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post #21 of 29 Old 06-18-2012, 09:36 AM
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rrbrown, I have no idea if it is worthwhile or not, but last time I got my watch battery replaced at Batteries Plus I noted that they would replace the cells in cordless tool batteries. If you can't find new replacements for your old tools that might be something to consider, assuming the cost is reasonable enough.
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The latest Makita 18V cordless drill and driver set is my standard go-to tool. I used to sell tools for years and have not ever been a fan of Dewalt.

These little Makitas are really amazing.
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4m-customs, are you still here?
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I personally like the Rigid drills. It's amazing that the 24 volt lithium weighs slightly less than my 18 volt Dewalt ni-cad. The Rigid warrenty makes my choice easy.
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I'd vote for the dewalt 18v stuff for three reasons. 1....most of its built like a tank. I've seen drills dropped off roofs, a radio fall out of the truck on the highway and still work, ect. 2. I've had my set for 6 years now (recip saw 3 years) and am still on the original batteries.....they get pretty darn hard use. 3. Like someone else said.....no one has as many tools that are all of good quality. Sure the 19.2v craftsman stuff has a chainsaw and a leaf blower, but i'm not looking to use my portable power tools for that.......the dewalt stuff seems of top notch quality by my use.
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We have the DeWalt 18v and they kick ass. They get beat on. Dropped from floor joists to basement floors. I have never had a problem. The batteries have gotten wet and it hasn't bothered them yet. They are holding up well and I would buy them again
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I was ready to dump the Rigid tools because of the high price of the batts. but when I found out about the lifetime replacement and the fact that I could use them on all my old tools and I went with a new hammer drill pkg.

The Pkg came with 2 Batts and HD had a promo for a free one. The lifetime warranty only covers the ones that came with the combo. Not the free one. They ask for serial #s on the batts. so that might be something to consider.
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My dewalt stuff outlasts everything else anyone has in our shop. My corded Sewalt stuff goes until the brushes wear out. Ive never seen any other tools in the shop have brushes go out because they are that old. Only the Dewalt last that long. Ive also owned every brand namke of metal chop saw there is and the Dewalt has been the toughest.

I also have B&D drivers at home I use just for screwing in wood screws. I have a Ryobi set and the batteries suck.

I will stick with Dewalt
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i have had both the 12 and 18v hitichi drills and driver with no problem. used the hell out of both. the 12v did 3/8 lag bolts with no problem. used the 18v to drill 1" holes in about 300 2/4's with little effort. i do like the button on the mil.'s to tell if the batt. is charged. lifetime on the hitichi batts. also
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