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Offline chipbored

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Cabinet maker running 2 x c18 or c18 + t18?
« on: March 09, 2018, 05:45 AM »

I am a cabinet maker who has recently purchased a c18 with a few attachments and am very happy thus far. I originally planned to purchase a t18 as my second drill to do most of the drilling work and the c18 do mostly screwing.

However now that I have been using the c18 for awhile I'm wondering if I should buy a second c18 instead. As I understand it the specs are identical with a very slight torque difference.

Do any cabinet makers have 2 x c18,s? Pros and cons


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Offline grobkuschelig

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Re: Cabinet maker running 2 x c18 or c18 + t18?
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2018, 05:56 AM »
The torque difference only stems from the different hand positions on the drill.
The electronics are adjusted to reflect that. I don’t think there will be a difference in performance.

If you are up to use a different platform, I suggest the CXS for screwing.

Otherwise it depends on how happy you are with the C18 and if you think you might run into situations where having the different form factor of the T18 would be beneficial.

Hope this helps.
All are good drills.

If you want to stay on the 18V platform, maybe consider the PDC as well since it might scratch an itch here or there with the higher torque and higher RPM...

Offline kcufstoidi

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Re: Cabinet maker running 2 x c18 or c18 + t18?
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2018, 07:11 AM »
On a day to bases I use 2 Makita 1/4 12v Drill/drivers, 1 12v 1/4" Impact driver mainly because they do the job, are small, lightweight, don't cost a small fortune. All the Makita stuff cost about a third of the C18 and a little less then one CXS. The C18 set gets used where needed for awkward places and on installs. Festool have just gone into the stupid zone for pricing.

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Re: Cabinet maker running 2 x c18 or c18 + t18?
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2018, 08:23 AM »
Having used both the C and T style drills I'd say in use there is no functional difference between them.  It comes down to personal preference.  If you like your C18 then get another one.

Someone mentioned the CXS.  Personally I really liked the size and light weight of the CXS but I found the rpm of the drill too slow for both drilling and screw driving for my taste. In a professional shop I'd think the CXS is too slow for production work.     
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Offline Scorpion

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Cabinet maker running 2 x c18 or c18 + t18?
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2018, 08:48 AM »
In a professional shop I'd think the CXS is too slow for production work.     

As a second operation drill (like screwing) it’s awesome.  Do you drill in higher-speed with the C18?

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Offline amt

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Re: Cabinet maker running 2 x c18 or c18 + t18?
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2018, 12:37 PM »
In a perfect world, I'd have 2 x CXS, and the CXS would be 18v and brushless.  Until that perfect world arrives, sounds like 2 x C18s would be great (with the exception of $1000 price tag)

Offline ScotF

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Re: Cabinet maker running 2 x c18 or c18 + t18?
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2018, 02:59 PM »
I think that the C18 and the PDC is a great combination (and what I have) or a C and T would be good. You can buy the basic to save a few dollars if going with a C or T and that would give you the best options for each situation. With that said, I like the C style and would be happy having 2 of them and I also like the T style for the same reason. Both have advantages in certain situations and you cannot go wrong.

Offline Jim_in_PA

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Re: Cabinet maker running 2 x c18 or c18 + t18?
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2018, 10:00 AM »
I don't own any of the 18v D/Ds, but I recently acquired a CXS to compliment the 12v T series D/D I've had for years. I absolutely love the smaller CXS for the "driving" part of the process since it's light in weight, but drives strongly. The larger and heaver D/D gets the drilling/countersinking work part of the "team".

That said, if you are comfortable with the C type grip (I was surprised at how much I like it myself), then having two identical isn't a horrible thing since it can add a little bit of consistency in handling them. I certainly would consider that should I find the need to add another D/D to my stable.
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Re: Cabinet maker running 2 x c18 or c18 + t18?
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2018, 12:04 PM »
I own a C18 and a C12. I use the C12 for drilling and the C18 for driving.

 Though the C12 can do both.

I chose the C12 over the CSX bc at the time the CXS was not brushless and the C12 was.
The C12 is not that much larger/ Heavier than the CSX

Re: Cabinet maker running 2 x c18 or c18 + t18?
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2018, 01:22 PM »
I have the C18, T18 and the CXS.

C18 is clumsy with drill chuck on but apart from that I love it.
CXS gets plenty of use and is my preferred cabinet/misc mounting drill. 
I would not want to be without any of the two above.

The T18 is fine, it sits better in my hand than the C18 but I still prefer the C18 for general use. The T18 feels better than the C18 with the drill chuck on but the T18 is the one I can/could do without.

So the answer to your question:

Adding a CXS to your C18 will give you a great little companion in the same mold. All the things the CXS won't do the C18 will. You will appreciate the small CXS.

Adding a T18 would make sense if you use the jacobs/drill chuck a lot since the T18 is better balanced with the drill chuck mounted.
I also prefer drilling with the T18 over the C18.  Adding the T18 keeps you in the same battery platform and gives you the best of both.

Adding a C18? Well, if you like the C18 you can't really go wrong there. I am thinking of trading my T18 for another C18 but I don't think I will come around to it.

On some jobs I have brought the T18 and the CXS and the conclusion is that the CXS is a perfect partner to any larger drill, regardless of brand. It is not due to come out in brushless unfortunately but it is still a great little partner. Drilling speed could have been higher but with sharp drills it does alright.

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