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Forum topic by shipwright posted 01-03-2015 12:37 AM 1891 views 0 times favorited 30 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-03-2015 12:37 AM

I hate throwing away perfectly good tools but now and then you have no choice. I just threw out my five or six year old Harbor Freight 18V drill because you can’t buy the batteries any more and because their newer drills are so much nicer and the price of lunch out.

For those of you who haven’t been looking, HF has really pulled up their socks in many areas like these drills. The old one, which still runs fine but whose batteries no longer hold a charge very long, cost about $20 and lasted as long and worked as well as my Porter Cable (well over $100 ten years ago) which I chucked also because the replacement batteries were considerably more expensive than a new, much improved HF 18V. The newer one in the photo goes on sale for about $35 and has a nice heavy feel and great fit and finish.

I have a lot of trouble paying big $ for something that basically makes a bit go around. I’m not on a soap box here for HF. I’m just posting this as a memorial to an old friend who served me very well and has passed on before his time.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#1 posted 01-03-2015 12:42 AM

From the photo, you gave that “old friend” a proper burial….

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#2 posted 01-03-2015 12:43 AM

Could you have modded the old drill to fit the new drill’s batts?

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#3 posted 01-03-2015 12:49 AM

I may look into the HF drill. I buried 2 makita and 4 porter cable drills for the same reason you did. I have one Festool drill that I absolutely love but they are too pricey to justify a second one. I also have a rockwell that I’m not impressed with.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#4 posted 01-03-2015 12:55 AM

I hate throwing away perfectly good tools but now and then you have no choice.

Nonsense.. I’m sure you would have found plenty of people who would have taken that off your hands and been darn happy to do so (myself inclucuded). The battery pack can be repaired.. or it could be parted for other uses (Chuck and motor spring to mind right off the bat). Hopefully someone will pull it out of the stream before it hits the landfill.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#5 posted 01-03-2015 12:59 AM

I love my Craftsman C9 system. Almost every tool comes with a Li battery, so you can stock up pretty quickly and in my case, I need all 4 batteries since I use a hedge trimmer, line trimmer, and blower for my lawn, on top of my Drill and Impact Drill. Same battery for 10 years and plenty to go around.

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#6 posted 01-03-2015 01:01 AM

From the look of it the environmentalist will be all over your ass for improper disposal of a battery. Am I right?

-- duane

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#7 posted 01-03-2015 01:03 AM

Paul, Pull that out of the trash and salvage that keyless chuck! I did and just chuck in my old drillpress (it should have a 3/8” shaft).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 01-03-2015 01:04 AM

I agree with you Paul.
HF has come up in quality over the last few years.
And, let’s see…a 35$ drill or a $700 drill…hmm
(And Brad, my days of tearing apart an old tool for a spring are long gone.)

I have a lot of things Harbor freight.
I’m a little skittish on some of their stuff, but grunt tools from HF are fine by me.

Thanks for the post.

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#9 posted 01-03-2015 01:25 AM

Now don’t think I’m a hoarder and can’t part with old things … but if you save it, one day at one of the big box stores they are going to have an offer that if you bring in your old drill they’ll give you a $50 credit towards the purchase of a new one. I’ve got a couple dead one saved just for that opportunity.

Sometimes stores like battery PLUS can rebuild the batteries too.

I’m holding my breath and hoping my current batteries last. One of my 28v Milwaukee batteries died. Lucky for me I have 5 more.

YES … salvage that keyless chuck.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#10 posted 01-03-2015 02:12 AM

There is a battery place down the road a ways that repairs power tool batteries but it seems like they do not repair lithium batteries…just the nimh ones that no one uses anymore.

I have several of the Makita 18v tools and 5 batteries and love them but the batteries are getting shorter on the charges because 4 of them are about 7 years old. The downside of using just one brand is that it becomes difficult to switch to another brand when you own the tools also. I don’t wanna throw away a good lithium jig saw, circular saw or drill because of switching brands…. a double edged sword..

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#11 posted 01-03-2015 03:19 AM

Thanks for the heads up there Paul…. I was just thinking of getting a new battery for my Black & Deck——I don’t think so now…..

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#12 posted 01-03-2015 03:19 AM

Good for you Paul, I would not accuse anyone on this site of throwing something away- we tend to have the opposite problem…

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#13 posted 01-03-2015 03:46 AM

In all fairness, the first photo was sort of for dramatic effect, not to be taken literally.
I will in fact dispose of the battery appropriately and may even consider recycling some parts but I will try to fight the latter idea. I have saved way to much junk in my time only to see it added to a major junk out years later.

As for repairing batteries ….... when a much nicer new drill is that cheap, how bad do I want to repair the oldies?

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#14 posted 01-03-2015 03:59 AM

I agree with you 100%...

out with the old and in with the new….

I’ve used Volt Man to repair an old NiCAD battery on a 12 v Porter Cable. But it wasn’t until I got my DeWalt 20 V Max drill and driver set that I understood what LiIon does for you. More power, lighter weight, and the batteries don’t lose any charge sitting on the shelf….and they hold their charge a looooong time when in use.

Repairing cost me about $25 and then I had to pay shipping both ways…. so about $40 total…. which is almost half of the $100 price of a brand new LiIon drill with two batteries and a charger.

pull the chuck, put the batteries in the proper recycle bin and ditch the rest without looking back or shedding a tear.

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#15 posted 01-03-2015 04:36 AM

Hey Paul.. I wasn’t saying that you should rebuild the batteries or tear it apart.. just that it’s a shame to throw a perfectly good tool away just because of batteries, and there are plenty of people who would put it to use rather than send it to the landfill. I’m all for out with the old in with the new.. do it all the time. But I prefer to give the old stuff to others that can appreciate and find continued use for them. I bet if you put it on the side of the road with a sign that says “Free – Needs Batteries”, it would disappear pretty quick :)


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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