Author Topic: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?  (Read 1876 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Bob D.

  • Retailer
  • *
  • Posts: 2953
    • My Cordless Workshop
What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« on: September 05, 2022, 09:10 AM »
This was mine. Purchased in 1983 at Hankins lumber yard a few blocks from my house which also had a hardware store.
I remember I walked down there as it was only 5 blocks away which I often did. Two houses later I am no where near enough to anything to walk. Hankins is still there but now a 10 minute drive away and the next place to go is half way across the county to HD or Lowes that are both over 14 miles away.

That little Skil Screwdriver It's long gone but I did use it for many years. Very limited in what it could do with it's small size and battery it did not develop wrist-breaking torque and the RPM as I remember was slow (<200 RPM ) by today's standard. But it could drive a screw and especially handy when working in locations where being able to use a larger corded drill with a screw bit would be difficult. I liked the small size as you could stuff it in a pocket when working on a ladder and being small it weighed next to nothing.

It had an internal ni-cad battery and when that died it was over. I think it cost less than $40 IIRC.

Back in 2016 I was straightening up my files and manuals in the shop and came across the manual for it so I grabbed a couple photos before I tossed the manual in the trash.

I don't remember what my next cordless tool was but I don't think I bought any until many years later, probably around 2003. I just didn't have a need for cordless tools. Now they are my preferred choice.

So what was your first cordless tool?
-----
It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?

Festool USA does not pre-approve the contents of this website nor endorse the application or use of any Festool product in any way other than in the manner described in the Festool Instruction Manual. To reduce the risk of serious injury and/or damage to your Festool product, always read, understand and follow all warnings and instructions in your Festool product's Instruction Manual. Although Festool strives for accuracy in the website material, the website may contain inaccuracies. Festool makes no representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness or timeliness of the material on this website or about the results to be obtained from using the website. Festool and its affiliates cannot be responsible for improper postings or your reliance on the website's material. Your use of any material contained on this website is entirely at your own risk. The content contained on this site is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute professional advice.


Offline WastedP

  • Posts: 398
Re: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2022, 09:30 AM »
It was one of these.  My father bought it when we were building our house, which was dried in the night before a three inch blanket of Mt. St. Helens ash made it that far inland.

It was not a good drill.  My brother and I ended up using the Fiskars hand drill more, which is technically cordless, but fully manual.

Offline afish

  • Posts: 1415
Re: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2022, 09:31 AM »
Mine was a makita right angle 7.2v back around 1991 I worked on cars 12v systems so at the time, for getting in tight places and taking apart car interiors it was the only and best tool available.  It is long gone as well.

Offline Packard

  • Posts: 1527
Re: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2022, 09:33 AM »
Circa 1978 ?


Offline Crazyraceguy

  • Posts: 1843
Re: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2022, 09:47 AM »
Mine was a makita right angle 7.2v back around 1991 I worked on cars 12v systems so at the time, for getting in tight places and taking apart car interiors it was the only and best tool available.  It is long gone as well.

Mine was a very similar situation, a couple of years later, in a bodyshop. It was not the right angle unit though, just the regular one with the stick battery in the handle. It was slow, gutless and had a keyed chuck. At that time, I much preferred to use a 1/4" drive air-ratchet or a "butterfly" style impact. I wish I would have been able to get ahold of a modern impact driver with the 1/4" hex and bit assortment like we have now.
CSX
DF500 + assortment set
PS420 + Base kit
OF1010
OF1010F
OF1400
MFK700 (2)
TS55, FS1080, FS1400 holey, FS1900, FS3000
CT26E + Workshop cleaning set
RO90
RO125
ETS EC 125
RAS115
ETS 125 (2)
TS75
Shaper Origin/Workstation
MFT clamps set
Installers set
Centrotech organizer set

Offline Cheese

  • Posts: 9998
Re: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2022, 01:51 PM »
For me it was a Milwaukee 12V drill 0401-1 circa late 80's. A measly 156 in/lbs of torque...that's only 13 ft lbs.  [eek]

But in a similar vein, here are the first battery powered tools, a Milwaukee Hole Hawg & Milwaukee Sawzall. And yes, that's a lead acid battery in the metal box.




Offline Mark Katz

  • Posts: 98
Re: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2022, 01:59 PM »
This was mine, maybe a slightly different model, somewhere in the 1990s. It's still working today with new replacement batteries.

Offline RussellS

  • Posts: 343
Re: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2022, 04:16 PM »

Offline Packard

  • Posts: 1527
Re: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2022, 04:19 PM »
An awful lot of appliances and pieces of equipment are no longer engineered to be repaired.

