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#58715 - 11/15/05 08:00 PM Milwaukee V28  
Sandro  Offline
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 444
Stoney Creek, ON, Canada
Consumer Reports did a test on cordless drills and rated Hitachi and Panasonic as tops.

The V28 appears to be a dud. They had problems with 3 different samples of the V28 when doing heavy driving which the 'four other drills that cost far less came through the same exercise unscathed.'

On 2 of the samples, the solder melted inside of the drill when the going got tough. Then on the third sample, the motor completely burned out.

Guess Milwaukee needs to go back to the drawing board.

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#58716 - 11/15/05 08:09 PM Re: Milwaukee V28  
Cow  Offline
Joined: Jul 2005
Posts: 33
Hermiston, OR
There is a guy in our shop that just spent 750 for the kit. His drill with the battery on it is pretty big. He said the batteries alone are 140 each. I think I'll stick with my 18v Dewalt. I can buy 3 batteries to the price of his one. For the price of that drill it should work flawlessly. I'm surprised Panasonic/Hitachi were at the top of the list though.

#58717 - 11/15/05 08:31 PM Re: Milwaukee V28  
Wireless  Offline
Joined: Jun 2005
Posts: 73
Los Angeles CA USA
I bought the set recently. I'm not to happy with the drill but the sawzall is awesome. And the batteries last a lot longer. I charge mine at the most once a week.

#58718 - 11/15/05 08:50 PM Re: Milwaukee V28  
renosteinke  Offline
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Joined: Jan 2005
Posts: 5,316
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As the "Good Book" says, "To everything there is a purpose."

As I see it, some "cordless" drills are so large, I'm going back to the cord for those jobs that need that much "oomph." I cannot, for the life of me, imagine carrying a 28 volt drill!

Now, some tools need the power. I can see a 28 volt bandsaw, angle grinder, even "Sawzall."

As for tool reviews, it is interesting that Consumer Reports came up with results that differed from those of Fine Homebuilding. I suppose I'd favor reviews by folks who actually use the things!

Let's look at the math for a moment. A tool set for $750? A Chinese generator costs maybe $350, and a corded drill at most $200. A Sawzall at most $200. Since I'm not a carpenter, I'm not sure the circular ("Skill") saw is of much value to me. Looks like the "old fashioned way" gets the nod here.

#58719 - 11/15/05 08:59 PM Re: Milwaukee V28  
vlad_tepish  Offline
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 39
I love my ryobi
have the whole set
works great all day


#58720 - 11/15/05 10:17 PM Re: Milwaukee V28  
BobH  Offline
Joined: Oct 2004
Posts: 135
Newfane, N.Y USA
After pricing out replacement batteries and chargers for my Milwaukie 18v, I decided to buy a cheapy Craftsmen set which included the 18 Volt drill, 2 batteries, charger, and a right angle drill which is powerful enough for residential old work stud boring. Grand total, $99.00 plus tax. So far the only complaint I have is the chuck loosens up quite often, other than that, it's suitable and the right angle cordless comes in handy.

#58721 - 11/16/05 10:53 AM Re: Milwaukee V28  
Joey D  Offline
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 259
Arlington MA U.S.
I have had my V28 set for 4 months or so and it's great.
I can do small addition with no cords and using a 7/8 auger bit and it just powers through it. The sawzall is just like a corded one, very powerfull. The circ saw is also great, the most I use it for is a service change cutting 3/4 plywood and some 2x4's.

#58722 - 11/16/05 11:00 AM Re: Milwaukee V28  
Tiger  Offline
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 706
Crystal Lake, IL USA
Consumer reports is scientific and unbiased by advertisers.

As the owner of Panasonic cordless tools...I concur.


#58723 - 11/16/05 05:39 PM Re: Milwaukee V28  
ckeck  Offline
Joined: Sep 2005
Posts: 14
San Antonio, TX, US
If you want a set of lithium-ion powered tools you can't go wrong with the Makita LXT400 set.

I picked it up about 3 weeks ago and have been VERY impressed. Powerful, light, ergonomics are GREAT, and the batteries last almost forever it seems. No problems as of yet and I doubt there will be.

#58724 - 11/16/05 08:01 PM Re: Milwaukee V28  
MikeK3145  Offline
Joined: Sep 2005
Posts: 39
Plainfield, Il

Where are you getting 18v DeWalt batteries for under $50?

Panasonic is one of the great secrets of the cordless tool world. For whatever reason they never get the attention that the other big names get, perhaps it's just marketing. They are superb tools though.

I've always thought that Hitachi represented a "good value". Maybe not the best, certainly not the worst, and reasonably priced.

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