Ye Olde Makita Drill: RIP
Last Friday was a sad day for us because it marked the last breath from our Makita Drill. It's been our go-to cordless since the Panasonic died in November 2006 and during that time it's been a total badass. It's funny, but with all the hooplah about lithium-ion and compact this and micro that, it was always the 14.4 NiMH tool we'd go for. Over the two plus years it served us, it never gave out, took a tremendous beating and managed to do everything we asked of it, some of which was pretty extreme. Tools like this we practically consider to be our friends and we really hate to see it go. But since now the chuck won't spin and it only makes a strange farting noise, into the abyss it goes. Goodbye pal.
We still don't have a replacement and are happily taking suggestions/recommendations in the comments section.
Makita 14.4 Drill, Impact Driver, and Flashlight at Amazon.com
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at May 11, 2009 5:30 AM
My recommendation: Makita BDF452HW. I love it. Of course my only other comparison was a wimpy Ryobi but I did put up a fence with this thing. Long screws into treated wood were no problem. By the time one battery died out, the next was charged and ready to go. It's fast, powerful, and light.