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Went to HD today and noticed that DeWalt had an adapter for sale that allows you to use their 20v lithium batteries to run your 18v tools. Amazing. I guess people have been avoiding buying new units when the 18v tools are still working fine. Good for them. This allows you to use your existing tools, while still being in the DeWalt family. When your drill dies, you'll already have the 20v batteries. Smart move on their part, nice deal for DeWalt owners.
 

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Yeah, and about that same time this adapter came out, they roughly doubled the price of the 18 volt batteries, making it unrealistic to keep buying 18 volt batteries. The price of the adapter makes me want to keep using the 18 volt batteries, but the new price of the batteries makes me wish I had bought a few more before they increased the price. When switching to 20 volt batteries, you not only have to buy the adapter and batteries, but a new charger too. I'm not happy.

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I only work in the shop with plenty of outlets. Cordless tools are redundant...that being said, I succumbed to a deal on a drill driver. It's handy but, I find myself reaching for my corded drills for most tasks.
All of my hand planes, chisels and mallets are cordless, though.:grin:
 

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Another way Dewalt is solving the 18v problem is they are having a trade up program this month. I traded in my broken 18v Dewalt got one of the new 20v drill/drivers for a lot less than what Home depot sells them for with bigger batteries.
 

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Went back and looked at the kit, the batteries are their smallest capacity, OK for screw drivers, but not sure you'd get much run time from them. The highest capacity battery in 20v was $170 per battery!

Bosch kits with the 2ma batteries on sale now too. Don't have to make a choice now.
 

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Another way Dewalt is solving the 18v problem is they are having a trade up program this month. I traded in my broken 18v Dewalt got one of the new 20v drill/drivers for a lot less than what Home depot sells them for with bigger batteries.


Do you have more info on the upgrade program, can’t find anything on it.


In woodworking there is always more then one way to accomplish something.
 

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I just drove over to the Dewalt service center near me. They have a flyer. I also upgraded to a DCF887 impact driver so now I have 4 new batteries. I would talk to a Dewalt service center. I think you can upgrade a saw as well.
 
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