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Craftsman drill driver not recharging.

Can you assist me with:my rechargeable Craftsman drill driver battery charger base stopped charging up the nicad batteries. Drill driver model no. 973111430.

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I got my original set of 4 power tools with 2 Nicad batteries over 10 years ago, and those two batteries performed great. About a year ago I was having trouble and I took them into the Sears service center. They told me the charger and the batteries were bad. I bought a refurbished drill that had a Lithium ion battery, then bought 2 new nicads, so now I had the newer charger cabable of doing both nicads and Lithium ions. I also bought a set of 4 tools with 2 nicad batteries as a present for my son-in-law as a present. Neither of us gets any use out of our nicad batteries. My Lithium ion battery works fine, but between us we have 4 nicad batteries that are worthless. My son-in-law's tool system is virtually useless to him because of these poor batteries. All tools and batteries under discussion are 19.2 volts. I have added numerous other tools to my system and am very satisfied with the tools, but the nicad batteries are awful. The Sears service center in our town has just closed down.
by Manage My Life
March 22nd, 2013
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Sam A
Thank you for your question on the battery charger for you cordless drill.

If you have not replaced the battery from the original purchase it could be the battery as well as the charger.

The batteries will eventually age out and no longer accept a charge.

It the battery has been replaced you will need to replace the charger which is much cheaper that replacing the battery.

The part number for the replacement charger is: 11049 for about $20.00.

I hope this will help.

Thank you for using Manage My Life.

Sam A.
by Sam A Earned 707 community points in Tools
August 25th, 2011
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I am a former Sears tool associate. This could be one of two very different problems. Either the charger is bad and needs replaced or you have a bad battery. If you are getting a partial charge with a shortened battery life, then the nicad battery most likely hase developed a "memory." This usually happens when a partially discharged battery is recharged or stored away in a partially discharged state. To prvent the memory, it is always best to completel discharge the battery before recharging or storing. Case in point, I have a Craftsman 19.2 combo kit with 7 year old batteries and an 11 year old Dewalt 12v drill. All the battery packs still hold a great charge.

If you are getting no charge at all, then you probably should replace the charger itself. Best way to test is if you have afriend with the same size battery that you know works, try charging that on the charger. If it charges a known good battery then you have a problem with the battery. If not, then it is the charger. Hope this helps.
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August 22nd, 2011
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August 22nd, 2011
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