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Old 12-18-2007, 07:15 PM   #1
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Can someone recommend a good all-around drill in the $150 price range? I need it for anything from running my Barley Crusher to remodeling the kitchen. I'm thinking torque is important. Any ideas?

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Old 12-18-2007, 07:24 PM   #2
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Well I know Rigid, Bosch, Makita (although I think they are a little overrated) are good brands. Big on the Volts is a good idea. Those monsters will crank away all day.

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Old 12-18-2007, 07:31 PM   #3
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First I used my Ryobi. Worked great.
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Then I found this gem my Dad gave me umpteen years ago...works even better:
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Old 12-18-2007, 07:35 PM   #4
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I just bought a 18v Craftsman on sale for $89. It's heavy duty and crushes grain without a problem. Its got alot of torque, when I start crushin grain I have to hold on or it could break my wrist. I tried to get the drill to remodel my kitchen but it didn't work. The drill just sat there.....let me know what you find out........

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Old 12-18-2007, 07:40 PM   #5
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I have had a Craftsman and a Milwaukie both worked great.

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I just bought a 18v Craftsman on sale for $89. It's heavy duty and crushes grain without a problem. Its got alot of torque, when I start crushin grain I have to hold on or it could break my wrist. I tried to get the drill to remodel my kitchen but it didn't work. The drill just sat there.....let me know what you find out........
I'm kind of leary of the Craftsman. I have the 14.4v now and it was useless for remodeling. I don't even know if it could crush grain...
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Old 12-18-2007, 07:51 PM   #7
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I've got a Porter Cable 19.2 (drill, circular saw, reciprocating saw & flashlight) set that's been rock solid for 5 years now.

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Old 12-18-2007, 07:54 PM   #8
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+1 on the newer Craftsman. They recognized that their reputation had pretty much gone down the toilet, and have been working to restore it, one tool at a time. Every tool they have overhauled has been getting honorable reviews in woodworking magazines. The new cordless drills have decent drive mechanisms and single sleeve chucks. The chuck is the big seller for me.
I got the 14.4 and have used it for the kitchen remodel. It powered a 3/4" spade bit through cherry planks very easily, and easily drove the 3" screws for mounting the upper cabinets. I have yet to stall it, other than a few wrist-wrecking bit binds.
I also have the newer Craftsman table saw and like it a lot.

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Old 12-18-2007, 07:54 PM   #9
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Without any hesitation, I have to recommend the DeWalt XRP series with a 1/2" chuck (any voltage you can afford). The XRP is all about torque. This one looks like a good deal at a price close to the 12v retail versions...
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and I'd put this thing to a torque-of-war against almost any other cordless in the price range.

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Old 12-18-2007, 08:02 PM   #10
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check out this hitachi impact driver. Great drill for everything. It decides how much torque to deliver. If its just for a grain mill its probably overkill, but if you will use for other projects its worth the money.

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