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Forum topic by ChuckC posted 11-02-2014 02:56 AM 579 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-02-2014 02:56 AM

My dad just gave me a Dewalt combo tool set which includes a circular saw, sawzall, drill, and flashlight. All 18 volt. The tools haven’t seen much action but the batteries aren’t holding a charge since they’ve been sitting. I can easily get OEM Nicad batteries but I noticed Dewalt have lithium equivalents.

I already have a Milwaukee drill and driver which both take lithium batteries and I prefer that technology.

Is it worth getting the more expensive batteries? I probably won’t use the drill that much but I can see myself using the 2 saws a lot.

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#1 posted 11-02-2014 04:02 AM

If rechargeable batteries sit around for long time and completely loose their charge, one or more of the cells inside can be ruined. That may be what is happening in your nicads. I really like the Lithium batteries because they’ll hold their charge for a long time when being stored.

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#2 posted 11-02-2014 05:01 AM

If you don’t use your tools much go with lithium ion (or corded tools). People who use their tools heavily every day are fine with the older NiCads because their batteries never sit around long enough to lose a charge.

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