By Kerry ZayasMany of you may think that 18v cordless drills have inferior performance to 20v drills do, but it depends on the products. The key to long lasting 18v cordless drill is the lithium battery technology, which has longer usage time compared to Nicad batteries. Designed for practicality and comfort, Dewalt DCD760 KL is an 18v cordless drill with ergonomic shape and handle, comfortable grip, high-speed motor and short recharge time.
Dewalt DCD760 KL is comfortable to hold even for projects in difficult or narrow spaces; it has 17 options for grip adjustments, so anyone can always find the most comfortable grip for his or her project.
Unfortunately, there is no belt clip for this hand drill, but since it is very light, it is manageable to carry around the project area or house, thus making it one of the best 18v cordless drill products for drilling jobs. Combining comfort and performance perfectly in a practical hand drill Dewalt DC720KA is a perfect drill to have for all commercial auto shop mechanics, foreman crew, contractor company crew and home mechanics.
This hand drill is super light and practical, and has low risk of slippage thanks to its durable, ?-inch chuck. Although still uses Nicad batteries, Dewalt DC720KA is still a very reliable tool for both practical and heavy duty performance in an 18v cordless hand drill. This is the best 18v cordless drill for those who aim for super comfortable drilling task, for light to medium projects.
The hand drill has a quite powerful performance for such slim and light tool, thanks to its 18-volt lithium batteries and up to 1,300 RPM.
Finally, bringing innovation in ergonomic shape and size, Bosch DDS 181-02L is a power drill that is super light with slim handle. L-BOXX is a special feature designed to store your Bosch DDS 181-02L when you are not using it. Bosch DDS 181-02L is especially favored by those who look for lightweight, comfort and powerful performance in smaller tool. Meanwhile, all the Bosch series above are perfect for small to medium projects thanks to their super lightweight bodies. Cordless hammer drill twin pack suitable for a variety of hammer drilling, rotary drilling and light chiselling applications. The Hitachi DV18DSFAV Combi Hammer Drill is fitted with a fan cooled motor and a two speed gearbox, allowing you to set either a high or low speed. The M18 BPD is a compact, high performance percussion drill that measures only 198mm in length, making it ideal for use in confined spaces. The Einhell TE-CD18LI Cordless Drill Driver is a premium and powerful solution for effective drilling into wood, plastic, concrete and metal. From Facom, the CL3.P18S Cordless Drill Driver has been constructed for reliable, long lasting performance.
Professional heavy-duty hammer drill has been ergonomically designed for less operator fatigue and ease of control. While cordless impact drivers still aren’t quite as in-demand as cordless drills, interest in these high-powered fastening tools continues to grow.
That’s not to say that impact drivers are better than drills, although they are certainly different. These days, there are two main kinds of impact drivers – single speed, and multi-speed. Milwaukee’s M18 Fuel impact driver, which is available by itself (2653-20), as part of a compact Li-ion battery kit (2653-22ct), and as part of a high capacity battery kit (2653-22), is very good at what it does.
This impact is comfortable to use, runtime is great, and its brushless motor delivers gobs of fastener-tightening power.
There are plenty of user conveniences as well, such as the battery’s built-in LED fuel gauge, which is positioned at the front of the tool and is easily accessed, the removable belt hook, and the LED worklight. Milwaukee might not have come out with the most compact impact driver, but the M18 Fuel brushless model is a solid performer all around. The Makita 18V LXDT06 impact driver came close to besting the Milwaukee M18 Fuel, if not for the Milwaukee’s added power, greater user friendliness, and lower price.
Makita’s LXDT06 is still plenty powerful, and still looks to be the most compact impact driver currently on the market, at least in the USA. This Makita also sports a brushless motor, which of course means greater runtime compared to brushed motor impacts.
Even with better impact drivers at my disposal, I sometimes find myself searching this one out, at least when my personal Bosch 18V impact is nowhere to be found. If you picked up another tool from the expanded Porter Cable 20V Max lineup first, you might be mistaken into thinking the impact driver was another so-so performer.
The 2-battery kit is priced at $125 most of the time, but sometimes it goes up to $140, and other times it goes down to $99.
