I'll keep this short. I live in UK. I have a cordless Bosch 24v combie
drill. Gets heavy daily use. 3 years old, batteries no longer hold
charge. Searched internet for UK suppliers of replacement batteries. I
need 2. Best price - £120 each - check my maths, that makes £240 for two
new batteries. Searched internet again for new drill. Came up with the
same Bosch drill - latest version - with three, yes three, batteries
thrown in for only £264. So I bought a new drill.
Whats going on? - does this occur in USA?
Yes it is the same here. I have tossed more than one good cordless tool
because the replacement batteries were almost as much as the tool. I just
tossed a 12volt DeWalt drill, Batteries were about $50 each, a new drill of
simular model can be had for around $125.
I have a great deal now on a cordless drill. The company I work for supplies
one for me for my job. It is in my work truck, which is in my driveway.
Yup the same thing here. The only use I have found for these tools, when you
buy a new one for the cost of the battery, is to put a long cord on it with a
cigarette lighter plug. Then you can use it on your boat or in your car. I have
a 9v that I have been using on 12v and waiting for it to blow up. So far so
Yep. I say, go to a RC supplier, like tower hobbies, and buy new cells, cut
your pack apart, and replace them yourself. Cut the case with a cutoff
wheel in a dremmell, and put it back together with J B Weld.
Or buy a cheap drill - my battery packs have screws and disassemble
easily, and I plan on replacing the cells when they go bad (15 3Ah
NiMH SC's = $45).
However, I did buy a smart charger from www.helihobby.com - a Triton.
I can charge my drill in under 20 minutes :-) It hooks on to a 12v
battery, which is a plus and a minus - at home I have to go to the
garage to charge the battery, but if I'm somewhere else, I don't have
to find a 120v outlet to charge it. It also has cycling and testing
built in, so I'll *know* when the batteries are ready to be replaced.
And the one charger can charge any of my rechargable tools.
Cheapest cells I've found so far are at www.batteryspace.com A 2100
mAh SubC NiCd is only $4, or $20 for a 10 pack.
Yep, I have a 14.4 v Porter Cable, about 4 years old. The batteries
have started to die, one won't hold a charge, the other doesn't last
very long. Best price I can find for a single battery is $54, for two,
that's $128. I could have replaced it with a Porter Cable for $169 (I
wound up "upgrading" to a Milwaukee for a bit more). I decided that the
batteries were not worth it because I had already shaken some plastic
pieces out of the PC a couple of years ago. I think they were
associated with a part that guides the forward/reverse switch.
Although apparently not critical to operation since I have been using
the drill for a couple of years after the part broke, I did not have a
warm fuzzy that the drill would last long enough to justify the battery
It might be an urban legend, but I think this came up here before... someone
posted that HF's replacement battery packs can be cannibalized ala dremel,
solder, and hot melt glue to install HF batteries in your old kaput battery
Their 12v battery pack is 1300Mh and is 8 bucks...
The local Ace Hardware store (McHenry, IL) has a 2 pack of Dewalt 18V
DW9096 batteries for $99.99. Thats $50 a battery. Haven't seen them
that cheap, even on ebay. They're 2.4 Ah. Needless to say I snapped
up a pair.
I believe the 14V batteries were 2 for $79.99.
I just had two batteries for my 10 year old Milwaukee cordless rebuilt. Cost
me $60 each (Canadian) but it was far cheaper than buying new ones. Drill
works great. It had been so long since the batteries had held a charge that
I'd all but given up on the drill. Now, it's all I'm using again.
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