Hi All, I wanted to know what everyones opinions are on what you think the best brands of power tools are for professionals, the at home DIYer and the one time users.
My personal preferences are as follows:
Professional (top of the range):
4. Bosche Blue
2. Bosche Green
3. Ozito Power Xchange (red)
One time user:
I would agree with your selection of brands for that purpose. I had a full suite of Hilti cordless tools but recently sold them because spares/repairs were too expensive.
I have a full suite of Ryobi 18+ that my apprentices over the last 6-7 years have abused and all are still going strong (abeit a bit worse for wear). These I also use in the shed at home.
I fully recommend Makita power tools. Have heard too many complaints about their cordless models (skins ok but battery life a bit disappointing).
DeWalt is made by Black and Decker and I have noticed over the years that they seem to be dwindling away, especially in the building trade.
Bosch Blue look very interesting and I recently bought a laser line level which is quiet good and very accurate. I will be looking to replace my current gear with this in the future. However not all their product range is actually available in Australia and I need to investigate after sales service/spares.
Festool is a great brand also, but $100 for 5 replacement bags for a vacuum is going a bit too far. Not recommended for DIY.
The problem with cordless tools are, if you don't use them, the battery will eventually die and you won't be able to re-charge them. So even for occasional use, I would still recommend a brand which converts to trickle charge so you can maintain your battery.
When I bought my house I grabbed a Bosche "Green" kit from Bunnings - They have been great sofar and when I watch "Better homes and gardens" I get to see my tools getting used hahahahha. The "green" Bosche ones are more for home DIY though - The blue ones are more aimed at professional use I think (If you got the money and want Bosche - Id go blue if moneys no object but my green ones are working for me fine sofar at home)
I have a couple tradie mates though - and they swear by Milwaukee (seem to see alot of milwaukee tools on job sites locally too) and I have DIY mates who swear by Makita (home DIY'ers) Have heard good things about both those brands as well, my Green bosche have been good to me sofar at home though (my kit came with a spare battery as well was good)
Theres a youtube video around of Dewalt VS Milwaukee drills where they hook them up to each other for a "fight to the death" (which is why i havnt mentioned Dewalt - Milwaukee annhilated dewalt to the point of breaking it so Milwaukee is probably the better option out of those 2 if comparing dewalt and milwaukee specifically)
My brother inlaw is a Ryobi +one(?) Fanatic - I gotta admit Im pretty impressed with the attachements and tools for those that are around now - He can even trim hedges/chainsaw/circular saw etc with his ryobi and it sure looks handy all his tools using the same battery and they have a huge range of tools available too.
Should mention - this is all just my opinion and what Ive heard around "the traps" - Im definatly not a tradie or hard on my tools at all (or even that good at using tools hahahhaha)
i have dewalt high torque brushless motor drill and impact driver set. with two 5 amph batteries and a charger.
I use the drill with powerplanters
These and the drill have helped me so much with establishinh my new garden and digging 1 metere deep post holes for my vertical gardens. I will share a post on these vertical garden ideas soon.
I get nothing from dewalt or power planter to say this. I am just so happy with both.
The drill gets dirty and muddy when i digging holes but it cleans up like new.
Look forward to sharing more with people in the future.
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