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Sears: Trademaster 18v drill $23.99 reg $80 until March 19/10. hot?

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[Sears] Sears: Trademaster 18v drill $23.99 reg $80 until March 19/10. hot?

Sears: Trademaster 18v drill, battery and charger for$23.99 reg $80 until March 19/10. hot?

Any feedback on the unit?

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http://www.eflyer.sears.ca/FSI/Page.asp ... pagenum=20
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Take that 23.99, roll it up reall tight, take it over to the bathroom and lay it on top of the toilet water. Then with your left hand push hard on the flush lever. Watch that tightly rolled up money go round and round until it disappears.

Go back to the couch and continue watching TV.

OR you could buy this drill. Either way you are no further ahead, still out 24 dollars.

REMEMBER, the poor man pays twice.
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Walmart Martyr wrote: Take that 23.99, roll it up really tight, take it over to the bathroom and lay it on top of the toilet water. Then with your left hand push hard on the flush lever. Watch that tightly rolled up money go round and round until it disappears.

Go back to the couch and continue watching TV.

OR you could buy this drill. Either way you are no further ahead, still out 24 dollars.

REMEMBER, the poor man pays twice.
Lol, while I agree with you, I don't think flushing is the proper technique... burning them is faster and avoids clogging the toilets.

It is not worth getting irritated, it is not worth it.... Wish everyone happiness, and you yourself will be happy.
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I did buy this one about 1.5 years ago. After several months, it wouldn't hold a charge long enough to drive 6 screws.
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WalmartMartyr wrote: Take that 23.99, roll it up reall tight, take it over to the bathroom and lay it on top of the toilet water. Then with your left hand push hard on the flush lever. Watch that tightly rolled up money go round and round until it disappears.

Go back to the couch and continue watching TV.

OR you could buy this drill. Either way you are no further ahead, still out 24 dollars.

REMEMBER, the poor man pays twice.
that's awesome :D

buy a quality drill and you won't regret it. i buy ridgid and get free batteries when they die, can't go wrong with that. wait for a sale and snap one up, or something similar.
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I feel compelled to provide input. This is the same drill Zellers branded and I suspect stopped selling a couple of years ago, when, instead of it's $40 price, it went on sale/clearance for $20, including *2* batteries, a few drill bits and a case. Pictures included for reference. The 'Tooltech' clearly comes from the same manufacturer. It sucks. Bad. The batteries (NiCad) are terrible. They take 3 hours to charge, but more importantly, they barely hold a charge & drain very quickly; yes, NiCads are inferior to NiMh or LiIon. If it's been more than a day ago that you charged your batteries (remember I have 2 to judge by), you'll never have the drill in decent working condition should you need it. Testing the drill right after a battery charging still let's me assess the drill's torque is poor - any mildly challenging drilling or more importantly screwing will have you quickly turning to the the manual method. Buying a drill with real batteries for say 2x/3x or more the cost will save you lots of patience, sanity & time. If there was a dollar store line of tools, this is it.

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WalmartMartyr wrote: Take that 23.99, roll it up reall tight, take it over to the bathroom and lay it on top of the toilet water.

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REMEMBER, the poor man pays twice.
I thought this post was going down the toilet :( until smarter posters joined in later, and offered constructive and useful information. :)
Kudos to beljevina for the detailed posting, marty5898 for his input, and brucered for comments on RIGID tools and their free batteries. (But how much $$ would a RIGID drill be?) :D
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I had a tooltech one died after a few months.
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I always wondered about the type of the battery and not needing it all the time. Clearly there's going to be a lot of idle time. How is the best way to condition/maintain your batteries if you're not going to be using your drill daily/weekly??
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does Sears offer service plan for 5 years? How much they charge for a $24 item? hmm...may be $10. Is it worth buying this drill with the service plan?

Costco has Kawasaki Drill for $40..Any opinions on that?
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i dont get it, most drills used nicad battery.

i had a black decker that i pay $100 at the time, and the battery died after 1 year.

after that, i bought some mastercraft, pay about $50 and it lasted about 1 year as well...

so what's the difference between paying $23 and paying more for expensive tools?? last time i check, they are still using nicad battery on $100 tools... unless you're paying $200 then you'll get lithium and i heard lithium does not provide good amount of torque on those drills
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I don't think you can even find Drills and cordless power tools with NiCad anymore. Some still offer NiMH which is still way better than NiCad but most now have Li-ion.