If you’re on a tighter budget, this is the impact to buy, at least if you want a little extra robustness. The Bosch IDH182 18V hybrid brushless impact driver is part impact driver, part impact wrench.
Due to the hybrid bit holder and socket driver design, the Bosch IDH182 isn’t quite as compact as a standalone single-purpose impact driver.
This is the impact to buy if you often find yourself switching between an impact driver and an impact wrench or square drive bit adapters.
The M12 Fuel impact driver, model 2453, delivers power when you need it (1,200 in-lbs), and lower torque (175 in-lbs) when you need greater finesse and precision. I was kind of hard on Ingersoll Rand when they first announced their 12V line of cordless power tools. I’ve used plenty of superb impact drivers, including the aforementioned Milwaukee Fuel model, but this one has a somewhat greater indestructible feel to it. Quite frankly, I’m not sure how Bosch is able to offer their PS41 2-battery impact driver kit for less than $115.
Even after being on the market for more than 4 years now, the PS41 is still one of the most compact and comfortable 12V impact drivers I’ve used. I almost feel bad calling the Bosch PS41 a budget model, as it is comfortable, durable, and powerful enough for a majority of professional users and applications, yet priced low enough for DIYers, hobbyists, and homeowners. This is the best budget-without-being-a-budget-model-by-design impact driver currently available. The Craftsman Nextec RAID is an okay right angle impact driver, bit it’s not as good as others. I have a perhaps outdated, perhaps redundant question that i hope someone reads and can provide an answer. Im on the market for a 12v impact to compliment a Festool TXS 10.8v drill driver, something torqueir to drive fasteners.
My true question is why with all these new offerings does the dewalt 12v impact with 1.5ah batts remain up their in cost? Impact drivers (I have the milwaukee m18 fuel) are the best possible solution for driving long screws with no backing the screw in and out to get it in all the way. I know these impact drivers are wonderful for removing lug nuts on tires but what other nifty functions do these impact driver perform well at. Impact drivers are great for driving longer or larger fasteners, but ones with 2 or 3 torque and speed settings can more easily be used with smaller screws with less risk of fastener damage. While it might be possible to remove smaller or looser lugs, this is not the type of tool you want for lug nut removal. Even in driving situations where a drill might have sufficient torque to seat a large or long fastener, an impact driver will usually do it quicker. Additionally, removing heavy lugs can be tasking on an impact driver, as they’re not optimized for this type of use. Looking at the Craftsman heavy duty impact wrench that came out a couple of months ago, it delivers up to 300 ft-lbs (3600 in-lbs) of torque.
The only problem I have with my M12 Fuel impact driver is that its causing me to want more M12 Fuel tools! My 18V impact driver is old enough that the M12 Fuel version has more torque, weighs half as much (not even taking into account battery weight) and drives screws in faster.
It’s going all M12 is a viable option with the Fuel Sawzall and soon to be released Fuel circular saw. I have a M12 Fuel impact drill, and it honestly works as good or better than my old 18V Makita drill.
The 12v Fuel line up is light an powerful, great for everyday stuff… and the 18v Fuel will give some serious competition to my corded tools. I remember reading about Milwaukee’s Fuel lineup years ago, but until I tried them, I had no idea how well they actually perform. I think the only change for me would be I would put the Makita above the milwaukee for 18v. By Trade Articles and reviews that are trade-specific or suited particularly for a specific trade.
Fasteners Hardware and fasteners, including all types of screws, nails, hinges, springs, and other devices you may find in the hardware aisle of your local retailer or supplier. Pro Tool Reviews did its first corded oscillating multi tools comparison shootout back in 2009. I won’t give it away, but it involves getting every model you can get your hands on and running them head-to-head through a battery of tests. Finding the best cordless oscillating multi-tools today is important for a variety of reasons. Every one of the tools tested in this roundup article have many similar features, but also several unique details.
In order for these hard wood tests to be accurate and repeatable, a system was needed that would deliver consistent force to the blade—a system that was better than just using your hands. The test was simple: Which tool could plunge-cut through the ancient knot-free heart-pine board the fastest? Having already tested corded oscillating multi-tools, I knew that there’s nothing quite like plunge-cutting into hardwood floors. Overall, the nail added roughly 15-20 seconds to the cut on average, which also matched up with our experiences using the tool freehand to cut standing galvanized nails. I still had some more objective tests to run, but handling the tools is another big part of what makes for the best cordless oscillating multi-tools. The Porter-Cable 20V PCC710 and the DeWalt DCS355 both had a ton of vibration (and were two of the louder, higher-pitched tools in the round-up).

