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While I was constructing a folding outfeed table about a week ago, I found my 14V Dewalt drill was running out of oomph way too early. I switched batteries only to find the other one was crapped out. I was able to complete the job with my Makita 9.6V drill while I waited for the Dewalt batteries to recharge.
I started thinking about it and looked into the price of new batteries... about $60 each at the borg. Damn. For that kind of money, it'd be worth my while to take this opportunity to upgrade. After a little research on the net, I ordered a Milwaukee 1/2" 18V hammer drill (0624-24). It showed up today.
Yowsuh! This is very nice. I can plug the battery in frontwards or backwards depending on how much clearance I need. It packs 495 in-lb of torque so I expect I'll break my wrist before I run out of torque. It came with a nice case, rapid charger and two batteries which I promptly plugged in and topped off.
When I die, I'm loading up a trailer and taking all this stuff with me. And I don't want to hear any suggestions on where to stick the trailer hitch....
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"Mortimer Schnerd, RN" wrote:

I was in the DeWalt repair shop last week to pick up a belt for my DW733 planer. The counter person was on the phone when I arrived talking to someone with a similar problem. From what she said I guess it's a common problem. One battery will go bad and it then damages the charger. The bad charger then damages the remaining good battery.
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Jack, that might explain why a new rebuilt battery shows an indication of it being a bad battery while on another charger it charges and works well. I guess its time to throw out the first charger. Thanks, JG
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JGS wrote:

That's an interesting thought. My charger will charge the batteries; they just don't seem to last very long now. Is there any way to test the charger/batteries before I arbitrarily assign them to the trash bin?
At this point I'm torn as to whether I should hang onto the Dewalt drill or not; it still looks brand new and has served well in the past. The fact that I had hung onto my old Makita 9.6V drill saved me on the last project when my Dewalt ran out of energy... good thing I kept that one (I've used it as a driver exclusively since I upgraded to the Dewalt).
Is three drills more than I can justify? Or should I put the Dewalt on Ebay?
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"Mortimer Schnerd, RN" wrote:

According to the DeWalt counter person having batteries that don't last very long is the end result. I don't know how you could test the batteries without risk to a known working charger. the suggestion given to the person on the phone was to buy two new batteries and a charger for "X" number of dollars or buy a whole new drill with batteries and a charger for about $20 more than the batteries/charge alone.
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month later, paid the extra for the heavy-duty charger, 2 months later, problem is back, got really mad & took the whole mess back to the Dewalt/B-D shop with the intention of stuffing the drill up someone's nostril. The lady at the counter saw me come in, didn't blink, exchanged the 2 batteries and charger. Haven't had a problem since - - maybe they've improved the charger ????
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Isn't DeWalt jst a Black & Decker in a yellow package?
Re: New Toy Group: rec.woodworking Date: Mon, Jul 26, 2004, 10:01pm From: snipped-for-privacy@adelphia.net (Nova) "Mortimer Schnerd, RN" wrote: While I was constructing a folding outfeed table about a week ago, I found my 14V Dewalt drill was running out of oomph way too early. I switched batteries only to find the other one was crapped out. I was able to complete the job with my Makita 9.6V drill while I waited for the Dewalt batteries to recharge. I was in the DeWalt repair shop last week to pick up a belt for my DW733 planer. The counter person was on the phone when I arrived talking to someone with a similar problem. From what she said I guess it's a common problem. One battery will go bad and it then damages the charger. The bad charger then damages the remaining good battery.
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Fri, Nov 2, 2007, 2:07am (EST+5) snipped-for-privacy@nospam.hotmail.com (Mekon) doth sayeth: My old router was giving me a little grief, <snip> 1. When it is inverted dust does not fall into the motor. 2. A switch rather than a trigger. <snip> 4. The chuck extends past the router table bed so bits can be changed from the top. (Luxury!) <snip> 6. Even though it does look a bit like the robot in Lost in Space <snip>
1. I've got an inexpensive Craftsman in my router table, and no dust gets in it, period - it all gets blown out; I imagine all routers are the same. 2. I'd rather have a trigger for using it outside a table. In my table, I lock the trigger on, and turn it on and off by a circuit breaker mounted on the side of the table. 4. I made my router table so I can yank the "plate" and router out in about 1 second, then changing a bit is no prob, and takes about 2 seconds to put back. 6. I think all routers look like the Lost in Space robot.
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Typically all routers do blow down, or up in a table, however when not running anything can drop down into the fan. The Triton uses a fan that more closely resembles a closed end squirrel cage fan that blows towards the sides of the router and cannot fill up with debris when it is not running.
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I've had my big, ugly crapsman router in my table for maybe 10 years and it just keeps on chuggin'... Can't seem to kill it or the other Sears router, so I can replace them..
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