Brushless Versus Brushed Drill Show-Down




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Steve Maxwell: Good Morning! Thanks for your note, and thanks for watching. I would have like to use the same log, but I bored way too many holes for that. In terms of consistency, all logs were sugar maple, cut live and at the same time. For what it's worth, all logs were visibly identical, and since there were so many of them (about 18 in all), I think any inconsistencies would have been averaged out. Is there anything in particular you'd like me to cover in future videos? Bye, Steve

Braden K: Thanks Steve, best video yet on youtube! Very professional. Holy cow I cant get over how well the vid was put together, tech, audio, visual, etc. You are the man, I will for sure sign up newsletter. Have you ever though about becoming the next "Home Improvement" icon? Tim Allen would be proud LoL. Seriously though. 

EarthPersona: Very good explanation.

Ростислав Искандаров: Driving circuits of brushless drills are much more complicated and expensive, There is a great possibility that it will die(nothing perfect!) before a motor and gears. Thats the problem! In Russia there is no chance to repair Milwaukee stuff, not paying 80% of a new drill price, and warranty does not help)). So we prefer cheapest brusched drivers or HILTI(which is undoubted)

wettosixecho: damn your voice is clear as freak dude crap i also thought i was watching this in 4k until i hovered over the settings and saw it was on 480p freaking mind blown great vid

Trueskills23: Makita invented brushless technology on powertools in 2003 so why are you promoting milwaukee like if they did???

Jared McAllister: Great video, great breakdown of the different motor types. I'm looking to purchase a cordless 18v/20v drill. As a novice, it's been tough weeding through all this terminology. Brush vs brushless, now they are throwing 18v vs 20v.

May C: Thanks for your clear and concise explanations! Do you have a vid comparing both brushless and brushed Milwaukee? 

Tyler Fu: It sounds like a brushless motor in a power tool is essentially a AC motor (not unlike an induction motor) that uses computers to vary the frequency of the AC line (converted from DC) to change its speed. The problem is if the circuit breaks, then the tool becomes worthless. There are VFD available out there to allow people to run 3 phase motors on a single phase power source (and probably even DC, since VFD always converts the AC into DC anyways), however they are a separate module so if that breaks you can always replace it. DC motor brushes on the other hand are easily and cheaply replaced. I can't say the same for the computer module of a brushless power tool...

Collin Cuoco: I would put a Metabo brushless drill up against any of these any day.. Try one out Steve.

jollyandwaylo: The test would have been a better comparison if a brushed DeWalt was compared to a brushless DeWalt. Maybe the brushed Milwaukee is better than the brushed Dewalt or Makita. 

Jair Graff: muito bom!!!

Patrick B: Thank you for the great explanation and tests. Your video is very clear and concise.

josh33025: They're really all 18 nominal volts and have 20+ volts right off the charger.

SPAHN MAN: The reason the brushless beats the brushed is heat. Brushed motors get hotter but if you use each drill like you normally do, a couple screw hear and there where each drill doesn't get hot you will see no differance.But drop a brushless from 10 feet and that drill won't work but the brushed will

Svet Plaichum: is usefull or not ? If I take the motor of Milwaukee to become a robot motor?

Dummy Box: Thank You. I now understand.

Matthew Moody: http://dewalt.com/tools/cordless-drills-drilldrivers-dcd790d2.aspx Can you do tests for the new Dewalt Brushless drills?

Spekka: Wow, I knew that brushless drills are the thing right now but never really quite realized that they are actually that much effective. And they sound so much cooler! Thanks! Great video!

Greg Greavett: Nicely done video Steve.Have you compared the Milwaukee 3ah battery to the new 4ah to see the results?

lika sumboodi: Fub

lika sumboodi: Try the new METABO BRUSHLESS. craps on everything

Standard Nameo: Nice video! I can listen to you for hours!

Jason Patterson: Your arms have got to be tired. Great review, next Christmas brushless will be all the rage even for DIY'rs. Even DIY folks use their drills quite a bit and based on your test it would be money well spent. Perhaps later do a test with a few different materials. Brushless is supposed to last much longer when being used for screwing into softer woods, etc. Brush based motors are all or nothing, the brushless motors have a logic that only uses the amount of power needed, hence the extra cost for the circuitry. Once again, great video. 

quickguesswho: finally there getting brushless... I use a lot of rc electric cars and trucks... and always wondered how come they dont have brushless power tools... 

no name: I think that the results would've been even further separated if the load wasn't so heavy. For instance, a job of running short decking screws for hours on end.

Nicholas Dixon: very good video. i like how you visually explained the difference between brush and brushless technology. looking forward to a brushless bosch product

Armando Murillo: Finally a straight to the point video , nice job .

