roadhog96 Posted March 14, 2011 Report Share Posted March 14, 2011 I like what I'm hearing about the newly designed 18v tools. As soon as I saw the 12v Max I said they should have done the same for the 18v. DeWalt was a little slow with these new models seeing how most of the other competitors have had similar designs for a few years now. I'd be willing to bet the 18v will be a big brother model with all the same features. One thing about these that bother me is the fact that the brushes cannot be changed. DeWalt boasted about how robust their brushes were and how they can be changed on the earlier drills/drivers etc. You don't hear anything about he new tools. Seems like such a waist to dump a motor for a brush replacement. I'd also be willing to bet that the brushes in the new tools are smaller than they use to be and will probably wear out much faster. Over the next several years the cost of changing the motor will increase like everything else. The 12v is $13.55 plus shipping? What will it be 5-6 years down the road. The 12v Impact Driver replacerment motor is $16.50. The 18v will probably be a little higher to start with. Some day they may be as high as $20-30.00. To replace brushes now, it cost about $6.00 for the set plus shipping. Maybe even a Tax charge in certain cases. Either way DeWalt has a lot to gain on this design. Less parts to deal with and they make more profit. In reality, I've never burned out a set of brushes so it's probably not going to effect me as much as the next guy unless like I said the brushes are smaller and wear out sooner than the old style. I wonder if the price of the new tools will be higher or drive the older style down. I recently bought a DCK-265L Kit and haven't used it for the project that I originally bought it for. I have 90 days from date of purchase to return it. I don't know if DeWalt is going to release the new line before then or just after my 90 days is up. Probably the later. The thing that bugs me about keeping it is I know from other similar experiences that once a new model comes out all new related products are geared around the new concept. They will continue to take care of previous customers to a point. At some point in time they will have to stop. If I need parts or have to replace one of the tools down the road in several years will it be available or will I have to buy a newer model and have two different style battery types. The old style is proven and I feel comfortable with it but lets face it, sometimes you have to roll with the times. I'm not sure which way to turn, wish their timing was better. :-\ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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