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  • Dead DW972 Cordless Drill?

    I just moved into a new (old) farmhouse and found a bunch of corded and cordless power tools of various ages and operability in the barn. One thing I found was a cordless Dewalt DW972 drill with four battery packs and the charger. The drill doesn't work after charging all the batteries and inserting them. Is there a way to tell if it's the batteries that are shot, the drill or both, without buying anything? I already own a 5-year old Ridgid 14V cordless that I love, but it can be a bit heavy with extended use, so the Dewalt would be nice if I can get it to work on the cheap. Thanks.

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    Re: Dead DW972 Cordless Drill?

    You should at least be able to check the batteries with a DC volt meter.

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      Re: Dead DW972 Cordless Drill?

      I have not checked this in a while: At one time DeWalt had a rebuild program where they charged one price to check/rebuild any of their line of tools. I did have my 18v 1/2" hammer drill redone by them when it quit and was worth the money. As stated, a DC volt meter will tell you if the battery packs are charging. Check DeWalt's website. David

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