I suspect that many are engineered so that they cannot be repaired. 

Offline Bob D.

  • Retailer
  • *
  • Posts: 2953
    • My Cordless Workshop
Re: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2022, 04:23 PM »
For me it was a Milwaukee 12V drill 0401-1 circa late 80's. A measly 156 in/lbs of torque...that's only 13 ft lbs.  [eek]

But in a similar vein, here are the first battery powered tools, a Milwaukee Hole Hawg & Milwaukee Sawzall. And yes, that's a lead acid battery in the metal box.

(Attachment Link)

Looking at that photo I am going to say 50s or maybe early 60s. Galvanized screw pipe for water lines went out a long time ago. Almost the worst product you could install, kind of like aluminum wiring. Just a bad idea from the git-go.
-----
It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?

Offline pixelated

  • Posts: 374
Re: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2022, 04:28 PM »
I bought a cordless drill sometime around 1978, probably a Black & Decker, or a Skill perhaps, don’t remember. I bought mostly for doing car fixing things, I lived in a one room efficiency apartment at the time, so it seemed better than dealing with an extension cord. It didn’t work all that well, very low RPM, not much torque, and the battery life was pretty short.
It put me off on considering any cordless tool as being worthwhile for a long time. Times have changed, nowadays
I’d rather be cordless. My little 12v recip. saw can do just about anything my big corded Milwaukee can do, without all its weight and size. Though it will go through the charge in the battery pretty quick if you are pushing it.

Offline Richard/RMW

  • Posts: 2371
Re: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2022, 06:10 PM »
Dewalt 12v pistol drill, so I could repair the parking-lot-tree-surround-bench thing I whacked with my bumper, circa 1995. Landlord was an acquaintance.

Started me out on the 12-18-20v journey I'm still on today, proving the sales approach of hooking 'em when they are starting out.

RMW
As of 10/17 I am out of the Dog business and pursuing other distractions. Thanks for a fun ride!

Offline Claimdude

  • Posts: 444
Re: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2022, 06:57 PM »
Makita 7.2v drill. Used it in the body shop where I worked. Somewhere around 1979.


Offline Cheese

  • Posts: 9998
Re: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2022, 09:31 PM »
Looking at that photo I am going to say 50s or maybe early 60s. Galvanized screw pipe for water lines went out a long time ago. Almost the worst product you could install, kind of like aluminum wiring. Just a bad idea from the git-go.

I'm with you Bob, I was thinking circa mid to late 50's looking at the clothing. The galvanized is a great clue as our house is full of galvanized which I'm methodically eliminating...our house was built in 1952. Consequently I've been spending my pension on copper. [big grin]

Thankfully, no aluminum wire was installed as that would have been the last straw, although I think that was a 60's-70's thing?

Offline thudchkr

  • Posts: 206
Re: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2022, 07:11 AM »
My first was one of the 9.6V Milwaukee drills. And, according to this listing, https://www.ebay.com/itm/124269740992?chn=ps&mkevt=1&mkcid=28 , you can have one too. The chuck key had a mounting location up in the body of the tool. Needless to say, mine was retired when the batteries gave out. Not a lot of power, but not entirely gutless.  I think I stlll have it around somewhere.
« Last Edit: September 06, 2022, 07:14 AM by thudchkr »
Clint

Offline derekcohen

  • Posts: 618
    • In The Woodshop
Re: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« Reply #15 on: September 06, 2022, 07:34 AM »
This was mine, maybe a slightly different model, somewhere in the 1990s. It's still working today with new replacement batteries.
(Attachment Link)

12v Panasonic. Purchased around 1990. Still have it and use it!



Supplemented now by a couple of Festools (C12 Li-iron and PDC 18/4 Plus), but the old Panasonic is amazing. More power than the C12.

There is a story here. I needed to purchase a new drill, and the choice was the Panasonic and a Festool, both top of the heap drills. I had tennis elbow at the time, which made it difficult to hold a drill without pain. The Panasonic won out as it was the more ergonomic and better balanced of the two drills.

Regards from Perth

Derek
Visit www.inthewoodshop.com for tutorials on joinery, hand tools, and my trials and tribulations with furniture builds.

Offline cpw

  • Posts: 365
Re: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« Reply #16 on: September 06, 2022, 08:19 AM »
I bought a $30 Ryobi ONE+ cordless drill with a battery and charger in 2007 as a Father's day special.  I found it so much more convenient than a corded drill or doing things by hadn, that I bought myself another one, and one for my dad and 3 brothers in law.

