Need Makita Cordless Tool Battery

Discussion in 'Flooring Products, Tools & Supplies on EBAY' started by Jim McClain, Jun 23, 2017.

  1. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain TFP Owner/Founder Administrator

    My Makita cordless driver's battery won't charge anymore. I put it on the charger and it looks like it's charging for about a minute, then I get the battery broken indicators. I have 2 batteries and the other one charges just fine, so I know it's not the charger.

    These batteries ain't cheap. Here's a pair for $43.50: 2 X 18V 4.0Ah 18 Volt Lithium Ion Battery LXT For Makita BL1840 BL1815 Pack New | eBay But at the moment, I only need one. I'm not sure I should spend extra for 2 batteries, although the good battery I have is the same age as the one that went bad, so it might take a crap on me soon too.

    If I get only one battery, it's about 35 bucks. Less than 10 dollars more I'd get 2, but that's still a chunk of change for me. I haven't been doing a lot with my power tools lately. That could change, I s'pose. I have plenty of projects to do, but have been procrastinating.

    The tools (I have a drill and a screw/nut driver) are 4 or 5 years old. I've used them a lot over the years, especially for driving screws - I don't have enough energy to swing a hammer anymore. I really like the tools, but in my days installing (11 years ago), it was almost better to replace a cordless tool than just the batteries. Not sure that really applies to my Makita LXFD01 and 74LJ though. I have replaced batteries before and had to replace the charger once (I left it out in the rain), but the tools have held up well. They are kinda old now, though. Or are they?

    Not sure what to do.
  2. Daris Mulkin

    Daris Mulkin The One and Only Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    I used to buy all my cordless stuff from Sears and the original battery lasted about 4 years. Then all of a sudden they lasted a year or less. I switched to Dewalt drills and haven't looked back, the 20 volt. I ended up somehow throwing my charger and a battery away and when the Dewalt put their drill on sale I bought it. Now I have 2 drills, 3 batteries, and one charger.
    Doesn't HD have a cordless drill or other accessories that you register the tools and they are guaranteed forever. Rided or the Ryobi. Might be worth looking into.


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  3. They are not OEM, but knock offs. I had an 18 volt Makita set back when I was templating granite countertops. Battery back then was 90 each, 2nd generation of metals, not LI.

    Ridgid does have 3 year warranty on battery purchased separate, lifetime with the combo kits.

    The tools are somewhat limited being there are many more choices of tools with Ryobi. I just bought 4 amp hour for 100$ ridgid batteries, using them for the more power needed tools, then the 2 amp batteries for drill, impact driver for the lighter weight.

    If you don't use them much then I'd replace the batteries. Probably the two pack, one can charge while other two are in use.

    I'd probably like to get some kind of swap tool program as I have some ridgid stuff that doubles up, sold a saw and gave away a reciprocating one. Ridgid is good enough to me to end up buying a new set of combo and registering lifetime again, I got two new batteries a time back but didn't re register. Recently bought the driveway blower and registered it but got an email saying there was a problem, I told em to stick it, they ain't worth my time filling the form out again. Then when I went to look up my stuff it may have been added. I got batteries at local tool repair place, they swapped out my old battery but couldn't find the charger on there and replaced an 18 volt light.

    I have an electric compound miter saw, a tile saw registered lifetime, anything I rely on I'll buy ridgid just for the warranty.
  4. Don Monfils

    Don Monfils PRO CARPET Charter Member

    I have just started replacing some items lost in our garage fire. I picked up a Milwaukee Fuel weed eater and leaf blower.
    They came with a rapid charger and the 18 volt 9 amp hour battery.
    Looking to pick up some more of the Fuel line tools when the smoke clears
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  5. SteveG

    SteveG Pro Member

    I bought some aftermarket batteries for my DeWalt tools and I've been totally happy with them.
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  6. Did you decide yet Jim?

    Got this message today, kind of odd to get equipment in this situation, but you never know.

    Saw this too.

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  7. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain TFP Owner/Founder Administrator

    Only that I need to wait. The recent server upgrade and forum software expenses has left things a little tight. My vehicle registration is due next month too, so I just can't do it right now. I have one good battery, so when it gets low, it's time to take a break while it charges.
  8. If I can send Lithium Ion batteries through USPS I'll send you this set I just got, 3 batteries, charger,Drill,impact screwgun. It's the impact driver that Kman told me about few years ago that's a world of difference putting a screw in.

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  9. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain TFP Owner/Founder Administrator

    Wow, that's pretty generous. Thank you.
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  10. You help me, so I help you.
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  11. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain TFP Owner/Founder Administrator

    I was just fixing some broken links in this topic when I noticed I never replied to it after @Mike Antonetti sent me the Ridgid cordless tools. Thank you very much, Mike. I've been using these quite a bit through my bathroom remodel and patio roof, amongst other everyday tasks. These are some nice tools. Thanks again.
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  12. I could probably send a jigsaw and circular saw, not sure on batteries, the 4.0 work very well for the saw. I’ll have to find a deal on those.
  13. I have a rigid LI 18v combo set myself for around the house. I'm not huge on the big box brands but it's not a bad set. The only real gripe I have is the light placement. Kind of a poor design.

    I also have a makita Li 18v cordless set in the van. Now that I'm impressed with. It was a hand me down to me & is damn near 10 years old. I beat the snot out of it & it's still going strong. I've even mixed mortar with it to the point I can smell her burning up because I forgot my hole hog. I'm impressed with that damn set. I did replace one battery a few years back.
  14. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain TFP Owner/Founder Administrator

    I have a good corded circular saw, but my Bosch jigsaw is about 15 years old now. I bought a 4.0 battery after you sent the drill and driver, but two of the 2.0 batteries you sent are also still going strong. I bought a Ridgid 5" Random Orbit sander a few months ago too - I like these Ridgid cordless tools.
  15. Mark Brown

    Mark Brown On The Surface Flooring I Support TFP

    last Friday my 9 month old husquvarna or whatever tile saw caught on fire. I related it with a Rigid 10 inch. I'm gonna say, being a sceptic, the engineering in that thing is amazing. My opinion is quickly changing on rigid tools
  16. My buddy has a rigid 10" tile saw. For the price you can't beat it.

    I have an old Miller tile/brick saw. It's a great SOLID saw. Damn thing has to come in over 100 lbs. So needless to say it's not my favorite thing to haul around & set up.

    I have been looking at getting something smaller/lighter and a little more portable. I'm thinking either the 10" rigid or the 7" MK.
  17. Mark Brown

    Mark Brown On The Surface Flooring I Support TFP

    the folding attached stand on the rigid sold me. It's a quality tool.... God it hurts to say that
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  18. I always wanted “the Beast” I thought Lackmond made it for them because the same exact saw was green I saw at coverings or surfaces. I do have the 7 which is good for smaller jobs. So both then a bridge saw may envelope 99% of tile installs.
  19. kwfloors

    kwfloors Fuzz on the brain Charter Member Senior Member

    I always wanted a Target tile saw, bought a Qep and then sold it 5 years later. Then bought one on ebay for a $200 bill. China offtake of the Qep but works enough for me as I only am doing my tile and loaning it out.
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  20. I have an old Qep 10" bridge saw I very rarely use. For the money it wasn't a bad saw. Just didn't have all the water containment equipment the saws have now. She's a sloppy one.

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