The Best Cordless Power Tool Brand

Choosing a cordless power tool is similar to buying into a system. Once you’re in, you’re invested. That means it’s important to pick a system that works best for you at the beginning. Manufacturers want you to continue buying their brand in the future so they make sure their batteries and accessories are proprietary and won’t work with any other system. Let’s take a look and see which cordless power tool brand is the best.

DEWALT DCK240C2 20v Lithium Drill Driver/Impact Combo Kit (1.3Ah)
Warranty
3 year limited, 1 year free service, 90 day money back guarantee
Country of Manufacture
Made in USA with global materials
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Price
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Milwaukee 2691-22 18-Volt Compact Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit
Warranty
5 year limited warranty
Country of Manufacture
China
Prime Status
Price
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Brand Consolidation

The tool industry saw many acquisitions and consolidations in 2018 and years prior. Stanley is now a Fortune 500 company that goes by Stanley Black & Decker. Stanley acquired the Craftsman brand from Sears in 2017 which was a big change for a brand that began in 1927. Take a walk through Lowe’s and you’ll see Craftsman on the shelves there, not in Sears!

Stanley Black & Decker:

  • DeWALT
  • Porter-Cable
  • Black & Decker
  • Craftsman

Technotronic Industries (TTI):

  • Milwaukee
  • Ryobi
  • Ridgid (manufactured under license)

Chervon Trading Co.:

  • Skilsaw
  • Skil
  • Kobalt (manufactured under license)

DeWALT is My Pick for the Best Cordless Power Tool Brand

First up is DeWALT which I highly recommend as one of the best brands. When you hold a DeWALT driver in your hand you’ll notice how easily it fits your grip. It’s almost as if they took a model of your hand and made the handle to fit. Slowly squeezing the trigger on their impact driver delivers just enough power but increases the more you pull the trigger. If the driver encounters enough resistance, it will begin to hammer the rotational force to further drive the fastener where a drill wouldn’t typically be able to do the same.

The three LED lights behind the face of the chuck are such a great feature that you can’t go back to not having LED’s on any power tool. It’s very useful in every application. Three LED’s makes all the difference because it illuminates your fastener from all directions for a good 20 seconds before turning off

DeWALT Features

DeWALT moved to a 20V slide-in Lithium Ion battery rather than the post type for ease of use. It inserts on to the driver or drill easily as well as the charger. Both the drill and driver are lightweight and are smaller so they can fit in to tight spaces more easily.

  • Slide on 20V battery platform
  • Over 180 tools in the 20V line
  • Excellent ergonomics – feels like the tool was made for your hands
  • XR Series utilizes high capacity 5.0Ah batteries

DeWALT Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Enough power to fasten most applications
  • Long lasting batteries

DeWALT Cons

  • The battery will continue to run and then just stop without warning
  • No power gauge on the battery

DeWALT FAQ

Q: What does Ah mean?
A: Ah is a measure of amp hours or how many amps a battery can deliver at a specific voltage over 1 hour. For example, the DeWALT 5Ah battery will deliver 5 amps of power at 20 volts over one hour of time.

Q: Where does DeWALT manufacture their tools?
A: They are assembled in the US but with materials purchased from other countries.

DeWALT 2018 Catalog

Find the DeWALT 2018 Catalog here.

DeWALT Warranty Information

3 year limited warranty, 1 year free service, 90 day money back guarantee. Find their latest warranty information here.

DeWALT Manuals

Find the DeWALT manuals by entering your product’s part #.

DeWALT Company Profile

Raymond E. DeWALT started the company in 1924 when he invented the radial arm saw. He grew it quickly and sold it in 1949. Not long thereafter, Black & Decker purchased the company in 1960. DeWALT is now headquartered in Jackson, Tennessee.

Today, DeWALT shares in the Flags of Valor and Wounded Warrior Project for veterans. They remain committed to hiring veterans, donating tools, and contributing to charities.

Contact info:
1-800-4-DEWALT

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DEWALT DCK240C2 20v Lithium Drill Driver/Impact Combo Kit (1.3Ah)
  • ERGONOMIC DESIGN: Lightweight tools designed to fit the users' needs
  • INCREASED VISIBILITY: The DCF885 features a built in LED with 20 second delay after trigger release
  • INCLUDES: (1) DCD771 Drill/Driver, (1) DCF885 1/4 inches Impact Driver, (2) 20V MAX* Lithium Ion 1.3 Ah Battery Packs, 20 Volt MAX* charger, and (1) Kit Bag
  • ONE HANDED BIT LOADING: THE DCF885 has a 1/4 inches hex chuck and accepts 1 inches bit tips;:Power Tool Type:Cordless
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE MOTOR: The DCD771 delivers 300 unit watts out (UWO) of power ability completing a wide range of applications

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Next up is Ryobi

Ryobi focuses on consumer tools manufactured at affordable prices. Their Japanese company history has given them a leg up in technology. On October 31st 2017, Ryobi sold 80% of it’s power tools business shares to the KYOCERA Industrial Tools Corporation. However, Ryobi tools in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand will continue to be manufactured by TTI.

