|Forum topic by ferstler||posted 09-10-2015 03:50 PM||696 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
09-10-2015 03:50 PM
I first posted this in the hand tools section, by accident, because, well, a battery powered hand tool is held in the hand. Anyway, here is the entry again, updated, and probably in a better location:
I have some older Ridgid hand tools: 12-volt nicad types.
Ridgid has discontinued those tools and the batteries are no longer available from Home Depot. You can get them direct, I think, and even Amazon offers them from a few ancillary suppliers, as do some offbeat stores, but I have also read some reviews of those batteries that were not complementary. There are quality variables.
A local battery store rebuilt two of mine for me and one seemed OK. However, to check the charge levels when I got home I put each into my Ridgid charger and one of them caused the charger to start smoking. I was stumped until I put the battery into one of my Ridgid drills and when set to run forward it ran backward! They had the thing reverse charged and my charger was ruined. Fortunately, I have a second charger and while I temporarily tried checking the battery in it, I pulled it out quickly enough to probably not do damage. I hope.
Today, I took the battery back to the shop for an explanation, and the technician looked at the way the thing ran the drill backwards (I also brought the other, properly done battery as an OK reference), and hopefully it can be re-booted and also hopefully my second charger at home will be OK. The technician seemed mystified by the way the battery behaved. I wonder if anyone here has had similar experiences with either the Ridgid supply situation or a bad rebuild job.
I have some Ryobi hand tools, too, and, budget-tool company or not, I will hand it to Ryobi: they do not leave you hanging out to dry when they come out with a new hand tool. The older batteries work in them, and the newer batteries work in the older tools. This is odd, given that they are part of the same corporation as Ridgid.
Normally, I would not be concerned, because I have two 18-volt Ryobi drills and really do not need my Ridgid drill. However, I do have a Ridgid, low-profile impact driver that uses those batteries and THAT item IS important.
It is too bad that companies do not offer powered hand tools that can be run by battery and can also be run by a plug-in converter that uses AC wall power. That way, if the batteries can no longer be found you can at least use the tool the old-fashioned way.