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Pros: - "Good as New" is absolutely spot-on. This "refurb" gave absolutely no hints of a questionable past. I received this item in a spotless case, with what looked to be a brand-new charger. Everything was clean, bright, and good condition. Oh, yeah...the manual was a poorly laser-printed replacement on photocopy paper... small-loss.
- This drill is surprisingly light.
- Compact and well balanced. This FEELS like a 3/8" cordless drill (which is what I was shopping for initially)
- Brushless Motor
- Very adequate torque in 0-600 rpm gear - Almost too many RPMs (0-2000) in gear 2
- Both lithium-ion batteries have built-in LED charge indicators on the side (Nice Feature)
- Worklight is a nice perk
- Came in a decent hard-case, which accommodates the drill, batteries, and charger
(Please note my 1st edit below under "Cons")
My former 5-Egg review is now scaled back to 4 Eggs. And I believe that is fair. The first drill I received quickly revealed its shortcomings, and I was forced to call CPO and preform an RMA. CPO provided an emailed label which I printed off. They also indicated that after the package was given to UPS, I could call back and arrange for immediate shipment of my replacement, which I did. All in all, CPO's phone support was polite and helpful. But let's face it... I should never had to go through the RMA process had the refurb been properly completed on the first drill. Anyway, I just received the 2nd kit. The battery packs show signs of use, but nothing horrible. And the case is not as immaculate as the first. But the replacement drill seems fine, and so I am satisfied for the moment. However, I will be taking it through its paces to ensure this one won't suddenly fail on me too. "Once-bitten-twice-shy." I don't like second-guessing this excellent drill, but now it needs to earn my trust. But should it eventually preform well, I will still argue this was an excellent purchase.
Cons: Honestly, I haven't had this long enough to spot any cons. Some reviews on other product forums mention the keyless chuck torquing-loose, or wobbling at high speed. I did a couple of quick tests and did not immediately observe this.
What I DID notice is that you cannot simply hold the chuck, and then pull the trigger to tighten it as many are used to doing. After snugging a bit by holding the chuck, and pulling the trigger, you need to STOP the drill and twist the chuck past several audible clicks - shortly thereafter you will not be able to tighten any further. After that, things seem to stay tight. Otherwise, upon releasing the trigger (especially in the #2, high-speed position) the spindle-break will engage and actually loosen the chuck from the sheer inertia of the sudden stop.
This was not one of DeWalt's "Made in the USA" models; This one came from Mexico. A little disappointing, but I have nothing against Mexico. At least its North America.
Yep, too good to be true. The clutch refuses to lock when put into "drill" mode in 1st gear: try to drill a hole, and the clutch slips. No issues in 2nd gear though. Even so... the drill is useless. I just called CPOs customer support line and they are sending me a shipping label for an RMA return. Bummer... Dropping to 2 eggs for now. I will update later.
Other Thoughts: Typically I wait a while to write a review, but given that no other reviews exist I thought I'd jump in early. I'm a homeowner, and employed professionally in Information Technology. As such, I didn't come to Newegg looking for a drill, but I have been on the lookout for a decent all-around cordless drill to replace the 1/2 corded hammer drill I live with. I am quite familiar with brands and features, but I really can't call myself an expert. As a homeowner, I just wanted a good all-around option for small to medium projects; driving screws, and punching holes when needed. I wanted something light, moderately powerful, and reasonable to operate/maintain. I wanted a good balance between quality/features but I was hoping not to break the bank in the process. In the end, this DeWalt is arguably a much better drill than I would likely have gotten myself, had I not see this refurb at such an attractive price. I have purchased quite a number of factory refurbs in my time, and I have never had a problem with any of them. To me, this was simply a really good deal on a near-professional grade tool. Again, this is an early review. But based upon my initial experience with this drill, the LARGE number of positive reviews I have seen for this model when purchased new, and the fact that I obtained it as more than half off what it is selling elsewhere... I couldn't be happier.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ARRIS SURFboard SB6141 8x4 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem
Pros: - Worked flawlessly for Three and a Half Years
- Paid for itself (and then some) after the (evil) Time-Warner Cable started charging modem rentals
Cons: - Only lasted Three and a Half Years.
Other Thoughts: When Time Warner Cable found another way to gouge its customers, and started charging us to use the modem it provided, naturally I went out and bought my own. The purposely went shopping for a modem that whose specifications were far more robust that what I needed in hopes of future-proofing a little, as well as obtaining a modem that would hopefully last a long, long time preforming a job well-beneath its capabilities. For 3 and a half years, this (formerly Mototola) SB6141 reliably managed my humble 10mbps-down, 1mbps up Internet service without issue. But last week, we suddenly started experiencing >80% packet loss over the Internet. After doing everything I could to troubleshoot the issue on my side, I reluctantly called TWC service who eventually diagnosed the issue as being my failing SURFboard SB6141.
I have since replaced it with another cable modem, and I am back online.
In the end, I recouped my investment on this modem in rental fees. And for 3 and 1/2 years, my Surfboard SB6141 quiely lived and did its job VERY, VERY well - sitting on a cool, dry, and clean shelf in my basement.
But it only lasted 3 and a half years, which is somewhat surprising/disappointing.
This review is from: ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive
Pros: No Riplock
Rips Bluray and DVDs beautifully.
Cons: No Bluray playback software included, but this was expected... so its not really a con.
Other Thoughts: My sole purpose in buying this drive was to quickly start converting my DVD/Bluray collection to MKVs via Handbrake, before my kids scratched/wrecked them all. Price and performance were the keys, and this drive delivered.READ FULL REVIEW