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  1. 7 points
    New toy came in today Sent from my Nexus 6 using Tapatalk
  2. 6 points
  3. 6 points
    Not bad! Doesn't feel quite as nice as the Makita, but I still like it a lot. Chucked in a few bloopers too. Mike has set fire to his shed twice, so I do like to rib him about it
  4. 6 points
    I was made an offer I couldn't refuse... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. 4 points
    So, gonna learn how to weld, so I picked up one of these. It's the new line from harbor freight.
  6. 4 points
    Don't believe i've showed this here: for my birthday last week... It will go on a deck to be built in the near future... Blackstone 36" griddle. Love it ..
  7. 4 points
    Menards clearance/sale items: Cobra Quick Set pliers. Cannot go wrong with cobras!!! ..
  8. 4 points
    Snagged the NWS/Irwin pliers on clearance from Lowe's... Not to shabby for $10 each.
  9. 4 points
    Thanks for the review @JimboS1ice I didn't even know these existed until reading it.
  10. 4 points
  11. 3 points
    Went to Lowe's today. The saw was $5 on clearance. Italian made. The nws linesman pliers are from [mention=51872]BMack37[/mention]. Thanks a lot! Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  12. 3 points
    Ask a tradie how to best use the tool, and what features are most important. Ask an independent reviewer how the different brands stack up against each other, and what the latest and greatest is. Ask God which ones are most likely to last in the long run.
  13. 3 points
    Is it just me, or does the Milwaukee section seem to have more "I have a problem with this tool...broken tool" posts than the other sections? There's about 30% less posts in the Milwaukee section than the Dewalt section but it seems there's more reported tool problems. It's just a really loose observation and I wondered if anyone else is noticing this. I certainly wouldn't suggest others take this into consideration when choosing a platform (it's not quantitative at all, so probably unfair), but I actually did a little when I was choosing. Some posts could also be fake/paid trolls from the competition, as a lot of "problem" posts are first posts from new accounts. Also, what's with most Milwaukee tools being heavier than the competition? Did the marketing department find that people usually think a tool is a higher quality when it's heavier, so they ran with this? I've heard people say a tool feels solid/tough because it's heavy (even an online tool reviewer). I would think heavier does not always mean tougher, but it might in Milwaukee's case. Marketing tactic? Inability to make lighter tools than the competition? Heavier materials? More copper in their motors? I would love to see a power-to-weight ratio comparison between a few drills.
  14. 3 points
    In the name of saving time AND money....and swallowing my pride, I purchased a Rubbermade Roughneck 7x7 garden shed. As many of you know, my wife and I have been in our new home for less than a year and a shed has eluded us since the premature birth of our beautiful son. After much "reminding" I broke down and bought a stupid but nice looking shed to put my Wife's gardening supplies and pool stuff out of the way. The spot we chose is perfect, level, flat, slightly in the woods but easily accessible. This summer I took down a stupid pergola like structure that was over the deck. The wood sat in a pile all summer. Yesterday I bought the shed and some CDX. Though you can build this right on the ground, only a moron would. I digress. I cut all of the wood down to rough size with a chainsaw then brought it into the shop this morning which has remained unused ALL summer. I put this fifteenish year old PT 4x4 material to the amazing Kapex. Four7'6" lengths were what I determined. I finished the cuts and started laying out half laps with my nice square. It hit me, EVERY FU$&ing cut was off by about three degrees. I must've smacked my Kapex off of zero and NEVER checked the bevel and assumed it was square. F$&@ing putz move. Anyways, check your bevel. That super expensive miter saw is only as good as the moron using it. 👍💩
  15. 3 points
    I don't get it. Let's just take a circular saw for example. It has one job and that is to cut something. The tests put on by tool box buzz for example are the same people who actually use them day in and day out. Rob has a company with the same people. In the tests they are replicating that tools one job. So how can they not be accurate? Or show the ballpark range of the tools capabilities? I take their testing over what a manufacturer says any day of the week because they or anyone else actually shows the tool in use. I dont see any difference verses someone taking a camera to a job site and following them for a day. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  16. 3 points
    Hit up Menards today. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  17. 3 points
    Got some work done after shift tonight! Got the castor's on and 2 coats of Danish oil! She is looking great! The power tech castor's I had bought came with dinky screws. I replaced them with 2" lag screws to be safe. 2 of them broke on me even though I pre drilled. I got one out but the other I had to leave in. I drilled two holes in the bracket and used 2 1/2" kreg screws along with the bottom lag bolts. I don't see it being an issue. The castor's work extremely well and give a lot of lift. They are rubber and glide over the garage floor. The Danish oil gave the bench a nice color. I used natural. Almost with I went with a walnut but thought it might be too dark. It looks great though and am happy. It made the cherry dowels really stick out which I was hoping for. Some before during and after pics below. Still need to finalize a chop design and still waiting on the vise screw. Other than that I think the bench is done. I originally bought an old brod head Garret vise to put on but I don't think I am. It would require me to route a lot of the top out to get it almost flush with the top and i don't want to do that. At some point in the near future I will drill some dog holes. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  18. 3 points
    Don't believe I showed you guys where this screwgun got to! In my hands! Still amazing to think i've never used a drywall screwgun before, this is sick!!!! ..
