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  Reply # 763999 18-Feb-2013 10:01
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Dewalt is junk, and their representation in NZ is basically non-existent now..... steer clear. (I used to use them on all our jobs, now I wouldn't step over a cloth steeped in urine for them)

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  Reply # 764012 18-Feb-2013 10:23
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MikeSkyrme: I use the Hitachi cordless range, I purchased a set of tools complete with two lithium-ion batteries. I can not fault them.


Another vote for hitachi !!!!

I do network installs drilling through tin roofs, walls etc. My hitachi is rock solid and the batteries charge in an hour. THey charge faster than I can wear them out.

Got a kit with two batteries, torch and drill for$320 from mitre10. Get the 18v version. The 12v is good but more power is always better.

My 80 year old friend still uses his hitachi for daily wood work after 6 years. Batteries are interchangable and there is a source for third party options. WE have also carved some of the plastic off newer batteries and used them in older drills and vice versa :)

Cheap drills dont last battery wise and their chuck is often not big enough. from memory you want a 13 mill chuck at least.

Lastly - have three sparky friends - all using hitachi. THey are a mean green machine and worth every cent

Disclaimer - I dont work for, get paid by or in any other way other than as a user have any affiliation with hitachui - I just love em.





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  Reply # 764016 18-Feb-2013 10:26
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jonherries: Forgot to mention I am left handed, so holding it backwards comfortably matters to me too.

Jon


THe belt hook on the hitachis can be changed to the other side - as a lefty I hated working with mates tools as the belt tool got in the way. Hitachi works well.

PS I might have to cvhange my name from nunz to Hitachi Fan guy or something at this rate :)





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  Reply # 765335 18-Feb-2013 18:52
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+1 for Hatachi been through a few cheapies and just not worth it got a small Hatachi and it has been great.







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  Reply # 765344 18-Feb-2013 19:01
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cheers guys it will either be hitachi or makita they seem to be the most recommended brands without any complaints.

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  Reply # 765349 18-Feb-2013 19:08
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whichever you go for, get the current slide on batteries, not the old models with the ones with the post in the middle of the top. extra tools are about the same on amazon and ebay for either.




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