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  1. 4 points
    My New Collection Pictures 😎
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    I have 18V platforms in Makita, Milwaukee, Bosch, Hitachi, Dewalt, Metabo, Hilti and AEG/Ridgid. Plus 12V platforms in Bosch and Milwaukee, 36V platforms in Hilti and Bosch and also Flexvolt. BUT .... I'm almost ready to buy a Ryobi kit cause I really want their glue gun and compressor
  3. 2 points
    Milwaukee does have a good warranty. Never disputed that. Why are you going to have someone listed on your website as a certified repair center, recommend them to your customers to take their faulty products to, and PAY those people to do your warranty service for you if they can't do the job correctly? Take a 2704 to the same shop, or any non-one-key tool, and they'll fix it for you without a problem. You know what the difference between a 2704 and a 2706 is? I've had both of them apart. A bluetooth transmitter, a button cell battery, and a couple extra bits on the circuit board (which is completely potted, so no one is repairing that, not even Milwaukee themselves). The guy who can repair the 2704 with one hand while snoggin' on his donut and coffee with the other can't repair a 2706, but this shmuck behind this keyboard can? Come on.... Milwaukee's warranty is fine. The problem is that you have to use the warranty on a regular basis to get a tool that works like it should have out of the box until the day you wear it out. Why am I going to buy tools that I constantly have to turn in under warranty? I own a couple Metabo tools. I own a Hilti SDS. I've owned several more over-the-pond tools over the years. No complaints about Makita either. I own Bosch's 5.5 amp contractor grade oscillating tool. I've used that poor bastard to probe the darkest depths of Satan's back-end and stomped on it with all of my weight to get it there for over a year and it runs like new. Reliable. That's a word. Remember that word? Not a single issue with any of them until I was ready to replace them just due to general wear and tear. No finicky BS, no quirks, no electrical tape to keep that twitchy bit from shaking loose. Nothing. I want my tool to work from the moment I pick it up in my hand to the moment I set it down, and I don't want to think about it in between those periods. People seem to have forgotten that this is not only possible, but it is what we call a "Good Product" which is what I set out to buy every time I open my wallet, and is what every consumer should expect when they buy anything. You're a hop and a skip away from several parts stores. Great. You know what happens when I hop and skip out to find something to fix my tools that're supposed to be doing the fixing? I fall face-first in the damn swamp. There's nothing out here. I only need one place to get everything I need and that's in front of my computer monitor though. I get it cheap, I get it delivered in 2-3 days (Even Metabo parts), and I keep backups. I don't run out of porta-band blades, because not having a blade handy costs me exponentially more than ordering another 6-pack when I get down to a dozen or so. Working off of the cuff of your sleeve with your materials and tools may work for you but it's too expensive for my tastes, and even if I were in the middle of a large city where I could walk down the block and get anything I need I'd still operate the way I do because I don't get paid to leave the jobsite for an hour to grab another drill, and in my personal time I'm not going make a trip down to the corner and come back to a warm beer. Forget the fact that I like to keep all of those pennies to spend them on more tools that don't fall to pieces when I walk in the room at the mere thought of work. I just don't want the friggin' hassle.
  4. 2 points
    The massive hole in your argument is that Bosch did exactly that, created a safety device equal to or better than the SawStop with 2 shots to a cartridge and doesn't lock up and ruin a blade. SawStop sued and instead of a license settlement/agreement went for the cease and desist order. So now if you purchased one of the Bosch jobsite table saws (SawStop did not even offer a comparable model at the time), you cannot purchase replacement cartridges. That is why a lot of folks think they had a great idea, but don't agree with the Company's policy and therefore won't do business with them.
  5. 2 points
    If it truly was all about encouraging safety, he would have licensed his technology to all manufacturers for a low cost that would allow him to recover his investment quickly and then turn a profit after that. His lawsuit against Bosch showed his true colors.
