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  1. 4 points
    Well If Sara Jean Underwood is a Dewalt girl than I guess I'm a Dewalt guy now
  2. 4 points
    I found this in Acme Tools website. Estimates a July 15th ship date. http://www.acmetools.com/shop/tools/new-tools/dewalt-dcc020ib
  3. 4 points
    I screamed at the garbage can at the A&W drive through for about 4 minutes until I noticed the order station was another 10 feet ahead.....
  4. 3 points
    So, I just tested out the Ryobi glue gun and have to say, I'm impressed. However, I had the spare battery sitting next to a Ridgid after just moving a few DeWalt 12v Max batteries and found myself interested by how different TTI (Milwaukee, Ridgid, Ryobi) and SBD (DeWalt, Porter Cable, Bostitich, FatMax, Black & Decker) battery designs are. TTI 18v batteries are vastly different in design. Ryobi uses a stem battery to ensure compatibility with even the oldest One+ tools; Ridgid uses a slide-on style that also allows compatibility with older tools but which creates a larger base for drills; and Milwaukee uses a more streamlined slide-on pack that replaced the V18 battery system. None of these batteries are remotely compatible with each other. SBD, on the other hand, seems to take a more familial approach in battery design. Their various battery systems are not designed to be interchangeable, but it seems that many people have converted Porter Cable batteries or tools to permit their use with B&D, or vice versa. The contacts may not line up, or there may be more or less in various brands, but overall the batteries look very similar. I recall looking at some B&D 12v Max stem batteries when I had my Porter Cable 12v Max tools and finding that the only difference was which side a plastic tab was on. Everything else seemed identical, and I found some testaments to their interchangeability online. Then too, there are the similarities in cross-voltage battery systems with SBD. DeWalt is the most blatant example of this, having chargers and accessories which work with either 12v Max or 20v Max batteries. In my mind, this was a precursor of sorts to FlexVolt, which (as all the regulars here know) can power not only the 60v and 120v tools but also most of the 20v system--barring those tools which have small batteries compartments, such as some radios. Anyway, my theory is that TTI had a unique theory when designing the tools they produce. Ryobi was seen as a stalwart holdout and, lacking the need to attract those with demanding needs, has been given increasingly newer battery technology in a system that is far older than any other mentioned here. Ridgid, being the middle offering, was also relegated to keeping its form factor, which is more in line with modern designs. Milwaukee, meanwhile, was intended to be the leader in innovation, technology, and naturally price. This caused them to adopt a battery format that many of us would consider modern (slide-on, more compact than earlier slide-on designs such as Ridgid's or Porter Cable 18v) and stick to it even as technology has progressed far beyond what many of us might have forecast. I think that SBD, however, wished to modernize all of their brands with smaller format batteries, keeping them largely the same. I can imagine that they found reduced production costs by having some of the older batteries share many components (i.e. PC and B&D 12v Max), and decided to stick with that business model. Besides this, their brands' offerings have always been less diverse than TTI's, with the exception of DeWalt and arguably Porter Cable (which might have matched Ridgid's diversity at one point). Speaking of DeWalt, I feel that they found a decent 20v Max battery design from the get-go and gradually realized that their 12v tools aren't that much smaller or lighter than compact 20v versions. All told, I find that DeWalt and Milwaukee batteries are very close in size, from 2Ah to 5Ah to 9Ah FV/HD. Ridgid tends to be a bit larger, but Ryobi is relatively massive, with their 3Ah nearly the same size as a DeWalt 6.0 XR. Despite, or perhaps due to this, I enjoy all three of the more expensive brands, while looking forward to putting the Ryobi tools through their paces. What are your thoughts?
  5. 3 points
    My second Lee Valley order from last week arrived today containing 10 really small rare earth magnets. And a medium shoulder plane with a PM-V11 blade. While typing this I got a notice that the other item from my first order had been charged to my card which means it should be shipping today, which is much better than what I saw first thing this morning when I checked and it said backordered until June 20th. I posted on Instagram, went and did a few things came back and was looking up something else when I noticed everything except the specific model I ordered was in stock. The model I ordered said the 8th for one part and the 3rd for the other, which was better than the 20th. Then I checked my order and it said reserved, I guess they got a shipment in or inventoried one during that time.
  6. 3 points
    Sitting here readying for my penultimate military move and having a couple (dozen) beers now, while thinking of my fallen comrades on Memorial Day. When I get back to Arlington next month I plan on visiting a few: Joseph Hernandez, Will McCotter-Bohren, Chris Hake, Adam Dickmyer, Matthew Ritz, and others. I'll also be paying respect to those my Casket Team rendered final honors to ten+ years ago. A poem comes to mind, written by a man who would be KIA himself in Vietnam less than three months later, immortalized in the movie "Hamburger Hill", which was coincidentally about the toils of men assigned to the first unit I was assigned to in 2002, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment (Rakkasans). The poet also resides in Arlington National Cemetery: If you are able,save them a placeinside of youand save one backward glancewhen you are leavingfor the places they canno longer go. Be not ashamed to sayyou loved them,though you mayor may not have always.Take what they have leftand what they have taught youwith their dyingand keep it with your own. And in that timewhen men decide and feel safeto call the war insane,take one moment to embracethose gentle heroesyou left behind. Major Michael Davis O'Donnell1 January 1970Dak To, Vietnam
  7. 3 points
    A lot of progress between last night and this morning so far. I got the plane til all but finished. I didn't order enough of the screws I was using so I will have to get more. This morning I started to work on the interior door doors. I got the cleats cut to fit and mortised the hinges. I had planned to go to the gym but forgot they closed at noon so i will work on cutting the plywood for the door and putting a dad in the cleat to accept the door.
