I have a Dewalt 12V cordless drill that I have been using and it has
always worked fine for what I do.
However, recently the battery pack is lasting shorter and shorter (I
have two) and I think I would need to get new ones or have them
But one thing I noticed is that with the battery lasting a shorter
time, it seems to be losing the torque as well, in other words, I am
getting trouble with putting in 2-1/2" long screw (or extracting them)
when I did not have any trouble before. It seems that even with a
short live battery fully charged, the torque is reduced, or may be
it's just me hallucinating after breathing in too much fiber glass
The other thing I found is that the old studs that are in my 35 year
old house, they are A LOT harder than the new studs I get at Home
Depot. When I sister a piece of new 2x4 to an old 2x4, the screw cuts
through the new wood like butter and when it hits the old wood, it
slows down. Same thing with cutting, I can notch new wood with a saw
much easier than the old wood. It seems the old wood is almost as
hard if not harder than today's PT wood.
they do a excellent job with cell far better than the original ones
when they were new.
very affordable too
as to wood hardness..... old wood is super dry whch probably makes it
lus old wood grew slower, the growth rings were close together, the
wood stronger than the tree farms of today, where the trees grow super
On Mar 2, 10:41 am, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The old wood might be douglas fir, well dried. Before you chuck the
battery make sure it's just not a "charge memory" problem. When
people re-charge batteries without letting them go completely dead
first, over time, the charge becomes increasingly "shallow", its
called "charge memory" (or something like that). Completely drain the
old battery so it wont spin the drill at all with no load, let it
cool, then give it a full deep charge. If that doesn't work then its
Don't........Never completely drain any multiple cell nicad battery
pack. That is the surest way to damage a battery pack.
Did you leave the batteries on a charger when not in use? If not
in what state did you leave the batteries, charged or uncharged?
How long between uses?
On Mon, 2 Mar 2009 08:41:52 -0800 (PST), email@example.com wrote:
They just get weaker as they age.
I have two 9v Makitas, one bought in 2002 when the original 1995
batteries went bad on the first one. A drill and 2 batteries was about
the same price as 2 batteries then. Recently I found a guy in the net
who sold me new batteries, better than the original (more AH) for $35
or so and it is like having a brand new drill. I forgot how well a new
On Mon, 02 Mar 2009 23:44:51 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
primecell is a family business.
visit the site.
from the FAQ
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I have the same drill bought new in 1998. Batteries lasted til 2005. I got
the weakest one "rebuilt"..
It only lasted a few months so I waited til the whole DeWalt 12V drill "kit
" went on sale for $ 60.00 and picked one up.
Both Lowes and HD wanted $ 100.00 for two batteries alone.
Now I have two good batteries and one charger for the garage and one in the
(I also have the brand new drill, still in the original box)
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