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  1. As usual, at work with only a Gerber multitool on my person. Waiting to pick up machine guns and my phone needed a charge but the Durastar "deuce" cigarette lighter hasn't worked for at least a year, so some basic troubleshooting was in order. Checked the fuse and swapped it out with another 15A fuse from the panel: nothing. Removed the trim and a storage compartment just above the lighter and checked the connections: all was good. Removed the lighter, disassembled it, and found some oxidation on the housing and internal components; cleaned, reassembled and put it back: success! Now I'm streaming the Jason Ellis Show on SiriusXM and browsing the web while using my DeWalt inverter to charge the phone.
  2. Pack out prices

    I agree that they are priced too high. It took me a while to jump on board the Tough System bandwagon, and that was only after they released the holiday combo last year. The 20" Packout tote and the rolling tool box each cost more than I paid for either my Ridgid or Tough System combos, and the small tool box costs the same as the XL Tough System one. Both the Ridgid and DeWalt kind of blend in with a job site or garage and are easily camouflaged while these Milwaukee red boxes and totes scream for attention. LOOK, EXPENSIVE TOOLS INSIDE! Regardless, I'm sure they'll be popular with those who can afford them and who need this type of item. I'm a mere DIY'er and doubt I'll need most of my tools professionally in my next career, so the almost $500 stack shown will not come home with me unless I can find it on deep clearance at Home Depot.
  3. What tools did you buy today?

    For the price they're being offered for, I doubt it. I have enough red boxes between 4 of the 13" and 1 of the 26" job boxes.
  4. What tools did you buy today?

    My Tough System DS Carrier arrived yesterday. FedEx didn't drop it off at the rental office like normal, but fortunately it was outside my apartment when I got home. Nothing like having a big box that has DeWalt stickers on it and a description of the contents left unsecured! It's a good thing no one has smart phones that are capable of searching for the worth of the package left outside for over seven hours... I'll post some pictures whenever I have time, but the carrier is a beast! Knowing it was arriving yesterday, I picked up a DS400 XL box on Sunday, and was tempted to grab a DS150 (I have 3 or 4 DS130s). My experience with my first DS450 wheeled box was less than stellar, and the new one DeWalt sent under warranty hasn't been put through its paces yet, but the DS400 seems to be more stoutly built, and the carrier relatively indestructible as a means of transporting the system. Next up is one more large Ridgid box. That will complete two Ridgid modular box systems to supplement two complete DeWalt Tough Systems, with a few boxes of each brand left for miscellany. Now I just need to find time to actually use this stuff.
  5. HF Clones

    I can only figure that they want to compete against brands like Porter Cable (which the Bauer tools do slightly resemble) and Ryobi. I can see them putting a hurt on the former, but Ryobi has a much more diverse platform and outstanding value. It makes little sense to me, but I suppose HF wanted to sell a lithium powered line of tools at a decent price as well as attempt to cut into more premium markets.
  6. HF Clones

    So, I walked through HF earlier and they definitely have these displayed prominently. Besides the large display at the entrance, Hercules and Bauer also have end caps devoted to them, a couple of standalone displays, plenty of stock in the overheads, and their normal display in the power tool section. I picked up the drill for a few seconds and noted that while it feels pretty powerful, the rubber overmolding just feels off compared to that of every DeWalt tool I own (the number of which is starting to get ridiculous). As usual, I walked out after debating on the wooden work bench or the five drawer service cart. I never seem to have coupons on me, but rarely make a purchase even with one.
  7. HF Clones

