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    Carol Stream, Illinois
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  1. Kato

    The stuff we throw away at work...

    Taken with my phone so if they come out sideways I’ll fix them when I get home
  2. Kato

    The stuff we throw away at work...

    Been using the impact for all kinds of stuff, it's a really great gun. Takes bolts out of reach truck drive wheels, which are torqued to 170 ft/lbs, super easy. I used it yesterday on a rack kit, to repair a damaged frame. Used the impact to sink a couple of 3/4" Titans into the floor, did it like the floor was made of butter. All of the other impacts we use for that kind of stuff struggle sometimes, sometimes you have to drive the Titan in, then pull it out and drive it back in again...do that a couple of times to get them to sink in all the way. The IR did it like butter, I couldn't feel any resistance at all. I was actually worried that the guys drilled the holes too big but I cranked on the Titans with a wrench to see if they were loose or would easily loosen, they were tight as tight can get. Also grabbed another almost new Flexzilla Pro compact impact, which makes the total of those 5 or 6 by now. Still had the box, high-flow swivel connector, papers, etc.. Don't know what it is about them, people use them and then return them. Never anything wrong with them except being dirty from use...wait, I take that back, one had a busted trigger, but the other 4 or 5 I've pulled have worked perfectly so far. It's all good to me because now most of the guys in the shop have their own. Nice when you get free tools And once again I'm stunned by what we throw away. Just pulled out of the scrap bin yesterday, almost brand new, probably used once, Lincoln Powerluber 1884. 20v Lithium grease gun. I saw the gun in the bin and I think my eyes bugged out, I instantly grabbed my hook to pull it out. Pulled the case out of the garbage, and managed to pull the extra battery out of the scrap bin with a magnet. Perfect condition, not a scratch and barely any signs of use. Had grease in it so it must have been used, but I'll be danged if I can find any problems with it. One battery was close to full charge, the other wasn't. Charged them both to make sure they'd take a charge and that the charger was working. Put a grease cartridge in it and it pumped perfectly. Didn't have the typical sticker on it explaining why it was returned so I don't know what the excuse was, but I don't care. I have one of the 18V PowerLubers that I use a ton, but gave it to one of the guys, I'll use this one now. I'll get pics Monday if I remember to take my phone out on the floor
  3. You can try, but you're at the mercy of what they're willing to do. And of course they can bullshit you and say they did, and you'd have no way of knowing. You can do a load test yourself but you need a load tester, or you need to know how to do it with a meter.
  4. Taking and holding a charge doesn't mean anything. To know if a battery is any good you have to do a load test. Batteries can take a charge and hold it, but when you put them under load they will drain quickly if they're no good. I'd guess that whoever tested your batteries only did a quick "throw it on the charger and see what happens" test, and didn't do an actual load test. Metering them for voltage doesn't tell you if there's a bad cell(s) or if there's something else wrong. If they did a load test they might have found that the batteries are no good and you would have gotten replacements. On the same level, if you were to "use" the batteries until they died, all you would be doing is confirming what you already know...they take a charge, they hold a charge, until you use them. There'd be no evidence of killing them on purpose, but if the testers never do a load test you'll still be in the same boat. I see this almost every day on batteries, it's one of the things I deal with at work. Without a load test you won't know if a battery is any good. Well, besides the fact that it dies quickly.
  5. Kato

    Resistance while running

    If they're going slow or bogging down while cutting, maybe try new blades. It's possible the resistance is from a dull blade.
  6. Kato

    How to estimate life of a Makita battery ?

    Of course I mistakenly assume that people know stuff like this. I use a clamp meter capable of reading DC amps through the clamp, and it's capable of reading up to 600 amp. The stuff I said previously hinges on the person doing it...their ability and type of equipment used.
  7. Kato

    How to estimate life of a Makita battery ?

