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Cordless replacement for this?

I have this old Ryobi drill that I'd like to retire.

I've been looking to replace it with something that's smaller and cordless.

I like Milwaukee's M12 Fuel tools, but I don't know if they have one that can do what this Ryobi does (the most demanding things I've done with it are drilling into hard wood and driving screws into hard wood).

Anyone have any recommendations?
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I have a collection of Makita battery tools. If you have never used an impact driver for driving screws/bolts you don't know what you are missing, you will never go back to using a drill. Others will have their favorite tool brands, generally it is a good idea to stay with one brand as the batteries and chargers are interchangeable. Once you have some batteries and charger you can buy "bare" tools online to round out your collection. I use my Makita reciprocal saw often. I keep a corded tool in my truck because there are times battery tools just can't get the job done. Using a 4 inch hole drill in 3/4 MDF, can ruin a battery tool, been there.

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I have a collection of Makita 18v battery tools. If you have never used an impact driver for driving screws/bolts you don't know what you are missing, you will never go back to using a drill. Others will have their favorite tool brands, generally it is a good idea to stay with one brand as the batteries and chargers are interchangeable. Once you have some batteries and charger you can buy "bare" tools online to round out your collection. I use my Makita reciprocal saw often. I keep a corded tool in my truck because there are times battery tools just can't get the job done. Using a 4 inch hole drill in 3/4 MDF, can ruin a battery tool, been there.

My grandfather was a construction worker and always recommended Makita.

Just looking for a simple, single tool solution if possible. How does this one look?


https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwauke...5-22/309495334


If separate tools is the way to go, I'd want them to be compact.
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Their 1/4 inch M12 impact driver has 3x the torque, I do like their right angle attachments, I have needed right angle tools on occasion. I would not try to find one tool for every job. Your man card allows you to have a collection.
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... it is a good idea to stay with one brand as the batteries and chargers are interchangeable. Once you have some batteries and charger you can buy "bare" tools online to round out your collection.
+1

My collection of Dewalt tools looks like a shelf in the tool aisle at Lowe's for that very reason. Interchangeability. I have a collection of specialized corded tools because I could cherry pick the brand I wanted for each tool, but that goes out the window when you step up to a collection of cordless tools. Pick a line and then grow the collection.

Make sure whatever line you choose has the tools you will want in the future. You don't want to find you need a good [pick a tool] and then learn your chosen model line doesn't do well in that category.
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It is hard to justify the space needed for a workshop to the resource allocation committee if all your tools fit in one gym bag. You need a collection
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+1

My collection of Dewalt tools looks like a shelf in the tool aisle at Lowe's for that very reason. Interchangeability. I have a collection of specialized corded tools because I could cherry pick the brand I wanted for each tool, but that goes out the window when you step up to a collection of cordless tools. Pick a line and then grow the collection.

Make sure whatever line you choose has the tools you will want in the future. You don't want to find you need a good [pick a tool] and then learn your chosen model line doesn't do well in that category.

I’m the same. One other suggestion that I would make is to go with whatever reputable brand has the highest voltage lithium battery right now. They are probably the newest tech and higher voltage usually means more power capability for some of the bigger tools.

I think I switched over tools a few years ago when my old Mikita 12v batteries started getting harder to find from 20 years ago. I’m using the ryobi one+ tools now, which is 18V, but would probably go with Dewalt (20v), metabo (used to be hitachi) (20v) or black and decker (20v) if I was buying all new tools starting today.


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If you have never used an impact driver for driving screws/bolts you don't know what you are missing, you will never go back to using a drill.
^^^ This !

Most of mine are Bosch.

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Spent most of the day looking up tools yesterday. I think this old Ryobi is going to be replaced by two Milwaukee pieces:


- Milwaukee 2504-20 M12 FUEL -- 1/2 in. Cordless Hammer Drill
- Milwaukee 2551-22 M12 FUEL SURGE -- 1/4 in. Hex Hydraulic Driver




I just recently got a Dremel Multi-Max MM50 Oscilating tool. I think that along with the two Milwaukee units should cover everything I usually work on at home, for now at least.
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I have a lot of Milwaukee tools, and +1 to what Big said - once you switch from a drill to an impact driver, you will never go back. I think HDepot sells the combo kit impact + drill M18 for a reasonable price. I added a 5 amp battery to my collection when I bought their cordless router (another tool that has been super helpful in all kids of new ways - especially with the plunge adapter). When I need to drill something big or into concrete - I go for my old corded hammer drill, which I think was a $5 garage sale purchase.
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Spent most of the day looking up tools yesterday. I think this old Ryobi is going to be replaced by two Milwaukee pieces:


- Milwaukee 2504-20 M12 FUEL -- 1/2 in. Cordless Hammer Drill
- Milwaukee 2551-22 M12 FUEL SURGE -- 1/4 in. Hex Hydraulic Driver




I just recently got a Dremel Multi-Max MM50 Oscilating tool. I think that along with the two Milwaukee units should cover everything I usually work on at home, for now at least.
Most of the m12 line is lightweight/lightduty stuff. The m12 driver version is not meant for driving in 100 4" screws.

The m18 is a stonger tool and battery.
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Impact drivers also seem to have a magic ability to make a battery charge go way further !

A mate and I recently laid about 700 lineal feet of deck on a single battery charge.

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Most of the m12 line is lightweight/lightduty stuff. The m12 driver version is not meant for driving in 100 4" screws.

The m18 is a stonger tool and battery.
Sounds like the M12 Fuel line is perfect for me then!
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The only problem I have with the impact drivers is that I keep twisting bits because nothing under 3/8" drive can withstand the torque! They sure are fun to use and with a 1AH battery they are incredibly light for the power they pack. Love it!!!

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Been using the M12 Fuel surge hydraulic driver (whew that's a mouthful) now for a week or so. I've actually used it to drill holes, drive self-tapping screws and just drive regular screws into things. No issues so far. Came with two of the smaller 2.0 amp batteries and I've only gone through one full charge from one of the batteries so far. What I haven't tried yet is using some hole saws in plywood I need to cut holes in. Not sure if it's going to be able to handle that.
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