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Old 06-10-2019, 09:44 PM   #21
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First-off, couple things we need to get straight. The batteries can be backwards compatible, just get adapters. Dewalt sells adapters and third party vendors make adapters for other brands. And some brands of lithium power tools work with the old batteries and vice versa like ryobi or ridgid.

When I switched from nicd to lithium with my makita stuff I bought some adapters to use my old nicd tools with the new batteries. Then when I was ready to get lithium tools I relegated the nicd tools with adapters to my shed at home with a couple generic batteries.

Second, the batteries aren't even brand exclusive anymore, you can get adapters for using different brand batteries with different brand tools.

I have all cordless lithium makita stuff. Bandsaw, sawzall, skilsaw, fein tool, angle grinder, small hilti, drill, impact, work lights(which can also take 14v or plug in), and even an 1/8" dremel. I didn't bother to get the lithium version of my jigsaw though, they want like 250$ for one and my old one is in mint shape.

I do keep a corded rigt angle drill which I never use because I do service work and a sawzall on the van for emergencies or when I have to cut A LOT of 4" cast iron, like more than 8-10 cuts.

For those of you who think that plugging in the charger each day and charging all the batteries is as much a hassle as pulling cords around I say BAGH!!!! I have an inverter and charger mounted to the inside wall of my van with a box below to hold extra batteries. When a battery dies I just swap it with a fresh one on the charger. I drive around all day so the inverter doesn't drain my van's battery dead and it can even be left on all weekend just fine

Yes I own like 350$ in batteries but I bought almost all of them like 3 years ago with a bonus and haven't had to replace them since. The trick is to rotate the batteries in the heavily used tools so you don't reuse the same two batteries over and over making them so hot they die quickly. My less often used tools have their own dedicated batteries that don't get sucked dead dead.

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Old 06-10-2019, 10:40 PM   #22
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To each their own. I just prefer the convenience of not having to run cords everywhere I go. Not to mention those jobs I've had to do when there's no power due to a storm.
I don't see a company like Milwaukee, or even Ridgid, screwing the customers over by switching up the battery compatibility relatively soon after releasing high price tools.
Worst case scenario I can just take my batteries into Batteries plus and have them rebuild them. Or send them in to one of the countless rebuilders on eBay. Or buy one of those 3d printed adapters easily found on eBay and Amazon. Or buy some of those aftermarket batteries also easily found online.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm not worried about not being able get batteries in the future. Now if it were some obscure brand that is hard to find then I'd steer clear.
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Old 06-11-2019, 10:54 PM   #23
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I hope they will have the option to run the sectional machine in 120 volts like the Milwaukee lite towers. I am assuming this will be an option on this new machine?
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