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Craftsman Cordless drills

Postby SONNY » Mon Dec 06, 2021 5:18 pm

I have a cordless 3/8 vsr Craftsman drill, 14.4 v jobber. Question is most of my model # is worn off and is there any other way to figure out what it might be? The only #'s I can make out are 315 and the next partial # looks like part of a 2 ...everything else is gone.
It was given to me after the po got a new Dewalt set.
1 battery wont charge now and they are Nicad. ---the only ones I see are Nimh which are different and I dont know if they are compatable with this drill and charger.
Po didnt get a manual with it when he got it so no help there.
It's an old drill too, so that complicates things. I would say it's probably 20 years old or so----I have had it 15 for sure and I think he had it about 5 years before that.

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Re: Craftsman Cordless drills

Postby Bob McCarty » Mon Dec 06, 2021 5:38 pm

I have taken dead cordless drill batteries to our Batteries Plus store and had new cells put in them. Options on storage capacity affect price but they were cheaper than new and seem to last as long between charges.
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Re: Craftsman Cordless drills

Postby Jim Becker » Mon Dec 06, 2021 5:41 pm

This discussion of the batteries might be helpful:
https://www.bobvila.com/posts/41215-cra ... less-drill

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Re: Craftsman Cordless drills

Postby Don McCombs » Mon Dec 06, 2021 6:38 pm

I think your chances of finding NiCad replacement batteries these days is pretty slim. They’ve moved beyond NiMh batteries to Lithium batteries. The other factor is that even if you do find the replacement batteries, they will be more expensive than buying a new tool with current technology batteries. I understand the desire to keep the old tool going, but some times it just doesn’t make economic sense. Make sure you dispose of any old batteries properly.
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Re: Craftsman Cordless drills

Postby Eugene » Mon Dec 06, 2021 8:30 pm

Internet search. Amazon Prime has the battery listed.

Agree with Don. Trash it.
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Re: Craftsman Cordless drills

Postby ricky racer » Mon Dec 06, 2021 8:59 pm

Bob McCarty wrote:I have taken dead cordless drill batteries to our Batteries Plus store and had new cells put in them. Options on storage capacity affect price but they were cheaper than new and seem to last as long between charges.


I've run into the same problem with Milwaukee NiCad batteries. I've got a Milwaukee Sawzall that's in perfect condition but the NiCad batteries are shot. I called Batteries Plus and was told they would rebuild them with new cells for $68.
I tried purchasing some Chinese knockoffs and they only lasted a few months. I'm going to go the Batteries Plus route and see how it goes.
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Re: Craftsman Cordless drills

Postby outdoors4evr » Tue Dec 07, 2021 6:48 am

I've had batteries rebuilt with about a 50% success rate. Some only last a few months and some last 2+ years.
The batteries cost more than the drill. Just go buy a Christmas special price new drill with new batteries and throw the old one away. (so hard to do)

Other options include buy an adapter that connects your old drill to a new battery pack. Would have to get a new charger too.
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Re: Craftsman Cordless drills

Postby Mht » Tue Dec 07, 2021 7:58 am

I agree with the above posts. My local ace hardware has a dewalt 20 volt drill and impact driver set right now for 139 dollars. The new tools will be lighter and more powerful. The biggest plus to the newer lithium ion batteries is that they provide full power until almost fully discharged. No more getting slower until they quit.

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Re: Craftsman Cordless drills

Postby Gary Dotson » Tue Dec 07, 2021 8:43 am

The first time you pull the trigger on any of the modern lithium ion tools, you’ll want to ditch all your old tools. The difference is amazing. I’ve enjoyed using my 18 v. Dewalt tools for years, then I got a hold of a couple 20 v. lithium tools and you just can’t go back.

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Re: Craftsman Cordless drills

Postby Denny Clayton » Tue Dec 07, 2021 10:49 am

Have to agree with the others. Put a new drill on your Christmas list!
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Re: Craftsman Cordless drills

Postby Nelson 634 » Wed Dec 08, 2021 6:41 pm

But why can't somebody make a conversion so you could use lithium ion batteries on an older style tool. 18volts is 18 volts. Electricity is electricity. Or am I wrong. Wish some one could explain this. I've wonder about this for years.
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Re: Craftsman Cordless drills

Postby Don McCombs » Wed Dec 08, 2021 6:57 pm

https://www.dewalt.com/products/accesso ... s/dca2203c

Read the reviews. Effectiveness is mixed.
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Re: Craftsman Cordless drills

Postby outdoors4evr » Thu Dec 09, 2021 7:04 am

You can find adapters that people have designed and printed with a 3D printer. This is only cost effective if you already have another tool that has good battery packs. The cost of the batteries and a charger exceed the cost of just buying a new tool with batteries and a charger.
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Re: Craftsman Cordless drills

Postby Dale Finch » Thu Dec 09, 2021 7:56 am

I have a Craftsman 19.2v impact wrench that I used for several years and loved. It had 2 NiCad batteries, and first one quit charging, then the 2nd. I bought some knockoffs, but they did the same within months.

When I Googled about the batteries not charging, there are posts about jumping across a couple of the contacts to "kick-start" them to charge again. I never tried that...just bought 2 Li Ion batteries from Sears AND the required charger ($$).

Well, those lasted maybe 6 months! I swapped one out at Lowe's (the "real" Die Hard brand by Craftsmen) after pressing them, but now those batteries are "dead", too! :x

I ended up getting a DeWalt deal for the 3/8 & 1/2" Impact wrenches with 2 batteries and one charger. But I really struggled to abandon that Craftsmen one! I just can't make myself throw it away!!! :(
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Re: Craftsman Cordless drills

Postby Gary Dotson » Thu Dec 09, 2021 8:35 am

I have one of those Dewalt adapters that Don linked to, it does work ok but not compatible with all 18v. tools. A 20v. Lithium 2 amp hour battery will run my 18 v. angle grinder about twice as long as the 18v. XRP battery. But it’s not just the battery that makes the lithium tools better, the tool itself more powerful and more responsive, also lighter in weight.


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