REVIEW - Makita 18v Lithium Ion Cordless Drill Kit - www.onlinetoolreviews.com

Hi All,
Have just posted a review of the Makita BDF452HW 18v Lithium Ion Cordless Drill/Driver Kit on my site. You can view the full review here: http://www.onlinetoolreviews.com/reviews/makita18vcordless.htm
Hope it helps!
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Dean Bielanowski
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HappyGilmore wrote:

One critical quality factor I never see covered with cordless reviews is how many discharge/recharge cycles the battery pack is good for. With Li-ion packs selling for $100 and up this is not a trivial concern. There are a number of variations on Li-ion technology and manufacturing processes which have a big effect on expected battery pack like.
I would encourage you to develop a benchmark procedure for testing this characteristic and to start adding it to your reports.
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I think you've confused Dean Bielanowski for Consumer Reports. He does kind of look like the September 1973 issue, but they're two distinct entities.
How exactly would you suggest he implement such battery testing? The guy is a one-man band and it's not big budget testing.
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RicodJour wrote:

I wasn't trying to be a critic or a smart ass, just making a suggestion for what would be a useful improvement. If it is beyond the means of a one-man band, no problem.
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Typically these batteries in these usages go twice as far between chargings and typically have an expected life that is double that if a NIMH battery. As with any battery, your mileage may vary with the type usage you have.
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Lion cells have a certain amount of charging lives. keeping them topped off can give you longer life since your not doing a full charge. overall life if you used them both the same amount they would not last as long. I went with them as my tools would sometimes discharge too much over time. the weight savings is really nice too.
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HappyGilmore wrote:

One critical quality factor I never see covered with cordless reviews is how many discharge/recharge cycles the battery pack is good for. With Li-ion packs selling for $100 and up this is not a trivial concern. There are a number of variations on Li-ion technology and manufacturing processes which have a big effect on expected battery pack like.
I would encourage you to develop a benchmark procedure for testing this characteristic and to start adding it to your reports.
John
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HappyGilmore wrote:

From the review, "since when did Makita switch their tool colors to black and white?"
The black and white Makita line is their "compact" version.
In the case of the drill, the equivalent green/black version is the BDF451. The differences are:
560 in/lbs of torque instead of 450 somewhat longer/heavier comes with side handle 3 speeds instead of 2 3.0Ah batteries instead of 1.5 45-minute charger instead of 15
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