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I bought the Hitachi at Lowes for $99. I see it has the Ni-Cad batteries which I guess is the worst of the battery technologies. My question is that when new batteries are needed or the old ones are re built, can the batteries be rebuilt with a different type of batteries or is it necessary to stay with the Nicads? Thanks.
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Paul O.


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Paul O. wrote:

Probably depends more on the charger that came with it. It probably isn't meant to recharge Lithium Ion batteries, so if you changed, you'd have to get a new charger too. Unlikely to be cost effective.
You got a good drill, and those batteries will last a good while.
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I'm using Li-Ion batteries in my Makita drills that came with NiCad. No problems.
Max
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If you are worried about the batteries, you can buy an extra set of two for $ 99.00. You also get a free extra charger and a spare drill. $ 49.50 per battery... not too bad.
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wrote:

I think your tongue was poking through your cheek on that one, but I did just what you said.. lol
Years ago, My wife bought me the Craftsman 19V drill driver and light set.. One charger, 2 tools, 2 batteries.. I picked up an identical drill with battery on Ebay for about $30 because they had broken up one of those 5 or 6 piece kits and the drill was offered with battery but no charger..
I'm so used to having the 2 of them on the bench that if one died I'd replace it with the same thing.. It's handy for the stuff I do to have one DD set on "low" with a hex holder for screws and the other one set on "high" for drilling..
I know it's lazy, but it sure is nice when I'm doing something that involves a lot of screws and pilot holes..
mac
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