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Old 07-11-2019, 06:08 PM   #1
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replacement battery for Craftsman drill


I have an old Craftsman 3/8" drill Model No. 315.101531 and the original charger. The original batteries are labeled "14.4 volt EX" Model No. 1325101 and are apparently Ni-Cad. They don't seem to hold a charge any more so I thought I would try to get 2 compatible replacement batteries. The only one I can find that is supposed to be compatible is Ni-Mh. Is it safe to try to use a Ni-Mh battery with a Ni-Cad charger or would I be better off getting a brand new drill set? Thank you.
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I had a 14 volt battery rebuilt a couple years ago, it came with better batteries but still Ni-Cad or what ever they were originally.

It cost $50 C, or $34 US. A local company here, but they sent it back east somewhere for the work.
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I know it's hard to part with tools that you like, but, in this case, maybe it's time to upgrade. I mean, with all the special pricing over the course of the summer you could likely get a Craftsman drill and an impact driver at Lowe's for $99 that would also include 2 batteries and a charger. Seeing that a rebuilt battery pack may cost you $34, what's another $65 to get a new set?
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IIRC you can't use NiMH batteries in a NiCad charger but you can do the opposite.

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Ditch the NiCd and get a modern Lithium Ion tool from a reputable line such as DeWalt, Makita, Milwaukee, or maybe even Ridgid or if you hardly ever use it and want to save a buck Ryobi.
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Ditch the NiCd and get a modern Lithium Ion tool from a reputable line such as DeWalt, Makita, Milwaukee, or maybe even Ridgid or if you hardly ever use it and want to save a buck Ryobi.
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Many people in the forum like ryobi (homedepot I think) for light uses. These days, you may not find 14v or they are being phased out. Minimum 18v. Some tools can take 2 batteries for more power. Since I replaced mine with 18v, 5 amh (makita, though, expensive), there's a lot of temptation for 36v tools, such as string timmer for weed around the fire hydrant. I already bought 5" blade circular saw for light work. This saw really drains the battery though.
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Ditch the NiCd and get a modern Lithium Ion tool from a reputable line such as DeWalt, Makita, Milwaukee, or maybe even Ridgid or if you hardly ever use it and want to save a buck Ryobi.
What about Bosch?
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What about Bosch?
As much as I appreciate the technical prowess and skill of the early Flemish School painters, the subject matter of Bosch's work just doesn't lend itself well to modern tastes and the fantastical extremism of the religious influence only serves to... Oh, wait, you're not talking about Hieronymus Bosch are you?
Well, in that case the current crop of Bosch power tools are certainly fine, and I've heard that one of their impact drivers is particularly good but I've always been a little leery of investing in a platform outside of the big three; Dewalt, Makita, Milwaukee. The reason being platform support.
If you have a big 3, you can always find batteries and parts. There's probably a service center or rep in each city. You can easily buy and sell a used big 3 tool. You can find good deals on them. You're more likely to have a buddy on the same platform which means you'll be able to borrow just the tool without having to take their charger or battery. The support is less likely to suddenly end if the company decides to "refocus and rebrand" on something else.
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