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Offline gfal

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Pdc18
« on: January 12, 2020, 08:33 PM »
I’m looking for  some help deciding if the PDC18 is worth the investment. I currently have the CSX and TSX, love them! I’m currently running multiple platforms Festool, DeWalt and Makita. I have DeWalt 20v drills.  Would like to drop the DeWalt platform. My question is as the Festool’s been out for a few years now, Is the  Pdc still far better than the top of the line Makita 18v drill?

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Offline Peter Parfitt

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Re: Pdc18
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2020, 06:23 AM »
I have both the CXS and TXS and keep one with the Centrotec chuck on and the other with the Jacobs chuck. I would not be without my PDC 18/4 as it is perfect for the tougher jobs, it fits in my portable drill holder for getting near vertical accuracy and it has the percussion setting for the odd bit of masonry work.

This may help...

The Festool Drill/Driver lineup:



and the PDC 18/4 video:



I used the PDC 18 to screw the many hundreds of screws when doing a new roof for a friend's stable. I mention how well it did somewhere in this video:



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Offline gfal

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Re: Pdc18
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2020, 04:47 PM »
Peter, thank you for your reply and very helpful Videos. I enjoyed watching them, very informative.  I’m sold on the PDC18/4

Offline T. Ernsberger

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Re: Pdc18
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2020, 07:52 PM »
The PDC is good but only as a drill. For drilling concrete or block it heats up fast and when that happens it doesn’t work right.  I sent it in and had it repaired under warranty.  The problems still exist if I use it in percussion mode and now it’s out of warranty and I know it’s days are limited.

Offline tony_sheehan

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Re: Pdc18
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2020, 08:08 PM »
It might be worth noting that some people don't really get on with the electronic clutch. If there's any way you can try before you buy it might be a shrewd move.
As for the above mentioned overheating problem- this is not a something that I have experienced, but having said that, if I was doing a lot of heavy duty masonry drilling I'd use my sds drill.

Offline Cypren

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Re: Pdc18
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2020, 07:37 PM »
As much as I like my PDC18, I do feel compelled to point out that the drill has historically done fairly poorly in competitive reviews for heavy-duty usage, frequently being bested by large margins in both performance and durability by drills half its cost or less.

If you're already heavily invested in Festool's cordless system and have money to burn, it's an elegant machine that simply feels great in your hand and is a pleasure to use. If you're viewing it as an investment and using it to earn money, though, it's probably not one of Festool's better offerings.

Offline xedos

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Re: Pdc18
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2020, 08:38 PM »
It might be worth noting that some people don't really get on with the electronic clutch. If there's any way you can try before you buy it might be a shrewd move.
As for the above mentioned overheating problem- this is not a something that I have experienced, but having said that, if I was doing a lot of heavy duty masonry drilling I'd use my sds drill.

Tony , that's what the 15 day ( 30 days in USA) no hassle return policy is for. 

Use it, and if it's not up to snuff you can take it back to your dealer.   But I agree with some others about this not being Festool's best effort.  I kinda feel that way about all their drills these days though, and have sold all of mine except the CXS.  But only because it's so stinkin cute.

Offline mrB

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Re: Pdc18
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2020, 11:10 AM »
If you use Centrotec, then it's worth it in my opinion as I love centrotec and the light and compact form it brings. But if not so much then I'd go with the Makita as you already have that battery platform.

Since the PDC switched to festool colours it looks like a lot of the competition is finally releasing smaller, lighter brushless drills. The PDC is a great drill, and for what it's worth would probably be my only drill if I could only have one drill. It is a jack of all trades master of none type tool, but in a very good way. It can be delicate, it can be powerful, it can hammer, screw and drill, it has a wider range of speed options a great light, and an auxiliary handle and depth stop.

But I love Centrotec and live where Festool doesn't cost a lot more than the competition's top tier tools. But I assume the top line brushless Makita's are also lovely drills these days, and if I lived where they cost half of the festool, I already had makita batteries and I didn't want to use centrotec, then Makita all the way.

But use the free returns window as other have suggested. That's why Festool do it.
there's nothing like the right tool for the job