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Old 17 October 2012, 03:13   #11
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BTW, we use a company to re-cell knackered batteries. Send them off and they re-pack the cases.

I can give details to anyone interested.
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Old 17 October 2012, 03:17   #12
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Old 17 October 2012, 04:02   #13
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My understanding is that De Walt was taken over by Black and Decker and sort of lost its way. I bought a De Walt Cordless in the 80's and it has just about finished but has provided years of work horse Service.

I have been looking at Makita as a replacement. I have 2 other makita tools and they are robust and very good.

Screwfix periodically do offers and they do a Makita LXT that comes with a Lithium Ion 3Ah battery.

Although I am not sure its a hammer drill?
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Old 17 October 2012, 04:14   #14
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Have tried most inc dewalt and not blown away by any yet, have two makitas ex B&Q for 90 ea doing fine, and at that money if I get five years before the batteries jack in I'll be happy enough
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BTW, we use a company to re-cell knackered batteries. Send them off and they re-pack the cases.

I can give details to anyone interested.
Ahh .. about 8 months ago would have been good I was heading for the codprawn route of a cigarette lighter and cord
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Old 17 October 2012, 04:18   #16
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just go for refurb 14.4v hilti I'm a joiner and I have had 3 of them for 4 years and no problems belive me buy cheap pay twice, you will find good ones on cheapbay
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Old 17 October 2012, 04:24   #17
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I've got one of these -

Hitachi DV18DCL2 18V 1.5Ah Li-Ion Cordless Combi Drill | Screwfix.com

It's excellent, got it recently to replace another 18V Hitachi on which the NiCd batteries were getting tired after a few years and building my mega garage finally killed them off. Got to have two batteries (my old Hitachi was bought because it came with three!), a big battery is still no use when it's flat ... and 22 minutes is a long time to stomp around in a bad mood waiting.

I wouldn't buy a mega expensive one, they all go much the same way when you drop them off a roof or ten feet onto a concrete floor, and you can buy two of these and get two drills and four batteries for the price of a Makita 18V with one 3.0Ah battery
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Old 17 October 2012, 04:47   #18
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We've started replacing our kit with these, but not cheap

18V Lithium Hammer Drill

Or R.S. end of line stock is a good place to look
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Old 17 October 2012, 05:20   #19
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That's great stuff - the motherlode

I'm replacing a 24v NiCad Worx as the battery is effed - Mollers, that recell outfit might be handy - then I'd have a backup drill (for lending to my brothers-in-law).

The failed Nicad is why I'm going to go Li-ion this time and as I want many years from the kit (I'm nice to kit) I wanted a decent unit to start with. However, I'm going to be strict about the budget. I guess one decent large battery might suffice, I'm most often doing small jobs rather than say, roofing

Oh yeah, I VERY nearly pressed the GO button on a Bosch Blue last night and then thought - ask RIBnet first - *phew!*
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Old 17 October 2012, 05:28   #20
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I'm replacing a 24v NiCad Worx
Is there anything else that need to get off of your chest?

lacy u/wear and size 10 slingbacks in your feedback history??
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