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Re: New Tool
« Reply #20 on: September 05, 2017, 09:49:38 pm »
Over the years have used corded & cordless, for all the same reasons mentioned above.  But had ten dead batteries from two different manufacturers.  Then saw a Utube video on how to replace the series of batteries inside the casing.  Ordered 3 new batteries from the cheapest manufacturer ($ 12 apiece), moved the contents, with some rejiggering and soldering, into my old battery casings and I now have 3 "new" batteries.  First one took me awhile but the 2nd and 3rd were done in 1/2 hour.  Lot cheaper than paying $ 50 to $100 for a new battery at the box store!!  All the best, Rob. 
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Re: New Tool
« Reply #21 on: September 06, 2017, 02:00:36 am »
I am eliminating my corded tools as fast as I can afford to.  8)

Save those old corded tools. In a couple years they will have a small battery pack to hang on your belt that will work with any corded tool. 1 battery that fits all.  8)

If the old tool is 12V you can hook it to any 12V battery. I have a old 12v drill that's connected to an old computer power supply (good for about 20amps) Usually just use it for counter sinking screw holes in shop, saves a lot of drill bit changes.

You can rebuild the old school battery packs with the Ni-cad cells. I think it was $20 something dollars for new cells for my 14v Bosch drill. and that included postage from China. New cells were rated slighter higher capacity than the originals, had solder tags for easy connection, and you reuse the thermal fuse etc from the old case. They seem to be holding up well in use.

The newer Lithium batteries are more problematic because if they don't match up properly with the charger, they tend to catch fire. The technology better, more power, less weight etc. But Lithium isn't a "friendly" material to work with. It tends to catch fire if you so much as look at it wrong.
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Re: New Tool
« Reply #22 on: September 06, 2017, 03:41:57 am »
So where is everyone buying the replacement cells from?
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Re: New Tool
« Reply #23 on: September 06, 2017, 04:23:31 am »
Got mine from some random Chinese company on Ebay. They had good feedback and the stuff arrived.

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5PCS 1.2V 1800mAh Ni-Cd NiCd Rechargeable Battery Batteries White color Sub C SC

2 of those to repack a 12V battery pack, cost US $15:50, including postage.
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Re: New Tool
« Reply #24 on: September 06, 2017, 06:54:19 am »
I got one of those 60v saws back in May...works like  a champ. Dewalt has a power source that runs on several of them (and charges) that will power a 15A corded too. It's like a generator with no gas...until it goes dead. I believe it charges 4 batts at a time also.  Gotta drop another $400 though.

I think these tools are designed by politicians...they extract cash from you at an alarming rate!  :(
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Re: New Tool
« Reply #25 on: September 06, 2017, 07:20:40 am »


I think these tools are designed by politicians...they extract cash from you at an alarming rate!  :(
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Re: New Tool
« Reply #26 on: September 06, 2017, 09:30:29 am »
I have one of the first battery drills made by Souix.  It has a cord with two alligator clips for connecting it to a 12v auto battery.

I have an old craftsman 14.4v drill that the battery packs and charger died many years ago. I put some wires onto the battery connections in the handle of the drill and ran some wires to a cigarette lighter plug. Its my backup for fencing projects if the dewalt batteries are all dead. Just plug it into the socket on the 4-wheeler and drill away.  :D

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Re: New Tool
« Reply #27 on: September 06, 2017, 11:13:31 am »
 My research into replacing li-ion cells was that unless you have the right equipment and replacement cells, its not a good idea, and only marginally cost effective. I've ended up with enough batteries just buying news tools. I now have enough batteries that I can build two or three small barns without recharging. There is another 9.0 and another rapid charger not in the pic.



 
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Re: New Tool
« Reply #28 on: September 06, 2017, 12:04:16 pm »
looks like your starting your own department store  ;D

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Re: New Tool
« Reply #29 on: September 06, 2017, 04:02:49 pm »
Dave you are set up well :)
That's a lot of portable power me hates cords as I get older :)
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Re: New Tool
« Reply #30 on: September 06, 2017, 04:10:10 pm »
 Its only 89.5ah@18v. :D I had to make a choice as to what platform I was going to use a couple of years ago. I think I got lucky, as the offerings from Milwaukee have been very impressive. Its a tough decision, though, especially if you already have some tools from one brand.
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Re: New Tool
« Reply #31 on: September 06, 2017, 08:09:46 pm »
Dave I couldn't agree more about deciding on a platform to go with. Once you pick one it gets really pricy to switch.
Btw how do you manage to keep track of what batteries are charged? That's a lot of batteries to keep track of.

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Re: New Tool
« Reply #32 on: September 06, 2017, 08:19:08 pm »
Milwaukee batteries have a fuel gauge on them, four red lights. Just push the button and you know instantly.
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Re: New Tool
« Reply #33 on: September 06, 2017, 09:23:23 pm »
Gotcha I remembered that after I posted, can you tell I'm on the Makita platform? :D

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Re: New Tool
« Reply #34 on: September 06, 2017, 09:47:40 pm »
Its really handy to know the charge. I think most brands have some sort of gauge now.
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Re: New Tool
« Reply #35 on: September 07, 2017, 07:56:57 am »
I have been replacing all of my air tools with M18 stuff. They do have some great tools. If you get to the farm shows around me there is always 1 item for a great price. Last time I bought it was the M18 impact. That thing puts my pneumatic one to shame.
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