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03-03-2010 11:15 PM

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What do you do with old cordless drills when it cheaper to upgrade to a bigger better model than replace the dead batteries?

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#1 posted 03-03-2010 11:22 PM

lend them to your friends ,
they never bring them back !

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#2 posted 03-04-2010 12:18 AM

ha ha – not a bad plan…

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#3 posted 03-04-2010 12:21 AM

At the price of batteries, for the older models, and considering the power and battery life of the newer ones it is probably better to upgrade. You can tell the Mrs. I said so ;^)

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 03-04-2010 02:13 AM

Drop them in a recycle bin and never look back.

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#5 posted 03-04-2010 02:16 AM

Sell them on ebay ;-))

-- 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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#6 posted 03-04-2010 03:37 AM

I 2nd the: Drop them in a recycle bin and never look back

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#7 posted 03-04-2010 04:24 AM

Give away to friends or family.

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#8 posted 03-04-2010 01:01 PM

Take the battery to a place that will recycle it. Than throw the rest away..

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#9 posted 03-05-2010 05:44 PM

I am going through this right now with my Dewalt 14.4 volt. I can get a new battery for about $60 (Ouch). But I can not find a suitable replacement drill for anywhere near that amount. I guess I recycle the old batteries and replace them with one new one. This seems to happen every 3 years.

Thoughts? What are you going to buy?

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 03-05-2010 06:05 PM

Are the chucks for cordless drills salvageable? A good racheting chuck does cost quite a bit to buy new

-- Ed

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#11 posted 03-05-2010 06:18 PM

I have a couple of old Makitas (remember the long handled ones?), A Panasonic and one or two old Dewalts (drills and a circular saw) that are in the obsolete pile.
I have a bunch of cordless drills – more than I use for sure; they seem to multiply like routers in my shop.
The ones I use most of the time are two Bosch (one drill one impact driver), two Craftsman (one drill one impact driver) and a Hitachi Drill (kit with circular saw and recip saw and light).
I also have several Ryobis – one big kit with cordless miter saw, drills, circular saw, jig saw, reci saw, I don’t even remember what all, that is self contained in a big rolling toolbox (big enough it becomes the stand for the miter saw when set up). – that I rarely ever use. (inherited from my Dad)

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#12 posted 03-05-2010 08:01 PM

In ‘08, I gave my SIL a 14.4v circ saw, light, and drill when I went to 18v Li-Ion. The batteries were still useable, but not good enough for my needs. They’re fine for his occasional use.

I’ve also given cordless tools (with still-useable batteries) to the Salvation Army. They seem to appreciate getting them, and I claim a few bucks on my taxes. – lol

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#13 posted 03-05-2010 10:52 PM

I even talked to an engineer at a battery dealer (Quest Batteries) about rebuilding the old battery packs and he said “Junk it and buy a new one”.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#14 posted 03-05-2010 11:24 PM

Had this same conversation with myself back in January. I have several older Makita drills that still work well, and I really hated to throw them out. I got recommendations from the “knots” forum for a company that recycles batteries.

I sent them two 9.6 volt, and one 12 volt NiCd battery. The 9.6 volt batteries were from Dec 2000. They charged up right away – seem as powerful as new. They claim better than new, time will tell.

A nice touch is that their sticker has the date the battery was rebuilt on them, I always date batteries and supplies with a shelf life (paint, glue, caulk etc.)

Costs were $38 each for the 9.6 volt NiCd batteries, $47 for the 12 volt NiCd battery. Shipping was $16 there and $12 back. Spend around $150 total. Pretty Expensive.

Overall satisfied with the service, took about 2 weeks, and I got 3 drill working, including the much missed right angle drill.

You are paying for the batteries, the drills are free!

-- JJ - Northern Illinois

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#15 posted 03-06-2010 03:18 AM

I had an old 9.6V drill and I gutter the batttery and hooked a long double wire to the contacts and put a cigarette lighter plug on the end and I use it for a spare when using it within cord length of the car. It came in handy a few times when I really needed a drill and with 12 volts behind it, it runs fast too. I once used it in the boat when we had some interior drilling to do and had no other drill arouond.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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