What brand of cordless tools do you use?
Posted June 11, 2010 - 01:35 PM
Posted June 11, 2010 - 06:14 PM
On one hand, they were telling us how tough, well made and long lasting their cordless tools are and then in short order they would come out with a newer design that wasn't backwards compatible with the previous tools. High-end cordless tools are not cheap to buy and all they did was create deep resentment when they did that.
Posted June 11, 2010 - 06:21 PM
Posted March 03, 2011 - 12:07 AM
Posted March 03, 2011 - 01:11 AM
My original drill, sawzall, sabersaw, & skill saw all work fine as do 2 of the original 4 batteries. I have since bought 2 new replacements for the defective batts.
I will tell you this, I am NOT impressed with the Lithium Ions from Craftsman. Yes they have a faster charge rate, better retention, and hold a charge longer... but EVERY time your saw catches or your drill stalls, you have to reset the battery on the charger.
Last Lithium I will own until they fix this problem. My Nicads may be bulkier, but I don't have to come down the ladder again every time I bend a blade either.
Posted March 30, 2011 - 02:14 PM
The problem I see with all cordless tools I have owned is the batteries die long before the tool is worn out.
The cost of replacing batteries is higher than a new tool with batteries. So the old one becomes a throw away.
Posted March 30, 2011 - 02:29 PM
Posted March 30, 2011 - 02:53 PM
Posted March 30, 2011 - 03:45 PM
Posted March 30, 2011 - 06:39 PM
I don't care much for Dewalt, not because of the quality, but the color. My wife doesn't need to know every new tool I buy & the bright yellow Dewalt shows up a lot more than the dull gray of the Porter Cable! ~~ grnspot
Posted March 30, 2011 - 10:23 PM
Edited by Texas Deere and Horse, March 30, 2011 - 10:30 PM.
Posted April 01, 2011 - 12:04 AM
The other thing to keep in mind is that these are cordless tools. They aren't meant for driving 3/4" auger bits into old fir or hardwood all day long like plumbers and electricians do. I've seen framers and reno guys try to use the cordless saws for the kind of cutting that should be done with corded tools. The result is always the same...new armature, field, and brushes. Same with serious metal workers and the cordless grinders. They are meant for light grinding, not cutting through 1/4" plate.
Finally keep your tools clean. Blow them out with air after use. If you work with metal, take them apart every few months and clean the shavings out. In cordless tools the field (sometimes called a yoke or york unit) remains magnetized all the time, so metal shavings stick to it. That makes the armature bind and can burn the drill up. Take them apart and clean it. Make sure you put it back together properly.
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Posted April 16, 2011 - 04:58 PM
Posted April 18, 2011 - 01:07 PM
But for home use I have been heavily considering that Dewalt setup. I am tired of having extension cords every where for the sawzall,skill saw, drill etc etc. just to do small house projects. any reccomendations?