After several years, the battery in my cordless drill is dead.
As is often the case,
a replacement battery costs more than the whole drill !
The drill gets occasional light-duty use around the house.
Can anyone suggest a replacement brand ? ( less than $40 )
I'd recommend taking a look at www.primecell.com who rebuild battery
packs. I had two 14.4V units die and thought the same as you. I had
one unit rebuilt for $40 (took a week) and it's more powerful, holsd a
charge much longer and allows me to keep using a good quality
cordless drill/driver without having to resort to a cheap/inexpensive
I probably phrased my question poorly.
I pretty much concluded it wasn't worth it
to spend more for a replacement battery
than the original cost of the drill.
What I should've asked was;
For average homeowner use,
what brand replacement drill should I look at ?
( in the "under $40 range )
On Fri, 02 Apr 2010 07:15:11 -0400, email@example.com wrote:
Whatever Home Depot has in that price range. Most drills in a given price
range will perform close to each other. Sure, it won't hold up like the
$200 drill, but you don't expect it to and it is not used heavily. A 14.4
volt is plenty powerful for 98% of what the homeowner does.
For less tha 40 bucks you can be guarnteeed the cheapest made drill
along with second rate chinese batteries. HD Ridgid brand will get you
a lifetime battery warranty, dont be so cheeeep this time. You do get
what you pay for.
I'm sure there are many opinions about brands. I followed a thread
here a while ago where it seemed like everyone was using Makita. I've
used Panasonic, on the recommendation of some pro carpenters who said
their batteries held up longer.
Problem is the budget. Tough to get anything decent for $40. You may
be able to get an OK corded drill for that amount, but w cheap
cordless, the batteries won't last.
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