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12-25-2010 07:36 PM

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Received 2 cordless drills as gifts and I need to return one.
One is a Dewalt 959k2
The other one is a Mastercraft Maximun.
Both 18 V, 1/2 chuck, same weight, 1 HR charge time
Mastercraft has 5 year over the counter warrantee, DeWalt has 3 years return to company.
Mastercraft has an electric brake non on the Dewalt.
Better grip on the Masercraft.
Masercraft has a light on it none on the DeWalt.
Both have Ni-Cd batteries.
After charging the DeWalt battery is very hot no vent on the battery, Mastercraft is cool after charging, has vents.
Mastercraft has a light indicator on the battery and on the charger.
RPM, low and high so on is the same.

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#1 posted 12-25-2010 07:51 PM

Just send the one you do not want to me lol Merry christmsa and happey new year

-- wchips

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#2 posted 12-25-2010 08:07 PM

My dealings with Canadian Tire have been unrewarding to the point where I will never buy another thing from them for the rest of my life.
Canadian Tire policy requires you to produce your original reciept in order to obtain product adjustment including product failures. That can prove difficult at times.

Your mileage might vary.
I would go with the Dewalt product as it is universally repairable and should command a higher resale value should you ever decide to trade up.
p.s. I hope you realise that Ni Cad battery technology is being replaced with a couple of upgrded storage systems right now.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#3 posted 12-25-2010 08:14 PM

GMman, keep your voice down. Dewalt is advertising just to the right of us and they might hear you. ;)

Thanks for the tip. I appreciate it. And, have a very Merry Christmas. :)

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 12-25-2010 09:07 PM

wchips you address please.

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#5 posted 12-25-2010 09:10 PM

Thanks Bob I had good luck with CTC but you never know?
The battery yes I would prefer Li ones.

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#6 posted 12-25-2010 09:12 PM

helluvawreck thanks for making me loking to the right lol

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#7 posted 12-25-2010 10:42 PM

I’d return them both and get a Lithium-Ion battery one. They are smaller and lighter and have lots of power.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 12-25-2010 11:21 PM

I’d keep them both. As a matter of fact, I try to keep three drills on my table at all times. I use the same size screws for most projects. So, I keep one drill chucked with a bit for pilot holes, one with a philips head bit in it, and one with a 3/8” countersink bit.


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#9 posted 12-26-2010 01:05 AM

Thanks Karson for you info:
William I have 4 more besides those 2 corded and 2 cordless and a large 2 handle one.

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#10 posted 12-26-2010 02:34 AM

I’d return them both because of the NiCad batteries. Lithium Ion aer so much better. I have two Delta drills on my bench with NiCad batteries and they go dead without using them. I keep a battery on the charger constantly in case I need to use one of them.
I have a Sears 19.2V Lithium Ion drill and it runs for a LOOOOOOOONG time without recharging so I use it all the time. I just visited Sears to buy a drill/hammer drill combination but I found they were 19.2V NiCads—bummer. While I was there I see that Sears now has a cordless electric chainsaw- 19.2V but it is also Nicad. I really need one in the desert in Az this winter so I bought it. I plan to take the drill along with the 2 Lithium Ion batteries. They plug into the saw so I’m good to go with reliable power- 3 batteries worth and I don’t care if the NiCad craps out.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 12-26-2010 03:34 AM

I was reading on batteries and they say that a NiCad will last you 5 years while the Li-Ion will last 3 years
I have an old 9 volt so old you I cannot even get batteries for it, I also have 14 volt also very old and is still going but last time I used it I gave it hard time and it smelled for a while looks ok now but for how long?

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#12 posted 12-27-2010 07:10 AM

Yeah, I’m a NiCad or NiMH over LiIon guy too. LiIon have a fairly short lifespan and can be really finicky with charging.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#13 posted 12-27-2010 07:46 AM

As a pro I have been becoming increasingly disappointed in DeWalt’s NiCad batteries. They seem to start going out on me in about 1 year. They used to last 3 years. I have even tried new chargers.

The tools are several years old and very durable but I have about had it with the DeWalt NiCad batteries.

My brother is also a pro and he was using the same DeWalt set as myself. 3 years ago he began using the Makita 18v LI set and loves it. He said to throw away the DeWalt and go to the Makita.

Of course I did not but I plan on getting the Makita later this year.

I do not know of the other brand you mentioned.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#14 posted 12-27-2010 03:10 PM

I have pretty much given up on cordless. I gave away an whole set of Ryobi cordless tools a while back because I was sick of replacing the 18V batteries. I had in all spent more on batteries than I had the original set. They had to be replaced once a year no matter what charging techniques you used. I throw techniques in because a lot of people go straight to thinking I charged them too long, not long enough, without holding my tongue tight, whatever.
I bought the Craftsman 19.2V a couple of years ago. I can tell that the battery on it isn’t staying “up” as long as it used to. I thought about replacing that battery. It pains me though that I have to pay more for the battery than I paid for the drill itself. I thought about buying another drill for a lesser price. That worries me though because of my Black & Decker.
My Black & Decker was bought over five years ago. The original batteries are still going strong. So, before the 19.2V, I had purchased another Black & Decker. With the first one doing so well, I thought I was doing good. The new one lasted a week. I took it back to exchange it. The replacement lasted two days. I took it back and got my money back. I think maybe they changed the design or something.


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#15 posted 12-27-2010 04:00 PM

Ditto on giving up on cordless. I had a couple of cordless when building my outside decking in the heat of a Texas summer. If you have such projects on tap then cordless will keep you from electrocuting yourself (nearly did so once because my dripping sweat ran down into the motor of a corded drill and nearly seized my grip to the handle). Other than that corded works well, especially in the shop where you can avoid the heat extremes.

Also, the money spent for batteries can buy some really nice “corded” replacements AND extra drills (for the same overall cost of just one cordless with multiple generations of batteries).

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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