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    I agree wholeheartedly. That article and other sources I've read make Gass seem like a blowhard who is putting personal interests before people's safety. It's great that he designed such a safe saw, and completely understandable that he wants some form of compensation, but as someone who long ago put his country ahead of personal gain (admittedly, though, the Army has helped me out tremendously) I cannot understand why he insists on pushing for this technology to become mandatory, thereby establishing that monopoly you speak of. Maybe this is why I'll never earn a large salary, but I'd rather make a decent living and be known for helping keep others safe than trying to ensure legislation fattens my pockets under the guise of helping a few people (many of whom are improperly trained or lack/disable safety features) keep their fingers.
  7. 2 points
    It's just ridiculous to me to be creating a legal monopoly like that. If they require it on every saw, and simultaneously won't let anyone but sawstop sell it in the US. The writer of the article makes it sounds like cutting fingers off is an inevitability. Like every time we turn on a saw we're all in tears knowing that we can't just cut wood we have to cut fingers off too but we just keep cutting wood and appendages because big bad capitalist pigs running the evil collusion of table saw manufacturers are getting off by not giving us access to the one and only thing that will ever let us cut something safely. Accidents do happen, but in the same crowd that's buying table saw there's all of us that are pinning guards back on skilsaws. That's like the stupidest thing that a guy can do, but we do it anyway to save us a second even though we know we're probably going to lose something doing it sooner or later. What's next are they going to legally require flesh sensing tech in any and every cutting tool? I know that this wouldn't be the only instance of a safety device that can legally only be made or licensed from one company being required by law, but I still feel it's bullshit. [/Rant]
  8. 1 point
    This made me laugh more than it should have! Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  9. 1 point
    Under Power Tools By Manufacturer, add Hitachi. Or change Metabo to Hitachi/Metabo. With recent and upcoming releases (Triple Hammer impact driver, C10JR job-site table saw, 18v finish nailers, NR1890DR 18v round-head framing nailer, etc.) -- plus the recent acquisition of Hitachi-Koki Ltd., by KKR (not to mention Hitachi's earlier acquisition of Metabo) -- Hitachi ain't going away anytime soon. In fact, they seem to be only getting bigger and better. (Never mind the legendary status of Hitachi's pneumatic nailers and fasteners on job-sites all over the world, since like forever.) Granted, Hitachi may not be marketing and selling their product lines in North America at anywhere near the volume and pace as DeWalt, Makita, Milwaukee, et al., but they do seem to be on an upward trend in this regard. Anyway, just throwing it out there. No fanboy here (not yet, anyway). I don't own many Hitachi tools, myself -- just a miter saw, a compressor, and a few nailers, and they have worked flawlessly for 5+ years. Other than that, I use a mixed bag of corded tools from Makita, DeWalt, Milwaukee, Bosch, and Skil. I'm currently using the Ryobi 18v line, which has served me well for all my DIY projects and most of my professional work, but am strongly tempted to jump into the Hitachi line of cordless tools and beyond.
  10. 1 point
    Yes I had heard that was coming out Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Woah! Good pics, guys. Yeah, I only have a brushed drill and a 3.0 for their cordless line... it was $50.00 (new) so I couldn't pass it up. However, I do have a few corded things... belt sander, planer, miter saw, etc. I think their wood working stuff is excellent, personally.
  13. 1 point
    Recently my area had a staples go out of business. Today I found out harbor freight is going in. The closest one to me is like 50 miles. While I am excited there are others who aren't excited. It bothers me that they aren't. Not because they aren't excited about tools but because they don't see how it is good for jobs or revenue. The people upset se it as cheap Chinese tool and why do we need that if we have Walmart and Home Depot. There are some things you can't get from either of the those store. I will never understand how some people think. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    I have enough batteries that charging is never really an issue, so to be honest I don't really worry about charge times within reason. I generally drop some batteries on the chargers when I get home and don't worry about it. I actually use the 4ah more as it doesn't buzz away in the garage like the 8ah one esoecially if im doing things nearby. I also try to charge my batteries ehen the get to around 40% give or take (a lot) to orotect the cells But I can see if you are trying to cycle through one or two batteries and you were draining them super quick it would matter.
