|Review by C_PLUS_Woodworker||posted 05-11-2011 02:57 AM||5917 views||17 times favorited||14 comments|
One of the things that really gets to me with the current trend to Lith-Ion batteries is that so many perfectly good tools are being trashed because buying a new drill with a new charger and 2 new batteries is not much more money that just buying replacement batteries. I personally just cannot chuck a perfectly good tool because of a battery issue, regardless of the price differential on a new tool. It goes against everything I am and how I feel towards tools that have served me well.
Example: I have a PC 9866 12V Drill/Driver that I bought in 1999. This has been one of my favorite tools since I got it. Always works, always works the way it is supposed to, comfortable, damn near indestructible and always a pleasure to use. I have done so many projects with this drill. And, yeah, I admit to feeling very warm towards it being in my hands. A good honest tool, and much better than most of the drills/drivers out there today.
One of the batteries began to not hold a charge. Oh, Man, I am going to lose this great drill. So, I checked around for months as to options. Buy a new drill? Pick up some used batteries? Get out of the NiCads and into Lith-Ions?
I finally decided to have MTO Battery @ Battery Rebuilders http://www.mtobattery.com/store/ rebuild the weak battery. I was to send them my old battery and they would rebuild it.
This entire process was slick as a whistle. Paid for the rebuild on-line prior to shipping and had the battery back in about a week. Very quick turn-around.
I know it is my battery cuz it had my initials on it prior to shipping.
MTO offers three rebuild services:
$30 “This service will offer equal to or better than brand new replacements.”
$35 “We use extra insulators and double thick nickel straps to allow higher amp draw and heat resistance. This rebuild service is specifically designed for customers that use saws and other high current devices frequently.”
$45 “This is one of the best services we offer with roughly 1.5x the run time as standard NiCad battery”
Since it was the first time doing this, I elected to go with the $30 rebuild.
I have had the rebuilt battery back for almost a month. Charged it as per their instructions. Have used it almost every evening driving a few long screws and just checking out how the rebuilt battery is working.
It is working great. I cannot stop the chuck with handsqueeze on the original battery, and when I try to stop the chuck on the rebuilt battery, it feels even stronger.
I know a lot of you are probably thinking that Murphy’s Law will now kick in and the drill itself will go out on me. Well, at least I can live with that better than tossing a great working tool.
I can find absolutely no reason not to give both the process of using rebuilt NiCad’s …..... and MTO Battery Rebuilders 5 Stars. And I think I am a tough grader.
Best to all.