  19. 3 points
    You certainly can, there is a spot and they slide in. The spacing is bigger for when the new batteries come.
  20. 3 points
    Add on to the ever expanding Knipex "collection" After changing header gaskets on a Mercruiser engine, i found out i needed a stubby ratchet w/flex head. And a allen socket set
  21. 3 points
    we'll probably end up doing a little Instagram comparison with the Makita at some point soon
  22. 3 points
    Damn, two reminders of how dangerous tools can be. I'll admit to having done questionable things back when I was invincible, but having survived Iraq and Afghanistan I'm not willing to risk my life using tools. Heck, these days I even drive the speed limit or slower if conditions are bad. Safety features on saws have spoiled me to the point where I don't like using older saws without them. For example, I had to use my brother's old corded DeWalt circular saw late last year for a project we were working on. I'd used my PC 18v for the previous few years. Needless to say, the lack of a brake on the DeWalt surprised me initially. I'd grown so spoiled by such a basic feature that I forgot that some circular saws don't have a brake!
  23. 3 points
    Bought these today. $25 each for the carbon fiber levels and $0.01 for the Diablo router bit.
  24. 3 points
    I finally drilled the holes doe the vise screw. The chop is centered perfect but the leg is an 1/8' off errrrrrrrr. Oh well it will be fine. Think I am going to either tonight or tomorrow do a glue up with the leg supports. Still have to do final shaping of the chop as well. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  25. 3 points
    Mulled it around and watched a bunch of videos. I came to the conclusion that I would be happy with either one. One feature I liked better about the Delta was the ability to lock the upper arm when changing blades or threading a workpiece. However, I liked the general setup of the Dewalt and when it was all said and done, I went with the 788. There are a couple of aftermarket kits available for the Dewalt to add a locking feature, so I'll go ahead and pick one of those up too. Ordered it from Sears and with my SYW points, I got the saw and the stand for around $425. The PC was tempting, but I figured I'd just pay up for the one I wanted. By the time I buy the light, the locking kit, and a nice assortment of blades, I'll be $500 into it. If I don't like it or use it, the resale seems to be pretty good on them.
  26. 2 points
    A controlled environment is the worst at giving me a real world test and feel. That's what the tool is made for after all, real world use!! Like with Rob and the crew, give me input from their actual use on a job site as they were designed and forego the mock trials. I still think it's entertaining but it never convinces me one way or another which tool to purchase if I were in the market. That was a great way to put it Dwain, I do love hearing comparisons and features and the latest and greatest. I know you guys like your run time tests (or maybe not!!!) and maybe others do too. The thing I observed was a concentration into using the tool to drill, cut, grind, etc.... Whereas real world use doesn't give you 100% concentration on that tool, leading to different experiences with whoever is using it. And I love getting that input. Candid, spontaneous, solid info I don't know what Joe observed between the DeWalt and the Makita saws, nor do we know the exact circumstances of the two on Facebook. And yes, their views are just that based on their uses. Maybe we could get a better picture if we knew lumber type, moisture content, how many cuts were beveled, etc etc we could go on all day. I like the input of The end users of these items and make my decision based on that sometimes, but we don't regularly have input from these heavy users. Honestly I would love to see Dan and Eric ramp up their involvement into the fields that these tools are made for and get true unbiased input from them. It's cool they bring us the info, but I think they could do something unique by getting out there and allowing the pros to use them more. Like they do with Pat at the body shop etc... (Dwain and Mike, can you do a Oz version perhaps!!???) Although it's just the tool nuts that care as much as we do anyways lol... Although, I do have it easy when it comes to cordless tools. Who makes a cordless PVC shears and a PEX expander tool and a copper tubing cutter and a palm nailer and a lot of the tools for my trade? Easy decision there.....