  16. 1 point
    The "dick move" is to try to use the court system to require all manufacturers to license and use your technology. Doctor Jonas Salk, the University of Pittsburgh and the National Foundation For Infantile Paralysis (Now known as the March of Dimes) did not fight anybody to prevent them from using the vaccine his team created. And from Wikipedia's Post on Jonas Salk: I left the footnotes/links for Wikipedia so you could see where they got their info. There sir, is an example of how not to do a "dick move". Like I said in an earlier post, he could have licensed his technology at a cost to recover his investment relatively quickly and start profiting after that while making woodworking and carpentry safer along the way. I am not telling you not to buy his products, I just don't like how he went about trying to force others to use it using the court system. As for having great idea, I am no Izzy Swan, but I have had a few reasonably good ones I think and I have sent them to a company or two, hoping something might come from them. I am not looking for a patent or payment, and if a company made one of my ideas, I just hope they would send me one of the prototypes to try out and one of the first production ones made.
  17. 1 point
    Fair enough. Whatever makes you money man. Time is valuable. I don't even own a portaband anymore. Congratulations on having a job where you can stay at one site. I have to go into parts stores on a regular basis because it doesn't pay for me to order parts online while I have equipment down. Amazon prime doesn't ship me argon, or pallets of twine, or tires, or brake cans, or sticks of conduit, or pex, or sanitary stainless tubing, or knotter arms, or grease cartridges. You know who does? Places that also happen to sell and warranty DeWalt and Milwaukee. I just own the bare minimum drill and impact wrench and they're all DeWalt because everyone carries DeWalt. If it's better off for you to order your tools then it's better off for you. Different strokes for different folks. You can work your day on a job site that's you. I'd go for that over my 400 mile days most of the time.
  18. 1 point
    Those don't bother me, it's the compact chargers that are worthless. May as well get a 6in square solar panel and stick the wires into the terminals, it would charge faster, lol. I still would like to see the 8ah become the default going forward at least at some point. I would buy a kit for that and that only, otherwise it's bare tools and ebay for me (8ah chargers are $39 there, kind of a no brainer.)
  19. 1 point
    I can't speak for the Dewalt and Makita cordless tracks but I own the Festool cordless and it has awesome dust collection with the attached bag. It worked well enough that I never plug in the vacuum. It is nice to make cuts and not have to watch where the cord are while cutting.
  20. 1 point
    I'm not on that wagon, Send the 118 for every tool kit...the 115 or 101 are twice or more charging times...fine if your charging 2ah slim packs,,,not for 5ah or higher.....stop being cheap Dewalt and put kits in a damn tstack or tough case like overseas......
  21. 1 point
    Well enjoyed reading this thread first of all. Second I'm getting ready to replace my Porter Cable 20v max tools they have served me well and will be passed on to my step dad or sister whoever wants them more lol. But I am going with Ridgid and Makita both make some really nice tools and cover every need that I have plus some.. plus the colors are awesome on both, but going with just one brand now days seems about impossible just my 2 pennies
  22. 1 point
    As mentioned before I scored a Bosch JS120BN Barrel Grip Jig Saw for a whopping $18 and a Dremel 7300-N/8 for $10 from International Tools eBay sale, they both showed up new in box. Now I just need to get some batteries and a charger for the jig saw, it looks like International Tools has a charger, 2 battery, and LBoxx-1 combo for around $70 which makes it a no brainer. Is there a difference between the silver and white labelled Bosch 12v batteries and the red and silver labelled ones? Also fresh off the FedEx truck 5 Klein NCVT-2 testers that cost me $0 since I had tradesman club points from reviewing their heavy duty wire strippers and from other point providing activities. I don't need 5 of them, but they also had nothing else on the items available list that I wanted either, so why not.
