First the charger went, then the batteries died, and then before I could buy replacements the company then switched to the 18V format and dropped all product support for the 14.4V line.
I purchased a new 18 Volt drill from another manufacturer in protest but it really wasnÃÂ¢Ã¢ÂÂ¬Ã¢ÂÂ¢t as good as my old one, the chuck slips when drilling and the drill clutch doesnÃÂ¢Ã¢ÂÂ¬Ã¢ÂÂ¢t seem to handle torque well.
So how to resuscitate my old tools cheaply?
I had two 18V batteries and chargers from other tools and when I jumped them to the 14.4V tools they seemed to run okay. The challenge then was to convert a 14.4V battery into an adaptor.
Step 1: Step 1 Salvage
Step 3: Step 3 , Glue the terminals back in
Note the polarities carefully!!!!!!
I use common plastic seals-everything glue as itâs also waterproof and serves as a good insulator
Step 4: Step 4 Solder in a clip to attach to the new battery
Step 5: Step 5 Cutting the base to fit the new battery
Step 6: Step 6 Reassemble and glue on something to hold them together
Glue on some salvaged hook and loop fastener strapping.
This pic shows the new battery clipped to the adaptor but not yet inserted
Step 7: Step 7 Insert battery into adaptor
You may need to cut the hole a wee bit wider than than the battery's neck to allow the clip to pass.
Fasten the straps to hold it together