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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Death of an Old Friend, Rejuvenation of Another

In a project this big, I guess casualties are to be expected. My trusty Ryobi 12 volt cordless drill, the one that lived on the boat, finally gave up the ghost. I have had this one for about ten years (it was given to me by my dad when we bought the house). It was one of those 12 volt NiCad cordless drills, the latest thing just before 18 volt tools came on the scene (nowadays it is 18 volt Lithium-Ion that is the cool stuff). It almost got put out to pasture a couple years ago when the original NiCads wore out. And, being an "outdated" model, replacement batteries were horrendously expensive, if you could find one. As chance would have it, my local hardware store happened to have one, new, in a brown cardboard box, sitting in the corner on the "clearance" table for $5. Score! That gave it a few more years of life. But this time, there will be no such luck. The body of the drill has broken apart. The funny thing is that I wasn't stressing the drill at the time, just driving a tapping screw. It just sorta fell apart as if to say, "I've had enough". Rest in peace old friend. A moment of silence...

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Ok, thats enough. Time search for the DeWalt replacement!


Another tool, not it such poor shape, but in need of some care, is our Black & Decker ELU router. This is a very nice router, intended for woodworking. One of the first electronic variable speed units. It has nearly every adjustable bit you can imagine (plus a very nice edge guide). This particular router was/is my wife's (she came with the router, lol). She always recommended I never use this thing on fiberglass or Coosa, but, being male, I guess I didn't listen (hey, we didn't have an alternate router at the time). As a result, I think the bearings are on their way out. Normally, the motor in this thing is very smooth. That, coupled with the nice ergonomic handles and easy plunge operation make using this thing a joy to work with. But, the motor is sounding rough. I think it's use on glass/coosa is taking it's toll (my wife is reading this thinking "I told you so!"). So I am sending this off to the Black & Decker repair shop for cleaning and possible bearing replacement. The thing is, this router is at least twenty years old. I hope parts are still available. When this is all done, it will never be used on glass and used only on wood (really dear, I promise!).


4 comments:

Dave said...

Nice eulogy. My condolences. Every now and then Bosch has an old for new sale. 10 gone ones for 1 new one. I have a box of gone ones myself just waiting. Love your blog and good work.

Colin said...

De walt makes nice stuff but the batteries are a rip off. I think Ryobi has a better deal on batteries.
It is kind of like that 45 dollar printer that seems like a great deal until you need ink. I heard that knock off batteries are going to be available soon for my De walt 18v but I can't find them. The all black batteries they give you with new drills are poor quality and I have had two melt down on the recharger.

robert s said...

Thanks for the tip Colin. In fact I am salivating over the Festool products. But I have self-imposed a two or three month "cooling off" period before I pull the trigger. lol.

Rhys said...

I use cheap Mastercraft (Canadian Tire knock off "house brand") grinders for light stuff, and the Makita for the serious metal reduction. Thing is, the Mastercraft grinders are often on sale for something ridiculous like $29.99 for the box with 30 discs. So I brutalize the essentially free cheapo grinder until it dies and slap on the wheels to the now 15 year old Makita, which cost $100 but is so far still chugging along.