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Forum topic by KnotWright posted 10-07-2011 10:02 PM 14340 views 1 time favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-07-2011 10:02 PM

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Ok so I’ve got a 14.4 volt Makita drill and impact along with an older drill and flash light combo. They’ve all served me well, and even had one drill rebuilt because I’m just so comfortable working with them.

Here’s the heart breaker, I suppose age and this 100+ degree summer has taken its toll on the batteries, they only hold a charge for about half as long now and a couple have failed completely.

I’ve checked online and for one battery is 74 dollars plus shipping. I hate to just put both drills and the impact on the shelf, but can’t really justify spending 150 bucks on a new set of batteries when I can buy a completely new set of 18 volt Makita’s for about 129.00.

So the question is, what do you do with your old outdated cordless tools? Yard art projects? Keep investing in new batteries as long as they make em? Does anyone know what ancient tool god to sacrifice the old tools to, in order for a productive year in the workshop?

-- James

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Bill White

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#1 posted 10-07-2011 10:06 PM

I just took my old DeWalt 14.4 stuff to a local site that sells stuff for charity. Bought the 18v Makita. I don’t have time to keep floggin’ an old tool ( my humor for the day).


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Gene Howe

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#2 posted 10-07-2011 10:07 PM

Here’s an alternative solution.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 10-07-2011 10:08 PM

Got a welder?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 10-07-2011 10:10 PM

You can get those batteries rebuilt for about 1/2 price.
I had the same problem with DeWalt. The batteries were ridiculously priced. I junked the drills (3) and started buying Milwaukee.
BTW I have a Makita 14.4 that is in the same boat(anchor).

-- Life is good.

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#5 posted 10-07-2011 10:40 PM

Like Bertha said – Got a welder?

Google jumping tool batteries and you will see a method to revive your old batteries.
I have done this many times and it works! Biggest thing to remember with most batteries (but not all) is to drain them completely before recharging and do not leave them on the charger for long periods of time.

I have a lot (16-18 now) of the Dewalt 18V Ni-Cad XP’s and I keep reviving them every so often but one by one they are finally biting the dust so I will have to upgrade to the newer style. I really want to go get the Festool drills but cant quite afford them yet but hopefully soon.

Troy B.

-- Just a small fish in a big pond trying to make a difference one job at a time.

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#6 posted 10-08-2011 01:20 AM

I just sent a 14.4 volt fien battery to yesterday I opted for the heavy duty rebuild; it is suppose to be better than new. because they use better parts than the chinese do. It costed $52.00
and that included shipping by ups in both directions, and the heavy duty rebuild. The reason I went this
route was because a fellow lumberjock used mto with good results but he went for the regular rebuild
which is cheaper. They posted a review on although I can’t remember which post it was nor who posted
Good Luck Phillip from Ky.

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#7 posted 10-08-2011 01:30 AM

thats how power tools go, i had a large bosch 18v kit (drill, impact, circular saww, sawzall, jigsaw, planer, and radio), and whenever i needed batteries i would go to the pawn shop and buy a drill because they usually came with 2 batteries and a charger

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#8 posted 10-08-2011 05:16 AM

Been there, done that. Ridgid has lifetime guarantee on batteries.

-- 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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#9 posted 10-08-2011 06:07 AM

I have 4 makita 18v lithium batteries that I have been using for 4+ years now. there is a battery shop near my house that advertises rebuilding power tool batteries. When my batteries start to go bad I will give this rebuilding a try.

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#10 posted 10-08-2011 07:33 AM

I was lucky and bought a couple of replacement Ridgid batteries at abut the same cost as rebuilding. Those were older before the lifetime Guarantee. It pays to google the best price before you jump in with both feet or batteries ;-))

-- 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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#11 posted 10-08-2011 09:50 PM

I have a great use for old cordless drills. I build large scale model locomotives and the motor/gear trains are ideal to power them. Old Makita’s are good tools and it may be more worthwhile to get rebuilt batteries than to buy the latest versions. The new ones may not be as good as the older models. I have some Makita’s that were built in Japan over 30 years ago. I would not exchange them for a newer Makita built in China.

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#12 posted 10-08-2011 11:02 PM

My daughter and SIL gave me an 18v Li-Ion combo set four Xmas’s ago when my 14.4v stuff was beginning to show it’s age. When I took the 18v stuff to the shop, I went thru the 14.4v tools and gave my SIL all of the tools and three decent batteries. Two 14.4v batteries were scraped. He’s an occasional user and has had the 14.4v stuff ever since. I expect that he will get quite a few years use out of it before it completely dies. – lol

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#13 posted 10-08-2011 11:47 PM

Took mine (Bosch 14.4v) to ””Batteries +” and had them rebuilt in a few days for less than half the cost of new.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#14 posted 10-09-2011 01:51 AM

Lee, did they put new cells in them?

-- 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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#15 posted 10-09-2011 02:44 PM

Dead rechargeable batteries, a welder, and a Google search…sounds like a recipe for a house fire to me…


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