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Tom Silva's Cordless Drill

From the TOH Online Editors Inbox, williaeb asks:

What is the brand of the cordless drill Tom Silva uses on the show? I have researched all the sources I know and can't find it. I would love to buy one for my husband.

scpapa
Re: Tom Silva's Cordless Drill

The brand is Festool.

adjuster
Re: Tom Silva's Cordless Drill

I purchased a 11 Volt Bosch drill and find it to be the very best battery drill I've ever used. It's very small but very powerful. The batteries last a long time and charge very fast. It used Lithium batteries. I just built a deck with this drill and was amazed how such a small drill could drive 3" screws all day long.

Ernie_Fergler
Re: Tom Silva's Cordless Drill
scpapa wrote:

The brand is Festool.

I have often wondered about that myself.
The last five years I have purchased a Millwaukee, a Dewalt and a Makita. And wore them all out within a year. But the Milw was far and away the best...

Re: Tom Silva's Cordless Drill

I've had good luck with my Ridgid 24V lithium kit from HD. The tools can use either 18V (nimh/nicd?) packs or the 24V lithium. The 24V packs hold up really well, and the tools are surprisingly light considering their size and the size of the packs.

I still have smaller drills for light work, but the 24V lithium is handy for larger projects where I have to drill/jigsaw/circsaw wood, and can use 2 packs for all the tools and get the job done without having to recharge either pack (until a month or so ago, separate packs/chargers weren't available through Rdigid, only "used" on eBay from breaking up kits).

A great advantage of the Ridgid tools is that the batteries are also warrantied for life - just register your tools and packs online after purchase, and if you ever wear out a battery, they'll replace it. Very handy for those of us that end up with 5-10 packs for a tool and watch each of them slowly die.

Bob H
Re: Tom Silva's Cordless Drill

Tom Silva uses a Festool -- considered one of the best tools -- but it is also pricey. My favorite is Panasonic.

Depending on what he is going to use it for -- you may want to consider an impact driver -- especially if he already has a cordless drill. An impact driver will do for driving screws into decks and heaver screwing -- but they are not so good at small screws -- like cabinet hinges -- can be done, but it takes getting used to it, and takes a light touch.

Makita makes a combination drill -- drill, hammer drill, impact driver all in one. Another choice -- but again, Festool is considered the best cordless drill. Each other has its good points and bad points. Another thing to consider -- how is it going to fit in his hand -- the fit and feel is as important as the tool function.

Tools that are OK but not considered to be a tool lovers tool are Craftsman, Black and Decker, Ryobi -- not bad, just not it the same class.

bossjimmark
Re: Tom Silva's Cordless Drill

Here's a link to Festool's site.

Festool

I have seen them use a lot of Festool stuff on the shows. The circular saw is another Festool product that is top notch (but pricey).

Ernie_Fergler
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I alway look at the weight of the tool, since it tends to wear you down by the end of the day.

Chief
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I've had excellent luck with Makita's 18 volt model. I also have an 18 volt Makita rotary saw, and a sander. They hold up well and one battery lasts a long time.

drane
Re: Tom Silva's Cordless Drill

this is a brand of festival.

Sombreuil_mongrel
Re: Tom Silva's Cordless Drill
Ernie_Fergler wrote:

I alway look at the weight of the tool, since it tends to wear you down by the end of the day.

Then you would love the Festool, it's one of the lightest. I stick with my heavier Makitas because they have more oomph.
Casey

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