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Don't know why so many of the big name versions are being sold without
battery or charger.
Personally I wouldn't touch it. Now, I only buy stuff where I can share
batteries and am confident they will stay available for some time. I run
on Makita 14.4 and 18V Nicads and you can still get clone replacements,
in fact you can now get NiMH too which charge from the same charger.
Just bought my first Lidl 20 volt tool plus battery and charger.
Naked with batteries and chargers separate is a sales strategy to suit
buyers like me.
You would need to buy some...
In many cases when starting with cordless tools you would probably buy
the first couple as complete kits with batteries and chargers. Then you
could add new tools as required as "bare" tools, and use the existing
batteries and chargers you have.
No, they will only work for Lidl tools...
So pick a brand that has all the tools you might ever need, and start
Correct. My Makitas are now quite old but since they seem to be
indestructible it makes more sense just to replace batteries until they
finally die. These days I am a light user (but something of a collector
of toys). I've mostly been happy with my non-cordless Lidl tools and
they are producing an increasing number of cordless tools. Note that
they have two different battery options. So when they had a relatively
cheap cordless angle grinder (something on my wish list for a while) I
bought one, plus charger and a couple of batteries. I passed on a
chainsaw on a stick the other day, but might get a cordless jigsaw next
time they have one.
Unfortunately Makita have replaced the battery technology (different
physical connection and battery protection circuits) since I purchased
my Makita cordless drill some years ago. Original replacement batteries
or cloned compatibles seem to be very much more expensive than the
latest batteries for their newer cordless tools. However as I already
have two of the older style of batteries, with charger, I recently
purchased a new cordless Makita impact driver (bare) for not much money.
The driver was "old stock" being sold at a discount.
I recently borrowed the current models of a Makita cordless SDS drill
and angle grinder with 4Ahr batteries. I was impressed with the
performance of both and they compared favourably with my older corded
new type (with yellow connector)
That's a G series battery - they are not the old type Makita battery,
but an alternative lower priced DIY spec Li-Ion battery platform with
limited capacity and power output.
These were introduced quite recently, and are actually *newer* than the
Yup. Note there are "old" and "new" types of these as well. The older
ones with a capacity of up to 3Ah (black connector / no star), should
fit all LXT tools.
However the newer higher capacity (>= 4Ah) ones (yellow connector and/or
star) will not fit the older tools. (you can hack them to do so, but the
old tools will not necessarily have the current handling capacity
required to cope with the new batteries).
You can also get adaptors to make modern LiIon batteries connect to the
older style NiCd/NiMh tools. E.g:
I originally got a decent Makita 18V combi in about 2003, and added an
ID shortly after. I got the combi with three batts. They lasted many
years, until I replaced them with another three OEM batts (I did try one
"compatible" one - and although the performance at first was ok, the
overall total cycle life was very poor). When the second set of batts
started to die a couple of years back, I decided it was time to upgrade
tools to the Li versions - not so much because of the batteries, but
mostly because the range of choice in the old style was dwindling. I
also decided to get shot of other brands of cordless and concentrate on
Makita 18V for most, and 10.8V for small tools.
The modern 18V batts and chargers also have the big advantage of active
cooling - i.e. the charger has a fan that pushes cooling air through the
battery. So now you can charge a hot battery without risk (in fact they
suggest putting a hot battery on the charger asap is a good thing to do
since it will cool it quickly before it starts actually charging).
Getting one of the above adaptors, means the old tools are still useful.
Performance of the old tools on the new batts seems as good as on their
Yup, sorry my bad - completely the wrong item!
Looking at your other post I realise you were referring to the new G
series batteries anyway, rather than the old Ni style or non star LXT ones.
So an adaptor does not really make sense, since you can easily get new G
series batteries. Even if you did graft 5 Ah LXT battery on to a G
series tool, there is a reasonable chance you would smoke the tool if
you tried putting too much load on it. Ebaying the G series tool and
replacing with a LXT version would make more sense if you want to keep
to only one battery platform.
The battery in my HP laptop was out of warranty but they replaced it, no
questions asked. This was two weeks ago.
I gave them 10 out of 10.
I suppose I could have scared them when I told them it was swelling up
but still passed diagnostics. They didn't even question why I. Had
dismantled the laptop.
Funny that they collected it and when it came back they had also
replaced the screen, keyboard and top because of hinge issues which I
A few years ago now, but I had a problem where I needed just a
replacement for a damaged connector on an HP laptop motherboard. HP
flew a near complete faulty laptop from the US, free of cost, for me to
cannibalise for parts.
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