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Good inputs thus far. I only want to add that it depends on what you define as "residential use". If you are talking about occasional use, you don't need a drill/driver with 2 18v Lithium batteries. If you are rebuilding a deck or into serious DIY on the weekends, then you do. Keep in mind that the bigger 18v models are not as easy to handle as the lighter models.
The real difference between the different brands generally doesn't appear until you push them under extreme usage. So again, if you are really going to push the tool, then spend the extra money to buy more capability; if you go cheap, three boards into your deck project you will throw your new drill as far as you can and be in the car headed to buy a better system. If you are looking at much lighter use, I'd look for the best deal and one that feels comfortable in your hands. Tim
I agree with all of the above. Makita is my go-to tools for my serious projects. Batteries weren't available when I purchased my Makita drill and circular saw in 1982.
When I wanted to go cordless, I purchased a Ryobi combo kit in 2000 and it came with 2, 18 volt batteries. One of them still holds a charge, but not for very long. The good news is that the
All I had to buy was new Lithium batteries and a charger.
The 18 volt Dewalts are sweet. In addition to the 3 drivers I have a cordless circular saw, angle grinder, radio / charger, utility light, impact driver.
Dewalt also makes a cordless jigsaw, and recip saw in the 18 volt family. When purchased as a kit you can save some $$
What I liked about them is that they did a good job, they were cheep as compared to my Makita and my other name brand drills I owned. Also because I have other people using them, if they broke
The new ones with the higher lithium batteries hold charge longer but what I have is still working well so I have not yet replaced them.