  27. 2 points
    Bosch makes one. Beyond that, I believe you're right.
  28. 2 points
    Completly disagree on that point. It's the variables in real life use that makes any input like for example, framer Joe, completly useless to me. He is very explicit in claiming that the flexvolt has a longer runtime then his crews using the Makita. Yet this week alone 2 people in the Makita talk group on Facebook have purchased X2 Makita saws to replace their flexvolt because of lack of runtime. You know what this means ? Personal testing is flawed and based on too many variables ( and a good dose of fan boying). Neither framer Joe nor those 2 guys in the Makita talk group have probably done a fair comparison and their views are flawed because of variables introduced on their real life work and experience. Only a controlled environment ( with a selection of different tests ) gives us a fair comparison in my opinion. But that's just my opinion ! Too each his own !
  29. 2 points
    Finally getting my miter saw back tomorrow. It had bad electronics; don't know (understand) exactly what it was. On another interesting and disappointing note, I have a TICK attached and marked it LOST after I dropped it off 2 weeks ago and it has not been located yet. You would think someone who works at an authorized repair shop or a customer would have the Milwaukee app. And if so, why hasn't it pinged the location?
  30. 2 points
    Their OPE stuff is not too shabby, have the hybrid blower and trimmer, and the 18v mower. The be honest I haven't used them much because my wife uses them and doesn't give me a chance, which is fine by me!
  31. 2 points
    Here's my review of the Festool OF 1400 EQ Imperial Router This past week or two I got to play around with this new router of mine. I wanted to test out the unit for the first time basically blind to see if I could figure it out. To set the router I just used a scrap piece until I got the correct depth on the bit. I had done it this way when using routers in school so I used the same technique on this router. I felt like the router had potential to be a great router. Before my second use of this router I wanted to see how to accurately set the depth of the router. I watched a tutorial and it was a game changer. I didn't realize setting the depth of the router could be so easy. After you zero the router you can accurately use the scale to set the desired depth of cut. This router comes with a fair bit of accessories. You get a dust collection attachment and adapter, template guide, chip catcher, 3 collets (1/2in, 1/4in, 8mm), wrench, and 2 rods for using in conjunction with the edge guide or guide rail adapter. I was unimpressed with how the contents shipped. The systainer has a place for most everything but there is enough room for contents to move out of place and eventually become loose items in the box. Not sure if this is an issue with Festool or the shipping company/retailer. Also doesn't help the box was upside down when I saw it in my garage after I got home from work. Bit changing is good enough. The ratcheting feature is nice when the resistance is enough to where the ratcheting function engages. Sometimes the collet is too loose to engage the ratchet. I found getting it finger tight seems to help with engaging the ratcheting function. The collet loosens and tightens very smooth. I found with the 1/2in collet some 1/2 inch bits are tighter fitting than others. Some bits I installed with the collet as loose as possible and it was still tighter than I am used to. The dust collection adapter is easy to instal. Insert the 2 tabs then tighten the lever. It does a decent job at collecting dust. There is some dust not collected but it collects enough to where dust isn;t flying at your face and if it does it is not really a bother. I used the chip catcher to aid with dust collection when routing a couple edges. Did it help? I would guess it helped a bit but I wish I had payed more attention when I used it. Like the other attachments it was easy to instal. This accessory tended to snag on corners The plunge mechanism is very smooth and does not provide too much resistance like I have noticed in other plunge routers I have used. The depth stop system was enjoyable to use because of its ease of use and the fact it worked. I felt the micro adjust worked well and was found it to be useful. I got the guide rail adapter for the router so I can cut dados and found it works well. Setup is pretty straight forward but the rods did not instal as easy as I would expected from a Festool product. The rods seemed to have troubles being inserted into the holes located on the 2 sections that go onto the rail. If you have a Pozidriv bit you can adjust the guide rail system to remove any play you may have with the router to ensure it is as accurate as possible. The Festool track is one of