Category Archives: Drill-Drivers

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

Porter-Cable PC700D 7.0Amp 1/2″ Drill

Tool: Porter-Cable PC700D 7 Amp 1/2-Inch Variable Speed Drill

Even in this poor economy, contractors need new tools. I needed a 1/2″ drill for my second home and chose the Porter-Cable PC700D, mostly because of it’s price but also because of my previous experience with Porter-Cable.

Owning a fixer-upper home, 2500 miles away from my workshop is a challenge. On one hand, I am lucky to have 2 or more of some tools. As I rely on my tools to make a living, I simply cannot ship one of each to that far-away place and needed to purchase some tools I already own including this 1/2″ drill.

Pulling wires for new electrical requires the power of a corded drill and this Porter-Cable 7.0 amp drill has it! Continue reading Porter-Cable PC700D 7.0Amp 1/2″ Drill

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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Black and Decker Quantum 3/8 inch Variable Speed Drill

Tool: Black & Decker Quantum 3/8″ Variable Speed Drill

Once upon a time I had an ancient drill I kept at home. It seemed to find a lot of use around the house… you know as my homeowner drill. When it died I went looking for an inexpensive 3/8″ drill for around the house and found the Black & Decker Quantum reasonably priced.


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Metabo 751 – 1/2 inch Hammer Drill

Tool: Metabo 751 – 1/2″ Hammer Drill
Date of Service: Summer 1995

With production and distribution companies in over 21 countries Metabowerke GmbH builds the kind of quality tools a contractor wants on his job. I love those German machines but in this day it’s hard to know exactly where a tool was really put together. Am I talking about cars again? No, it’s the Metabo 751 hammer drill and it’s served me well for 14 years.


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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

Makita 6820V Drywall Screwdriver

Tool: Makita 6820V Drywall Screwdriver
Date of Service: Early 1990’s

My Makita 6820V is a real noise maker that has zipped in tens of thousands of drywall screws and still seems the same as the day I bought it. Typically left in my tool storage, I bring this screw driver to the job when it’s necessary. This is a tool that I’ve owned for 15+ years and is still sold today. There’s a reason for that. (The 6820V has been discontinued but the Makita 6821 is strikingly similar)

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