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My DeWalt cordless drill sounds like the clutch has slipped or is broken. I get no torque when drilling.
I've had it for over 8 years. While I know I'm going to buy a new Festool soon (like several weeks), is there any reason to fix the DeWalt?
Has anyone had experience in getting them fixed and what was the damage?
Thanks,
MJM
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As my mother would have said, "It doesn't owe me anything".
Heck, it wouldn't even made a bad boat anchor.
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Shunk it.
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On Mon, 21 Jul 2008 18:49:29 -0700 (PDT), snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

something later on..
I hate replacing tools, but nothing lasts forever and they usually aren't worth having repaired.. It's a throw-away world now, unfortunately..
mac
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On Mon, 21 Jul 2008 21:11:39 -0700, mac davis

anticipating a move in the future, I'm cleaning out the "boxes" and wishing I had never stored all that stuff.
Frank

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"Frank Boettcher" wrote:

During my career, worked for a company that had a policy that required you to annually go thru your files and throw away anything that was more than 2 years old.
The only exceptions were engineering documents and tax records.
It was a policy dictated by corporate lawyers.
The idea was based on the fact that if you don't have a document, you can't be forced to produce it in a court of law.
It was a great discipline to learn and follow, especially when it comes to move.
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On Tue, 22 Jul 2008 19:12:57 GMT, "Lew Hodgett"

Most corporations have a fairly extensive document retention policy. Those that I worked for did.

Engineering documents from my perspective are retained from the beginning of time. More often than not they will help you defend against a product liability case if your records for drawing revisions are exact and on hand and if you can actually prove that you did what was on the drawing.

When you close a plant you get to see how much discipline you have in that area. Much gets saved in the spirit of "not sure". At least it gave my teenaged son the opportunity for a summer job. He spent the summer among other things, going through boxes, looking for SSN or other sensitive data, then working the shredder, or palletizing boxes for shipment to permanent storage in Minnesota.
Frank

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wrote:

When we moved to Mexico, I had to decide how much of the 40+ years worth of "still good stuff" went with us.. Quite a chore!
mac
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Mine was repaired locally(central md.) 40 bucks need a clutch and brushes works like new. the guy at the shop said it really mattered on which type of tool ,harry homeowner or pro repair the pro and throw away the homeowner one. the difference is the internals of the pro are metal and the other is plastic and mostly non repairable anyway.
leonard
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote in

How are the batteries? If they're still in like-new condition, I'd see about repairing it. If they're weak and getting old anyway, replace it. You might also try fixing it yourself, especially if you've got a replacement anyway. (I'm a tinkerer so I do stuff like that all the time. I almost never throw anything away without taking it apart first.)
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On Jul 21, 9:49pm, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Hey MJM, Is there a chance that the speed selector slide is not going all the way into its proper postion? Maybe some wooddust is keeping it from engaging fully. I thought my DeWalt was broken - damaged clutch - and it turned out that the speed selector was slightly out. Marc
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On Tue, 22 Jul 2008 03:53:18 -0700 (PDT), marc rosen

I had exactly the same thing happen to my Ryobi 12V.
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Yes had same problem, some other brand though. Open up my drill and found the motor not completely engaged with the transmission. Realigned the motor and gear box to the original position and worked fine ever since.
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On Mon, 21 Jul 2008 18:49:29 -0700 (PDT), snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

How are the batteries doing?
I had a Dewalt drill fixed that had a similar problem, about 5 years back. It was about 5 years old at the time, had seen a lot of use.
The fix cost me $95; shortly after that one of the batteries went south. Then the charger. I replaced those but in hindsight I didn't save much money overall.
I still have the drill and use it and like it.
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