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    I also have one of those love hate issues with HF. We just got a new one here in my town a couple of months ago and I think it is a good thing. The current trend here has been stores just closing up shop and leaving with little to no warning, so it is refreshing to see someone who is willing to expand into the area. I just need to go visit them now... maybe... sometime...
  25. 1 point
    He could have made a fortune licensing the technology. As I understand it he tried, but wanted a king's ransom to get rich quick and when manufacturers balked at his price, he set about his current path of trying to secure legislation to force everyone to buy technology they could only get from him and sue everyone who tried to compete. He's a lawyer by trade, so I guess shit like this is to be expected. It's general principle that turns me off from the guy. I'll buy a "rest of my life" saw next year before any mandates come to pass, but if I did care about this technology, I'd wait until his patent died because I know there are superior systems that will come.
  26. 1 point
    That finish actually looks really nice Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N920A using Tapatalk
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    Oh yeah...and Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
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    18650 powered lantern with IP64 rating, max 350 lumens, magnetic base, USB chargeable, 3 white modes and 2 red light modes (to keep the bugs away). Only $13 AUD on ebay delivered from China! I've also ordered a slightly bigger version that can use either a 18650 or 26650, has 400 lumens and a compass on top. It also has an extra USB out port to charge phones etc. Only $15 AUD! These are so cheap I will start modding them. A caribiner clip and some magnets on the sides for starters, and perhaps a cover so I can have 180 degree lighting when preferred. I actually sold my Bosch 12V DeciLED to get these lanterns. That light was amazing but too bright. I was also considering getting into Milwaukee for their lighting options but I'm finding far cheaper options on ebay. I think the M12 lantern is $70 AUD alone.
  30. 1 point
    I'll never own a Sawstop saw. I think the technology is great, but Gass is a piece of shit. He's been trying to get any government entity he can to require his patented technology. He started in California a couple years back and he's been at it ever since. When his patent runs out I may embrace the technology, but until that happens, he. An kiss my ass.
  31. 1 point
    The final noteworthy addition was the Rockler Drill Press Fence. I was really torn on what to do for a fence. My Jet JDP-17 already has the oversized woodworking table. That, combined with the fact that I do also drill metal, made me somewhat reluctant to go with a typical laminate woodworking table, and there weren't a whole lot of good fence only options. The Rockler fence ended up working out great, though I did have to drill holes to match up with the T-Slots. I'm also glad I spent the extra $14 for the long handles.
  32. 1 point
    Upgraded my planer stand recently too. The planer was my dad's and had a rudimentary table he cobbled together with scrap wood. It was almost impossible to move. So, I put a new set of blades and a dedicated planer stand on it. It's not nearly as big a pain in the ass to use now.
  33. 1 point
    Also picked up the Kreg Accu-Cut. I had to remove the blade guard an my Fuel Circ saw to make it work right, but performance wise it was well worth it's price. I bought the optional clamps because I was leery of the tacky strips being able to secure it, but I've been wiping them off after each use and so far so good. I definitely think you're going to want to dedicate a saw for use with it, but most of us have multiple circ saws anyway.
  34. 1 point
    Should be the other way around. Worldwide, all should be forced to market nominal voltage. 10.8V, 18V, 21.6V, 36V, 50.4V, 54V, 72V. Multiples of 3.6V. Everything else is marketing bullshit.
  35. 1 point
    Fuck Gass. Fuck the guy who wrote that article.
  36. 1 point
    Agreed, Hitachi miters are fantastic. As for the money, heck even for 2x the cost your hard pressed to find one better.