All of the 18V oscillating multi-tools had an integrated LED light with the exception of both the Bosch and Fein models. Of the best cordless oscillating multi-tools tested, only the Ridgid and the Makita required a tool to change out an accessory. Given OSHA’s rules on occupational noise exposure in the workplace, testing the multi-tools for maximum sound output seemed like a good idea. Which multi-tool you choose will depend a lot upon what your needs are, but I couldn’t help but be blown away by the Makita LXMT025. The Bosch came across as a very well-built, but very squared-off tool that feels extra large in the hand—a trait I don’t view as an asset for comfort.
Verdict: This is a Mercedes Benz multi-tool that prices itself like a Volkswagen and looks like a Volvo. Verdict: If you want the most expensive well-built cordless multi-tool you can buy, this is it. I don’t want to insult Makita by saying I was surprised by how good this tool was, but it clearly blew away our team during the testing. Verdict: This is an average multi-tool that you can pickup for cheap and use on just about anything. The 20V Max version of the Porter-Cable oscillating multi-tool improves a bit on the former model, like losing the dramatic backwards lean (it now stands straight, perpendicular to the battery). Verdict: Priced $100 or more under most other kits, DeWalt is going after the remaining market with this impressive brushless tool. Hey, if you still don’t think you have enough information after all this—our friends over at ToolBoxBuzz did their own review of OMTs. The best 18v cordless drill products in the market are actually quite good and they can deliver great performance for better work productivity. Modern 18v lithium batteries also have shorter recharge time than old batteries, thus ensuring better productivity if you are in the middle of a long project. The drill itself is quite light, namely, only 4 pounds, and the pistol grip is slim to help keeping the hand and wrist comfortable. Dewalt DC720KA has more grip adjustment options than the previous product, and it also comes with dual speed ranges. The motor has 450-watt power, making this device the best 18v cordless drill for heavy-duty tasks for personal and commercial projects.
Bosch DDB 180-02 is a great tool to have by home mechanic, and great to handle various projects around the house. This makes you able to finish drilling and driving job fast and with less fatigue than other bigger models. L-BOXX is water resistant; it has segmented sections for easier access, opening mechanism that uses clicking action and better organization system for all the smallest and largest bits. In addition, the storage-box organization system makes you more productive at work and able to organize all the smallest parts. If you want s powerful performance with such s small package, Dewalt DCD760 is your option.
However, they are still packed with powerful performances that will present better result in drilling and driving tasks, especially with Bosch DDS 181-02L that has such innovative storage system. When you have finished your detective work, you will probably find us useful on your Power Tools products. You will also find those with brushless motors, and those with non-brushless (brushed) motors. For this best cordless impact driver roundup, I started off by thinking about the best impact driver models I have used.
Impact-rated bits are made from tougher steel than non-impact bits, which reduces the likelihood that they will break apart or shatter during use. The multiple speed and torque settings come in handy when you need to drive in smaller fasteners. To be fair, belt hooks and LED worklights are pretty standard these days, although the LED battery fuel gauge design is still the most practical one I’ve seen yet.
But, if you already bought into Milwaukee’s M18 power tool lineup, you can add the bare tool to your tool collection for just $129. When you toggle this mode, the driver will start off in high speed, and then shifts to a lower speed and torque setting once the tool senses resistance as a fastener is closer to being driven into position. On the plus side, Makita’s batteries charge super fast on their actively cooled rapid charger.
The DCF895 is compact, it features three speed and torque settings, and its brushless motor provides for plenty of power and runtime.
