I bought an cheap Ryobi 18V kit 6 years ago (Drill/Driver + Reciprocating, Circular and Scroll saws). I didn't expect it to last but the kit did a great job for 6 years and just now the 18V batteries are failing.
I've now been looking at a new set but I think I'm going in a different direction as I've come to the realization that 18V cordless tools have their problems...
- For light duty work around the house 18V tools are bulkier and and heavier than I'd like.
- For most medium to heavy duty work 18V tools do fine but man do they suck down the juice from the batteries.
- Good 18V tools (Dewalt, Milwaukee, Mikita, Bosch...) are expensive... The replacement batteries are INSANELY EXPENSIVE!
So now I'm looking to go with a combination of a 12V cordless + corded tools. So for example a combination of a 12V driver/drill and a corded hammer drill. I think such a combination is way more versatile and may actually be less expensive than some of the better 18V hammer driver/drills.
The 12V cordless system that I'm considering is the Milwaukee M12 combo:
- impact driver
- hackzall (this looks really cool)
- work light
- 2 M12 batteries
- 30 minute charger
Any experience with this set here? The combo kit is reasonably priced and additional batteries are like $25~30 each.