the best in my opinion. The router runs very smooth on the track. Many say the price is too much but the precision engineering, included accessories, ease of use, and system integration make it worth the price. Pros- Easy to use once you know how to use it, includes a few extras in the kit that you may not get with other kit routers, Includes a Systainer which may not be quite as tough as other systems but the precision and quality is much higher but is a nice storage solution after the tool has been shipped, ratcheting collet is a handy feature, dust collection is included. Cons- The contents inside the Systainer could be better secured and protected during shipping. Systainer is not built for a jobsite and has a bit more flex than other systems ie Packout/Tough System. This is not a huge issue but could be something to consider if say a framer wanted to get into Festool. The removable power cable isn't compatible with all Festool products What would I want changed in the next version of this router- Built in dust collection would be nice instead of using an attachment, led light would be handy in some situations, brushless motor would be nice as to help keep the router running cooler. Would I recommend this router? Yes this router is the (insert luxury car brand here) of mid range power routers
  32. 2 points
    Went a little crazy on them but still happy at $10 each. Already had one of the ergo, one is going in the garage, not sure about the other. Sending one linesman to Rich and keeping at least one for me, biggest pair of linesmen pliers I own. They've pretty much disappeared from all the Lowe's around here, no matter how many are listed in inventory. Found these in a cart with a bunch of other stuff stacked on it, 90+ of the ergos in stock at that location...none on any rack. I want another pair of the cutters.
  33. 2 points
    I find myself starting to buy duplicates of some things. Some of it is out of convenience - it's annoying to have to keep up with a single utility knife, square, or tape measure - but when it comes to power tools it is often due to a desire to maximize production. I don't usually undertake projects requiring extra hands, but when I do it's nice having spare drills and saws. I can imagine that many of you have more than one drill. At the very least, you may have a corded and a cordless, but some of you probably have 10.8v and 18v brushed and/or brushless and subcompact/compact or full size. There are probably more than a few of you who maintain duplicates of other tools, or who invest in multiple tools in a few platforms. Please share your rationale behind owning more than one of any given power tool. For me it's simply a lack of patience when I need a certain tool. I don't want to walk across the room and wait for the hired help to finish what he's doing, I want to grab a spare and do what I need to do. Nevermind that I may hire one or two helpers once a year at most. 🔨
  34. 2 points
    Be careful, these teeth bite in a lot more than the cheap ones. If you use these on a bolt head, don't expect to be able to get a socket on, without a lot of force, again. I like Knipex more because they feel smoother but it's apples to slightly shinier apples. In fact, Knipex makes the 40-14-250 so you can grip onto bolt heads.
  35. 2 points
    I have a couple duplicates of hand tools but for power tools at this point in time I am trying to maximize my function. Marc from the wood whisperer had a good example. He said something along the lines you own a cordless drill and are looking at buying a drill press and a jointer but only have money in the budget for one or the other. He then asks which do you get and he explains you get the jointer because it has more function that you don't already have. A drill press and cordless drill have similar function and wouldn't provide as much function that you don't already have. I may get duplicates of power tools in the future but hopefully to provide extra function that I wouldn't already have. For shear convenience only doesn't really appeal to me.
  36. 2 points
    I have 3 cordless drills. I had 2, and I was aiming to keep it that way but then I held a DCD796 in Bunnings and absolutely loved the feel of it. So now 3. Nearly 4 because I really want a DCD791 now, I figure it would be more balanced without the hammer function. I think minimum 2 cordless drills, one compact and another larger (possible with hammer) is a good setup. When drilling metal I use one drill with a small bit to start the hole and the other drill with the larger size bit to finish it. It saves changing bits around. If i'm not using the impact driver its great to have one drill for pilot holes and the other for driving. So there's a couple of functional rationale examples, but I think it's kind of a collector's bug that I have, or a quest for the perfect drill.
