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Battery power tools

Postby Stephen » Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:51 am

I was a fairly early adopter of a battery powered drill (late 1980s). My first were Makitas who seemed to have the edge at the time.
When my earliest tools gave up, having changed from professional use to just amateur DIY use, I stuck to Makita, a bought a set, a drill & impact driver. These have done decent serivce for a dozen years & can be useful for a while yet.
But technology moves on & despite having an adequate selection of mains power tools, I have decided to buy before tools fail and the requirement becomes urgent.

So, if/when I shell out the cash, I will, over a period of time want:- drill, impact driver, jigsaw, vacuum cleaner (household - I know Bosch batteries fit both their domestic vacuum and their drills etc.) Also a jigsaw or pruning saw would be useful and, because the water pressure can be utterly miserable on the 'lottie, I thought a pump would be really useful.

What manufacturers do people recommend? I think 18V systems are the starting point. The obvious starting points appear to be Bosch or Ryobi, both of whom have a big selection of tools available.
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Re: Battery power tools

Postby oldherbaceous » Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:21 pm

Afternoon Stephen, I still think Makita take a lot of beating...and their 18v system is very good...not sure if the do a water pump though.
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Re: Battery power tools

Postby Stephen » Sat Jul 18, 2020 10:59 pm

Thanks OH.
This won't be an instant decision because in the end there are a lot of tools.
The Bosch water pump is £150 (with battery) which is a fair bit but not the end of the world. Probably there will be a few pounds to be saved by shopping around. For myself, I'm happy to carry a pair of watering cans but if you can feed a hose, then you can get on with something else at the time you get the watering done.
I'm wondering if I am just over-reacting to the dreadful water pressure. I'm uphill from the tap and the tap is the third in line (three taps, three tanks with ball float valves, so there are five possibilities for the water to go elsewhere.
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Re: Battery power tools

Postby Compo » Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:29 am

I had Makita. No quibbles there about how good they are. However I have started to replace them with Einhell. Their power-x batteries are interchangeable and I have now got a strimmer, drill and jigsaw All decent quality and very competively priced. Toolststion sell a wide range of Einhell products.
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Re: Battery power tools

Postby Stephen » Sun Jul 19, 2020 6:49 pm

Compo - yes, any battery to fit any tool is fundamental, the unnegotiable starting point.
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Re: Battery power tools

Postby Colin2016 » Wed Jul 22, 2020 1:28 pm

For water pumping I use a bilge pump & old 12v battery.

For power tools it Bosch 18volt.
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Re: Battery power tools

Postby Stephen » Sat Jul 25, 2020 3:36 pm

I think it will be Bosch, I'll talk to the local hardware shop (60 seconds walk) as the closeness makes a difference.
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