Originally Posted by sailortrash
So I need to get some power tools and I was wondering what brand you guys had the best of luck with? I am looking at the dewalt makita and milwaukee. I believe that i am going to get a large combo so I don't have a hodgepodge of brands and chargers. I know they are all decent I was just wondering which ones held up better in a marine enviroment.
Best cordless is drill is Dewalt (XLR or whatever???). It is also the most expensive. They did well on that. I am a fan of all things Milwaukee... but you pay for it.
In my opinion, if anyone wants it, save the money on the cordless stuff. It doesn't work great as a cruiser/LA and if you are just looking for something when you are part time and at slip, you can use 110v stuff at a tenth of the price and many times the torque. Half the crap ends up in the water anyways. Get yourself a good inverter and some extension cords. Only exception might be when going up the mast.
I have cordless stuff and have pretty much pulled it all off on the boat. Problem is that is needs to stay charged, or like any battery, it begins to lose it. Chraging requires constant power and I have better things to drain power on. A good inverter and a power tool doesn't cost anything to maintain and is a lot cheaper.