I see where DeWalt has come out with a Li-on battery to fit their standard 18 volt Ni-cad tools. They are available at toolup.com. The batteries are about $130 each. I'm not sure if that's a good idea or not. Most of my cordless tools are Dewalt. When the batteries die I may just purchase a Li-on to compare the difference in run time and speed of charge. The reason I think it's not a good idea from their standpoint is the tools far outlast the batteries. Making the new technology incompatible with the old tools would "encourage" people to buy the tool and the new batteries. I do own some Ridgid tools. Aside from plumbing tools, I have a shop vac and a random orbital sander that lies R.I.P. in it's case, which Home Depot chose not to exchange for a new one. I bought a Dewalt to replace it. Any thoughts?
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