Ryobi Features

  • 18V Lithium-Ion post style battery system called ONE+ has been the same since 1996
  • 125 tools on the 18V ONE+ system
  • Brushless technology
  • Claim they “Never have or never well change battery technology”
  • 20 Year old Ryobi cordless tools can utilize newer Lithium-Ion technology

Ryobi Pros

  • Older tools can use newer batteries because they’re still using the same battery form factor
  • Once you’re in to their battery system, there’s a wide variety of tools available

Ryobi Cons

  • Only 18V batteries when other manufacturers are 20V and higher
  • Lithium-Ion batteries will not work on their older Ni-Cad chargers

Ryobi FAQ

Q: Where are Ryobi tools serviced?
A: They can be serviced at your nearest Home Depot

Q: Do I need to keep my receipt?
A: Yes, you’ll need it for the warranty

Q: What is the warranty?
A: Tools purchased after January 1, 2011 have a 3 year limited warranty

Ryobi Catalog

Find Ryobi’s online catalog here.

Ryobi Warranty

Ryobi offers a 3 year limited warranty with proof of purchase. Find additional Ryobi warranty information here.

Ryobi Manuals

Find Ryobi manuals here.

Ryobi Company Profile

The Ryobi consumer tools brand is owned by Techtronic Industries which is based in Hong Kong. TTI manufactures tools for Craftsman, Electrolux, Ryobi, Homelite, Hoover, Dirt Devil, and Milwaukee.

Ryobi Seisakusho was started in 1943 in Japan making printing presses. They began making power tools in the 60’s and has one automobile parts manufacturing plant in the US.

Contact Info:
1.800.525.2579
One World Technologies, Inc.
P.O. Box 1207
Anderson, SC 29625

Ryobi P1832 18V One+ Handheld Drill/Driver and Impact Driver Kit (6 Piece Bundle, 1x P277 Drill / Driver, 1x P235 Impact Driver, 1x P118 Dual Chemistry Charger, 2x P102 18V Batteries, 1x Tool Bag)
  • P277 DRILL DRIVER: 24 setting clutch and dual speed gearbox gives you control over your drilling power while the keyless chuck makes for easy bit replacement to let you get to your jobs faster.
  • P235 IMPACT DRIVER: With its gearbox housed in cast aluminum, this driver has 1600 in-lbs of torque coupled with a belt clip for easy access and a 1/4 inch quick connect coupler for easy bit changes.
  • ONE+ COMPATIBLE: These two included batteries can work with any Ryobi tools in the One+ system. These 18 volt batteries live long for any job, from drilling and driving to strimming and sanding, and the P118 charger can handle any Ryobi battery, whether it is lithium ion or NiCad.
  • EASY GRIP: The drill and impact driver feature notched rubber molding on their pistol grips for increased stability so you can get your job done in any almost condition.
  • BIT STORAGE: Both the drill and impact driver have magnetic bit holders at the base, helping you stay organized so you can focus on your work.

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Milwaukee Tools

Milwaukee has an interesting start if you do some research about their company. Henry Ford needed a better way to drill holes in manufacturing of his early model vehicles, so he contacted A.H. Peterson to do some innovation. A.H. Came up with the “Hole-Shooter.” As they say, the rest is history!

Today, Milwaukee Tools has been bought and sold by various companies but is still innovating in their FUEL line of cordless power tools. GPS tracking, brushless motors, and Lithium-Ion are features in some of their tools.

Milwaukee Features

  • Milwaukee’s tools run on the M18 and M12 FUEL battery platform called Red Lithium. M12 is for smaller, more portable tools. M18 is the larger version.
  • Advanced brushless motor technology delivers more power in a smaller package
  • Redlink intelligence allows communication between the tool and the battery for better monitoring and performance
  • One-Key allows GPS tracking of tools for tradesmen (more info here)

Milwaukee Pros

  • GPS tracking via an app is great for those that work on a job site
  • Has a fuel gauge on the Red Lithium XC5.0 battery pack to display remaining charge

Milwaukee Cons

  • No place to store the bits on the drill itself

Milwaukee FAQ

Q: Are Milwaukee tools brushless?
A: Yes, they are brushless.

Q: How many volts in the battery?
A: 18 volts

Q: Are bits included with any of Milwaukee’s kits?
A: No, bits are not included

Milwaukee 2018 Catalog

Find the 2018 Milwaukee Catalog here.

Milwaukee Warranty

Milwaukee offers a 5 year limited warranty on most cordless power tools. Other tools have a 2 or 3 year warranty. Find more information on Milwaukee’s warranty here.

Milwaukee Manuals

Find Milwaukee’s manuals here.

Milwaukee Company Profile

Henry Ford approached A.H. Peterson towards the end of World War I with a proposition. Henry needed a drill. Not just any drill, but a small and lightweight drill that his assembly line workers could use with one hand. A.H. went to work to improve upon his previous models that were heavy and required two hands to use. A.H. finally came up with an innovation called the Hole-Shooter. It changed the game and began the story for what the brand Milwaukee is today.

Various companies and investment firms have owned the Milwaukee brand over the years. Technotronic Industries has owned the Milwaukee brand as a subsidiary since 2005 and still continues to innovate.

Milwaukee 2691-22 18-Volt Compact Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit
  • Compact drill/driver delivers 400 inch-pounds of torque, weighs 4 pounds, 7-3/4 inches long
  • 1/4-inch hex compact impact with 4-pole frameless motor delivers 1400 inch-pounds of torque
  • Lightweight durability, built-in LED lights, battery fuel gauges and variable-speed triggers
  • Backed by a 5-year warranty for every Milwaukee power tool (including cordless product - tool, battery pack(s)
  • Includes: 18-volt compact drill/driver, 1/4-inch hex impact driver, 2 compact batteries, charger, one belt clip, and a soft carrying case.

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