Okay. This post is not very zen. Then again, if zen was easy, everyone would be. Always.
Some days things just don’t go your way. Today is that day.
You know that wood is my passion. Or at least one of them. It normally takes me to a calm place where I kind of lose myself in the moment. And the satisfaction I get from creating things that are either useful or beautiful is unmatched by nearly anything else in my life.
If you’d have asked me yesterday (and I’m sure if you ask me tomorrow) I would have told you that cordless tools are the best thing since electricity. Then yesterday.
I have a cordless reciprocating saw. Great tool. It is so nice to be able to just grab the tool anywhere without worrying about a cord. Take it out in the woods and cut off a branch, quick cut off a board anywhere – up on a roof, down by the pond. Great tool. When it works.
Then you get into the situation where the battery isn’t working. And is it because the battery isn’t working? Or is it something else. By the way, that is an argument for making sure that all your battery powered tools are made by the same manufacturer and use the same batteries. Then you can move from one to another to test this sort of thing. To say nothing of having spare batteries if things do go awry.
So on with my tale of woe. Go to grab the saw, only to find out that the battery is dead(?), and that the other one is too. Put one in the charger and keep myself busy for a while until there was some charge. Tried again, no go. Move on to the other battery. Same thing.
Now I have to wonder, did two batteries go to hell at the same time? Seems odd. Or did the charger suddenly go on the fritz? That seems like a good bet, but how the hell (ommm ommm) do you check it? (If I had another tool kit by the same outfit…)
I’ve been down this road before. Buy this, then that, then the other. Maybe it’s not the batteries or the charger. Maybe the tool is bad.
Anyway – light at the end of the tunnel. Now is the time to change over to lithium. They are definitely better choices when it comes to cordless tools. The batteries are stronger, they charge faster, they hold a charge longer in storage, in short they are all around better pieces of equipment.
But. They cost like it too. And how do you justify spending that kind of money on a new tool when you have an older version that is doing the job just fine.
Until it isn’t.