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post #21 of 23 Old 08-04-2018, 12:25 AM
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My background for many years was nailguns. Then came cordless nail guns. Very handy and no hose or compressor to fuss with. But I was given a cordless impact driver for a Christmas gift one year and from that point on I have preferred screws over nails. Cordless impacts are just great. I prefer to build furniture and there is little use for an impact in furniture construction. But for anything else...
I will always keep my 16 and 18 ga finish nailers but everything else gets a screw.
New batteries charge much quicker than in the past. With one in your tool and a 2nd battery on the charger you can go all day. New Batteries are more powerful and last longer before needing a charge. Add to that the fact that a screw will hold better than a nail and has more pull strength to pull a joint tight. I donít know how we made it before the little cordless impact tools.
I find that the new batteries don't last near as long as the old ones. The old drill I had you could work all day on a charge where you might go through 4 lithium batteries in the same time period.
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Originally Posted by JIMMIEM View Post
I have DeWalt NiCads and have rebuilt the battery packs for half the price of a new battery. The online rebuild services aren't necessarily inexpensive but the DeWalts are easy to do and the replacement batteries packs are easy to install.

The Dewalt 18v-20v battery adapters are the way to go for Dewalt tools. I still have and use several of my brushed 18v Dewalt tools that I use with the adapters and 20v LI batteries. I now have more 20v tools but the 18v ones work fine with the adapters and I see no need to replace them or even think about replacing them for that matter. 3 saws, both my 4-1/2 grinders, a 1/2" impact wrench are just some of the 18 volt tools I still use.
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FWIW, I have had several Ryobi 18v batteries give up the ghost. Some were the original batteries and one was the Li ion battery. I found that it is just about as cost effective to buy than to try and rebuild it, either by someone else or DIY. A diligent search turned up this website,, which had a set of four Li ion batteries for $99.00 with free shipping. They don't have the button to show the charge but no big deal. I was told they carry the same factory warranty but are blems that can't be sold retail due to scratches, etc. Bought four and they seem to be OK, so far. Might be worth looking into for whatever you need.

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