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Old 04-17-2013, 05:15 AM
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A couple of years ago I bought a combo pack of DeWalt cordless drill & reciprocating saw. The drilll and the saw work fine, but the batteries are a POS. and I am looking to replace. New batteries are nearly as much as a new drill. I have read that the super gee whiz lithium batteries are no better than the original.

Any suggestions on what to buy? These are certainly not daily users for me, but it would be nice to have them hold a charge between uses.
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:28 AM
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Well...........in my biased opinion the old Nicad batteries worked well and lasted a long time if you treated them right.

I have two drills with two batteries each that have given up. I am going to buy new cells and re-pack them myself. Way cheaper and then am back to years of hard use again.

The nickel metal hydride that was touted as the wonder battery was total crap.
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:57 AM
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I had dewalt, ryobi, and off brands.
I personally prefer Ridgid. They offer lifetime warranty - even on their batteries! They are made by Milwalkee too. Metal gear case and metal gears.

or... buy cheap stuff, and when the battery wears out, throw out the whole drill.
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:01 AM
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If your battery case is OK this place will replace the batteries in your old case cheaper than you can buy a new one.

P.S. I bought the batteries myself and did the swap myself. Was a cheaper route.
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:43 AM
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12 volt? Solder wires to it and run it off of your truck battery.
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:54 AM
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There was a recommendation a while back on here to get a Hitachi 18v drill.

I got one that day and havn't regretted it for a moment. Sure the price helped a lot, but it's really a good working little drill. I got the compact one and with the new style batteries it's super light.
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:41 AM
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I bought the Ridgid combo about six months ago..Lifetime warranty on everything including batts. I am reall impressed with performance and batts charge in no time.
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:23 PM
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I just buy new/used batteries on Ebay. They are cheaper and I have had no trouble with them. Otherwise I buy and use the Makita 18v L-ion drills and impact, and have no complaints.
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:42 PM
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I now primarily use the Makita 18V Li-Ion, and they are fantastic. After five years, I had to replace the drill (dust eventually ruined the trigger) and the batteries, which had FINALLY stopped holding a full charge.

I still have an old DeWalt set. I simply bought a new impact driver for it with the new Li-Ion NANO batteries that retroactively work in most of the other tools. That made all the difference.

Since Hitachi was mentioned, I only owned their drill and impact driver many years ago in the Ni-Cd days. I was most impressed with it, and only went to DeWalt afterward when it took a bad fall off a ladder, and I upgraded to something with a larger variety of tools.
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:52 PM
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I can't complain about my 18V Dewalts. I've been told it worse on the batteries to leave them on the charger all the time?
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