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What Do You Think of Rechargeable Tool Packages?

5/4/2009 10:55:54 AM

Tags: question to readers, rechargeable tools, DIY, Power 8 Workshop

I’ve recently started testing the Power 8 Workshop. This 18-volt rechargeable tool package includes a circular saw, drill/driver, jigsaw and flashlight. The setup includes two batteries and the charging station. But the thing that really sets this package apart is that you can attach the power tools to a small table (it also functions as a toolbox) to make a small table saw, drill press and scroll saw.

I haven’t tested the tabletop features yet, but I’ve drilled pilot holes for screws and driven up to 3-inch screws with the drill/driver. The keyless chuck is convenient. The batteries recharge quickly; I haven’t had to stop working to wait for a fresh battery.

The blade of the circular saw is to the left of the handle — an important safety feature that most saws don’t have. It takes a little bit of getting used to, but it’s a good feature. The saw cuts just deep enough to get through a 2-by-4. Sometimes it leaves a sixteenth inch of wood at the bottom of the cut. Cutting dry cedar 1-by-6s was easy.

Have you seen similar rechargeable tool packages or tried the Power 8 Workshop? How do you like them?



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Browne C Altman
6/8/2009 2:26:57 PM
The higher voltage systems are well worth the price. Those with lithium-ion batteries are light weight for there power aand they recharge very quickly. The Power8workshop system would be especially handy on a cruising boat. There always seem to be repairs that could be done with haveing to return home if only you had at least one of these tools. This is going to be my nest purchase. Check the price at amazon.com and save $100.00.

Glen Graham
6/3/2009 12:53:05 PM
I bought a 12v set because with a little tinkering (just some wires from the tool power terminals and clips on the other end), I have almost unlimited power from my 12v auto or boat batteries. Not as powerful as the higher voltage kits, but I never, ever have run out of charge when working on or near a 12v source.

Virgilstar
5/11/2009 8:19:39 AM
Have been using a craftsman 19.2V set for about 6 years now, and it is still going strong apart from a couple of problems... The major issue has been the small size of the circular saw blade (5" IIRC). The blades wear out very quickly - it is amazing the difference a dull blade makes to the battery life. Before replacing a blade, I can cut through about 6 2x4s before the battery is toast. With a fresh blade it will do 40+ 2x4s before needing a charge. One other thing has been the NiCd batteries. They can only go through so many charges before starting to die. New ones can be had online for $20 though, so I'll keep replacing them every couple of years (and of course recycling the old ones) until they're no longer available. I have heard good things about the newer lithium battery driven devices, but they're a lot more expensive.

Jason Hinton
5/8/2009 7:39:26 AM
I've had mix results with cordless power tools. I had a 14.4v (NiMH) Makita Drill / light set that worked great. I lasted ~ 7 years before the clutch broke. I replaced the a cheap $40 18V (NiCad) Black and Decker Drill / radio Charger combo. This is the best cordless drill I have ever used! It is incredibly powerful and the battery lasts for what seems like forever. (I've used it to run ~ 200 3" deck screw on one battery! I've since started adding some the other tools that run with this back. The circular saw was useless. It was poorly build and wouldn't cut. I took it back and bought a corded Milwaukee saw. The line-trimmer works OK, it will cut normal grass and weeds but has a hard time with the Bermuda grass used in my area. In the end I'm still a bit partial to "old-fashion" corded electric tools. They have plenty of power and one can get a much better quality corded tool for the same price as a battery powered tool. I don't work in remote areas so I don't really need the portability of battery powered tools.

Jason Hinton
5/8/2009 7:37:22 AM
I've had mix results with cordless power tools. I had a 14.4v (NiMH) Makita Drill / light set that worked great. I lasted ~ 7 years before the clutch broke. I replaced the a cheap $40 18V (NiCad) Black and Decker Drill / radio Charger combo. This is the best cordless drill I have ever used! It is incredibly powerful and the battery lasts for what seems like forever. (I've used it to run ~ 200 3" deck screw on one battery! I've since started adding some the other tools that run with this back. The circular saw was useless. It was poorly build and wouldn't cut. I took it back and bought a corded Milwaukee saw. The line-trimmer works OK, it will cut normal grass and weeds but has a hard time with the Bermuda grass used in my area. In the end I'm still a bit partial to "old-fashion" corded electric tools. They have plenty of power and one can get a much better quality corded tool for the same price as a battery powered tool. I don't work in remote areas so I don't really need the portability of battery powered tools.

S J_2
5/6/2009 4:49:19 PM
I have a Milwaukee 28V set. The best investment I have had in resent years. No problems, and used every day in an industrial setting for two years.

David_126
5/6/2009 12:23:10 PM
I've use Ryobi, and although I like their drill bits. I think the power tools are weak. I recommend DeWalt, because only the rich can afford poor quality.

Jim Johnson_1
5/6/2009 10:19:31 AM
I do not have a kit as I build custom furniture for a living and have a fully equipped shop and some of the items in the kit I would probably never use, but I have a number of cordless tools. They have come a long ways in there development, having bought my first one 15 years ago, and now are indispensable in the shop, some are used on a daily basis some once or twice a year but when they are needed you have them, and that is what I think is great about the kit for the handyman or lady as my wife will use them in the greenhouse, garden, Etc. and our daughter has them in her home as well. It makes things so much easier for someone when they have a good set of tools, eliminating the frustration of wanting to do something and not having the tool to do it would be worth having the kit

Moose Hollow FArm
5/6/2009 8:21:17 AM
I have the Ryobi One set, and love it! The trim saw is perfect for times when you don't really need the full-sized circular saw and for time when you just can't get to an electric cord. The drill/driver works great, and I've been able to build several "out building" structures using these tools. The flashlight can really come in handy when you're under a sink or in a dark corner. The best part is that you can add tools that all use the same batteries. It comes with two and a charger. I've added the staple gun to my kit as I do upholstery and it really is quite powerful. My brother, who also has this kit, liked his so much that he sent me my kit as a gift. He favorite addition...the power caulk gun. I'd recommend this kit highly.







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