Agree. Battery plus would probably beat that price.
And/or check Ebay.
Or as other said, rebuild yourself. With a voltmeter it doesn't take
long to find the defective cells.
It is partly to keep you buying new stuff, but also due to changing battery
technology. A few years ago I don't think any battery-powered tools used
lithium-ion batteries, and not many had nickel-metal hydride batteries. All
are superior to nickel-cadmium batteries that have been around for decades.
Lithium-ion batteries have more power per pound when compared to
nickel-cadmium batteries, plus they have some other benefits.
Remember when battery-powered household smoke detectors used 3" long, 1"
diameter mercury batteries? (mid-70's) Do you want to go back to that?
i loved my 12 volt makita until my helper dropped it from a ladder and
bent its chuck a bit.
i replaced it with two identical ones [see what love will make you do]
and upgraded the charger and newer higher amperage battery. one ebay
sourced replacement battery even has led light on battery which can
illuminate the drillbit tip!
find a tool you enjoy for the comfort of the use or job. some of the
units are just too heavy.
They give the consumer what they want. Just because the 9.6 volt will do 98%
of what the average homeowner wants, we envy those with 18V and now 24V even
though they are heavy and awkward.
Get the battery rebuilt.
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