  37. 2 points
    Thesame vibration as the Djr187. I tried it out today lovely machine ! Its thesame machine and performance as the djr187 but then in a compact form.
  38. 2 points
    That's a Flexvolt 9/3ah battery, not a 20v 9ah
  39. 2 points
    A friend and I were just talking about this the other day. We surmised that we were pretty fortunate to have been the last generation to truly remember life before the internet. Growing up in a rural area I remember having 3 TV channels, and standing in the snow taking commands to turn the antenna just right to be able to get those. When we moved to town when I was in elementary school we were finally able to get cable. Never forget my grandpa telling my dad what a dumbass he was for paying to watch TV and how nobody could ever watch 23 stations anyway. The retail landscape is the is the same way. It's great to be able to order anything that this world has to offer and have it at your door in 3 days, but there's definitely something lost in the process. Within reasonable distance we had GC Murphy, Western Auto, KMart, and Lowe's, but back then it was just a hardware store. Our real shopping destination was Hill's. When you were a kid Hill's might as well have been the North Pole. Nobody had more toys than Hill's. We had a decent sized mall in Charleston, but even though it was only a 40 minute drive, we only went once or twice a year. They had a Sears, Montgomery Ward, JC Penny, Kaufman's, Lazarus, couple sporting goods stores, jewelry stores, Circut City, seemed like every store in the world at the time. Hell, as far as we knew it was every store in the world. Every store that opened did so to much fanfare. People around here were funny though. I remember my grandparents vowing never to return to the mall when Victoria's Secret opened. Filth they called it. You'd have thought they hired strippers to dance at the food court or something. Of course we're talking about the same people who boycotted our only gas station and ran the owner off because he started selling beer. It was all orchestrated by the guy that owned the local beer joint, but everyone was to blind to see what was really going on.
  40. 2 points
    I want to find one and write did anyone find Chevy Chase
  41. 2 points
    My newest sears gift Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  42. 2 points
    Random pile of the day Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  43. 2 points
    It's. Here. Finally !!!! Man I wanted a compact 20v chain saw from Dewalt.......
  44. 1 point
    Nice, looks a bit smaller than the one I had. Hopefully it's got some power to it.
  45. 1 point
    Got the bridle joints cut on the long rails. Rough chiseled one out. Three more to go and to fine tune them. Will have to wait for tomorrow. My table on the bandsaw was too high so I had to use my leg chop plus some plywood to bring it up to level. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  46. 1 point
    I've been using the Proto branded Grip-On's for several years and they've been awesome. Best of all, you don't pinch the shit out of your finger when you're releasing them.
  47. 1 point
    $25 each for the levels and $0.01 for the router bit from HD Gift from Sears, one of my favorite pliers: Another gift from Sears, been wanting to try one for a while:
  48. 1 point
    Listen I have a degree in electrical engineering. I think I know what is power is and I know what the scientific meaning of work is. If your battery has 200 Wh of energy into it, you are going to produce 200 Wh of work out no matter what the voltage, if we are neglecting what you are loosing in term of heat. It doesn't matter what voltage your tool is. Your battery will always have the same amount of energy inside of it. You can't create new energy out of thin air just by switching the voltage. If you are drilling the same hole with a 20V or a 60V drill, you are going to need the same amount of energy (again if we are neglecting heat losses which could be higher given a more powerful tool). The voltage has nothing to do with the energy required. One tool will complete the job faster than the other but your batteries will have lost the same amount of energy at the end of the job. It's basic thermodynamics.
  49. 1 point
    Hitachi's so far ahead in the impact driver category it isn't even funny. The Triple Hammer is already the best impact on the market and this one's even more powerful/faster (and it's still IP56 rated).
  50. 1 point
    The new tools include: An impact driver that has 10%+ driving speed and longer run time compared to the the 18v Triple Hammer impact(with 6ah battery) A 6.5" circular saw with twice the cutting speed of their 18v brushless circular saw. 4" and 5" variable speed grinders with nearly twice the power of their 18v brushless grinders. A 6.5" sliding mitre saw. More about the first multivolt tools here: http://www.hitachi-koki.co.jp/powertools/pro/multivolt/ https://www.youtube.com/user/HitachiKokiChannel/videos