In fact, I own a couple of Porter Cable’s 18V tools, and bought them because they offer okay features and deliver reasonably okay performance at great prices. This Porter Cable impact feels a little more solid than say, Ryobi or Craftsman’s $100-$125 impact driver kits. It first debuted as an 18V brushed motor hybrid impact in Europe before evolving into a brushless model that was released internationally. It’s a great multi-functional and versatile cordless tool, but not quite in the running for best overall impact driver. The Milwaukee M12 Fuel impact driver, which I reviewed a while ago, is the best compact cordless impact I’ve used thus far. At this time, I’m not even sure there are any other 12V-class brushless impact drivers currently on the market. Its plastic grip and housing materials are specially formulated to resist common automotive fluids, solvents, and chemicals, and the polished aluminum gearbox is both easy to clean and durable enough to shrug off bumps and bangs with ease. Its design doesn’t even seem to be getting long in the tooth, as its ring-style LED worklight and built-on LED battery fuel gauge are timeless conveniences.
I know it has a very uncertain future but that little wonder comes in very handy very often.
I originally used it in tight spaces, but I quickly found myself using it on most of my project builds. The new Makita with slide pack, both m12 offerings, bosch, the older makita, the Hitachi and dewalts dated version.
Impact drivers are more designed for fastener installation, while impact wrenches have the oomph to break stubborn lugs free. A heavy duty wrench won’t be anywhere as compact as one of these impact drivers, but it will save you from having to buy two tools, at least at first.
As with the impact drivers, it might have enough torque to handle some lug nuts, but it’s not going to be the tool you want when you need to break free long-seated, seized, rusted, over-torqued, or stubborn lugs.
Guess I’m going to have to tell the wife to buy me another type of tool for Christmas.
In practice, it can remove lug nuts in many cases, but in less-than-ideal situations, you’re going to need more power. I bought it as I was planning to construct a number of raised beds (2×8’s fastened to posts sunk into the soil) in the garden – and thought that my M12 2450-20 was not up to the task – and running an air hose from the garage (piped up to my shop air compressor) to use my CP impact gun was not going to be too handy. It was one of my earliest comparison articles and remains popular with those looking to check out what’s available in the realm of corded multi-tools. They’re all 18V (nominal) models with the exception of the Fein MultiMaster, which is 14.4 (but certainly holds its own weight. When you need to cut out a floor register, or cut in an area to replace with plywood for laying tile, an oscillating multi-tool is a very handy tool to have around.
To accomplish this, I built a class 3 lever system with the help of fellow-reviewer David Delk.
Each test was run three times per tool, and a stopwatch was used to keep score for each test during each round. When you need to cut out piece of material that may have embedded nails, however, it’s good to know that your tool can handle the job. Remember that plunge cuts like this are almost always going to be faster when you are varying the cutting angle and when you keep the blade in motion. Vibration reduction is a big deal on tools like this and it was very clear who had it and who didn’t seem to prioritize that in the development process.
On the PCC710, I liked how you could choke up in the head of the tool and really maneuver it.
Also, while the Ridgid JobMax technically had an LED, it is much more optimized for the tool’s driving heads and throws considerable shadows when using the multi-tool and a cutting accessory.
Having texted several 12V models, the problem with cordless multi-tools has always been that you’re constantly (it seems) reaching for a new battery. There weren’t too many surprises here, with all tools falling into a range from 88dB to 93 dB SPL. The Makita LXMT025 has roughly half the vibration of most other tools and is almost a pleasure to work with. It’s easy to maneuver and the blade change mechanism is simple to use, though it requires unscrewing the retaining bolt.
It’s very heavy towards the rear of the tool, so it wants to lean back on you during use.
Other than that you get a new outer shell, and the power switch has been moved towards the bottom of the handle to let you choke up on the tool if desired.
We loved the cutting speed, the handling and the included accessory for setting your depth of cut. In addition, the new cordless drill models are very convenient and comfortable to handle, with adjustable grips to ensure maximum comfort. This is a recommended tool for home projects and light to medium commercial projects and various practical tasks.
This hand drill is super weight; only 3 pounds, and with super comfortable pistol grip as well as 15 handle grip settings for more comfortable work. Bosch DDS 181-02L comes in sets of great features to provide high performance in various projects, and it comes with a great toolbox technology called L-BOXX.
Dewalt DC720KA also delivers quite powerful performance, but it still uses Nicad batteries, which take longer time to recharge and have shorter operating time.
