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    Default Best cordless drill for $200

    I want to get a cordless drill for gyprocking, building new shed, maybe drilling into some bricks, and general house duties.

    I have seen there are lithium powered drills now and at Bunnings i saw some Ozito cordless drills which seamed good value.

    I think that Ozito brand was a 18V Lithium Ion Cordless Hammer Drill OZLICHD18A .

    Anyone know the torque rating of that drill, or anyone know of the strongest cordless drill for $200.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swoosh View Post
    I want to get a cordless drill for gyprocking, building new shed, maybe drilling into some bricks, and general house duties.

    I have seen there are lithium powered drills now and at Bunnings i saw some Ozito cordless drills which seamed good value.

    I think that Ozito brand was a 18V Lithium Ion Cordless Hammer Drill OZLICHD18A .

    Anyone know the torque rating of that drill, or anyone know of the strongest cordless drill for $200.
    Welcome Swoosh
    I haven't used Ozito stuff, I suppose it is same qaulity level to GMC/Ryobi.
    If your budget is up to $200, you'd better consider to save a bit more and go for either Makita or Hitachi 18V li-ion drill. They are much better than Ozito. You can get a bare drill for about $180, a 1.5AH battery for about $65 and a charge for about $100. For home use it'll last for at least 20 years.

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    in late 2007 we bought a business called "panther power tools' which was a warranty service centre for ozito & ryobi. I reckon we would get on average 5-10 calls per day from customers with service issues with the ozito brand....its costing us a bomb in call diversions from the panther phone number to ours

    If you want to spend a little bit more than $200 we can do you the hitachi 18v impact drill with 2 x 1.5ah batteries for $320+gst
    http://www.vektools.com.au/hitachi-l...ll-p-5541.html

    If your in the area pop in & have a go in our test area.

    If you dont want to spend more than $200 i would definately go the ryobi over the ozito they have alot more technology behind them & are a safer due to beeing owned by the same company that owns Milwaukee & AEG which are industrial focused brands

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    Same here swoosh, welcome aboard. I own a 12 volt makita and its done a swag of work here at home and we bought a 55 year old home full of hard wood. The drill itself has handeled everything I have thrown at it and its awesome. I reckon if you have a look around you should be able to pick a Makita for around 200 or as ecsk has suggested save a bit more and go for the bigger option.
    Dave,
    hug the tree before you start the chainsaw.

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    Regarding the 18 V ozito drill....Ozito is normally a brand associated with the rubbish bin. But...
    I got its little 14.4 volt brother at bunnings about 10 months ago. For just under 300 bucks. It is now selling for 160. I bought it cos 1: I liked the metal chuck, and the fact that the spindle locks. Things don't slip in this one, and you wont rip great chunks out of it when you mash it against something. 2: the silvery metal looking bits are actually metal, 3: its Li-ion. 4: Quality looked and felt much better than the rest in the sub $300 category... remember, they are almost all made in China (aka PRC).
    I use this unit VERY HARD at work as an electrician. Every day. Holesaws up to 32 mm thru sheet stainless. Any drill that fits in the 13mm chuck. Tapping holes ( the only one it struggled with was a 16 X 1.5 conduit tap thru 12 mm of stainless)
    Have not tried the hammer function tho, would not expect too much from it. Fast recharge, only down side is the 1.3AH capacity. But it still goes a long way, and does not lose power as the battery runs down.
    Light weight. I have used a better drill, but millwaukee V28 s are not in this price range.
    It is so good I got one for home as well.

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    I bought a bosch proffesional 14.4v for 189 - i use it daily - and have no complaints at all.

    I also got sucked in by an ozito hammer/drill/driver - 89. I am disgusted by the terrible quality, and uselessness of this tool. It is the equivalent of a toaster that makes lukewarm, moist toast. Its freaking awful.

    For that extra 100 bucks that I paid for the bosch, I got a drill that I use on the job everyday, that I enjoy using at that will last many years, particularly for home use. The hammer on the ozito was useless, the power even in pine with brand new drill bits was terrible.

    Buy makita or bosch or equivalent. Save yourself the pain of throwing away junk. I would also recommend that you get a corded hammer drill along with a cordless drill/driver. You won't get a cordless hammer drill/driver that can actually serve your needs for that price ( I am looking, so if anyone has any suggestions), plus having the two drills, or a drill and a driver is a big help.

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    soulspirit.. go to bunnings, check out the ozito OZLICHD144A or the 18V one. It is nothing like any ozito product you have ever seen. Buy it, take it home and try it. Remember, you can bring it back for a refund if you dont like it. Bet you dont bring it back and the bosch ends up being your dust collecting backup drill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mick7 View Post
    soulspirit.. go to bunnings, check out the ozito OZLICHD144A or the 18V one. It is nothing like any ozito product you have ever seen. Buy it, take it home and try it. Remember, you can bring it back for a refund if you dont like it. Bet you dont bring it back and the bosch ends up being your dust collecting backup drill.
    The one I bought was the OZCD144V2BK - which according to the specs sheet on the ozito website has 18Nm of torque. This is the one I can't stand.

    The one you are talking about has 36Nm of torque - and twice the impact rate also. Interesting, i'm glad it works for you. Any idea what this one costs? Here is the link if anyones interested - http://ozitoindustries.com/productpr...id=OZLICHD144A

    Also - here is a converter for torque. Nm to Lb-ft etc... http://www.boltscience.com/pages/convert.htm

    Mick7 - could you please try the hammer function? That is the major selling point for me anyway. So... you use a corded hammer drill? Would you recommend that as well?

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    Hi all,
    I am newbie in this forum either.
    I am looking for same price range cordless drill for daily home work only.
    From some google and this forum reserach, Makita seems to be the most reliable one and Ryobi/Ozito is the best budget one.

    And I just found the catalogue of bunnings has the Makita 14.4V 2 speed hammer drill on sale price is 215.-
    Its a bit higher than my initial budget, but if its good and reliable, I may go after it.
    Any suggestion or commend for that one?

    Cheers
    Colin

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    We analyzed and rated 40 cordless drills in the 14.4V and 18V categories, and surprisingly, Hitachi came out on top both times. The DS14DL and the DS18DL had the best scores for power, weight, speed, battery, durability, and features.

    Bosch, DeWalt, Milwaukee, and Panasonic, were all in the top 5, but Hitachi was the one to beat.

    - Charlie at Cordless Drill Reviews

    P.S. I'm not a Hitachi salesman : )

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    I had a 14.4 Makita drill/driver which was great, very light and was perfect for my work. But you go though the batterys very quickly i use to have 5 batterys in my car at all times, i also have a 14.4 makita impact driver, which are also great drills except they get very hot if worked to hard.

    We have started to buy some ryobi lithium drills
    http://www.ryobi.com.au/Products/Lit...RIVER-KIT.aspx

    we have two of these kits and 1 complete kit, they seem to be great with plenty of talk (maybe to much) for what we use them for. they are currently $270 at bunnings.

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