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    Rockwell tools?

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    Matt I am not sure but I don't think these people are the same ones that owned Delta as in Delta/Rockwell tools. If it were me I would go with the Ryobi with the new L/I batteries. I think you did pretty good getting 3 years out of your old set. I think for the average user 18V will become the new standard. Its to bad you didn't already have the Ryobi 18V all you would need is the charger & batteries. I am thinking of converting my 18V system over to 18V L/I type batteries.

    I have never been one to go out & buy an unknown. My Uncle used to say let someone else take the risk on the new model or make of car.(he owned his own mechanic shop) Never buy one because all the parts are going into the manufacture of the cars & there is very few parts on the shelf available for repair.
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    milwaukee, bosch, makita or festool are pretty safe bets with cordless stuff if you`re going to use `em.....off brands are just that.
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    With guys like you and me around, Jason will never be able to pay for college for his daughter.
    Check Amazon for prices before making your final decision. I saved about 30% on my DeWalt compared to next lowest source.
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    Well I guess you can spend more for the other tools but for hobby work as well as the work I do here around the apartment complexes the Ryobi 18V has done very well.
    "Forget the flat stuff slap something on the spinny thing and lets go, we're burning daylight" Bart Leetch
    "If it ain't round you may be a knuckle dragger""Turners drag their nuckles too, they just do it at a higher RPM"Bart

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    I have the same 18volt set up as Bart, and I have enjoyed them as well...don't hold a long charge, but I'm not a power user so that doesn't really matter. I'm hoping santa brings some of the lith. batteries for me under the tree this year.
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    I have all my tool battery chargers on a plug strip hooked up to a timer. I know the chargers are supposed to shut of automatically but this has worked for me & I seem to get about 3.5 or more years of use from my batteries. I set the timer for just a little longer than the particular battery is supposed to take to charge.
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    My DeWalt and Makita are 6 and 7 years old with no sign of needing replacement. I cannot say the same for Ryobi, C-man, B&D or any others I may have owned that have gone the way of all cheap tools.

    $100 "something" with a flashlight or a $140 DeWalt/Bosch/Mil/etc. without one . . . . no contest. I'm not saying you should run out and buy a Festool (no offense to any Festool owners intended) but there are manufacturers who have a long, long running positive reputation in cordless drills. For 25 - 50% more $$$ you get twice or thrice the tool.

    P.s. Reconditioned tools are not a bad deal either in some cases.
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    Its a toss up for me I've had more expensive tools with batteries that cost twice as much as the $39 for 2 Ryobi batteries so I can buy 4 Ryobi batteries for about what 2 of the other batteries coast me. it works for me. I tried to by Rigid on sale when they were supposed to be on sale at HD I even saw the display set up paper work for the sale but it never happened.
    "Forget the flat stuff slap something on the spinny thing and lets go, we're burning daylight" Bart Leetch
    "If it ain't round you may be a knuckle dragger""Turners drag their nuckles too, they just do it at a higher RPM"Bart

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    Matt,

    From their web site, "About Us"...

    "Rockwell power tools are a part of the Positec Group of companies which have been designing, engineering and manufacturing power tools since 1994."

    A search on Amazon turns up their tools branded Master Mechanic. Not exactly what you asked, but some additional info on the company. Would be interesting to find out how they got the respected Rockwell name...

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