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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
[This message has been edited by MikeK3145 (edited 11-16-2005).]