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14.4-Volt Cordless Drill-Drivers, continued

List of Manufacturers

Bosch Power Tool

877/267-2499

http://www.boschtools.com

DeWalt Industrial Tool

800/433-9258

http://www.dewalt.com

Hilti USA

800/879-8000

http://www.us.hilti.com

Hitachi Power Tools

800/829-4752

http://www.hitachi.com/powertools

Makita USA

800/462-5482

http://www.makitatools.com

Metabo USA

800/638-2264

http://www.metabousa.com

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation

877/729-3878

http://www.mil-electric-tool.com

Panasonic Professional Cordless Tools

800/338-0552

http://www.panasonic.com/ commercial_building/power_tools/

Porter-Cable

800/487-8665

http://www.portercable.com

Bosch Brute Tough 33614

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Battery: NiCad; 14.4 volts, 2.0 amp-hours, 28.8 watt-hours

Maximum torque: 475 inch-pounds

Weight: 5.3 pounds

Power-to-weight ratio: 90 inch-pounds/lb.

Speed range: 0-450, 0-1,400

Street price: $189

Comments: Excellent power and power-to-weight ratio; all metal gears; steel reinforcing collar at front of gun.


Bosch Compact Tough 32614

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Battery: NiCad; 14.4 volts, 2.0 amp-hours, 28.8 watt-hours

Maximum torque: 300 inch-pounds

Weight: 4.2 pounds

Power-to-weight ratio: 71 inch-pounds/lb.

Speed range: 0-400, 0-1,200

Street price: $159

Comments: Very light and compact; good power for size; a top choice for finish work.


DeWalt DW983

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Battery: NiCad; 14.4 volts, 1.7 amp-hours, 24.5 watt-hours

Maximum torque: 400 inch-pounds

Weight: 5.3 pounds

Power-to-weight ratio: 75 inch-pounds/lb.

Speed range: 0-450, 0-1,400, 0-1,800

Street price: $199

Comments: A solid performer; only drill with three speed ranges; all-metal gears and gear case; battery has the lowest amp-hour rating of the tools tested.


Hilti SF150-A

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Battery: NiMH; 15.6 volts, 3.0 amp-hours, 46.8 watt-hours

Maximum torque: 300 inch-pounds

Weight: 4.9 pounds

Power-to-weight ratio: 61 inch-pounds/lb.

Speed range: 0-450, 0-1,450

Street price: $349

Comments: A sleek tool with superior batteries and run-time; comes with multiposition auxiliary handle.


Hitachi DS14DVB

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Battery: NiCad; 14.4 volts, 2.0 amp-hours, 28.8 watt-hours

Maximum torque: 280 inch-pounds

Weight: 4.6 pounds

Power-to-weight ratio: 61 inch-pounds/lb.

Speed range: 0-350, 0-1,200

Street price: $149

Comments: Lightweight and low cost but doesn't stand out in performance.


Makita 6337DWDE Mforce

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Battery: NiMH; 14.4 volts, 2.6 amp-hours, 37.4 watt-hours

Maximum torque: 350 inch-pounds

Weight: 4.8 pounds

Power-to-weight ratio: 73 inch-pounds/lb.

Speed range: 0-400, 0-1,300

Street price: $199

Comments: Midsize drill with better than average run-time; all-metal gears; drill mode activated by shift lever; unique two-piece motor; a good all-around performer.


Metabo BST 15.6 Plus

0303fr13

Battery: NiCad; 15.6 volts, 2.4 amp-hours, 37.4 watt-hours

Maximum torque: 484 inch-pounds

Weight: 5.1 pounds

Power-to-weight ratio: 95 inch-pounds/lb.

Speed range: 0-450, 0-1,600

Street price: $299

Comments: Highest power and power-to-weight ratio; unique pulse drilling mode makes it easier to drive and remove fasteners.


Milwaukee Lok-Tor 0616-24

0303fr14

Battery: NiCad; 14.4-volts, 2.4 amp-hours, 34.6 watt-hours

Maximum torque: 460 inch-pounds

Weight: 5.8 pounds

Power-to-weight ratio: 79 inch-pounds/lb.

Speed Range: 0-500, 0-1,700

Street Price: $199

Comments: Heavy and powerful; all-metal gears and chuck; comes with multiposition auxiliary handle; battery can be installed frontwards and backwards, allowing better clearance for some operations.


Panasonic EY6432GQKW

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Battery: NiMH; 15.6 volts, 3.5 amp-hours, 54.6 watt-hours

Maximum torque: 390 inch-pounds

Weight: 4.8 pounds

Power-to-weight ratio: 81 inch-pounds/lb.

Speed range: 0-450, 0-1,450

Street price: $209

Comments: Most advanced batteries and best run-time; extremely compact; good power for weight.


Porter-Cable Grip-to-Fit 9978

0303fr16

Battery: NiCad; 14.4 volts, 2.0 amp-hours, 28.8 watt-hours

Maximum torque: 420 inch-pounds

Weight: 5.6 pounds

Power-to-weight ratio: 75 inch-pounds/lb.

Speed range: 0-450, 0-1,400

Street Price: $189

Comments: A big heavy drill; all-metal chuck and gear case; unique adjustable grip.