Originally Posted by JWMustang
According to Roger's location, it says he's Canadian. I think the two of us just got ripped off. $400 plus a free tool. That's a smoking deal, enough that I'm thinking of returning my set, and hopping the border.
Comparison of 18V and 24V tools
This is a dupe of my posting in the "what's new" forum
I bought the 18volt set a couple months ago (the one with the impact wrench...not the reciprocating saw) when it was on clearance for $209. Just picked up this 24volt set a two days ago. Here is my impression...from a comparison standpoint.
The drill is actually a bit lighter (half a pound) than the 18V but this is probably because it doesn't come with a depth gauge or bit holder...questionable omissions on such a high end tool. The depth gauge is something I'd probably only use occasionally...the bit holder is something I use all the time...switching from drilling to driving.
The saw is lighter too, 8lbs 13oz vs. 9lbs 11oz. but again it does this with questionable changes...substituting a glass-filled nylon platform for the aluminum one on the 18V saw. It also switches the blade from the left hand (my preference as a right hander) to right hand side. Blade size is the same.
I don't have the 18V reciprocating saw for comparison but read the 24V one is a big improvement. It certainly is a beast. It weighs in at 9lbs 4oz. and runs incredibly smoothly. I have only owned cheap, tooth rattling, portable reciprocating saws (Black and Decker 14.4v Firestorm, Ryobi 18v OnePlus) and this thing is leaps and bounds better than them.
I read, on these forums, that some people were having very low runtime issues with the 24V set. I thought I discovered what was going on with the charging issue some people are having...but now I'm not so sure. The batteries have a charge level indicator on them. When they are plugged into the charger the indicator stays on. After only 5 minutes the indicator indicated full charge. However, the red charging light, on the charger was still on. I pulled the battery and it drained to nothing in a couple minutes. I then left the battery on the charger until the green, fully charged, indicator light came on. This took much longer...at least 30 minutes. Though I haven't done a rigorous discharge since then I have used them quite a bit and the batteries are still going strong.
Update on the charge issue. My drill suddenly died....the charge indicator only lit one light. Based on my usage it should have been nearly full. When I stuck it back in the charger it immediately gave a green light. Put it back in the drill and it worked fine after that. Something got messed up in it's little computer brain that the charger was able to fix. That is a little scary. Thank goodness for the lifetime warranty.
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