I'd have to carry the generator or air compressor (I have the air tools and compressor) a heck of a long ways across some real ankle breaker land. Might be able to leave the genny where I park my boat, but that's a long hike.
Also, I wouldn't be using the cordless enough to keep the battery in good shape in the off season. Even with the drawbacks, this is looking like the best idea so far of I cannot find a gas powered rig.
Besides, I know someone I can sell a gas powered hammer drill to if I find one.
Well since this is RCM I can not help but ask why not make one ? I doubt It would be all that hard to remove the gear box from an old electric rotary hammer and couple that to a weed eater motor ? Luck Ken Cutt
Yeah, about 1990. Same time Ryobi discontinued several other gas powered tools. They're kind of scarce these days, and the cordless hammer drills are lighter, more convenient, and don't have a hot muffler to deal with, so the ones that are still around are sort of ignored.
Can't beat them for specialty situations, though.
Some other companies also made them, but I haven't chased down the names.
Now, if you want to swing by for some salmon and halibut fishing, I might be able to set you up. (Unfortunatly, I'm usually turning 7/12's during the fishing and hunting season, so I couldn't join you.) (Dammit)
Tanaka is the cheapest that I have been able to find. Havent used one though. Skil builds a geology grade one that costs more than my car (old car). Seems that you can get a standard pakage for about $ 700 usd here:
I have an el-cheapo solar battery charger (the ones you plug into a cig lighter socket, and sit in your dash to keep your car battery topped off with) that I have hard wired to a deep cycle battery, the batt is connected to a 300 watt inverter. The inverter is hooked to an outlet strip (power strip like the kind most folks use to plug their computer gear to). I have 3 of those 14.4V tool battery chargers plugged into the power strip which allows me to keep 3 batterys charging at all times. Total cost for this set up including the 3 extra tool batterys was just under $175.
This set-up allows me to work all day, and the tool battery chargers (all three together) draws very little current, YMMV.
BTW, I'm using the "Black & Decker 14.4V Firestorm Combo set" Which was one of the best damn investments I have ever made in a set of power tools. (I paid $150 for the set at Wal-Mart)