My Lithium didn't last a summer. The high heat in the shop
kills the battery.
I hate to keep my tools in the house or create a special room
On 5/25/2011 9:31 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I don't know how a DIY outfit like the current Skil brand does it, but
I've had the original for about three years and can't kill the damn
thing. It stays in the tool bag behind the seat of the truck in all
kinds of weather, always has a charge, even weeks after use, and has
just the right amount of torque to drive hinge and drawer slide screws
into plywood and mdf without stripping, and perfect for tight spots.
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
Festool should be so lucky ...
Mine was a Skil wrench handle - I got as a gift and it died.
The hand screw driver boomerang shaped - sits in the house office
and just goes like it should. I think the metal shop got very
hot here in Texas and vaporized the Li-Ion battery.
On 5/26/2011 6:53 AM, Swingman wrote:
I have two of the 14.4 Makita Drills, one set included the driver.
The reason I have two is my wife was sure the old one (13-15 years
old?) was going to die about 4 or 5 years ago. She bought a set
including the driver as a Christmas gift then.
Both are performing great. The driver has seen thousands of screws
including 300+ feet of fence and and new house, including deck.
Starting to look a little rough but, outside of one dead charger, no
I'm almost ashamed to admit it since no other respondents mentioned DeWalt,
but that's what I've used for the past several years. In my case, the 18v
models with fairly big heavy batteries. The only reason I'm commenting is
that more recently, I bought my first impact driver, a Dewalt 12v with
lithium ion battery which is more recent technology and a considerably
lighter type of battery. Whatever brand you choose, I suggest you go with
the lithium type of battery which holds a charge longer and charges faster.
If by chance you do choose to go with an 18v impact driver, 18v lithium ion
batteries are also just entering the market.
I'm on my third year of a 6 unit set of cordless DeWalt tools so I haven't
yet approached the wearing out of any of the batteries. Just last month I
had a look at some of the new 18v lithium ion batteries. Half the weight of
the XRP batteries and almost have the size. What I'd like to see is some of
those XRP battery casings retrofitted to hold some of those lithium ion
battery cells. Doubt that's going to happen though. Naturally DeWalt will be
after people buying entirely new cordless tools than just buying new updated
batteries for them.
I recently had a few batteries rebuilt; two for my 15v Panasonic
drill/driver, two for my Makita 9v (which I use the heck out of, mostly
that little reciprocating saw), and another for my *olde* DeWalt 14v set
that I use in the shop primarily. I think I'll be getting batteries
rebuilt rather than buying new tools, at least for the time being. The
rebuild technology is very, very good...they come back with more pop
than the originals and the process costs 50% or so less than buying new.
I used an outfit called Primecell and wouldn't hesitate to recommend
I had a DeWalt 14.4 volt that I used for over 10 years. When the
batteries died I bought a Panasonic 18 volt. After about two years of
use both batteries died. Replacement batteries for the Panasonic are
not available locally and on-line prices are about $95 each.
I bought a new Dewalt 18 volt drill instead. It cost me less than two
of the Panasonic batteries and the DeWalt batteries are readily
available at a considerably lower cost.
I picked up my kit from Amazon as well. A combo drill/driver kit will
probably cost less than the individual tools combined, not to mention come
with multiple batteries.
At the time, the Makita LCT300W with light was cheaper than the LCT200W
without light. Same tools, just one had a light. Glad I got that light,
it's come in handy several times. (We drained one battery on it last
night, and started work on a second.)
I agree with those who recommend Makita or Milwaukee.
I have the drill and impact driver in 18v by Makita and in 12V by
BUT if I were buying now I would be sure to get an impact driver that has a
I broke a lot of screw heads off before I learned not to "impact" too much.
And I'm using McFeeley's screws.
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