It's pretty common to find the 18 to 20 volt Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver sets from the major players on sale for around $100. However, there are a number of issues that make this a sweeter deal than most. Though the sale unit has compact batteries, the replacement large capacity batteries are a fair bit less expensive than other manufacturers. Additionally, the bare tools (tools without batteries) are high quality and very competitively priced. The Dewalt 20-Volt Max Li-Ion jig saw is a really nice jigsaw. Most cordless and many corded jigsaws are just terrible at accuracy and reducing vibration. Watch the "CPO" sites out there to find great deals on tools that work with this battery pack.
wtfu said: HomeDepot $5 off promo code HDFIVE still working. Used it today and bought this Dewalt. Looks like a nice drill. The Ryobi drill/saw deal was hard to pass, but I hope the Dewalt is worth the extra.
My personal evaluation based on my use and others use is that ryobi sustains the same abuses as rigid, milwaukee, and dewalt when dealing with lithium drills however the batteries in dewalt seem to be more expensive and last less time in the dewalt than they do in the ryobi unless we are talking the double cell configurations it appears that damage to cells happens more swiftly when cells are operating in parallel with the other cells if you were to buy used batteries that no longer work you will find that the cells in most all cases that are still useable are far outnumbered in a double pack configuration vs a single pack so keep this in mind. Damage is present to a higher percentage of cells in a double pack configuration. So unless the extra run time is extremely important I would stick to single pack variations.
Also the Samsung cells seem to be less error prone than say the newer cells by (LG?) I cannot recall who was the newer provider of the cells but I believe it is LG. Anyhow there are some of the newer lithium packs that have the same batteries in them as the Lithium+ models that ryobi is pushing which I find interesting as well...
The biggest hangup in all of these drills is the trigger as they do not sustain the same wear as the rest of the drill and should be redesigned. Dewalt seems to have a slightly longer lasting trigger than the others ryobi, rigid, and milwaukee all face this problem while dewalt is not a stranger to trigger problems I do find that on average the triggers do last a slight bit longer.
However I must say I still opt for ryobi there are other advantages of ryobi that are not mentioned being the ONE+ system leaves room for more configurations than any other cordless tool maker out there.
Another thing worth mention is that Makita has a BMS board on their battery that does not allow for repair of its batteries through cell replacement for the consumer this is horrible practice contributing to principles that fill our landfills with crap that does not belong there we need to fight these types of practices with strength in numbers one should be allowed to attain the knowledge of battery pack repair while there is inherent danger involved with repairing lithium batteries there is also inherent danger when operating a saw or a great number of things it is important to be a more educated and less disposeable society.
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