I am looking for a cordless power tool system, most likely 18v, which I can grow with.
It would be for home and automotive use.
For a start, I am looking at a impact wrench to remove the wheel lug nuts.
I am also looking at a good impact drill for masonry work for the home.
There are numerous brands of these cordless power tool system e.g. Makita, Bosch, Ryobi, Milwukee, etc.
Do share your experience, please.
For wheel nuts, I have a deWalt 18v, which does 300 ft-lb.
Max torque is extremely important, if you go lower than 300 ft-lb to 100 ft-lb, you might have trouble removing wheel nuts.
You would need 1/2" drive. At 3/8" or 1/4", there is loss of torque.
So if you stay at 1/2" drive, all your sockets and accessories must be 1/2" or you can get adaptors for 3/8" and 1/4"
For general home use, 1/4" hex impact driver is very useful. I have Makita and deWalt.
For making holes in concrete and masonry, I'd use a AC powered rotary hammer drill.
Makita, Bosch, Milwaukee, DeWalt, they are all good, as long as you take care of them.
For tool selection, preferably go for those with lithium-ion battery. They usually last longer, if you keep them fully charged, most of the time. NiCd has "memory-effect" problem and last shorter.