Often, but not always, brushless impact drivers will also offer multiple speed and torque settings. The discussion was supposed to be quick and focused, but there are too many very highly recommended models that I couldn’t leave out.

It is incredibly light and with the trigger right up at the top, tool control is better than anything I have used.
BUT, you would probably also want to buy a multi-speed impact wrench, as the max torque on a heavy duty model would be difficult to control when driving in smaller fasteners. I read an article on a Craftsman model awhile back and it reviewed the torque rating and how it was good for tires, so assumed all impact wrenches were good for tire removal.
Even if the delivered power approaches the limit of the tool, this typically only happens at the end when a fastener is nearly seated. If you tighten your own lugs and to proper torque levels, then you might not need to step up to an impact wrench. I considered buying a cordless ? inch impact gun – but thought that the 2675 would be more useful. At the time, finding the best cordless oscillating multi-tools was a pipe dream—cordless multi-tools were just starting to hit the market—and most of those new models were of the 12V variety.
Excepting the Bosch MXH180BL and the Fein Multimaster, all of the tools include a handy LED to illuminate the work area. The problem is, with older floors—the kind I most often run into—you’re dealing with heart pine or even oak which presents a significant cutting challenge if you’re doing more than just punching out a couple of slots.
After a few jobs you’re going to have to go shopping for a blade, and so a tool review based on the included blade is all but worthless if you want to know about the actual tool’s performance. What I didn’t expect was that it would be bested by the Makita—which turned out to be the stealthy star player over and over again (keep reading).
Our testing involved a static tool position with only 2.5 pounds of downward force to the blade. Of the tool-less models, the Fein took a while to get used to, but once I did, I actually liked how the system worked—particularly because it didn’t require any threading. To sweeten the pot, it only takes 30 minutes to recharge the Makita before it’s ready to go again. This means that when measured from 36″ away, the tool is capable of emitting this level of noise when measured with an SPL meter using C-weighting (we set it to slow response to ensure the output we were hearing was sustained). It also had the least vibration of all tools tested and the fastest charge time for an 18V battery. It has a nice, long run-time and charges the battery in less time than any other 18V tool (which is good because the company refuses to add a battery level meter to its tools). This tool has a lot of vibration compared to some of the others, and we were surprised by its slower cutting speed and the run-time performance. While tool-less accessory system is nice, you’ll end up using a tool if you want to go for any non-Porter-Cable (OIS) accessories. Because of this and a nice finger detent near the top, this tool feels very nimble in the hand. The ergonomics of this tool are excellent, and it has the narrowest and most comfortable handle of all of the tools tested (save, perhaps, the DeWalt).
The brushless motor (the only other tool advertising an EC motor is the Bosch MXH180BL) means that you should be able to get many years of use out of this tool. Favorite 18v cordless drills come in various brands such as Dewalt and Bosch, and they become favorites among many workers and mechanics. However, both receive positive responses for many users in case of heavy-duty performance from 18v had drill. It’s simple, and its brushless motor delivers a good balance between power and runtime.
When using an impact driver to break free a stubborn lug, you might need to run it at its full power for quite some time until the lug loosens up. Today’s cordless multi-tools have come a long way, and the current crop of 18 volt(ish) models are more than a little impressive. That could be cutting into a pipe that doesn’t have a lot of lateral clearance, or it could be slicing a nice vertical cut into a piece of baseboard moulding.
Most of the tools also come in kits, but Ridgid’s JobMax and Porter-Cable’s 20V Max tools currently only fly solo, allowing you to add them into your collection at a much lower cost of entry.
For this test I grabbed some pieces of 90-year-old heart pine flooring and went to work to discover which model woudl be the best cordless oscillating multi-tool in this category. The result was a consistent, repeatable test that could be executed over and over again to average the results. It required a bit of setup, but it did an adequate job of revealing the tool’s ability to handle metal encountered in the course of executing a cut.