SPAHN MAN: The differance between brushless and brushed is heat the brushed gives off more heat when doing non stop applications but if you use your drills normally with drilling a little here and there there won't be that big differance

TheJELLIBN: Great video Steve

Yevgen6R: Thank you for tutorial!

Te Boz: Enjoyed your video. Only wish you had picked ''one'' log that was big enough so that you could have drilled all your test holes in the same log instead of multiple ones. Just because I have had logs with different density that cut at different rates with my chain saw. (103 kg/m3) 0.6 - 0.75 ....(lb/ft3) 39 - 47 [ from Wood Densities Chart found online ] I know...picky,picky, picky :-)

VVK ZV: Thank you very much for the video and good explanation! if you ever find "Makita vs ..." in Youtube you will find that Makita looses usually (fewer holes/bolts, even smoke on overload), that confused me, I suspected the authors in false play. I guess that all top-brands should have comparable results. I'm not Makita fan or expert, I have just a 14.4V drill and circular saw, but It seems that your video is more trustable (averaged data costs much!) By the way, what is your opiniton about the realiability of brushless tool vs brush one? Can extra electronics cause extra weak points, or not?

Jacob Davison: Really helpful video. Would really like to see how the makita brushless drill holds up to the test. 

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Rob Bush: I am a Plumber/Gasfitter and Live in Australia, Just would like to know if Our Models are the same as yours? I am looking to Buy a New 18V Impact Hammer Drill Driver. I am thinking about choosing between The New Hitatchi 18V 4.0AH Brussless, The Milwalkee 18V 3.0AH Brushless , The Panasonic 18V 3.3AH with Brushes or the Bosch 18V 3.0AH 4 Pole With Brushes... What Would You Reccomend ?? Thanks. Rob.

Jeff Jordan: Great Video. Keep up the great work

John G: I would like to add that most of the efficiency gains aren't from the lack of sparking and friction from the brushes as you put it. These motors aren't really DC motors they are similar to a 3 phase AC motor. And because of that they rely on a digital motor controller to vary the timing and phasing of the voltage going to the motor. The variable timing is where the power and efficiency really comes from. A light load test (like driving screws) would probably show a bigger difference yet.

diglettdigdig: Nice video. However, wouldn't it have been more accurate to compare a brushed and a brushless drill from the same manufacturer? Just a thought.

AndreasC81: Aleks: That was the point with the test, to see how much better brushless is to brushed.

Steve Maxwell: Yes, I have no doubt that brushless motors are cheaper to make, but as with all new technology, there are development costs to cover for a while. Thankfully competition will drive prices down in time, as they always do. Tools are at least 50% cheaper today than they were when I began using them in the early 1980s, even for tools that are much better quality. Thanks for watching! Steve

Steve Maxwell: Hello Dav, Thanks for your note. The self-feeding bits I used offer a pretty even feed rate all on their own. I wasn't actually pushing the bits into the wood, but just allowing the pilot thread to pull the bit in. Feed rate was quite consistent this way. All the multiple drilling sessions I ran also helped to smooth out the results. Thanks for watching! Bye, Steve

juzi68: How new is brush-less? European drill makers have been using it for many years. Why the omission? Ignorance or deliberate obfuscation. I hope it's the former. The drilling you performed is a little non-nonsensical, as wired drills and proper heavy construction tools like Hilti (among others) are more suited I suppose my bone to pick with your "review" is this: if you're going for the professional presentation, speech pattern and look at least be thorough and well informed. Cheers mate!

Steve Maxwell: Hi Aleks, My thinking was to compare brushed-to-brushless with this video. Later on, when there's a wider selection of brushless available, I'll test brushless-to-brushless. Thanks for watching, Steve

coptool: We did a similar 18v drill test into concrete with 4 brushless & brushed motor drills with the same outcome however I like your presentation much better. Nice video.

Wayne Burgess: My other concerns are you can change the brushes in a drill in your lunch break and carry on working a brush-less breaks down and you are shelling out for a new motor. Also Milwaukee give a 5 year warranty so if the 10 times motor life is to be taken seriously will they now have a 50 year warranty? :)

wayne burgess: Hi Steve, I have now tested these side by side and the Metabo blows the others away Pal. Any saving on battery drain is more than made up for in the extra amp hour capacity in the batteries. Also the 4 pole motor is so powerful the application gets done quicker. Mid range drills on mid power applications the brushless wins though, an example being small diamiter holes or short screws the brushless then leaves the brushed behind it just like a car with better fuel consumption. :)

Aleks Russian: Why not add the Makita Brushless drill, seems like an unfair bias towards milwaukee, Makita makes a brushless drill and impact driver. Obviously the milwaukee will win.... Its like comparing a 2006 dell laptop to a 2012 HP and saying HP is better LOL

animal79thecat: A good informative test sir. Have you had a chance to get your hands on the new brushless Dewalts yet?
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