In my old Ridgid 5 piece kit I have left handed 6.5” circular saw that you absolutely love. It’s old, brushed motor and all, but I love the left side blade—I can easily see the blade as I cut, and I don’t think I have ever run my battery down on a project.
When I was finishing my basement, I did a lot of drilling masonry and screwing in tapcons. I would hammer drill all day and screw in tapcons with a same drill all day, some really heavy drilling. My 4ah lion battery packs never got drained past the second of 4 battery lights. That was a gen 4 brushed motor. I am wondering what my current octane drill would have done.
I always wanted bigger, more powerful battery packs, bu now I as myself why. Before the basement project I stocked up on battery packs and grew my collection to 5 4ah batteries. This was to ensure I could have several tools ready to grab at any instant but still have a couple batteries charging.
Milwaukee makes fine tools, no doubt. In my experience, I have yet to find find the task where I can exhaust any single one of my battery packs in a day. I have seen the tool shoot out videos and while Milwaukee often wins these competitions, they don’t win by much. Milwaukee tools do just feel very nice in hand and you can feel the quality just picking it up. But they are pricey. As a homeowner, it’s hard to justify their quite high price.
Like I said before, if money were no object and I was re-buying all my tools over again, I would likely go Milwaukee.
Changing subjects altogether, for an essential tool kit, I would go with the following:
All-purpose hammer drill
A secondary drill**
Impact driver/pulse driver ^^
Pistol grip flashlight
Depending on one’s tool proclivities, maybe
**secondary drill could be another hammer drill, but better would be a lighter weight 18v drill. All the power but less weight to lug around. I have owned s hammer drill for over 15 years but only used the hammer part on 2 occasions.
^^there are a LOT of impact drivers out there, but only s few impulse drivers. I have the ridgid stealth force impulse driver. It is strikingly more quiet. It is more powerful. It drives in screws in the blink of an eye. I wish these were more common.
All just my thoughts,