IMHO, most good quality power tools will last a long long time. The
batteries do not. The history of most battery packs by most manufacturers
shows that they change styles often and you eventually cannot easily replace
the battery packs. In that scenario, you end up with a bunch of tools with
a lot of use left in them and perhaps no battery to use in them.
Replacement batteries maybe costly and difficult to come by, but there's a
growing segment of the industry that rebuilds batteries. About six months
ago, I had the batteries rebuild for my Milwaukee cordless drill and once
again, it operates like new.
I do own one and used it extensively prior to getting this particular shop
wired up a couple of years ago when we were building the house. I used it
daily for about a month to do a lot of the cabinet work. It doesn't get much
use these days, but when you need it on a site with no electricity, it does
I would hesitate to recommend it to anyone who has electrictiy handy because
of its price ... however, if you can afford it, and often have a need for a
battery operated tool of this nature, go for it.
With regard to the discussion about the batteries. The following company is
HIGHLY recommended. I have them re-build all my rechargeable batteries and
the difference between the increased power and charge holding ability of the
rebuilt, and what they were like when new, is night and day.
Swing I am interested in Primecell but their price to rebuild my 15.6 batteries is $2.50 more + shipping than the Dewalt store. Do you think the improved performance they promise is worth the extra cash ?
One of a kind now, (makita had one).
Wonderful, quiet, powerful, but top heavy.
Has effectively 7/8 HP, would not use it as a 690, but for light,
quick, or experimental cuts:anytime. Of course you can use it where
there is no power.
I own one and though I was skeptical at first I've come to really like it.
If you are just doing a moderate amount of routing away from the shop it
sure beats having to string cord and find an outlet someplace.
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