Amazon is offering up to 50% off select Dewalt tools. Shipping is free on orders $35+. The pictured Dewalt DCD760KL 18V 1/2" Cordless Compact Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver Kit is on sale for $186 with free shipping. Going for $199 at Home Depot.

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    turtles Ben's cred: 156
    Posted 12:40 pm PST 01/14/14

    Random comment #3 for prize drawings.

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    cvbn Ben's cred: 132
    Posted 12:49 pm PST 01/14/14

    dewalt will only last 6 months in use every day

    don't buy NiCad

    buy li ion battery toolsy

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3863
    Posted 1:11 pm PST 01/14/14

    NiCd has a greater # of recharge cycles than Li-Ion, the only real advantage to a Li-Ion set vs a NEW NiCd (no point in trying to compare a worn out old NiCd battery pack instead of a new one) is higher power density so you end up with either a lighter drill or longer runtime, or a little of both. That is, providing two factors are true:

    1) The kit has a smart charger like this one.

    2) Don't keep trying to use the drill once it's noticeably slowing down. That will eventually damage the weakest cell in the pack by reverse charging it and is often the primary reason a user doesn't get good lifespan out of NiCd packs if they're using a smart charger.

    I suppose #2 is a second benefit of Li-Ion, that a safety circuit cuts in to prevent the user from continuing to use the tool, since damage to a Li-Ion pack can result in fire instead of only a pack that won't hold a charge well.

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    Teleman Ben's cred: 304
    Posted 8:36 am PST 01/15/14

    cvbn wrote:
    dewalt will only last 6 months in use every day don't buy NiCad buy li ion battery toolsy

    Still for the my use, both at home and in the field I will stay with L-I Batteries, have had much better luck with them, and the Dewalt L-I set I have had is 3 years strong and shows no sign of slowing.

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