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Cordless tools and batteries


xl500

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I'm a new member here on this forum. I'm hoping i can get some help and perhaps help others. My issue predominantly around 'old' cordless tools and batteries. The tools themselves may be in fantastic condition however getting replacement batteries can be either a minefield of replacements from  perhaps asia or simply uneconomical. I chose to enter the construction industry with Hitachi 18v slot cordless tools and a36v slide hammer drill(36DAL) - All reasonable tools but on the cheaper side to get me started. I'm not unfamiliar with with using the tools as i have most similar corded in my shed for house maintenance but all the this old school cordless stuff seems to get phased out.....as with fridges/tv's/dvd's and get replaced with the new thing. Is this a fair comment?

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Well if by old you mean NiCad batteries, then yes. Most current major brands have established a battery form factors that have remained unchanged for years. I'd consider the power tool market fairly stable right now. Battery tech is changing, but most brands now actively make sure everything is backwards compatible if it's not a completely new tool launch.

 

It is fair to say though that sometimes, some brands fall out of favor and are phased out as bigger companies buy out smaller ones. It's the nature of the beast.

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