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post #5 of Old 09-08-2012
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Re: Best power tools?

Ditto what Gringo said about sticking with one brand to save on batteries and chargers. Not saying they're any better or worse, but I only have a HomeDepot nearby, so I went with Rigid for the most part. Overall I've been very happy. After many drops and abuse, they all work well and are over 5 years old. I haven't had any issues with the batteries, but that is likely personal use dependent. I've repaired barn doors driving heavy screws into oak planks and wondered if the battery would ever die. I did leave a battery out in the snow for several weeks (yeah, my fault) but when it wouldn't charge, HD replaced it, no questions, no receipt. I would say that for casual/hobby use, Rigid will perform just fine. If I were a daily use professional, I'd go for the more expensive brands. Even at that, i doubt the warranty (esp on batteries) would ever be as good as Rigid/Homedepot.

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