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Forum topic by MrRon posted 12-23-2012 09:23 PM 663 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-23-2012 09:23 PM

I have two Makita 12V drills; one is 3/8” and the other 1/2”. They are great drills, but the batteries are a pos. I don’t want to toss the drills. Can I get 12V Li-Ion batteries to fit them? The battery packs are heat sealed and can’t be taken apart, at least not by the DIYer.

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#1 posted 12-23-2012 09:32 PM

Even if Li-on batteries and a charger are available for the
specific drill formats you own , you’ll probably find the
cost comparable to replacing the drills altogether with
new Li-on drill kits.

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#2 posted 12-23-2012 10:06 PM

I have three Makita impact drivers and one Makita drill, all 9.6 volt Nicad. I have had two of the impact drivers 13 years now and finally had to have the batteries rebuilt last year. The battery place that rebuilt them for me could not get the pack apart either so I took them home and ran a chisel down in the recess to separate them and took them back to them and they replaced the cells for $21 each and I siliconed them back together. Not pretty but working OK. Nicad’s are very rugged batteries. Much more so than Nimh’s or Li-ion.

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#3 posted 12-23-2012 11:12 PM

Either get them rebuilt, or make the switch to li-ion.

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