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Old 08-29-2011, 02:25 PM   #1
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Cordless Drills?

Cordless Drills?

I'm looking for a new cordless drill and wonder which brands/models you guys have had luck with in RV useage. That is, luck with charging the drill batteries using an 120 volt AC inverter off of your 12 volt RV battery systems.

I ask because some guys say that modified sine wave (MSW) inverters can fry or kill the drill battery charger unit. With my old Dewalt cordless drill I did not have this problem, but am wondering what you guys are using and what results you have had. I'm looking for a 1/2 inch chuck cordless drill probably with Nicad batteries.

But which brands work well off MSW inverter power without destroying the battery charger in the process?

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Old 08-29-2011, 02:37 PM   #2
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I use the cheap cordless drills. If I kill the drill I am not worried. I would not use a good drill since this kind of usage is rough on the needle bearings...
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Old 08-29-2011, 03:53 PM   #3
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Charging is rough on the needle bearings? You're not supposed to hand crank the drill to charge the batteries. Hee hee, just kidding.

I use Milwaukee brand. Not the cheapest, but they are bullet-proof. I've had mine for over twelve years now and it's done a lot of hard work. Drill and charger are going strong. I did replace the battery packs once though. I have two packs and alternate them, keeping them topped off when stored.
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Can you even get them with Nicads any more? I wouldn't go with Nicads unless you're meticulous about battery care. The newer chemistries are much better, deliver more amps, less prone to problems from neglect, etc.
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Old 08-29-2011, 05:12 PM   #5
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I use the Sears Craftsman C-3 Series Battery Drill. Mostly because there are so many other useful tools in that series that use the same battery. I bought the 6 piece kit with a right angle drill which will come in handy should I ever need to manually close any slide-outs.
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Old 08-29-2011, 05:16 PM   #6
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I use a DeWalt 18 Volt 1/2 inch hammer drill. I also carry the 18 volt DeWalt Saws-All with a course tooth saw blade for tree limbs, Handy for cutting fire wood and potential overhead branches that could beat on the roof in a storm.

The charger has never burped when charging with the inverter or on shore power.
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Old 08-29-2011, 05:34 PM   #7
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Love DeWalt. This one is a good one. You can purchase just the Drill by itself if you already have a Charger and battery from another 18v deWalt.
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Old 08-29-2011, 05:41 PM   #8
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Amazon.com: Ricardo's review of DEWALT DC9180 18 -Volt Lithium-Ion Batter...

has a very good review of the two DeWalt 18 volt batteries (old vs New Nano). Short Bus answer... The new batteries work just fine in the old 18 volt drill and saws.
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Old 08-29-2011, 05:55 PM   #9
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I carry a Milwaukee in the camper and it works like a champ! Its about 5 years old and been around the block but does great for my needs camping. Plus the batteries power the weather proof shop radio i carry which is really nice.
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The missus gave me a Porter Cable set for Christmas. A drill, circular saw, reciprocating saw, and a flashlight, including 2 batteries and a charger. She spent about as much as what some drills alone cost. The stuff works great, although the circular saw will take a battery down quickly with 2" boards.
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