Almost fell for this one at Lows Dewalt 18volt Drill

Lows# 185475 Dewalt#
Dang, this thing has probably been sitting in a wharehouse for years. NiCd batteries. Dewalt doesn't even list it on their web site.
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It may be its just not made now and not very old, I just got a new Ridgid 12v thats fine
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Sorry if part of this is a 2nd post, hit send too early.
Lows# 185475 Dewalt# DC970K-2 with charger and 2 bateries Regular $199 on sale for $99
Darn, I looked at what I thought was the sale drill on the shelf, looked like a great deal. Finally noticed the sale one is NiCad. Dang, this thing has probably been sitting in a warehouse for years, and the NiCd batteries don't like to sit without charging. It's so old Dewalt doesn't even list it on their web site! Were I did find specs. it always says the torque is 0.0 I suppose that is there way of not telling how low the real torque is.
Damn, I was exited.
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Did you exit on your own or did they kick you out?
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On 11/24/2010 11:35 PM, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

Oops, LOL! (I'm avoiding the question)
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On 11/24/2010 3:40 PM, Tony Miklos wrote:

just bought 2 of the 18 volt ones with 2010 date codes for use with both a circular saw and recip saw. What I don't know is do they still make tools with NiCads instead of LiIon batteries. BTW, I was really bummed out when I saw the Lowe's ad because I paid about $80 for 2 batteries and I could have gotten a good drill for only $20 more.
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I picked up a second (9th, total) drill a while back, for this reason. The (compact) drill and charger for the price of two batteries. I'm thinking about number 10 and 11, but the Bosch ad is contradictory. Is it the 12V or 18V model? I already have both 12V.
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On 11/25/2010 12:09 PM, snipped-for-privacy@att.bizzzzzzzzzzzz wrote:

I'll try to hold out until I can upgrade to LiIon. I don't use the drill often enough and my NiCads don't like that.
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I really doubt that Dewalt makes their own NiCd cells,I suspect they buy them from an OEM bettery manufacturer just like everybody else.
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I'm sure they don't. There are only a few battery manufacturers. They may not even package the batteries or make the plastic around them (or even the tool itself).
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Sanyo used to make the 2400 mah cells for the xrp packs.
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On 11/25/2010 11:17 AM, Art Todesco wrote:

The thing is, when did they stop making tools that use NiCads? There is a good chance the batteries were packaged with the drills and are a few years old and never properly charged. Just the fact that Dewalt doesn't show any reference to that drill on their web site sounds a little odd to me.
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On 11/25/2010 3:34 PM, Tony Miklos wrote:

Well after all my bitching about this DeWalt drill at Lowes for $99 (Item #185475 Model DC970K-2) I went and bought one anyway and figured if I don't like it I'll return it. Got it home and everything has 2010 date codes on it. Charged the first battery and tested it in high range trying to hold it from turning. Damn thing gave me a little friction burn instantly, it's got some torque after all. It's a bit heavier than the normally stocked models. The best part is the charger maintains a float charge on the battery, my 15+ year old Milwaukee didn't do that. A battery could actually go dead while left on the charger for a month or so. I haven't drilled a single hole but so far it seems like a good deal. Amazon and other places have them listed at around $125 - $135, so it's not really a $200 tool like Lowes advertises it as.
Next was a little aluminum 6' Werner step ladder for $19. Shit they also have 4' fiberglass ones for the same price. I couldn't decide, so I bought one of each. I was thinking about the little work platform to stand on for the same price, but since someone bought the last one as I approached it, I didn't have to make a decision on that.
So finally I have a drill with new batteries, it's been way overdue. I got tired of dragging out the Bosch 39 volt LiIon monster hammer drill for little stuff. I have a larger plug in hammer drill so I may sell the cordless 36 volt one on eBay.
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On 11/25/2010 11:17 AM, Art Todesco wrote:

Ok, now I'm double bummed out. This morning a friend called and told me of a similar deal from Ace. It was $99 with a $10 rebate.
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