Skil 18v cordless tools.

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by gargoil77, Apr 21, 2006.

  1. gargoil77

    gargoil77 New Member

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    I bought a set of Skil 18v cordless tools about 1 1/2 yrs ago. I was wondering if anyone else has them and do they have any problems with any of them.
    The circular saw is what I'm having a problem with. It drains my batteries down in two or three cuts. None of the other tools do it. Just the circular saw. It does it to new batteries charged the way the manufacturer suggested.
    Saving my $$ for a set of 18v Miwaukee tools. Can't wait.
     
  2. 1sporticus

    1sporticus Active Member

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    I bought a set of Skil 1/2 inch drill, and a saw about 6 years ago. I never had any trouble with them at all. The batteries lasted about 3 years. I installed siding, and I could get almost 7 hours off of one charged battery, I was impressed. I quit using my Skil set, I'm disabled now, and I didn't want to spend the money for the batteries, I can't see me buying expensive batteries and having them around on the off chance I might need them so I have this stuff laying around.
     

  3. Crispy Critter

    Crispy Critter New Member

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    My son has a set of the Skil 18v like that and has the same trouble now.I don't know if it's the batteries or what.Everything but the saw works like always.I helped him remodel a bathroom a couple months ago and noticed the saw would only make a few cuts on a battery.
     
  4. gargoil77

    gargoil77 New Member

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    I called Skil last year and complained and they sent me two new batteries. But it did the same thing. Maybe I'll call them again. Warranty is gone, but they MIGHT replace the saw anyway.
     
  5. Mutt

    Mutt Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I had the skill 18 volt setup wouldnt hold toghter enough for me so i bought dewalt and havnt had a minutes trouble yet with them. a few of my buddys here have the same issue with the saw too.
     
  6. Mid-MO fisherman

    Mid-MO fisherman New Member

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    I have an 18v DeWalt set with the small circular saw. I have no trouble with it and use it for everything from building my shed to building furniture. Works great and the batteries last a long time. I dont know much about the Milwakee brand but have heard good things about them. I just prefer DeWalt.
     
  7. gargoil77

    gargoil77 New Member

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    I don't think that you can wrong with any of the higher $$ brand of tools. I'm getting the Milwaukee mainly because I can get a really good price for them. Then I can get free batteries. So I can't go wrong.:)
     
  8. Mutt

    Mutt Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Free batteries are good :p Nothing wrong with Milwaukee I have used a lot of thier tools over the years. Infact I feel they get kinda overlooked due to the fact most want the real big name brands. Milwaukee has been around for a good many many years and if you look inside one i think most will find they have the same brand parts as most of the others like dewalt etc. Skil makes a decent tool too but for some reason they flopped on thier saw why dont know. another decent tool is (here comes the flames) Ryobi. I even have a couple of thier tools low in cost and work fine and have lasted for many many years. But I have to admit I am partial to the dewalts myself. My wife bought me a Roybi detial sander for my planes I build she bought it because she liked the color she hates yellow. :rolleyes:
     
  9. 1sporticus

    1sporticus Active Member

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    I guess I didn't realise how many people had a bad result with Skil, I liked them. I bought the industrial one, and had no trouble at all. The one I have is gray and black, I did notice that Walmart was selling the orange ones, and I don't know about them. My only complaint is the cost of replacement batteries. I used my saw cutting siding for a good 6-7 hours a day.
     
  10. FS Driver

    FS Driver New Member

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    id go with the dewalt or millwaukee
    i have the 18 v dewalt kit that has the trim saw sawzall drill and flashlight
    with 2 battery and charger when i bought mine they had a sale that included the jobsite radio /charger for a penny it has cd storage case and plug in to take cd or mps into the system.
    the dewalts are made pretty tough i have used the 12 volt for over 2 years but the batteries started weakening and it was time to get new
    and the price of buyin batteries vs. a whole new set wasnt that much difference.

    either the new dewalt radio charger or the regular charger has a renewal mode to re vitalize your batteries its supposed to make bad ones good again.
    by topping off each cell individually it claims.
     
  11. fish

    fish Active Member

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    Darryl, the batteries on my Dewalt are on their last leg but I used it for over 5 years with no problems. I am going to check into the radio and see if it will revitalize the batteries, if it will, it will be worth buying one for no other reason.

    The only problem I had with Milwaukee tools was the batteries just didn't hold up good. If you get replacement batteries, and getting a good deal, I would go that route.

    Ryobi, no flaming here but I don't like them, they just never held up for me. Now we do have a Ryobi weed eater that is 11 years old and still going strong.

    I am partial to Dewalt tools except for their routers. Their routers run and perform very smooth but they will not hold up long. I had one two months old that burned up and Home Depot would not replace it. I use Bosch routers now, (when I do anything) and they are the best in my opinion. Porter Cable has some good routers also.

    Nail guns, Senco trim and Paslode framing are my choice. Compound slide mitersaw, I love my Dewalt and I wouldn't take a skint monkey for it. LOL
     
  12. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    The future is here in battery powered tools.
    Milwaukee has a line of Lithium Ion battery powered tools in 28 volt.
    The batteries are about twice the cost of Dewalt batteries but have a full replacement warranty for 2 years or 2000 charges and prorated to 5 years.
    Yes they can tell how many times you charged it. There is a device to plug the battery in that will tell you.
    Dewalt batteries are good for about 700 charges compared to Milwaukee's 2000.
    I recently cut some pipe with a Milwaukee 28 volt Lithium Ion porta band! at a supply house. It handles well and costs about 450.00 bucks for the deep cut. Not a bad price considering these batteries will make 70 cuts on 2" steel pipe on a battery.
    The difference you'll notice right off with these batteries is that they dont slow dump like all the others.
    On the 70th cut of pipe the speed of the tool is the same as the 1st cut.
    They dump right now, on the spot, no hesitation, or loss of performance.

    Dewalt will go to Lithium Ion. They dont have a choice now, so look for those Dewalt sets to dramatically increase in price.
     
  13. fish

    fish Active Member

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    Mark, that is extremely impressive. It looks like they have flat out got their act together and have a real winner there. Thanks for the information.