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Thread: Fing Milwaukee
07-08-2010, 12:11 AM #1
I have had my 18 volt Milwaukee drill now for quite some time. Well, it finally crapped out, so i wanna buy another Milwaukee drill.
well, they don't make the ni-cd battery style drill anymore, or at least they don't sell it in stores.
I wouldn't mind switching over to the new litium ion battery and drill....they are pretty cool. well, my problem is, i have a perfectly good working charger that is a DC charger that i plug into the power port of my truck. being I only do service, I'm never really anywhere long enough to plug my batteries in to charge them, so the car charger is how I charge my batteries.
The car charger, however, will not work with the new lithium ion batteries.
I played hell just trying to even get the stupid car charger - it took over 2 months to get it because it was out of manufacture and on back order. this was 7 years ago.
I look tonight to try to find out how much a lithium ion Milwaukee car charger would cost, and the stupid things are out of stock and out of manufacture.
I am so sick of hassles like this every time i want something. Was gonna say screw Milwaukee and go with another brand, but looks like every brand will be hard to get an automotive charger......plus DeWalt and others i looked at don't give you a nice plastic case anymore, they give you that stupid bag.
I guess I'm just going to buy an old 18 volt ni-cd drill off ebay....then i won't have 2 good batteries and a $150 car charger that is useless.
07-08-2010, 12:46 AM #2
You got a drill to last 7 years??? Hooooooooley crap! Thats amazing. I would guess in 7 years, between 4 trucks, I have bought 50-60 cordless drills and dozens of sawzalls [bought 3 in the last 2 weeks] . Id be singin fiddley-I-O and dancin a jig if I ever had one last like that. I do the same thing with 36V dewalt stuff, when a sawzall breaks, yu can get just the tool, no charger and batts for big bux less. New 36v sawzall kit was $350, just the saw tool was $140.00. I bought 2 of the Milwaukee Hackzalls today! Very cool micro sawzall!My doctor gave me six months to live, but when I couldn't pay the bill he gave me six months more.
07-08-2010, 05:53 AM #3Professional Member*
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- SouthEast NC ICW & Piedmont Foothills
use an inverterIt`s better to be silent and thought the fool; than speak and remove all doubt.
07-08-2010, 06:02 AM #4
Charge em` at home.I love overtime I just hate working for it.
07-08-2010, 07:14 AM #5Professional Member
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- Sussex County, Delaware
I use my regular charger with a power converter. The power converter plugs into the vehicle and I plug the charger into it. It also nice to have 120v available if I need it (tailgating and such). You need to size the power convereter to your load. Mine cost about $100.00.
07-08-2010, 07:19 AM #6
spotts - I've actually been through 2 or 3 cordless drills in the last, say 10 years or so. I always go back with Milwaukee though because I have the car charger but i guess now they are getting away from that type of battery. had the car charger about 7 years.
danyme - i thought about that but I've read before that an inverter will damage a drill charger because the inverter has a square wave that somehow damages them.
sirjames - that doesn't work for me. I'm always forgetting to take the batteries in at night, and if i did remember, I'd forget to take them back to work when I left in the morning. Most of the other techs charge them on a service call. If I did that I'd end up going back after hours to get the charger I forgot to pack up.
07-08-2010, 12:04 PM #7
It's a cool tool Pat!My doctor gave me six months to live, but when I couldn't pay the bill he gave me six months more.
07-08-2010, 12:42 PM #8
I have used Dewalt for years. Recently I picked up a Makita hammer drill/impact driver combo. The Li Ion batteries are lighter and as powerful as the old NiCads. They last longer too. I am now a Makita fan. Also picked up their battery powered grinder.
I get years of service out of my battery power tools. I still have the 9V Makita drill I bought in the late eighties. Service work is not that hard on them. Install is a whole different story.Signature on hold. Trying to find a real Jefferson quote I like. Others here have bogus Jefferson quotes too.
07-10-2010, 12:43 PM #9Regular Guest
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- Northwest Indiana
I have a Ryobi 18 volt kit from 1999 with a 1/2" drill and circular saw , and have only replaced the batteries. Presently own 6 reciprocating saws, 8-1/4 inch chop saw, 7 circular saws, 7 drills (1/2" and 3/8") a 90 degree drill, 5 120 volt chargers, 1 12 volt charger and about a dozen batteries all Ryobi. The batteries last 2 to 3 1/2 years of medium to heavy use. Nowadays, it is cheaper to buy the tool kit than 2 batteries for them. I do a lot of woodworking and remodeling work (on the side now) and have dropped a couple of the drills from over 20 ft and they kept working. Got out of construction about 2 years ago, so they don't see as much use now, but still keep them around. I have also used the power inverter in the truck to charge batteries, until I got my car charger (about 4 years ago). Ryobi, dewalt, makita, sears, b&d and a few others are all made in china, probably in the same factory (?) I would have liked to have gotten Milwaukee at one time, but just could never replace everything I have and stay afloat. Now, as i replace items in the future, I'll probably buy Lithium powered, just have to watch the budget.
07-12-2010, 08:37 AM #10Professional Member
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07-12-2010, 08:56 PM #11