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Old 06-07-2019, 03:01 AM
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What are your experiences with different batteries? Any good no name brands or is it preferred to stick with De Walt, Makita, etc.? Time to replace
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I have always the same manufacturer batteries to the tool....DeWalt Snap On and Mac....Mac and DeWalt are interchangeable
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Rigid....Lifetime Warranty.
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I have always the same manufacturer batteries to the tool....DeWalt Snap On and Mac....Mac and DeWalt are interchangeable
I noticed that "some" of the De Walt reviews questioned the longevity of the battery, pretty much the same as the no-name brands. For that reason I was looking for alternatives.

Anybody use this Co.?
https://www.batterybatterybattery.co...FQS9yAodPeYCqQ
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The Mac DeWault batteries outlasted the DeWault batteries....there is a quality difference between box store goods versus others.....so I've been told....which I find hard to beleive.....I've opened both up and same amount of AA batteries packed in there and connections.....never tried the other company
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Hello, would highly recommend Bosch and Makita, Bosch have two levels, normal (green) and pro (blue), not sure of the exact differences, we have a mixture of both, when my own one went south (about 10 years old) Bosch wanted a lot of money, got an aftermarket replacement off Amazon and its perfect, from what I can see nowadays the better ones are 18V and up. Hope this helps.
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Rigid....Lifetime Warranty.
I vote for this too. I've had a lot of them and they all eventually die. I bought a rigid last year solely for this reason. I even jumped through all the hoops to register the warranty.

Side note, I found out my Rigid shop vac had a lifetime warranty...if you dont take it apart and mess with it. I found this out after taking it apart and calling them to find the part.
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Milwaukee M18. My oldest Milwaukee batteries are from 2011 and still work fine with no noticable decline in battery life.
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The dewault batteries in my 12 volt driver and drill kit are 10 years old. Fairly often homeowner use. They crap out if unused, always topped off on charger, etc.
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I keep my batteries in the house instead of the garage. Heat will ruin them.
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I have a shop that rebuilds NiCad batteries better than new

If you are using a Dewalt 18 Volt NiCad tool There is an adapter to use the "20 volt" Li's
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Porter cable are the worst. I get'em rebuilt for $50...too many tools to throw away. I'm transitioning to Ryobi.
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I've got M18 batts for my tools, but buddy that is HD Mechanic says he's had good luck with the Chinese versions found on eBay. I may go that route just to have a few extra as I just got a new grinder last week and can always use more batteries.
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I’ve found my Festool drill batteries last forever. My oldest drill is their CXS from 2011. Both batteries still hold a charge. I’ve let the top sit for 8 months and batteries still remain charged.


I have iver 20 Milwaukee 18v&12v tools. Their batteries are not great but most of my battery failures coincide when I melted a motor in one of their drills so not quite a fair comparison.
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I've had great luck with the Ryobi One stuff. Used to run a good size equipment shop, and all my mechanics ran there stuff as well. Somewhat by accident. One guy bought a drill/impact combo to get him by until he had more money for something good. Held up so well, everyone else slowly transitioned as well. In the whole scheme of things they didn't use them too hard, but did use them frequently. Definitely beat on them harder than most any serious DIY user will. Not as hard as a contractor though. For general use they are very much up to the task.
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