Looks like i can remove the brake and grind the body down enough to make the shaft protrude out enough.
I personally have not noticed this with the dewalt batteries. I use the drill for work at times as well so both battery packs are in a rotation.I can't believe how the time's gone by on this thread. Any one starting to get old battery syndrome, i.e. it used to go a lot further before depleting?
Like most everything else age tends to take its toll on things. I have not really cycled my batteries through multiple rapid charge discharge cycles so I could not say if that would be detrimental to the cells. Mine have a 2018 date on them and have been used mainly with the ascenders. I have used it a time or two as a real tool but still have not pushed them very hard at all.39, my batteries are a bit down or I seem to think so. I was wire wheeling some stuff and killed two full charges. Maybe I was just too aggressive. Calendar age 2014 6 years about