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I spent last week at a lake with no electricity.

The kids were complaining about the steep climb down to the water at a campsite we just bought this year.

Dad showed up with a bunch of 18v Makita tools. I hadn't been out there much yet, so didn't know what to expect. With no measurements or any real knowledge of the lay-of-the-land, everything had to be built on site without electricity.

Using the circular saw, the drill and impact driver, and the big rotary hammer drill (with rock-drilling bit), we built and anchored a 16' run of stairs from the top of the rock to the shore. All 18v tools.

Fifteen years ago, battery-powered tools were still a joke, IMO.

Now it is almost unbelievable how long the charge lasts and how quickly they re-charge.

With two batteries we did the whole job and recharged one battery ONE TIME with the generator.

I think Makita offers over 130 tools that are powered by their 18v batteries. I'll take one of each please! All the way from the flashlight, up to the "motor-assisted" bicycle!!
 

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I keep being told by the wholesale folks that they'll stop carrying many corded tools soon so I should stock up if I need anything. I love the cordless stuff and am trying to convert everything I use, within reason, to battery and the same brand.
 

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I don't even carry a corded circular saw in the job trailer anymore. 18V 6" Makita is all I've used in years. Light, easy to handle and powerful enough to do the job. Only tools I use that have a cord on them are large rotary hammers. "the times, they are a changing"

Nice stairs btw
 

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Nice scenery. What lake might that be?

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Plateau Lake near Atikokan Ontario. That's where I grew up. Notoriously friendly town. "The Canoe Capitol of Canada."

There are still a couple of lots for sale. Estate size lots (two to seven acres) with plenty of untouched nature and privacy.

The Ministry of Natural Resourses would only release the land as a "condominium" (meaning the owners run everything and the government is hands-off). Condo fees of $240 per year include your taxes, road maintenance and condo insurance. You can't afford to NOT to be my neighbour! Lol. C'mon, you'll love it!
 

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I'm a complete cordless convert and believer too except when you need real fire power like wet lumber, serious hammer drilling or stuff overly thick then the corded tools come out.
 

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I bought some cordless stuff a few years ago, but then they stopped making the battery chargers & batteries, so they're useless now

screw cordless tools, I only buy corded stuff now. at least I can still use it in 10+ years
 

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Don't drop your drill in the lake.. know how I know ?....

Being in the trades I have a love hate relationship with them. I grow weary of the battery recharge game you have to play when you use them every day. As for the other tools I need full power....and don't like the idea of kicking a $250 drill off the roof , so I go cheap. But for you perfect. It looks top notch ...
 

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I bought one of those cheap cordless drill packages (plastic case, two batteries, charger and drill for about $30) but the batteries lost storage capacity in short time (not to mention the drill was basically shite anyways). What bugged me was the batteries wouldn't hold a charge and thus were never charged when I suddenly needed a drill for 10 minutes. If I planned on using it, I could charge the batteries and they'd work but it was those quick 'let's take the back of this cab off' kinda things that it didn't work for.

I'd like a good cordless drill but it isn't worth it for me. I still have an old heavy-duty corded drill (and saw, etc) and a plugin is only ever 10 feet away. I don't really need a jobsite solution because that isn't my situ. I fight the 'Tim the Toolman' urge all the time though. But I'd rather just buy another fricken overdrive pedal.
 

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I have a few cordless tools, a couple of drills, a driver and a jig saw. All 18V Bosch stuff. All the big name brands make a decent one now. The biggest thing is once you get into a system/brand/voltage is that no one brand makes a whole line up of what you would want, so then multiple charges become a thing. I am sticking with the Bosch 18V so I only need one charger, but Milwaulkee, Makita, DeWalt and several other make a good tool these days.
 

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I have a cordless 1/2 inch impact gun from CT. It is supposed to be 300 ft/lbs but it's nowhere near that. Lugs on my truck are 150 lbs and it'll only break them if they haven't been on all winter but I can easily break them with the short iron that came with the truck. I took it back and told them this thing wouldn't twist a priest of an altar boy. They gave me a new on w/out an argument but it's not any better then the first one.
 

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I wonder if 'electric ft/lbs' vs 'pneumatic ft/lbs' is similar to 'solid state watts' vs 'tube watts'. They should be the same, but in real world usage, they just aren't.
 

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I don't buy cordless tools anymore. We eventually outlive the batteries and the cost of replacement batteries is ridiculous so the tools are useless.
 

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I have a cordless 1/2 inch impact gun from CT. It is supposed to be 300 ft/lbs but it's nowhere near that. Lugs on my truck are 150 lbs and it'll only break them if they haven't been on all winter but I can easily break them with the short iron that came with the truck. I took it back and told them this thing wouldn't twist a priest of an altar boy. They gave me a new on w/out an argument but it's not any better then the first one.

There's a reason Milwaulkee charges around $550 for their half inch impact guns, they actually work.

Even my 1/4 inch 18 volt is rated at 1200 ft/lbs or something like that and it wont crack lugs.
 

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Yeah, if you're cutting or drilling holes all day, nothing beats corded. I use a Milwaukee hole-hawg, and even those burn out after a few years.

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Yup. I see what you mean. You a plumber? Electrician? A right-angled drill like that coulda been handy in my welding career. Of course my torch and plasma work was pretty much perfect anyway (lol:)).
 
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