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Blog entry by Al posted 04-01-2009 03:35 AM 1335 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a 14 volt Hitachi drill ( about 4 years old). Latley the charge does not hold and I assume it’s the battery life going rather than the drill itself. Since this is my first battery operated drill I’m not sure which is the problem. My instincts tells me it’s the battery…................your input is always well received. Thanks for all your past help. Al

-- Al Meriden, Connecticut



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ajosephg

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#1 posted 04-01-2009 04:06 AM

Batteries wear out after x number of charge/discharge cycles.

-- Joe

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Craftsman on the lake

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#2 posted 04-01-2009 04:09 AM

Depending on the usage and charging times Lithium batteries generally have a good lifespan of about 2 years. I’ve had 14v battery drills. They’re ok but when I moved up to an 18v it really made a difference in speed and power. Mostly power.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 04-01-2009 04:21 AM

It’s the batteries. I concur with the other two comments.

I have a cordless DeWalt set that is over 10 years old and I use it professionally. The tools are perfectly good but the batteries only last me about 14 months.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#4 posted 04-01-2009 04:37 AM

I’m not familiar with Hitachi but my Porter Cable and my Craftsman both have a batter testing system built in the tell me when the batteries are bad. For the home user 2 to 3 years is about it. The unfortunate part is that one new batteries can cost half as much as a whole new drill with 2 batteries and a charger.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 04-01-2009 04:38 AM

My DeWalt batteries are $90 a piece.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 04-02-2009 03:54 AM

I’ve used a lot of them up. It usually makes omore sense to buy a new drill set rather than replace batteries.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 04-02-2009 04:09 AM

I just bought the seasonal special on 18v Dewalt batteries today. $120 for 2 at Lowe’s.

That is about as good as it gets for me.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 04-02-2009 09:08 AM

Todd, That is about as good as you’ll find on batteries, no doubt. Did you check out a new drill with a couple batteries and a charger??

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#9 posted 04-02-2009 05:17 PM

I have gone that route before. Overall it is a better deal. But I only need so many drills.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#10 posted 04-02-2009 09:47 PM

Working on ladders most of the time, I usually go the cheap route and get the new drill set. These drills today are remarkably reslient compared to 20 years ago. Yesterday my mini-mag lite with LED instead of incandescent bulb took it’s umteeneth fall on to concrete from 10’+. It’s still as good as new:-)) Luv those LED bulbs.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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oldskoolmodder

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#11 posted 04-02-2009 10:26 PM

It is hard to just buy a new battery when you can get the sets for just a bit more. The one DeWalt (14.4v) I did own crapped out with light use after only about 15 months after I bought it. One battery costs more than I paid for the whole kit on clearance at Target, and I got 2 batteries and a charger in the kit.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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