Unfortunately, they kept the price similar but then just value engineered it to be worse in later years.  Instead of having the 2 bits held in well on the side, they added poor magnets.  Instead of a regular charger, they have a slow trickle charger with a brick and thin gauge wire.

It took a beating getting dropped off ladders, etc. and still worked.  It is much is much heavier than more recent offerings, which was really only noticeable after getting used to a newer drill.    The ONE+ line has good variety and they do keep the batteries compatible, but at this point all my cordless is 20V Dewalt or 18V Festool.

Offline Mike Goetzke

  • Posts: 911
Re: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« Reply #17 on: September 06, 2022, 09:17 AM »
Mine was a Craftsman cordless screwdriver. Must have been close to 40 years ago. I remember going to my SIL's house for Christmas Eve and brought it with to help assembly the kids toys. I couldn't believe to comments and harassment I got from my two BIL's after I pulled it out. Heck to be an early adapter!


Offline Bob D.

  • Retailer
  • *
  • Posts: 2953
    • My Cordless Workshop
Re: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« Reply #18 on: September 06, 2022, 09:56 AM »
Mine was a Craftsman cordless screwdriver. Must have been close to 40 years ago. I remember going to my SIL's house for Christmas Eve and brought it with to help assembly the kids toys. I couldn't believe to comments and harassment I got from my two BIL's after I pulled it out. Heck to be an early adapter!

(Attachment Link)

How long was it before they had one? :-)
-----
It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?

Offline woodbutcherbower

  • Posts: 436
Re: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« Reply #19 on: September 06, 2022, 11:26 AM »
Mine was a DeWalt combi drill in 2006. I guess I showed up late to the cordless party compared to some of you guys. Now fully upgraded to the Hilti 22v platform, and have been for 6-7 years. Solid, crazy-reliable, and their customer service is stellar.

Offline Peter Halle

  • Global Moderator
  • *
  • Posts: 12559
  • No Power Tools Required
Re: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« Reply #20 on: September 06, 2022, 04:15 PM »
Mine was a Makita cordless drill in the 1983-1984 range.  Mine was one that had a permanent battery - not a removable one.

Peter

Offline Crazyraceguy

  • Posts: 1843
Re: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« Reply #21 on: September 06, 2022, 05:29 PM »
Makita 7.2v drill. Used it in the body shop where I worked. Somewhere around 1979.

That's the one.
CSX
DF500 + assortment set
PS420 + Base kit
OF1010
OF1010F
OF1400
MFK700 (2)
TS55, FS1080, FS1400 holey, FS1900, FS3000
CT26E + Workshop cleaning set
RO90
RO125
ETS EC 125
RAS115
ETS 125 (2)
TS75
Shaper Origin/Workstation
MFT clamps set
Installers set
Centrotech organizer set

Offline Lincoln

  • Posts: 276
Re: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« Reply #22 on: September 06, 2022, 05:52 PM »
Festo 12v drill/driver, about 1995.

Offline rst

  • Posts: 2814
Re: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« Reply #23 on: September 07, 2022, 12:59 PM »
Black and Decker cordless drills in early 80's.  Then 9.6v  Makitas, Freud 14v drill, 14v Makitas, 12 Milwaukee, 18v Milwaukee, now Festool CSX and 18v, 18v Metabo, 18v Fein, 24v Flex, Metabo HPT

Offline luvmytoolz

  • Posts: 131
Re: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« Reply #24 on: September 07, 2022, 05:37 PM »
The good old 7.2v Makita, so tough you could drop it from a roof and it would laugh at you!

Was pretty expensive as I recall though, as most tools were back then.

Offline Laminator

  • Posts: 377
Re: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« Reply #25 on: September 07, 2022, 08:41 PM »
Porter Cable (Metabo) 9.6v two speed cordless drill. Best I remember it was 400\1200 rpm non variable speed but it did have a brake. It worked well until the ni-cad batteries wore out. Purchased in 1984.

Offline RJNeal

  • Posts: 590
Re: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« Reply #26 on: September 07, 2022, 10:21 PM »
A Snap-On 9 volt drill. Wow didn’t last long. Weak and the battery wouldn’t last long.
Have you walked your saw today?

Offline Bertotti

  • Posts: 368
Re: What Was Your First Cordless Tool?
« Reply #27 on: September 10, 2022, 07:38 AM »
As a newer home owner many years ago I bought the firestorm cordless’s kit, drill and various other battery stuff. Framing my basement over taxes it pretty fast and Ridgid was just releasing their first 18v kit so I bout it and it is still running great.
I want to populate SD with trees because I miss the forests of the river bottoms.