I picked up a Ridgid X3 18V Li-Ion Impact Drill a while back from Home Depot, best $150 (on sale from $250) I have ever spent! You can find specials all the time at HD for the good stuff (Milwaki, Ridgid, Makita, Proter Cable, Dewalt, etc).
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beljevina wrote: I feel compelled to provide input. This is the same drill Zellers branded and I suspect stopped selling a couple of years ago, when, instead of it's $40 price, it went on sale/clearance for $20, including *2* batteries, a few drill bits and a case. Pictures included for reference. The 'Tooltech' clearly comes from the same manufacturer. It sucks. Bad. The batteries (NiCad) are terrible. They take 3 hours to charge, but more importantly, they barely hold a charge & drain very quickly; yes, NiCads are inferior to NiMh or LiIon. If it's been more than a day ago that you charged your batteries (remember I have 2 to judge by), you'll never have the drill in decent working condition should you need it. Testing the drill right after a battery charging still let's me assess the drill's torque is poor - any mildly challenging drilling or more importantly screwing will have you quickly turning to the the manual method. Buying a drill with real batteries for say 2x/3x or more the cost will save you lots of patience, sanity & time. If there was a dollar store line of tools, this is it.
I had the same drill. I got it for 9$ or something like that. For me it worked great. It takes a few hours to charge but I found it lasted long enough. I have ABUSED it for quite a while now and it was well worth the coin. Luck of the draw I guess.

On the other hand I got the next Zellers series several months later on blowout and was an impact driver, ion batteries. And that one is a POS. again under 10$ or 15$ so I don't care much. The battery indicator on the drill is faulty, likely causing the confusion. The charge indicator on the charger is likely faulty adding to confusion. It claims to be one hour charger. All indicators were full but it would not work at all. I tried charging it for several hours, worked like a champ for a while. Then worked intermittently. I think if I charge it up for a few hours and ignore all indicators (Charger and Drill), then it is usable. But yeah suspect quality for sure. Under 10$ I'm ok with it, but the original price people paid makes me feel sad inside ;)

These cheap drills can be had at various places for this price frequently. They will be under powered for more torque hungry jobs. I wouldn't rush out to get it as it is not that hot, but if you immediately NEED a light duty drill, and don't have real cash it is not the worst idea. Just set your expectations to the price, and use it accordingly. Also find out what the stores return policy is. You can always try it, if it's abhorrent, return it. But yeah obviously you get what you pay for .... if you spend a little more for sale on a decent drill it should last you a few years. But also from my experience they don't make em like they used to. so the "Last you a life time" I find very hard to believe in today's market unless you spend BIG bucks. I got a impact driver from CT for 75$ reg around 200$ or something. Great little unit, thing is after the few years the batteries don't hold much of a charge. But I used this thing TONS. Point is, there are times I feel it needs replacing.
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I still have my 12V Jobmate Drill that I paid $14.99 for and it works great 5 years later. I may be the minority here - but it suits my very 'light duty' usage.

I did buy better bits though as the Jobmate ones strip very easily.
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BobyYoo wrote: i had a black decker that i pay $100 at the time, and the battery died after 1 year.

after that, i bought some mastercraft, pay about $50 and it lasted about 1 year as well...

so what's the difference between paying $23 and paying more for expensive tools?? last time i check, they are still using nicad battery on $100 tools... unless you're paying $200 then you'll get lithium and i heard lithium does not provide good amount of torque on those drills
I don't think that MasterCraft and Black&Decker are considered "quality" brands. Maybe that is why the batteries died after 1 year?

I bought a Ridgid 18V drill (with 2 NiCd batteries) and a Ridgid impact driver (14.4V NiCd) and all batteries are still doing fine.
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They were clearing out a Ni-Cd Hitachi Cordless Driver Drill (14.4 V) with two batteries, some bits, and a light (DS14DVF3) for 69.97 at the South London Costco. . In addition to Costco warranty, there is a 5 year Professional Warranty included. . Despite battery type, seemed like a good deal for a drill that I know I'll have for at least 5 years. . . and I needed to buy right now because my 15 year old black and decker drill died in the middle of a project (definitely got my money's worth there, too).

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