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Old 11-21-2019, 12:59 AM   #41 (permalink)
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The 18V lithium’s were garbage, the 20v are far superior.

I can’t remember when the 20V 2ah batteries came out, but I have some of the early ones from the beginning of 2013 and they are still going strong. I’ve read what I’m assuming you are referring to about the adapter not working with the higher amp hour batteries, and I’m not sure what that’s referring to. I’ve used the 5ah batteries with the adapter on many 18V tools. I just went into the garage and threw a 5ah battery on the adapter and shoved it into an impact and it works great. I’ve only got 10 or 12 of the older tools left, I’ve sold or given most of them away, the new tools are so much better, more power, have lights, and the brushless tools really maximize battery life. I’m not saying you should throw all your 18v tools away, but the new ones sure are nice lol.

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Old 11-21-2019, 01:44 AM   #42 (permalink)
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.. Iíve read what Iím assuming you are referring to about the adapter not working with the higher amp hour batteries, and Iím not sure what thatís referring to. Iíve used the 5ah batteries with the adapter on many 18V tools. I just went into the garage and threw a 5ah battery on the adapter and shoved it into an impact and it works great.....
At least one of my larger drills is listed not compatible with the adapter using any battery larger than the 2.0Ah. So that means I'd have to get at least 2 of the 2.0Ah so the drill's covered and still use those 2.0Ah in the others. I wasn't even interested in anything less than 4.0Ah until I read that.

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Dude, you need to at least update your drill lol! Those drills are ancient!!

I see no reason why the drills wouldn’t work with a higher capacity battery, especially since all the other tools I’ve used the adapter on will work with all batteries. But trust me, don’t let a drill that you could replace for next to nothing hold you back from getting higher AH batteries. The newer 20V 6ah batteries will run tools forever, and I just bought a two pack of them on sale from Acme for $129, but the sale might be over now. The new compact 4ah are a nice mix between size and run-time.
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My 2 original 2a20 batteries are both junk. They charge for like 10 mins which gets you 2 bars. As soon as you put them in a tool you get maybe one hole drilled and its done.

The other 2 that are like 3 months newer seem to be doing alright. I picked up some 4's on sale around a year ago but haven't used them that much yet.

Only stuff I have that the adapters don't work on other than things where the battery has to fit inside is some of the lights. There was something I figured out that kept them from plugging in so I ground it off. I don't remember what the issue was, maybe it flickered all the time? Seemed odd but so far I still have enough good 18's that its not a problem.

Only tools I currently have that are only 20v are the metal cutting circ saw and the fan. Love em both. I have one work light that takes both.
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My son owns his own construction company... he exclusively uses Makita tools, believe they are 18v. His tools last forever on a charge, and they are easily twice the tools I own - DeWalts, Porter Cables, even my newest Ryobi tools. I get that my Porter Cable tools are mostly junk, but I would have expected better performance out of my DeWalts and Ryobis... no dice. His drills and his drywall screw guns put everything I own to complete and utter shame. Then again, I'm a software engineer and I don't rely on my tools for my living... some day, perhaps.
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