It's not too many tools; it's too many platforms.
So I decided to go through the cordless power tools I have and all the different platforms … and it goes like this:
- Bosch 12v
- Skil 12v
- DeWalt 14.4v
- Porter Cable 18v
- Black and Decker 18v
- Black and Decker 20v
- Skil 20v
My weekend thoughts:
I should consider phasing out the Bosch 12v, as all I have is an impact driver. Both the Skil 12v impacts are more powerful, albeit bulkier (regular) or longer (right angle).
In terms of battery tech, the DW 14.4v, PC 18v and B&D 18v are NiCad based; the latter two easily adapts to the newer B&D 20v with $10-ish adapters I already have, though.
The B&D 20v drill is by far the least capable drill I have. Thus so far, its sole purpose has been powering scouring pads and scrub brushes. It was also included in a kit I bought from Amazon Warehouse because it was cheaper to buy it instead of just an extra battery and charger alone.
I have so many “extra” drill/drivers now that I’ll just switch tools instead of switching bits. It’s faster.
I might just hack one of the extra DeWalt 14.4 impact wrenches with an adapter to run a different battery (at a higher voltage). It has a brushed motor (so it doesn’t care as much) and as a bare ex-jobsite tool, it isn’t worth much in resale.
Over the years, meh hasn’t sold much in cordless power tools.
Beyond all the power banks from meh, Skil includes USB charging ports so technically, I have even more now.
I dream of the day in which all the brands will cooperate with a universal battery platform. It’ll never happen, though, as there’s too much money involved in keeping folks on a proprietary design.
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