  37. 1 point
    The Hitachi 12" slider is such a good saw especially for the price. I ended up selling mine for the Bosch glide saw. I wouldn't say I moved up but went sideways with it. I love my Bosch and I got it for a great price but the Hitachi is severely underrated. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  38. 1 point
    for the money I think the hitachi cant be beat
  39. 1 point
    Now I know how to compliment you. You bought him this, right? I was in Lowe's yesterday looking at table saws for no good reason. I have a bad reason: I discovered my adjustable dado is too thick for the arbor of my Porter Cable table saw. I've had the P-C for several years but this is the first time I needed to dado on it. I ordered a more conventional dado set, and if it fits, that's good, but if it doesn't, I may need to change saws. The Porter Cable table saw Lowe's sells now looks like a toy compared to the one I have, but they have a really nice Hitachi: For $350 it seems to have all the features of the $500 DeWalt that was sitting next to it. The downside of both the DeWalt and the Hitachi is the stand. I leave my saw set up all the time and just roll it under the workbench when I'm not using it; the workbench is designed with a spot for the saw. But that only works with a stand that has wheels on the ground like my current saw or your dad's new Kobalt.
  40. 1 point
    This is so wrong on so many levels and with it being 7' up in the air in makes it more concerning. I can not tell from the picture is the ledger lagged or ledger locked to the house. Please don't say it just nailed to the house if so it's just and accident waiting to happen. My question would be how did this pass a framing inspection. Down load a copy of this. It is the wood Deck construction guide based on the international residential code. http://www.awc.org/pdf/codes-standards/publications/dca/AWC-DCA62012-DeckGuide-1405.pdf
  41. 1 point
    Ive done a little research on some of the hitachi's and the 12" will only miter up to 45 but the 10" will go to 52.5"
  42. 1 point
    I bought a 780 a while ago. It has a lot of great features, but the slides were abysmal and would get caught up when doing steep angle bevels. Thought there was something wrong with it, but checked two hd displays and they were both the same. If you are using it for framing and general carpentry work it's still a great saw, but not for high end carpentry. The kapex can't be beat as a trim saw, but it uses a 30mm arbor and the blades can get expensive, so I reserve for cabinets and high end trim jobs. It also really does not have the same capacity as most higher end 12s on the market, close, but not quite, and I want more capacity for framing. The 12in axial Bosch is my go too general purpose saw. Great for framing as well as trim, and I can throw a cheap blade on it for mdf, LSL's and prefinished floors if need be. My father in law is also a cabinet maker and has the 12in hitachi. I don't have too much time on it, but it's an incredible saw for the money, and it certainly seems capable of high end results.
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    ? What u mean bevel and tilting ? Yes couldn't think of the word for the life of me ???
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    Tilting? Bevel? that what you mean? @CATERPILLAR It is really easy to adjust to square, as well .. The only issue that i've had recently was a loose rail guide, but it just takes a little bit of adjusting: ..
  45. 1 point
    I would say Hitachi , bosch, makita. Have had a lot of experience with Hitachi's and makita not so much bosch . there are things to like and dislike about all them. Example the guard on the hitachi is an okay design but have had problems with it . very powerful and clean cut good 45 degree cuts and the tilting is good.
  46. 1 point
    Let's not confuse Hitachi as budget friendly for being cheap, IMO they are of the highest cut and build quality of saws twice the price and easily besting saws from DeWalt, Bosch and alike. Pair a Hitachi with a good blade and you can't go wrong.
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    Hitachi. Just saying. The C10FSH is very nice for a more budget friendly saw. I can make it produce cuts as well as some of the nicer ones available, the only difference is it lacking features.. That being said, I would love to try some others, but this one has been the perfect saw for my use, with the right blade though... i would really like to try a CMT blade and get even nicer cuts from it
  48. 1 point
    My new black and white Hitachi triple hammers from Japan and my green north American edition
  49. 1 point
    Bit of an update. I got the blocks off pretty much by smashing them could only save two blocks but what can you do. After getting the blocks off I managed to run a line and get a proper reading the concrete is un-level by 210mm There is nothing worse than ripping out new material done wrong it such a waste of money!! In most places the concrete was 45mm Side note Iv been giving the Fatmax autolock a go and to be honest the autolock feature is not so great, Its holding power is very weak I much prefer the tried and true slide lock
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    That makes sense, though every time that I've attached something to the side of a house, I've always gotten out the lag screws or concrete anchors.