Summary: Another odd man out with my opinion. I purchase this product with high hopes. The drill has worked fine but the batteries went bad after about 16 months. Neither battery will accept a charge and now I am stuck trying to rationalize buying another battery. $100 for one battery or $260 for a new drill and two new batteries. Hold on, wait, wait, wait, this time from Harbor Freight. I will buy four plug in drills with extended three year warranty for that price.
Summary: Started out with a ho-hum review of a Makita...and ending here by adding the applaud for this Panasonic.
We had a plethora of brands and models available from a group of volunteer crew (fathers) over a month-long set-building project for our kids' musical.
I'm an Engineer, and do a lot of projects on the side, but had never invested in a true 'construction' quality drill.
Summary: I purchased this to replace a 10 year old Porter Cable, which was a great drill. The batteries on the PC are starting to go, and replacing them will cost almost as much as a new one. After doing lots of research, I settled on this Panasonic. This drill has phenomenal torque, good balance, and the batteries are very strong and last a long time. I like the removable accessory handle and the 1/2" chuck. It appears very well made, and should last a long time.
Summary: I bought this drill after extensive research online, and reading many reviews of it and the competition. This drill is superb. It is not as heavy as some have said, it is extremely powerful, and the charge holds and holds! The only snag I have encountered is when picking it up, I sometimes inadvertantly push the forward/reverse button. Except for that, I love this drill and highly recommend it.