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Posted by Michael on June 2, 2010, 11:15 pm

Yep it's way strong.  18V.  Battery is flat every time I want to use
it though.  15 mins of charging gets it juiced up enough for most of
my tasks.  I'm sure I've hosed the battery with such short charges

Thanks for the advisory re: drilling backwards.

I was freaked out once when I unplugged the power brick (with the
battery still attached) and the brick got warmer and warmer... that
was strange.  Tried to remember never to do that again...

That's a good idea for a Father's Day gift... thanks for the idea!


Posted by Jamie on June 3, 2010, 12:43 am

Michael wrote:


Its normal for those kind of batteries to go dead after that much time..
And leaving them off the charger between uses is the best thing you can
do.  You'll get a lot more service time from the cells that way..

   I have a 7 year old fire storm (cheap) 3/8 B&D drill that I Use at
least every other day for mostly driving machine screws, drilling and
driving a Tap to thread holds up to 1/4 inch, the Reverse/Forward switch
is very sloppy now from the TAP driving and the slip clutch has seen
better das but the batteries still take a good charge and last a
reasonable time period... And these are NiCads

Posted by Jamie on June 3, 2010, 12:36 am

vaughn wrote:




Next time that chuck comes unscrewed, put RED thread lock in there
before screwing it back in.. You'll have no more issues after that..

     That problem happens to well known brands also along with chargers
  going dead.

Posted by Michael A. Terrell on June 3, 2010, 1:54 am

vaughn wrote:


   I have one that I used for five years before the battery died.
Another pair that lasted three years.  I recently bought a pair of this
18V drill.  They charger is two piece, and has an indicator that the
battery is fully charged.  If you can't remeber to unplug the charger,
buy a timer.


   That only happens if the retaining screw is missing.

   I've never seen that in any of their tools.  I've picked up one that
hasn't been used in months and used it without needed to charge the

   What model number is it?

Anyone wanting to run for any political office in the US should have to
have a DD214, and a honorable discharge.

Posted by vaughn on June 3, 2010, 11:54 am

Mine is 2-piece, but only has a charging indicator.  The manual clearly states
that the charger is not automatic and is capable of overcharging the battery.

 No!  If the design of the battery is such that the batery discharges through
the charger when it loses power...what do you think will happen after the timer
turns off the charger?

What I actually do is lay my car keys next to the charger.


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