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Recently DeWalts begun releasing their 18V line in kits complete with vehicle chargers, and this strikes us as a great idea.  How often have you found yourself using your drill where there’s no power at all available?  That is one of the major benefits of cordless tools, right?  Though you’ve (almost) always been able to purchase vehicle chargers, now you can just purchase a kit that includes one from the start.

This particular kit includes one 18V XRP hammerdrill — with some nice specs, by the way:

  • Three speed settings: 0-450, 0-1500, and 0-2000 RPM and 0-7650, 0-25,500, and 0-34,000 BPM
  • Twenty-two clutch settings
  • 1/2″ chuck

It also includes two 18V XRP batteries, a 360-degree side handle for the hammerdrill, a one-hour vehicle charger, and a heavy-duty kit box.

Street pricing starts around $325.

Heavy-Duty XRP 18V Cordless Hammerdrill Kit w/Vehicle Charger [DeWalt]
Street Pricing [Froogle]


One Response to Finds: DeWalt’s 18V Cordless Hammerdrill Kit w/Vehicle Charger

  1. Myself says:

    Of course they say the charger will cut out before it flattens your vehicle’s battery too much, but that’s not always the case. In cold weather, a battery might put out enough voltage that the charger is happy, but when you go to crank the engine, it can’t deliver the amps to turn over the starter. Uh oh! Lead-acid batteries are very temperature sensitive.

    To avoid that, you could leave the engine running while charging a pack, which is wasteful and noisy (and invites drive-off vehicle theft). Or you could get a portable power-pack unit and either run the charger from that (which adds another layer of indirection and inefficiency as the power gets from the alternator to the tool) or keep it in reserve in case the engine won’t start (probably the best option). Just remember to recharge it regularly!

    Or, if you’re doing enough work in the middle of nowhere to justify a vehicle charger in the first place, you might want to invest in a serious solar panel. Not the little 2-watt “battery maintainer” suction-cup jobbie, but a real 70 or 80 watt panel. With a battery, charge controller, and some basic angle-iron framing, you can clone the SolarOne Harvester for about 1/4 the cost. Park the unit away from any shade, and forget ever having to idle your vehicle for power. I’ve seen large solar power trailers that completely replace jobsite generators!

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