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Thread: Anyone used the Aldi cordless drills ?

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    Anyone used the Aldi cordless drills ?

    Firstly, I don't use a cordless drill very often so can't justify spending hundreds of dollars.

    About 20years ago I purchased a 14.4V Ryobi (made in Japan back then), fixed speeds one battery. It still works (just) even though it uses a NiCad battery.

    About 15 years ago I got a 14.4V Black & Decker. About 5 or 6 years ago the battery life started to drop off so I purchased another B&D when Bunnings were taking them off the shelves, I did this just to score two battery packs (I have an unused drill in a box somewhere).
    Discharging before re-charging has given a good battery life but they are now reaching the end of their lives.

    I went to the B&D shop in Mooroolbark and they have replacement batteries but.....they are old stock because they are an old design plus they don't use NiCad's any longer.

    Anyway, back to the question.....anyone had a good experience with Aldi cordless drills ?
    They have a 20V, brushless, 2-speed for about $90 with charger & one battery. It was on special last week but some stores still seem to have them.

    My other option is an aftermarket NiCad battery for the B&D. It's a good drill and does what I want so maybe that's a better option ??
    I could also get the B&D battery packs 're-populated' but I think that's an expensive option.


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    Can't comment on Aldi drills, but their other gear is fine. I would just buy new batteries for your old drill if it was me.
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    good stuff.

    I bought the kit with the driver rattle gun and dtrill 3 years ago to deal with 6 bolts and one hole.

    the drill died first but Im not complaining, I lent it to someone and they ran over it.

    The rattle gun has been going for 3ish years and has been used at plant and heavy truck level repairs.

    still running the first batteries.

    (dont buy the bits or sockets from aldi)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blknight.aus View Post
    good stuff.

    I bought the kit with the driver rattle gun and dtrill 3 years ago to deal with 6 bolts and one hole.

    the drill died first but Im not complaining, I lent it to someone and they ran over it.

    (dont buy the bits or sockets from aldi)
    Died, or was killed!?

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    yep

    I bought the 18v percussion model with 2 batteries

    my B&D batteries had died and it would have cost a fortune to refit and they had changed the mount so couldnt just buy new batteries.

    it was cheap and its proven itself.

    I was given one of those garden augers and have used it a lot for that

    has plenty of grunt and easily puts a 13mm drill through metal

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    No, but I love Ozito brushless drills from Bunnings , Bags of torque with a metal gearbox . Ive got 4 now, I thought I'd stock up because good stuff like that is gone next time you want one. My stash should last forever. Make sure you pay a bit more for the brushless, the brushed version looks the same but is crap. The brushless kit inc fast charger and battery is $90 ish

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    Side thought at 9.6v it should be packed with sub C cell nicads.

    hit the jaycar site and if a set of 8 is cheap enough for you and you want to catch up I can look at doing a repack for you. I've got a trade card with jaycar so if its over something like $50 for the batteries I get a discount on them too. If you'd like the sub C's are cheap as chips on ebay get a set from there and I'll still do the fit up for you.
    Dave

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    Got an Aldi brushless today, also got a 4.0AH battery along with the 2.0AH & charger
    We'll see how it goes....


    Colin
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    Well I took the drill back today and got it replaced, then I found out it was the 4.0AH battery pack that was the 'problem' !!

    There are two buttons on the drill, Forward & Reverse. If you don't use the drill for 5 minutes it 'goes to sleep', to wake it up press the Forward & Reverse buttons at the same time.
    Seemed OK initially then rather than going to sleep it seemed to go into a coma !
    The only way to turn it on was to unplug the battery, wait a few seconds then re-insert then press Forward & Reverse and all was well.

    Replacement seemed to be OK (but I did only wait 6 or 7 minutes) tried later in the day and it was comatose again !

    The 4.0AH battery has a digital readout to let you know the percentage of charge left. Pressed the button, display lit up and then pressing the Forward & Reverse buttons brought the drill back to life.......doesn't happen with the 2.0AH battery pack so it seems the 4.0AH pack also goes to sleep !

    I'm seriously considering buying an aftermarket battery for the old Black & Decker....press the button and the drill operates, simples.


    Colin
    '56 Series 1 with homemade welder
    '65 Series IIa Dormobile
    '70 SIIa GS
    '76 SIII 88" (Isuzu C240)
    '81 SIII FFR
    '95 Defender Tanami
    '60 SII 109 ute (gone)
    Motorcycles :-
    Vincent Rapide, Panther M100, Norton BIG4, Electra & Navigator, Matchless G80C

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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    Well I took the drill back today and got it replaced, then I found out it was the 4.0AH battery pack that was the 'problem' !!

    There are two buttons on the drill, Forward & Reverse. If you don't use the drill for 5 minutes it 'goes to sleep', to wake it up press the Forward & Reverse buttons at the same time.
    Seemed OK initially then rather than going to sleep it seemed to go into a coma !
    The only way to turn it on was to unplug the battery, wait a few seconds then re-insert then press Forward & Reverse and all was well.

    Replacement seemed to be OK (but I did only wait 6 or 7 minutes) tried later in the day and it was comatose again !

    The 4.0AH battery has a digital readout to let you know the percentage of charge left. Pressed the button, display lit up and then pressing the Forward & Reverse buttons brought the drill back to life.......doesn't happen with the 2.0AH battery pack so it seems the 4.0AH pack also goes to sleep !

    I'm seriously considering buying an aftermarket battery for the old Black & Decker....press the button and the drill operates, simples.


    Colin
    thats a fault in the battery pack design which is intended to prevent the batteries from over discharging on the earlier dumb skins.
    Dave

    "In a Landrover the other vehicle is your crumple zone."

    For spelling call Rogets, for mechanicing call me.

    Fozzy, 2.25D SIII Ex DCA Ute
    TDI D1(parting/ed)
    Tdi autoManual d1 (Kept it for the girlfriend)
    Archaeopteryx 1990 6x6 dual cab(This things staying)


    If you've benefited from one or more of my posts please remember, your taxes paid for my skill sets, I'm just trying to make sure you get your monies worth.
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