Would you rather have to put in a few drops of oil through a
lubricating hole after every few hours of running your drill and
double the length of time of use without having to replace any parts
or rather not have to bother oiling it and replace a part that may
cost 30% of the price for a new drill every few years?
I have 2 Makita 9v drills (vintage 1996 and 2002), the second bought
when the first set of batteries died. When the second set died I
bought a few $30 batteries from a net guy and they are both going
strong. Swapping around 3 batteries I used both constantly on a recent
I never did anything to either one.
I am a Makita fan though. I had the 2 cordless drills going, a corded
hammer drill and a regular 3/8 corded drill, a side grinder and a
circular saw, all blue.
By the time sealed bearings fail so has just about every other moving
part, I have alot of stuff from the 80s thats fine. A Porter Cable rep
told me of big commercial users that junk them after a a time because
just everything is worn out, gears, switches, chuck, bearings, wiring
I pretty much use my cordless every day. A typical cordless drill/driver
lasts me between 2 and 3 years. Regardless of manufacturer, I've never had
one die due to lack of oil, gear grease maybe, but not oil.
The drills never completely die, but like Ransley said, the switches, gears,
chuck, etc. get so worn out, they become cumbersome to use, and yes, the
batteries won't hold a decent charge anymore. It's only slightly more
expensive to buy a new tool with 2 batteries, than just buying the
I just pulled out my 82 rockwell circular saw today, its smokin a bit,
id say the windings on the motor shorted, and no bearing chatter or
looseness in the blade, cheap stuff I usualy smoke the motors or
destroy the gears from abuse and dropping them.
Can you assure me that is the case? If so, yes. I'm just not sure how a
couple of drops of oil will keep the switch from going bad, or brushes
wearing the battery cells corroding or the chuck from slipping, or the
clutch not working.
On Wed, 10 Mar 2010 13:43:33 -0800 (PST), Molly Brown
No. I've never had the drive train, of any drill I've ever owned, fail. I
don't want oil collecting dust, either. Cordless drills die because the
batteries die and they're more expensive than the drill *and* batteries.
On Wed, 10 Mar 2010 22:31:52 -0600, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
Not cordless, but I just had TWO fail on me today - the drive-train.
Put my 6 month old B&D 650 into low range and some teeth dissapered -
just an unholy racket, and no turning.
Took it back to where I bought it - they don't carry it any more, but
they DO have a Porter Cable PC650 - virtually identical except for
colour - for $20 more. Paid the man, took it home, drilled one hole,
and what the heck? a part jumped out through the front drive case.
Took it back and got my money back.
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