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18 volt DeWalt mini review update

Dewalt drill mini review update

The new 18 volt DeWalt portable drill continues to impress me with its over abundance of power.

I've been trying to estimate when I hit halfway with the battery time and recharge it at that point instead of waiting till it drains all the way down. This might extend the life of each battery. It would help if the next generation drill had a little indicator light that let you know when you hit 50 percent.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Our electric battery powered lawn mower has five lights on it: full, mostly full, half, quarter, and none. The first three are green, the quarter is yellow and the last is red. Very easy to know what the power is. With the lawn mower, it is recommended that the battery get charged every month, whether it has been used or not. That may be why your DeWalt keeps on going well. It is always charged and not struggeling for more power.
Comment by Sheila Mon Nov 1 21:16:27 2010
That sounds like a very good system! I love the idea of an electric, battery-powered lawnmower. Maybe one will show up at a yard sale one of these days...
Comment by anna Tue Nov 2 08:22:36 2010

As a professional carpenter, I use this drill all the time. In fact I own 3 of them...My first one lives in my shop were it sees occasional use, the other two live in my truck and see regular use. the two in my truck are the newer versions with hammer/ 3 speeds.

The 18 volt "series" in general are great..I also have the 6 1/2" Circular the impact driver, and the 4 1/2 grinder, and utility light. Since all of these use the same battery I can swap one out with another tool. I also have the radio charger.. I have hooked up my Ipod to it...

I also have a good selection of Dewalt corded tools...Sawsall, 7 1/2 worm drive circular, 3/8" drill, 1/2 HD hammer drill, 4" grinder, 5" ROS sander, 706 12" chopsaw, 705 12" chopsaw (in shop) and 4 gallon compressor and 18 ga brad nailer.

Comment by Moontree Ranch Wed Nov 3 11:14:52 2010
Mark's drooling over your tools here... :-)
Comment by anna Wed Nov 3 13:43:06 2010

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