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Old 11-20-2010, 09:37 AM   #1
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A buddy of mine is tired of using his hand tools on his car. He mentioned he wants to get a cordless screwdriver. Anybody make any suggestions on what to get? Things to consider: size, shape, clutch, battery life. able to be charged by a car charger. Thanks
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I bought this one and it is a really good tool to have in your box. It has a clutch that goes down far enough to be used for small screws in plastic, Li-Po power, a little light to see what your pointing it at, and probably the best part is the quick change chuck. You just snap a bit in and it holds it without falling out, to release just pull up on the chuck about 1/8" and the bit pops out. It was $39, about $10 more than most, but well worth the extra money.

I have a couple of friends who bought ones without chucks, just a 1/4" hex in the end and they get frustrated cause the bits are always falling out.

http://www.ryobitools.com/catalog/po...drivers/HP41LK
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The best one out is the hitachi cordless screwdriver. It comes with 2 lithium batteries and has a clutch that is light enough for RC. The battery lasts several race days and charges in 30 mins Look it up on amazon. Should be around $60-70
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The best one out is the hitachi cordless screwdriver. It comes with 2 lithium batteries and has a clutch that is light enough for RC. The battery lasts several race days and charges in 30 mins Look it up on amazon. Should be around $60-70
+1, its the best tool i've ever purchased. I bought mine a couple months ago and it was on closeout sale, so it might not be available any longer. Its too bad they quit making them, the driver has saved my wrists alot of stress over the last couple months alone.
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Makita makes a driver that is very similar to the Hitachi and I beieve its a little cheaper. Can't go wrong with either one.
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I'm using a Bosch IXO 3.6V Lion whenever I can.
I suppose there are lots of manufacturers around.

Works perfect, it get's the job done.
I use it with the Hudy bits.
No torque control (is optional), but don't miss it.
Just hold not too firmly in your hand.

Certainly the smallest mentioned so far.
Never needed to recharge on site, Lion's are strong and don't deplete.

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Thanks. That was fast. I'll take a look at all of them.
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Whats your guys thoughts on the new Makita cordless.
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Another nice thing about these little drills is they will fit nicely in any standard size stocking...
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Whats your guys thoughts on the new Makita cordless.
Is this the one? It looks good, but it's expensive. I'm not so sure about this one for RC, however I would've loved this as a service tech years ago.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Makita-7-2V-Cord...23864386030717
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Another nice thing about these little drills is they will fit nicely in any standard size stocking...
This just might end up in there. Have Kristy call me and I'll tell her which one to get you. I'll have Janeen call you and you can tell her.
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I bought this one and it is a really good tool to have in your box. It has a clutch that goes down far enough to be used for small screws in plastic, Li-Po power, a little light to see what your pointing it at, and probably the best part is the quick change chuck. You just snap a bit in and it holds it without falling out, to release just pull up on the chuck about 1/8" and the bit pops out. It was $39, about $10 more than most, but well worth the extra money.

I have a couple of friends who bought ones without chucks, just a 1/4" hex in the end and they get frustrated cause the bits are always falling out.

http://www.ryobitools.com/catalog/po...drivers/HP41LK
+1 bought 2 of these they work so well.
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I was looking at getting one of the Makitas until I saw the price! Could not find one for less than 150.00
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http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000H2...0279150&sr=8-1

Dave here you go. I have 2 of these. I got tired of swapping tips. The 7.2 is too powerful IMO.

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I have the ryobi and it is awsom.You can swapp the bit with one hand.I got the MIP bits and they work great.I refuse to work on my cars with out it.Lee
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