Category Archives: Cordless

Hitachi KC18DHL 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Combo Kit

Tool: Hitachi KC18DHL 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 2-Tool Combo Kit

What is that hellacious noise? It’s an Impact Driver, but it wasn’t the lightweight Hitachi WH18DSAL 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Driver.

When my partner showed up a few years ago with a Hitachi heavy-duty cordless impact driver, to help assemble a large deck, I couldn’t believe the racket that thing produced. With the tightening of each of a hundred lags, carriage-bolts and hold-down nuts came the most horrendous clamor that I could only hope would immediately stop. I rest assured that I had no use for that cordless tool, hated the volume of it and felt all the rap-a-tapping was weak cordless mechanics attempting the job of my corded Porter-Cable …and for what?

That was a different tool and a different time …a time before I got my hands on the impact driver from his newer, smaller and lighter  Hitachi KC18DHL 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 2-Tool Combo Kit. The impact driver from this combo kit is a tool with a completely different purpose, lighter, fast, long-lasting and… something I’ve just discovered. It’s really an impact screw-gun and … I need one.  Continue reading Hitachi KC18DHL 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Combo Kit

RIDGID 24V XLi 4-Piece Cordless Combo Kit

Tool: RIDGID 24V XLi 4-Piece Cordless Combo Kit

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Excitement, Look what I got! Four Ridgid Cordless Tools in one sack. It’s a pretty heavy sack at that and one that won’t zip closed with all the tools in it. A mega drill/driver, 6″ circular saw, reciprocating ‘saws all’ and a flashlight complete with two 24V LI batteries, charger and carry bag make up this 4-piece combo kit.

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Ridgid R883 Dual Voltage Cordless Jigsaw

Tool: Ridgid R883 Dual Voltage Cordless Jig Saw
Date of Service: January 2009

Adding another Ridgid cordless tool to my discontinued 24V combo kit, this cordless jigsaw is the fourth in my current collection but is my only ‘cordless’ jigsaw. Featuring Dual Select, this tool is capable of either the Ridgid 18 volt or 24 volt batteries.

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Paslode Cordless 16-gauge Angled Finish Nailer

Tool: Paslode Cordless 16 gauge Angled Finish Nailer

I have to be very careful not to swear while writing about my Paslode Cordless Finish Nailer. I have a serious love-hate relationship with this tool. For certain applications the Paslode Cordless Nailer is indispensable but that’s highly conditional upon it actually working. It’s truly unfortunate, my Paslode Cordless 16-gauge nailer is the most unreliable and unpredictable tool I have ever owned.

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Porter-Cable 878 – 14.4 volt Cordless Drill/Driver

Tool: Porter-Cable 878 14.4v Two-Speed Cordless Drill/Driver

The Porter-Cable 878? That’s what’s printed on the side of my drill/driver despite the fact several searches at Porter-Cable come up: “No pages were found.” Still, this 14.4v Porter-Cable Cordless Drill/Driver continues to serve me well.

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My begrudging Festool conversion

Giving in, to better.

I’m going to have to speak frankly about my foray into owning Festool because the tools are incredibly expensive. Until recently, I’d answer questions of ‘switching over’ with a barrage of expletives. An $800 router? A $625 circular saw? A cordless screwgun for $500. Who the F is going to pay $500 for a screwgun? My Panasonic drives screws and it was expensive to me at $230. Is there sanity behind the maddening prices of Festools?  Continue reading My begrudging Festool conversion