    I'd have to test a battery to see what kind of amperage numbers are actually present, but as an example: Let's say the tool uses 5 amps while running. When you have a good battery and live in a perfect world, the reading should be around 5 amps. If the battery is bad your amperage level is going to drop pretty quickly to a much lower amp reading. This tells you that the tool is pulling way too many amps from the battery, indicating that the battery can't keep up with the amp draw required by the tool. If the amperage goes from 5 down to 1 at a quick rate, the battery is most likely going bad. So, you hook up your meter to a battery and tool, then pull the trigger. The meter reads 5 amps and stays fairly constant, your good to go. Your meter starts out at 5 amps and then drops to 4, 3, 2, etc., then your battery is probably bad. Of course this is a perfect world and your battery is fully charged.
  8. Kato

    How to estimate life of a Makita battery ?

    You can't tell battery life by voltage, you have to read amperage under load. As HiltiWpg said, you have to test under load...which is easy to do if you know how to do it. It's a pain in the neck, but easy to do. Connect a wire to one leg of the circuit, say connect positive to positive with a wire. Then, connect negative to negative with the test leads of your meter. Connect one test lead to the negative on the battery and the other test lead to the negative on the tool. Set your meter to DC amps, and there you go. Pull the trigger on the tool and watch the amperage levels. If the amperage drops a lot...the battery is close to failure or has failed already. It helps to know normal amp draw but it's not necessary, any significant drop will tell you if the battery is good or not. I test batteries all the time, at least once a week, and the best thing to use is a dedicated load tester. However, reading amps under load will give you basically the same results.
  9. Kato

    The Conductor has been waiting a Long Time

    Color it green, stamp "Ryobi" on the side, and point me in the direction of where to buy it...
  10. Kato

    Battery & charger

    I haven't had any Ryobi chargers go bad, not even the older NiCad chargers. So far every Lithium battery I have has been great, no issues with those either. Not stating it can't happen but so far I've had perfect results and can't say whether it's normal lifespan or just bad luck. My older Lithium chargers are from around 2012/2013 if I remember right.
  11. Kato

    New Ryobi Tools

    I saw these a few days ago, and I'm pretty sure I fell in love with the idea of a pool vac that runs on Ryobi batteries. My mind instantly started trying to find excuses to give the wife as to why we need the new Ryobi pool vac...
  12. Kato

    Milwaukee 15 gauge fuel nailer jammed

    I hate to ask the stupid questions but somebody has to... Good battery, nails in the gun, etc.? My AirStrike won't fire if there only two or three nails in it, keeps it from firing blanks I guess. The plunger/ram/whatever you call it stays up until you load more nails. Is it possible the Milwaukee is the same?
  13. Kato

    The stuff we throw away at work...

    Nobody said it was dangerous. We are allowed to go through the stuff that gets returned and anything good we use in the shop. Saves the company money in the long run. If something is supposed to get destroyed in field whoever makes that decision wouldn't know because they don't ask for it back.
  14. Kato

    The stuff we throw away at work...

    Nope, can't take anything home. Until it's out of the building in the scrap bins, the compactor, etc., it still belongs to the company. Luckily though we can use stuff in the shop, which means we save a ton of money for the company by using the tools and stuff that gets tossed. Gotta blame the vendors and manufacturers for that, we just do what they tell us. They want a product back, we ship it back. They want it destroyed in field, we destroy it. It's sad but it's a fact of life for companies these days. I don't complain, probably 95% of the tools we use in the shop came from returns and they're perfectly good. Best part is when I break a tool I can just walk over to the scrap bins and toss it in and I never have to worry about any lost money. I used the impact yesterday for some stuff, pulling wheels and wheel hubs off of a stockchaser and doing lugs on a forklift...very, very nice gun. A ton of power, a great amount of control. Didn't experience any kick at all, and the brake stops when you let go of the trigger. Variable-speed trigger takes a little getting used to, never had one on an impact before, seems kinda weird at first. But, it's a great impact. Paired with the Sunex impact sockets I have it's a fantastic tool to use.