|Forum topic by Peter Oxley||posted 12-14-2007 10:11 PM||2033 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
12-14-2007 10:11 PM
There is a thread going about the worst tool you’ve ever bought, and another thread about the best/most useful tool in your shop. How about big surprises? Maybe you picked something up on a whim, and when you got into the shop you found you had a real treasure – maybe not your favorite tool, but well worth the price. Or maybe you bought something that you knew would be great, only to discover it wasn’t.
I’ll start with a good surprise and a bad surprise …
I’ve had a DeWalt 14V cordless drill for ages. It works great, and the batteries are still taking a charge despite hard use, complete drains, and winters in the old unheated shop. The moment 18V equipment became almost affordable, I ponied up the cash for an 18V DeWalt cordless drill. Also heavy as a large brick, it had no more torque than the 14V and the batteries did less work on a charge than the 14V. Also, if you weren’t very careful when switching from high range to low range the gear box wouldn’t fully engage and when you pulled the trigger you would get the awful sound of ripping gears (which I suspect are plastic based on the sound). Oh, one other thing – the 18V is the hammer drill model – it occasionally decided to hammer when it is not set to hammer. The 18V quickly became the backup drill for the 14V, but after about a year and a half the batteries refused to take a charge anymore. Now it resides in the brick drawer.
Okay, who’s next?