For the last 14 years I have owned and used a Makita NiCad 12V drill. With great satisfaction at all times. The drill itself feels as good as new but three of my four NiCad batteries have given up the fight and the fourth is pleading sickness when asked to work.
The new drill has evolved is several ways: it now has an internal clutch which protects the drill from overloads; there is rubber material protecting the metal corners; the battery connections have had a complete rethink; larger drill bits can now be accommodated; the carrying case is a beautiful bit of industrial design, smaller and lighter but still fully up to its task.
Only criticism? The selling price of the Li-ion batteries is absurdly high, as a result of which the drill is shipped with a pair of 1.3AH batteries, whereas one can get 3AH and 4AH ones if one has just robbed a bank (or two).
The quality of the new drill probably means that I will be able to use for as long as the first one.
Congratulations to Makita, yet again.