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Buy new batts for Bosch 18V NiMH set, or switch to a Li-Ion set?

Posted by hdclown 9 (My Page) on
Sun, Nov 29, 09 at 13:13

I have a Bosch 18V cordless set that uses NiMH batts. The original batteries are shot and a replacement pair will be about $160. Wondering if this is a good time to try and sell the set and move into a Li-Ion set, which would more likely than not be DeWalt or Milwaukee.

I'm thinking that if I sold the current tools without the batteries, I could get $250'ish. Add the $160 for new batteries I would have to spend, and I'm only $100-150 off from a new 4 piece Li-Ion set. So the math makes sense to me.

Just wondering if it's worthwhile for new Li-Ion tech?


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RE: Buy new batts for Bosch 18V NiMH set, or switch to a Li-Ion s

That's what I did. The NiMH technology is on it's way out. Everyone is going Li-Ion. I recommend the Milwaukee 18v. They have several models at 18 volts. I got the hammer-drill with 650 inch pounds torque. It came with a free 18v impact driver to boot. Got three batteries and charger. Had it a year now and it's fantastic. Milwaukee batteries have a "charge" indicator gauge that's quite useful. I have no complaints at all. My brother's same aprox. age Makita Li-Ion drill already bit the dust. Stripped out high gear.


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RE: Buy new batts for Bosch 18V NiMH set, or switch to a Li-Ion s

All I can say is the Dewalt batteries are pricey too. I know when I get sick of the Dewalt goodies I have, I'll buy more intelligently next time. Have you considered having your batteries rebuilt?


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