I hate battery powered drills!

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Your machine didn't break 1 day after the warranty ran out (366 days) - it broke down 364 days before the warranty runs out. Bosch DIY (Green) have a 2 year warranty, so get it back to where you got it from and problem solved

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Bosch DIY (Green) have a 2 year warranty, so get it back to where you got it from and problem solved

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Er, that must have been in the small print. :oops: Too late now. (No good being stupid if I don't prove it occasionally). :D

Oddly enough, after talking here I have been charging it with my trusty ole Farnell variable power supply, via a couple of croc clips, which bypasses the other two contacts, (presumably for overheating protection & sensing etc.), and managed to get enough oomph into it as new. It became too hot at a constant 1 amp but 400mA was just right to keep it charged but not overly hot. It doesn't last long but it's enough to put a few holes in the wall for raw plugs.

Maybe it's possible to re-vitalise them a little with clever external boosting? Using the original charger doesn't do a thing anymore. :(

I wonder if anyone else has tried, and succeeded, with this improper regime?
 
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my old dewalt 14 v cordless suffered from dendritic.itis and was nursed by throwing 50 volts through them over the course of about a year.finnaly they died after a short time after charging.
then had a makita mtx load of crap repalced 1 battery after about 14 mths then about 6 mths after that the other battery went.

now have a bosch lithium cordless with seperate inpact driver 'DOGS WOTSISTS'
must admit since obtaining the impact driver,i havnt used the drill for screwdriving at all.

have a bosch mains drill which i use for major stuff,also have a ferm 24 v cordless that comes out every now and then for a recharge and use.
 
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Please won't someone agree with me? :(

Nope, because you're wrong. Battery is king, mains is old hat unless it's a really high-draw application. The vast majority of my stuff is battery powered, all Bosch because it's reliable well-made kit with good backup. I run 36 volt and 10.8 volt, my 36v SDS is more powerful than the best 2kg-class SDS drill. I do own a mains 4kg drill which comes out less than five times a year I should think, and a mains circular saw which will be run until it dies then probably replaced with a 36v battery one.

I'd have battery over mains any day for most things
 
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I don't have all that many cordless, but have acquired some over the years.
Years ago I was given a present of a Makita 7.2V small drill. I put it aside, thinking it was more of a toy than anything else. A long time later I found it under the bench and brought it out for a play. Imagine my surprise at the battery still holding a charge after some fifteen years of neglect and when I charged it up fully, I was even more surprised at how much torque the little thing had on L ratio gearing. Hmmm... I thought, this will do nicely for screwdriving, so I went on ebum and bought another identical model - for 99pence !
I've still got the pair of them and they're used in tandem for drilling pilot holes and screwing floors down. A pair of replacement nicads was dirt cheap from A1Battery.co.uk.
Another one I've had for years is an ex-BT 12V SDS Bosch cordless - gawd nose how many holes it had drilled before I bought it but it's been solid gold and in regular use with me over the past decade and more. I grudge paying for OEM batteries, so I molished a way of using a Makita 12V battery in it. Result - another decade of use looms.

So, overall, I'm quite happy with the cordless tools I use - they're just enough, they do the job and they're dead cheap to keep running. I use mains drills regularly and especially when I've got a lot of holes to SDS my way through - it's horses for courses, but there have been many times I've been out of reach of mains supplies and the cordless have been a real benefit.
 

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