lifetime warranty on tools and batteries, Richie is the way to go.


Richie?


He meant Ridgid.

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