    These do look decent, but I've yet to venture into HF to check them out. One thing that I think a lot of us tool aficionados are overlooking is the demographic of Harbor Freight's customers. While many of us may buy consumables, certain hardware, or tools that have positive reviews on one of the number of "Pass or Fail" threads and websites, the average Harbor Freight customer seems to enjoy their bargain prices and relative ease of shopping. Brands like DeWalt are featured at home improvement and hardware stores, but I'd bet that many HF shoppers spend little time in those. After all, though these tools are being compared to DeWalt, which we all know can be had for very little more at certain times of the year (not to even mention the added value of a combo kit), they are also competing against the myriad of lesser brands being sold elsewhere. So, Joe Consumer shops around for a new drill while avoiding the oftentimes busy and confusing (to those who only visit a handful of times each year) home improvement big box. He hits up the local hardware store, where he might see Craftsman, DeWalt, Milwaukee, or other brands at near full retail price (a local store near me sells the Flexvolt grinder kit for $379--the same one that is currently $249 at Home Depot). He then sees Bostitch and Black and Decker at Walmart, noting that the Bostitch is almost $100. Finally, he heads to Harbor Freight to claim his free measuring tape and use his 20% off coupon and notes a prominent display comparing their new cordless line to that DeWalt drill that cost $180 at the hardware store. He's seen how much cheaper they are on a lot of tools and has heard of or witnessed their liberal return/exchange policy, so he figures that these new cordless tools must be the "real deal". If they cost so much more than other HF tools and compare to DeWalt in terms of performance, they must be super premium by Harbor Freight standards and far surpass all of the off-brands and cheaper brands sold elsewhere for the same price. I stalked a DCK286D2 kit for a few weeks while in Drill Sergeant School last year. Watched it drop from the holiday price of $299 to around $250 and finally snagged the last one for $222 out the door (after .mil discount and taxes). Not everyone has the patience, luck, desire, or money (even after the price drop). Then too, not everyone realizes that Harbor Freight does make a hefty profit off of what it sells. Those "free" goodies are paid for via other means. I bought a dirt tamper from there a few years ago for what I thought was a decent price only to find that while it worked it was very poorly made. A few weeks later I ventured into a local big box store and found a US-made Collins Axe (I believe) tamper with a nice hickory handle that would have cost less after my discount. TLDR: I think these will find moderate success and that sales will continually grow so long as the product is good enough for the average Harbor Freight shopper. Not everyone knows that the professional brands are so diverse in features and price (DeWalt alone currently offers no fewer than five regular 20v Max drills from $99 on up). They also don't realize that all of this stuff lures them deeper into HF's version of hell: that free flashlight and small purchase turns into "oh, but the price!" and could turn into a $100+ excursion. Finally, you truly do get what you pay for. If something has a regular price of $8.99, is on sale for $3.99, and capable of being purchased with a 20% off coupon, then it is worth $3.20 at most--even if you paid regular price for it. Factor in a free flashlight and it's worth even less. Disclaimer: Staff Duty, rambling post after 24 hours of being awake with at least three more to come, sorry for appreciably lengthening the thread with only one post!
  8. Milwaukee Tick Giveaway

    Managed to get off of work early to pick mine up. Thanks! I downloaded One Key on the way home. This will probably go on my gear so I can track where I leave it during training events.
  9. Lowe's deals permathread

    The Columbus, GA Lowe's has finally dropped the price on the Metabo miter saw. Currently $231.60.
  10. Milwaukee Tick Giveaway

    I'd greatly appreciate getting one to try out, and will download the One-Key app to use with it. I've been on the fence about buying some a few times so if it works great I'll probably end up buying a few more.
  11. Cordless barrel grip jigsaw concept.

    Have you considered the 20v Max to 18v adapter? That would allow you to run your 18v tools a bit longer at a cost of under $40. I actually let impulse take over and bought the 20v Max reciprocating and circular saws. Not only are they older designs, but also they're the cheaper kit versions (DCS381 and DCS393), and I didn't even get them for a good price! I do like to think that I helped out the older gentleman I bought them from, though. Anyway, the current 20v Max jigsaw has worked for me so far, but the OP's pictures are interesting, to say the least. Should DeWalt come out with one I'd probably buy it at this rate.
  12. broken tough system boxes

    So, I shipped it in early May and just received the replacement last week. DeWalt actually shipped the new one within days of the broken box arriving there, but I never received notice, so it sat in my rental office for almost a month. All interactions with DeWalt were great, though, and they honored the warranty without any questions. Now I just need to load this box up with tools.
  13. Upcoming event.

    I'm buying the fan as soon as it becomes available. We have rifle marksmanship coming up, so it will come in handy.
  14. Home Depot

    I saw this last week. Tempting, as it was a great deal even at the original price. I'm really trying to resist buying more Red, though...
  15. Tool Tracker (Excel)

    I haven't even touched this tracker since last Sunday, but I think I'll add a couple of columns: price paid and date code. The date code may prove useful for stuff like batteries that lack serial numbers, while the price paid will allow me to use a formula to track the total amount I have invested.
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