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Hello. I am curious how many people have the V18 line of Milwaukee tools and are having problems with the batteries? I have warrantied two all ready and now the two I warrantied less than a year ago are starting to acted up. I took them to an authorized repair center they told me they have been charged 56 times and then wouldn't warranty them without a receipt.

Also does anyone know if this is the reason that Milwaukee has seemed to abandoned this line of tools?

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They went straight to M18 because their V18 was not working well. This is what the rep told me at a show. It seems that when they move to a new line the old line gets left out to dry. That is why I stick with the Makita LXT line...no major changes for 5 years with Li-ion.
 

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I have 6 - V18 batteries and 4 chargers. These are NiCd's. I assume that is what you are asking about. They were replaced as a part of the recall. I have the 14.4v , 4 of them, all the replacements are fine and the have a 5yr warranty. The repair ctr. telling you is BS, they date code on the battery is the default if you do not have a receipt. Call Milwaukee CS. You can also buy the new LiI batt.for V18 tools . The German and USA made Milwaukee cordless are some of the best tools that were made and better than the Chinese Milwaukee tools now sold. The LiI/NiCd charger is different, about $35 at amazon.
 

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Sorry I didn't specify I have the Lithium Ion batteries. They work great at first but over time the performance is reduced. I will take a fully charged battery of the charger put it in say my SDS or sazall and ten to 20 seconds later the fuel gauge shows its dead.

I made the decision to buy Milwaukee cause almost all of the tools where I work are Milwaukee, I have used them for years, they were reverse compatible with they nicd's. Now I wish I had went with Makita Lithium Ion.
 

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I have 24v Ridgid LiI tools that are good overall,except for he recip saw and impact[I do not own that in 24v, the 18v nicd I have is very good , same tool as the Milwaukee]Ridgid does not make a good recip saw in any version, they versions are usually not as well made as Milwaukee's. They both are made by TTI, and they had issues with the LiI cell early on. I would contact Milwaukee. The 24v , 4, batts I have have all worked well as they are the second gen. version. The advantage of the Ridgid batts. is that they have lifetime replacement.
 

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Milwaukee cordless tools suck as does the warranty service. They won't even honor the written warranty. I had two chargers fail after about 1-1/2 years, they wouldn't honor the warranty even though the written warranty is 5 years. I had several other issues with them.

Bottom line, they define any failure after the tool has been used as wear related and will not warranty it. They told me the 5 year warranty is that the tool is guaranteed to not be DOA for 5 years after the sale. That means, if you open the box and try to start the tool after 4-1/2 years, it's covered but if you open the tool the day you bought it, use the tool for a few minutes, the warranty has expired.

Milwaukee is now the same company as Ryobi. ITT, the owner of Ryobi bought Milwaukee a couple years back.

A bad battery can destroy a charger, then that charger will destroy any subsequent battery plugged into it then those batteries will destroy any charger they get plugged into. You will destroy all your batteries and chargers without knowing it and there is no warranty.

Sorry for your problems but Milwaukee, a once great tool company, SUCKS.
 

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We have a boat load of Milwaukee 18v and 28v cordless at the shop and out on jobs, all the tools have been going strong for a long time now any problems have all been battery issues.
 

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Sorry,

If I were you I would sell the milwaukee cordless sh$t and get the Makita LXT 18v 3.0ah line. I've got the drill, impact, circular saw and recipricating saw all of my batteries, chargers and tool have been completely trouble free after one year of hard use.
 

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Milwaukee cordless tools suck as does the warranty service. They won't even honor the written warranty. I had two chargers fail after about 1-1/2 years, they wouldn't honor the warranty even though the written warranty is 5 years. I had several other issues with them.

Bottom line, they define any failure after the tool has been used as wear related and will not warranty it. They told me the 5 year warranty is that the tool is guaranteed to not be DOA for 5 years after the sale. That means, if you open the box and try to start the tool after 4-1/2 years, it's covered but if you open the tool the day you bought it, use the tool for a few minutes, the warranty has expired.

Milwaukee is now the same company as Ryobi. ITT, the owner of Ryobi bought Milwaukee a couple years back.

A bad battery can destroy a charger, then that charger will destroy any subsequent battery plugged into it then those batteries will destroy any charger they get plugged into. You will destroy all your batteries and chargers without knowing it and there is no warranty.

Sorry for your problems but Milwaukee, a once great tool company, SUCKS.

Well , the new batteries I have gotten due to the recall, 6- 18v's, 4- 14.4v's all have improved the performance. They sent a call tag, all replaced n/c within 10 days. Never had any of my 7 cordless Milwaukee tools break either. They did have some charger issues years ago. They replaced the problem ones n/c. Do not leave NiCd's on the chargers after the cycle is done. I also use a fan with any cordless charging. Some of the milwaukee cordless tools I have are over 15years old.

TTI buyout was not a good thing but to say they "suck" is extreme. Makita is not always the best to deal with either. Who is even making power tools in the USA anymore? They all basically have moved manuf. outside this country.
 

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Milwaukee cordless tools suck as does the warranty service. They won't even honor the written warranty. I had two chargers fail after about 1-1/2 years, they wouldn't honor the warranty even though the written warranty is 5 years. I had several other issues with them.

Bottom line, they define any failure after the tool has been used as wear related and will not warranty it. They told me the 5 year warranty is that the tool is guaranteed to not be DOA for 5 years after the sale. That means, if you open the box and try to start the tool after 4-1/2 years, it's covered but if you open the tool the day you bought it, use the tool for a few minutes, the warranty has expired.

Sorry for your problems but Milwaukee, a once great tool company, SUCKS.

Sorry you had bad experiences with Milwaukee. I have had nothing but good luck. And good experiences with their warranty.

To me it sounds like it may be an issue with your repair center? and or sales rep. Try calling the sales rep directly and speaking with him. I know that ours has gone above and beyond to help us in the past.

Although I am seeing changes now since they were bought out. Sadly I dont think they are even made in milwaukee anymore.
 
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