Cordless tools make marine electronics installs easier and faster

Ben Stein

Ben Stein

Publisher of Panbo.com, passionate marine electronics enthusiast, 100-ton USCG master.

11 Responses

  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Funny how I’m moving in the other direction in terms of cordless power and size. My collection of Ryobi One+ 18v tools are good enough for most things, but my new Milwaukee M12 Installation Drill/Driver looks perfect for odd little boat spaces:

    https://www.milwaukeetool.com/Products/Power-Tools/Fastening/Screwdrivers/2505-20

    So far I’m really impressed with its feel and how well the four heads work together, and I’ve got a particularly tricky Gizmo circuit panel hinge replacement to try it on soon. I’m guessing the kit will live on the boat except when its special extra talents are needed elsewhere.

  2. David says:

    This is starting to feel like infomercials!

    • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

      Or maybe a parody of Home Improvement’s enthusiastic “Tool Guy”?

      To be clear, though, neither Milwaukee nor Ryobi even know that Panbo exists and, besides, we really mean what we say at the top of the About Page: “The only paid advertising on this site is the ads…

      https://panbo.com/about-panbo/

    • Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

      Sorry my enthusiasm sounds like an infomercial.

      As Ben E. noted, there’s nothing paid about this or any other post. I’ve purchased all my tools myself and am only sharing what I’ve found to work. Also, let me say again that I think any of the major brands of power tools I noted above would likely work very well. I threw my lot in with Milwaukee when I bought the first tools and batteries. It’s hard to switch with many batteries for one system. And, their performance has never given me a reason to switch.

      -Ben S.

  3. Paul Rutherford says:

    Hey David, you could just scroll on by…………

    Others, myself included, value some real world feedback on kit other boaters are using – can potentially save us expensive mistakes!

  4. Noelle says:

    I appreciate the information! It is useful on the water (in a tiny house, too!). Helps to appreciate the finer things and at least start a conversation because I’m always DIY

  5. Dan Corcoran says:

    I have never given so much thought to a vacuum cleaner until Ben’s earlier article. I have a limited investment in Dewalt 12v that is inconsequent (and outdated), but such a trouble free history along with the Dewalt wired tools I have going on a decade old. With my high level of satisfaction I just had to check out their vacuum cleaner.

    While they have something similar to Ben’s toolbox like form factor, I can’t help but wonder if this Dewalt is a better choice. Your thoughts Ben? Is the tool box form factor that much better?

    https://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DCV517B-Baretool-Cordless-Portable/dp/B01CKIZ8BA/ref=sr_1_1?crid=913ZD9QJUTUT&dchild=1&keywords=dewalt+wireless+vacuum+cleaner&qid=1616375392&sprefix=dewalt+wireless+vacu%2Caps%2C159&sr=8-1

  6. Dan Corcoran says:

    Thank you Ben’s for your feedback. Yea, 1/2 gallon wet is almost nothing. As I have separate 2 gallon corded vacuums for wet and dry, I am fine with 1/2 gallon capacity dedicated to dry, and use my existing 2 gallon corded wet vac for wet work and blowing air (DeWalt is vac only)

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