This was mostly due to locating the power button at the base of the tool (which was a tad awkward). The Bosch MXH180BL is hands-down the easiest to use and could run circles around any of the other tools in ease of changing accessories. There is, in my mind, really no reason to purchase a corded multi-tool if you’re not working in a shop where you need absolute constant run-time (or to reduce the tool weight as much as possible). The tool-less blade release is tough to operate at first, but once you get used to it you can change out accessories lightning quick. I also found it really odd that the tool didn’t clamp flush to most accessories—including Porter-Cable’s own. I can now say that the tool was up to the task – my wife likes the raised beds and surrounding cedar seating. While not stellar in terms of quality, they were OIS-compatible and allowed us to test all of the tools without having to insert any adapters. The two tools on the bottom end were the 20V Max Porter-Cable PCC710 and the DeWalt DCS355. We did these tests with brand new blades using a hand-held method because it’s nearly impossible on a small diameter nail to eliminate the counteracting vibrations caused by the workpiece.
I liked being able to stand the DeWalt, Makita and Porter-Cable models vertically, though the 18V Porter-Cable had a significant amount of weight towards the rear of the tool that kept it off-balance. Milwaukee’s 2626-20 is simple to use, but it does require unthreading the center post for three full revolutions before you can pull it out and replace the accessory. It’s also one of four tools that can stand upright (the others are the Porter-Cable PCCK510, the 20V Max PCC710 and the DeWalt DCS355). The Milwaukee runs very hot, and the blade and retaining ring heat up significantly during use.
The LED Light is perfectly placed on the work area and it’s great that the tool stands upright (albeit with a dramatic backwards lean).
I’ve cut dozens of door jambs out in the course of laying tile or wood flooring, and the oscillating multi-tool is always my go-to tool for this type of work.
What this means is that you can expect even better performance all around if you take our tests and results and substitute a superior quality accessory blade.
The PCC710 took an astoundingly long 68.7 seconds on average to plunge cut our board—a fact we attributed to its tendency to lose lateral movement ability when encountering a significant load. In the end, I believe our test configuration was more than adequate for comparing the tools in a more apples-to-apples face-off.
The Milwaukee, Fein, Ridgid and Bosch had almost perfect balance and poise, though the Bosch is unbelievably squarish in shape and a bit unwieldy unless you have huge hands.
The DeWalt and Porter-Cable models are very simple clamping-style mechanisms, but if you want to use a non-slotted accessory you’re stuck with the OIS-style adapter and having to use an Allen wrench to secure everything in place. My general recommendation is that if you plan on using these tools, you should don protective earmuffs or plugs.
They also exhibited the least vibration, channeling all of the cutting effort into the work piece—and not your hand. There’s no LED on tis tool, so bear that in mind if you tend to work in dimply-lit locations. Now, your full-size cordless oscillating multi-tool will easily deliver over a half hour of work—on the low side.
It’s so significantly better at it than any manual or other power saw type that I’d happily go pick up a new multi-tool if I were in the middle of a job and my tool gave out. This at least gave the tool some load during the test so it wasn’t purely an idle speed battery comparison. I also loved the refinement of the Fein AFMM 14 MultiMaster, particularly in how well put-together the tool is and its overall build quality—which is superb (but you’ll pay for it).
You can’t go wrong with an m18 impact driver and the battery life really is excellent! I’ve spilled many drinks and dumped lots of automobile fluids in the process of reaching my destination with the air hose.
The clamp-style models also never seemed to provide a flush fit to any of the accessories I mated to the tool.
The DeWalt gave indeterminate results as its protection mode kicked in at around 10 minutes…then again 5 minutes later. The Bosch MXH180BL and the DeWalt DCS355 are the only brushless multi tools on the market I’m aware of, and the Bosch in particular just feels like a solid machine that will last forever. I wasn’t convinced it hadn’t just hit a soft part of wood until I reset the test and ran it two more times. Its excellent score, in fact, caused us to retest all the tools—but the results didn’t seem to change. In terms of sheer value, it will be hard to beat picking up the Porter-Cable PCC710 if you’ve already bought into the 20V Max system. In evaluating why some tools were better at cutting than others, it was difficult to come up with a clear reason.
At first I thought vibration might be the culprit—as, for the most part, the smoother tools performed better. The Makita LXMT025 has an additional .2 degrees of swing over most other tools (the DeWalt shares this) which could be enough to cut more aggressively through material.
Also, the tool’s ability to maintain that angle of movement even when plunge-cutting into hard wood (similar to a drill maintaining its maximum torque under load) seemed to be a related factor.

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