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Old 03-15-2009, 05:27 PM   #1
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Bought a second 4-piece combo kit friday, thought I'd take a picture of the cordless tool collection.




Batteries: 9

Chargers: 3 + Radio + Car Charger
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Old 03-15-2009, 06:31 PM   #2
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I know plenty of guys that like black and tan, guess your into black and yellow. Not knocking DeWalt, they hold up well when you don't abuse them.
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original 4-piece combo kit is over 8 years old, if I remember correctly. Never been serviced/replaced.

Just needed a second set for second truck.

We did take care of the first one, probably why it's lasted this long.
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you know i dont think i've used a corded ( 120v ) drill in at least 8 months. comm. work. i agree, the dewalt is fine but dont abuse em. but i guess thats true for any tool.
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That's just the cordless collection, we have more DeWalt corded stuff, 3 half inch spade handle drills, Half-inch angle drill, recip saw, chop saw, cut-off saw.

Also, about the same time we bought the first combo kit, we were using 9.6 DeWalt cordless', they sit in a box at home now, replaced with 12v hitachi's, which were replaced with 10.8 makita's now.
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I noticed you have 9 batteries. I carry 6 myself on my truck. I'm convinced that no matter how many batteries you carry, you'll still find yourself from time to time with all flat batteries.
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I noticed you have 9 batteries. I carry 6 myself on my truck. I'm convinced that no matter how many batteries you carry, you'll still find yourself from time to time with all flat batteries.
Isn't that the truth!!
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Isn't that the truth!!

Yeah that's part of the Murphy's Law of construction, your 40' up in a tower, it just started to rain, it's the last hole of the day and not a charged battery to be found.
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i use a 18v dewalt drill and sawzall daily and it takes 4 batteries to keep em going. got power in my gang box for chargers.
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Yeah that's part of the Murphy's Law of construction, your 40' up in a tower, it just started to rain, it's the last hole of the day and not a charged battery to be found.
When I did residential Murphy law's was as soon as you get as far into a crawl space as possible the bulb in the drop light breaks.
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is that the newer radio that will charge the nano packs?

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When I did residential Murphy law's was as soon as you get as far into a crawl space as possible the bulb in the drop light breaks.
I've done my work by the light of a cell phone more than once because of that.
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is that the newer radio that will charge the nano packs?

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Nah, that's the original radio, that I'm using 6 feet of bare copper as a antenna
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are radios banned by OHSHA ??
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Forgive me for being old fashon but I do not use battery operated tools. I have too much bad luck with them. If I need to drill 3 holes the drill will die after the second hole and the other battery will not be charged. At work we have a battery crimper and cutter about $3000.00 each they gather dust bacause they are not reliable.
I also do not like keyless chucks
I still trim out with a Yankee Screwdriver. The battery never goes down in it.
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I use cordless tools not because it makes me look cool, but because anything that can make my job easier [on my body] is good. I dont want to be an old electrician that cant do anything because I wore my body out at a young age. I only work becaue I have to, not saying I dont love my job, but id rather be relaxing than in a 110 degree attic.

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I've done my work by the light of a cell phone more than once because of that.

Amen, and the wife just doesn't understand when you wanna see the backlight when picking out a new phone.
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Yeah that's part of the Murphy's Law of construction, your 40' up in a tower, it just started to rain, it's the last hole of the day and not a charged battery to be found.
That's one feature that sold me on buying the new Milwaukee M18 line. Fuel gauge on the batteries. More than once in the last 2 weeks I've hit that button on the battery pack, saw only 2 lights, and changed batteries before I climbed into the lift.
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I noticed you have 9 batteries. I carry 6 myself on my truck. I'm convinced that no matter how many batteries you carry, you'll still find yourself from time to time with all flat batteries.
I have found that the best way is to assign a number to each battery, use them in sequence, and to make sure to always keep one in the charger.
Every year to year and a half, they will need to be replaced or sent to voltman.com for a rebuild.
Sometimes you can find the two 18volt dewalt battery special at HD for $85 or so. Its never been the right time in the battery cycle for me though.
Ive had one of my battery drills since the last century.
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