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Dewalt DC385 runs good for about a minute then slows to a stop. Battery is fully charged and when I remove it and put it in my drill it works fine. any ideas?

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posible motor problem, the built in magnetic ring in the motor may broken inside or just to much dust in it. advice when replacing motor also replace th switch for the cost $132.00 plus tax canadian. thanx

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if you use it every day, it would be normal for the battery to be at the end of its life. ni cads are usually good for 300 charges/discharges

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I would have to think the motor, what does it sound like? Do you notice a burning odor, If you are not careful it might short out the new battery. Let me know and I will see what I can do

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Are batteries for the dewalt cordless drill interchangeable? Will an 18 volt battery fit in a 12 volt drill?

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SOURCE: I have a Dewalt DC385 Reciprocating saw, when I

I would look at the battery contacts first for burnt/discolored contact, if so clean with something like a pencil eraser, look at the contacts on the tool also. If these are acceptable then I would think a loose wire inside the handle area is causing. Before disassembly hold tool level and GENTLY tap with a soft hammer to see if you can get it to work and that would be a first indication of a bad connection

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I experienced the same problem with 18V Dewalt nano li-ion battery. Was fully charged, came to work- Dead!!! I was lucky I had spare one, so then i was ok, but anyways had to buy a new one. Check on these things:
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