Late to the party here.
I had a "fleet" of Dewalt 18V tools, a couple of which I genuinely used up (drill and 1/4" impact driver) by using the chit outta' them. Most of my battery packs were close to end of life also, so I decided to bail on that tool/battery system for some brushless "20V" (yes, 18V + sexy marketing bullshit
) tools, starting with a drill snapper and a screw stripper.
So,faced with "go red or stay yellow", I re-fleeted in Dewalt 20V because of past good service (or extremely good luck). The new toys have been flogged for over 2 years and I haven't destroyed one yet. Either this stuff's industrial quality or I'm turning into a total pussy in my middle age
New drill is badass, the brushless a noticeable upgrade over my trusty brushed 18V. The brushless 20V 1/4" hex impact driver is foogin' light years ahead of the old 18V for torque control - it's like TIG vs stick welding. Angle drill, jigsaw, oscillating cutter, blower - all good tools that have paid for themselves. The brushless 1/2" impact killed demand for my IR 231C, which I think is saying something. I rarely fire up the air compressor unless I need to fill tires or blow shit off.
No problem with Milwaukee or Ridgid, but happy to report that Dewalt is still serving me very well.
But fawk Hazard Fraught
Also, X2 on
's recommendation for US-"made" stuff.
Domestic content = national security, and more is better.