  8. 3 points
    Agree...Flexvolt changed everything...every manufacturer had to do something to compete. ....For tools, for construction /framing, the 575 and especially the 577...made cordless tools actually better then corded counterparts...it’s a dream to use the 575 and 577, all day everyday with no cords. ...waited 30yrs for this.. and now with the 12ah it may last all day....
  9. 3 points
    Pick up a splitting axe, decided to give the fiberglass handle a swing and see how it compares to wooden handles.
  10. 3 points
    I got the doors made and fitted. The left door was a pain and still wants to pop open where the right side doesn't. In the pic I had them slightly open. These will be held down with magnets so I think they will be ok. Up next I am going to do the plane til dividers. This will at least get my planes off of the work bench and into the cabinet. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  11. 3 points
    A couple of orders from Japan. Another mini ratchet (Vessel) and a Komelon tape measure. I'm finding Vessel are very good value for money. Their philips/jis screwdrivers are great. We'll see how the ratchet is. I already have the yellow version of this Komelon but I wanted a spare. My favourite tape.
  12. 3 points
    Flexvolt Miter FTW and the Framing Nailer when it's working correctly.
  13. 3 points
    Flexvolt battery. You can run everything on them. Flex 6.0 truly cut the cord for the first time.
  14. 3 points
    So, I called metabo. They said all of their new drills have a slip clutch for when the drill binds. To save the geartrain and the batteries. He was telling me that lithium batteries become volatile when a sudden high amp draw happens. Will
  15. 3 points
    I have tried several brands. I've had some DeWalt tools since they rebranded from Black and Decker Professional. I had some Hitatchi. They didn't last very long. Both the drill and impact got very hot. Then, one day, one of them started smoking. I had some Makita. Really liked the tools. Bought quite a few. Then the batteries wouldn't charge. I had batteries lasting 6 months or less. I talked to Makita. They said I was the only one experiencing this problem. I bought some Milwaukee. The batteries were good, but there were some small details that I didn't like. The impact for example, the trigger would get stuck, slightly. I could hear a faint, high pitched noise. Realized the light was on all the time. The grip is slightly different than DeWalt. My hand would slide down, the grip, a small amount. After a little bit, I was pushing on the bottom edge of the trigger. The impact also only had 1 led compared to DeWalt's 3 led. The Milwaukee drill just didn't have as much power as the DeWalt. i had solid proof, on the job. We were using a paddle to mix up some mortar, in a 5 gallon bucket. The Milwaukee wouldn't turn. Unchucked it and put the DeWalt on. The DeWalt had no problem. Final nail in the coffin. Fastenal had a buy one get one free sale. Trade in any 18v tool for a new DeWalt tool and get another DeWalt tool for free. We traded in all of our 18v tools. 56 total. Bought all new DeWalt kits and got another kit for free. The factory rep even let me pick a few different tools, so I didn't end up with 6 impacts. It was a really good deal. That was 3 years ago and we've only had one battery go bad. We work our tools, hard. No complaints.
  16. 2 points
    A few drills (not shown: DCD996, it's somewhere around here).
  17. 2 points
    Current state of the cabinet. After work tonight I got the second door fitted. I also planed down some of the right door. It got a twist in it and I should have done it before gluing the panel on but oh well. I checked my stock of mahogany that I have left and I don't have enough length wise pieces to make the top of the gallery under the plane til. I am headed to town in the morning to get some stronger magnets so I'll stop by and get a piece of wood as well from my lumber store. I might actually get this finished by the end of next week. I'll still need to make tool holders but I am in no rush to do that. Those can be done with free time. I need to get started on the dresser and night stand guild build after this.
  18. 2 points
    Finished one of the doors today. I had to fix an issue with the other door so I didn't glue it up until today. Having hinges with the rod that is removable is super handy when you are finessing the size of a door.
  19. 2 points
    It's the GD Russians, they will stop at nothing
  20. 2 points
    Needed some brad point bits and fisch had a decent set for $20. Made in Austria. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  21. 2 points
    Vessel makes great stuff. Have you tried the Vessel Gel grip? I'm a fan of them, very comfortable grip. Here's some pics of them:
  22. 2 points
    I have two, with plans to set one up for finish work and the other for rougher cuts. The smaller miter saw is great, as it is much more portable than the FV. I plan to buy a DWX726 rolling stand for the FV, while my DWX725 work stands are perfect for the small saws. All that said, I agree with Babysaw that the FlexVolt battery is perhaps the best innovation in recent years. It allowed the creation of truly different tools in terms of power, which other manufacturers have struggled to emulate. Meanwhile, it permitted DeWalt to cross into new territory capacity-wise, while not simply relegating its larger Ah packs to 18v-class tools. In other words, I can put my 9Ah FV pack on an impact if I absolutely need the runtime, but during the 99% of the time I don't, that hefty battery can reside on the tablesaw instead. The fact that I can't run that tablesaw with a 20v pack is a non-issue for me. DeWalt has its detractors, but I don't believe that anyone can objectively debase the fact that FlexVolt was/is a game changer.
  23. 2 points
    Well this is a thing that happened today. I got the back finally put on making the case as square as can be. I just used screws, no glue or Brad nails but I think it will be fine. Two of my hinges were lost by the mail so I have the last pair arriving tomorrow. I still have to finish the door fronts and sides with shellac. I attached the plane til and am about to start the interior doors. Pretty happy with it so far. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  24. 2 points
    Says it starts May 22nd which is tomorrow but the checkout is already showing free shipping.
  25. 2 points
    Lee Valley is doing free shipping again on orders over $40. http://www.leevalley.com/us/home/page.aspx?p=60912 Of course this happens two days after I place an order. I emailed them to see if they’ll apply it to my order since the item is back ordered until Friday and I haven’t been charged yet.