My old Porter Cable 12V cordless drill has been in my tool cabinet for about 15 years. For various reasons it was time to replace it so I bought a new Bosch drill/driver.
While the old PC still works fine, the 12V NiCad battery technology is outdated and the batteries have gone south. Out of the three batteries I have for it two won’t hold a charge and the third won’t hold a charge for long. A battery rebuild costs about $50 each and two batteries are needed so your tool is always ready even while charging a battery. So any way you look at this situation I was in for a $100 expense.
Now you know I am a Yankee and I hate to spend money, especially since I don’t have any. So me and my old PC have been limping along like this for quite some time. The other day I looked in my mailbox and found a flyer from Lowes. On the front page was a Bosch 18V Lithium Ion cordless drill/driver complete with charger and two batteries for $99. Before you could say Stanley Tools I was online buying it.
Though the new drill has not been used much I can tell you that it is much lighter than the PC and much more powerful, but that is expected. There have been a lot of advancements in portable tool technology in the past 15 years. You can find out more about this tool here.
For the cost of rebuilding two 12V NiCad batteries I got an 18V Lithium Ion cordless drill/driver with two batteries. Now that really satifies the Yankee in me. I’ll let you know how this tool performs in the long haul. Now that I have a dependable cordless drill I’m sure I will use it more.
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