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Posted on I May Be Going To The Dark Side, 18V ;)

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#1 posted 12-20-2009 05:14 PM

This is a good discussion.

I keep thinking the the 14.4’s, 12’s and 9.6’s will go away too, but thery’re still there, mainly due to price point I think. Gotta keep some around for the people that don’t want to spend twice as much for the 18V. Maybe with the Li-ion batteries that will happen, they are smaller and weigh less, but they’re not cheaper, yet, maybe someday.

I wouldn’t be even considering these 18V if they were the NiCad’s, just too big and heavy. But these 18V Li-ion’s weigh about 20% less then the 14.4’s and from a battery pack standpoint are smaller too.

With all that’s being said I’m leaning towards getting them.

Merlin, I thought about doing that too many a times, are you getting those new or used?

Charlie, I looked at those Makita’s they are nice, and the Milwaukee M series, just don’t know if I want to make the brand change thus the battery pack change. I would be doing that to a degree though I guess but at least I’d be using the same chargers.

This is getting more difficult than easier. But I still have that one underlying question, how often have these other manufacturers changed their battery packs such that they don’t work with their previous generation tools? Like Milwaukee and Makita for instance? Even Craftsman? Have they gone 15 years without doing that? Do their Li-ion’s of a given voltage fit their previous generation tools?

So Ken, those 19.2 Li-ion batteries work in your previous 19.2 NiCad tools?

I’m really on th fence with this, that’s why I’m here.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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