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Mailee13/07/2013 20:12:35
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Well I have given up on the Makita drill drivers after my third battery has gone down! (two Makita and one cheapo version) I have bitten the bullet and bought a De Walt Li Ion driver. It was on offer at Screwfix with two batteries for £150 so the ideal opportunity to make the change. It is a little heavier than the makita and the two batteries are only 1.3AH but this is no problem as there are two and a charge is 30 mins. Will see how i get on with this after the disappointment of the Makita which was just over one year old!

Doug14/07/2013 10:34:25
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Hope you have better luck with the DeWalt Alan.

I`m surprised the Makita let you down I`ve been using them since they first came out 6 odd years ago & have only had 1 battery die, though I think that was more to do with ingress of dust into the battery`s electronics sad

I don`t think you`re alone with having battery problems, my nephew swapped from Metabo to Bosch after similar problems to yourself. I was put off Bosch after having a new drill driver set on fire whilst using it, (though to be fair Bosch replaced it straight away) I myself swapped from Dewalt to Makita after issues with Dewalt`s batteries, so perhaps it`s just one of those things none of them are perfect.

Perhaps we`ll have to upgrade to Festool dont know face 21

Cheers.

Doug.

Derek Lane14/07/2013 14:03:29
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Posted by Doug Barratt on 14/07/2013 10:34:25:

Perhaps we`ll have to upgrade to Festool dont know face 21

Doug.

You both must be earning too muchwink 2wink 2wink 2teeth 2.

Like many things you only need 1 bad one to put you off buying more.

Big Al14/07/2013 14:10:25
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The only thing that festool makes that is any good is the domino jointer.

One of the guy's that I used to work with owned a dewalt drill and impact driver set with 1.5ah 14.4v Li on batteries and they last for ages.

Al

Mailee14/07/2013 18:28:06
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Actually Derek this is the second time I have had issues with Makita. I bought a set including the drill/driver and the impact driver with three batteries and the charger and those batteries only lasted just over a year too! These were the Ni Cad versions in 12V. This is what made me go for the Li Ion system as they were reccomended to me. Strangest thing is that I have one of the old 9.6V Makita drivers and up to last year one of the original batteries was still going strong! This is a 15 year old driver too! I will have to see if I can contact Makita and lodge a complaint about the batteries as I now have two drivers that are useless without batteries.

Doug15/07/2013 16:03:20
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Posted by Derek Lane on 14/07/2013 14:03:29:
Posted by Doug Barratt on 14/07/2013 10:34:25:

Perhaps we`ll have to upgrade to Festool dont know face 21

Doug.

You both must be earning too muchwink 2wink 2wink 2teeth 2.

funnily enough that`s something the good lady wife has never said to me face 1face 23

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