Most useless 18v cordless tool?

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Forum topic by Loren posted 09-25-2014 04:49 PM 1395 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-25-2014 04:49 PM

Just for fun. I’ve seen some silly looking stuff over
the years but haven’t tried many.

Personally I haven’t been impressed with the
cordless circular saws I’ve used but I wouldn’t
call them useless, just a weak substitute for
a corded model.

What’s the lamest 18v tool you’ve used?

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#1 posted 09-25-2014 05:41 PM

I would say it is the Ryobi caulking gun.

It is still in the box after 3 years. May work great. I dunno. Whenever I need to caulk something I always wind up finding one of the three or four “manual” caulking guns I have laying around before I find the box with the Ryobi in it.

What can I say. It was an impulse buy.

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#2 posted 09-25-2014 05:48 PM

Don’t own anything 18v….all my drills are 14.4v…..With 4, I can get by fine on the lesser volts…....

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#3 posted 09-25-2014 06:16 PM

Radios and flashlights are both worthless. Why would anyone use a $60+ battery to power either of them when cheap flashlight batteries are available. In fact, I have many LED flashlights I got for free from HF that provides all the light I need. Save the expensive batteries for the tools.

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#4 posted 09-25-2014 06:41 PM

I bought one of those Porter Cable cheap assed “sets” at Christmas 3 years ago on sale for $110.00. Couldn’t walk by it for $110. It had an 18v drill, recip saw, circular saw, two batteries and of course, the obligatory flashlight and carry bag. The little circular saw and recip saw are great for carrying out in the backyard to cut some fence stuff etc when you don’t want to run a drop cord. I trim limbs with the recip saw. Its a whole lot lighter and quieter than the chainsaw. I already had a Bosch 18v drill and a Makita circular saw and Milwaukee recip saw (circa 1960) with tails, but this little set sure has come in handy…except the flashlight. Never been lit. I use the carry bag for boots and hardhat, glasses and gloves for job site visits. I got my money’s worth.

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#5 posted 09-25-2014 06:43 PM

cordless circular saws are handy when you don’t have much to do and there is no power available ;-) ie, they can be faster than a hand saw, but not always ;-(

-- 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 09-25-2014 08:17 PM

Hey I wouldn’t knock those cordless circular saws,sometimes they can be useful,a couple of weeks ago I went to an outdoor auction to buy some wood,had piece of wood that did not fit in the car, someone came by, took out his a Milwaukee cordless circular saw,cut it in half in 20 seconds.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#7 posted 09-25-2014 08:39 PM

I have a few dewalt 18 volt drills several with a chuck and another with a holder for hexagonal type tooling ideal for screwing.I like them all inc the dewalt light torch that I bought for around £18.00 I can use this with charged betteries otherwise I always seem to be looking for batteries. I too had a battery operated circular saw it couldn’t cut the top of a rice pudding. LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#8 posted 09-25-2014 08:48 PM

Harbor Freight 18 v drill/driver from about three yeas ago. Less power, slower rpm’s and the batteries were terrible. And it was heavy. I finally threw the whole mess in the trash.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#9 posted 09-25-2014 09:06 PM

Like others have mentioned, I have a love/hate relationship with my 18V Milwaukee circular saw. It’s very handy to do a quick job, but if pushed a little to hard, the shortcomings become apparent very quickly. Even with a super thin kerf blade it doesn’t have much power and the battery life is poor at best.

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#10 posted 09-25-2014 09:15 PM

I’m kind of surprised by the responses—I love my 18v circular saw. Granted it doesn’t get a lot of extended use to expose the run time shortcomings, but I almost never pull out my corded one any more.

For any of you underwhelmed by your current cordless circ saw, you might want to try this one.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#11 posted 09-25-2014 10:21 PM

I have Dewalt 18v set I was gifted a few christmases ago, the saw all, drill, impact drill, and flashlight, all have come in handy. The light I use to drain my batteries completely before putting on charger, told me years ago that the NiCad battery will hold a “memory” and get weaker and it is best to drain them before charging. Not sure if he was correct but have always done so.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#12 posted 09-25-2014 11:55 PM

I would say it is the Ryobi caulking gun, I finally gave it away… nice to have the space back that thing was using.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#13 posted 09-27-2014 06:35 AM

I have every cordless 18v that Porter Cable makes.
Since I live on 20 acres I rely on them all the time. Even the circular saw and sometimes the flashlight.

I gotta admit, that Milwaukee 7&1/4 looks like the cats meow…...................

-- mike...............

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#14 posted 09-27-2014 01:03 PM

A good candidate for the most useless tool:
Black and Decker battery powered adjustable wrench,,,, I know I only saw them once on sale a few years back just before Christmas.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#15 posted 09-27-2014 07:36 PM

I bought one of those Porter Cable cheap assed “sets” at Christmas 3 years ago on sale for $110.00. Couldn t walk by it for $110. It had an 18v drill, recip saw, circular saw, two batteries and of course, the obligatory flashlight and carry bag.
- Woodbum

I bought the same set several years ago for $99. Like you, I couldn’t walk past it at that price. The drill driver has seen the most use, just about every day. The clutch is useless but otherwise it does the job. The recip saw is next most used and I love it. The circ saw is okay for cutting an occasional 2×4 or short lengths of plywood, not enough power for much more than that. It throws the chips directly at my face so it’s unpleasant to use. The flashlight I’ve used a couple times but not very often, it’s a good light though.


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