I just saw a new DeWalt 7.2 volt screwdriver at Home Depot the other day (where else?) It pivots so that it can either be straight or work like a srewgun. It costs $100 and it's made in China. (where else?)
has anyone purchased this, and if so, what is your impression of it? I'm thinking about buying it, as it seems more handy than a cordless drill for most electrical work since it's much lighter.
Does anyone know of any other brand of cordless screwdriver that is good?
Milwaulkee 2.4 V and Panasonic 2.4 V (Essentially the same unit)
Panasonic 3.6 V
DeWalt 7.2 V.
I've used all three. The Pana 3.6 is the best in my opinion. The forward-reverse switch is in the best position and it has all the power you need. Second choice, Pana or Mil. 2.4. Same ergonomics, just less power.
The DeWalt is just not as well designed. If I need more power than the 3.6 driver, I use my DeWalT 9.6 drive or for serious stuff (driving 1/4" x 1.5" lag bolts into PT pole, no pilot hole), I use a Makita 12V impact driver. It's amazing and light.
Wow... I use a DeWalt 14.4V drill for my "light duty" screw and drilling work.
I break out the Milwaukee 18V for heavier stuff (7/8" step bit, up to 4" hole saws, up to 3/4" augers, hammer drilling up to 5/8"...) Anything more than that and it's the 120VAC Northern rotary hammer or the 120VAC Makita angle drill depending on the task at hand.
I wish "they" made all drills/drivers with an adjustable clutch. I'd rather use a clutched drill with holesaws than an angle drill, especially a non-variable-speed one...
My partner's Milwaukee angle drill has VSR, but no clutch. Still a great improvement, though.
I'll stop rambling now.
-Virgil Residential/Commercial Inspector 5 Star Inspections Member IAEI