[Homestead] Cordless drill batteries

WF Smith mogrits at gmail.com
Sat Feb 9 13:02:50 EST 2008


>
> My DeWalt 14.4v three-eighths-inch drill worked fine for eight years
> before the last of the two batteries died. Now the decision
> is whether
> to buy new or reconditioned batteries or to bite the bullet
> and buy a
> new set, probably using the lithiom batteries. Looks like batteries
> are about $40. I am leaning toward a reconditioned set like I have,
> but half-inch, for 148.69, from
> TylerTool--http://www.tylertool.com/dewalt8.html--because
>   it includes two new batteries and if any part of the system
> fails I
> have a backup, other than the batteries. Anyone have experience here?

I've had a Dewalt 12v drill for over 10 yrs and the batteries are shot. When
that happened I upgraded to an 18v set with two batteries and it's performed
well for three years of heavey use. My set has a circular saw, drill,
flashlight, and reciprocating saw and I normally run the battery down
completely before I recharge it. I've been surprised at how well the old
nicad batteries are doing. I guess I'm saying that to say this: when my
batteries die I'll face the same decision you have. I'll buy replacement
batteries because of the other tools involved.

In your case, I'd definitely move up to a 1/2" drill (get a hammer drill),
maybe this unit http://www.tylertool.com/dewalt232.html The hammer drill
works on masonry and concrete like butter. The unit you listed looks nice
but for a little more money you will have a fantastic drill. I have heard
good things about bosch cordless tools as well but have no experience with
them. I'm a Dewalt fan based on my and my employees experiences with them.

That's a good site. I've had good luck buying tools through amazons
"toolshed" or whatever they call their tool division. Prices are all over
the scale so it pays to shop around.

Warren




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