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Old 10-03-2011, 11:48 AM   #1
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Cordless Drill Recommendation

I want a cordless drill to raise and lower my stabilizers on my travel trailer. Is there a common one most here use? Any recommendations?

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Old 10-03-2011, 12:25 PM   #2
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I have had two Craftsman units both of which are still working and have their original batteries. I use them for everything and beat them up pretty good. One's going on 12 years the other is about 6.
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You might also consider a cordless impact driver. I have a couple of friends that use them. They will also brake wheel nuts loose.

I have a cordless Makita that has worked well for many years.
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I went to a Black and Decker outlet store and bought an 18V drill with two batteries, charger and nice carry bag for only $50. Works great for the stabs.
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:24 PM   #5
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I use one of my 2 DeWalt 18-volt drills. They work great with enough power to get the jacks snug. I recently bought a 12-volt Lithium Ion Craftsman Nextec drill. I love the size of it. Nice little drill and it will snug the jacks, but it will kick its thermal switch as it gets close. So while I love the little drill for other tasks, this isn't one that I'll use it for.

BTW, I tried the cordless impact driver. I love my impact driver, it is great for driving screws and tightening bolts up (much better than a cordless drill) and it did a great job of lowering the stabilizers. Unfortunately the hammer action brought everyone in the camp ground running as it ECHOED VERY LOUDLY throughout the trailer frame. Needless to say, I only took the impact driver one time.:hihi:
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:33 PM   #6
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I`ve had two of the more recent Craftsman 19.2 drills and the bits would slip in the chuck after they were about a year old. I also have one of those Harbor freight 20 dollar specials. It will get the stabilizers up and down but not by much. If I were to get another one I would get a Dewalt.
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Harbor Freight tools are best only for occasional, light duty use. That would probably rule out even their heavier drills for rising and lowering stabs.

You couldn't give me any power tool (or any power anything) from Black and Decker. I have never had anything from them last very long. They also tend to be a bit wimpy and overpriced.

Although I haven't used it to raise and lower stabs, I've had a Ryobi 18v drill for I forget how long and it still works well. It's never failed to do what I've asked of it, including drilling 1/2 holes in heavy steel.

Ryobi is Home Depot's brand. Qualitywise, Ryobi tools fall somewhere midway between contractor grade and the cheap stuff Harbor Freight sells. I have several of their power tools, battery and corded, and for medium duty, occasional use, they have held up very well. One way Ryobi cuts costs is to eliminate "frills." The corded "biscuit cutter" (technically, a plate joiner) I have does the job well but is a hurt in the donkey to adjust because the height and angle adjustments "float" on a single adjustment mechanism instead of being independently adjustable. I've made maybe 80 cuts with it and each one was perfect with no hassle once I had it adjusted. Adjusting it, however, exercised my patience (and vocabulary).
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Lady, right now I have a 24volt Black and Decker and it is worhtless. This why I'm here asking for advice. Thanks,

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Lady, right now I have a 24volt Black and Decker and it is worhtless. This why I'm here asking for advice. Thanks,

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If you want a good one then I would go with Dewalt, as many contractors/jobbers do.
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Had a 12v makita for 15 years, battery's started to go in about 2 hrs. 2 New batterys were about $100( No retail outlet for makita in my area) so got a Dewalt 18v lithium with 2 batterys for about $130 at Lowes, love it. I built a shed this summer no nails just screws, 1 battery would go for 2 days. Larry
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