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  1. khariV

    Smoko Alarm

    Apparently this was /is the reward from a contest that Milwaukee ran in Australia. It looks like a pretty awesome piece of swag. [In Aussie slang, and please anyone from down under do correct my admittedly limited knowledge of the culture, a smoko is a coffee / tea break.] https://www.milwaukeetools.com.au/company/competitions--promotions/win-a-smoko-alarm
  2. khariV

    EBay Deals Permathread

    Some great deals on EBay today. 10% extra off on Tools with code: PEDAL2METAL Some deals to be had: Milwaukee M18 chainsaw kit - $309 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Milwaukee-M18-Fuel-16-Chainsaw-Kit/362492386497 Milwaukee New M18 Circular saw w/ 12AH battery $280 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Milwaukee-M18-FUEL-7-1-4-Circular-Saw-Kit/132863553800 12Ah M18 Battery - $135 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Milwaukee-M18-REDLITHIUM-High-Output-12Ah-Battery-Pack/362492388587 Kreg Tool Company KTC55 System Organizer - $18 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kreg-Tool-Company-KTC55-System-Organizer/312260401797
  3. khariV

    cordless belt sander question

    I'm going to go out on a limb and say no, that is not the way it's supposed to be. If the wheel is crooked like that, you should expect the belt to walk off of the edge, which is precisely what you're seeing it do. I'd take it back to exchange for another one.
  4. khariV

    New battery charger

    I'm all for keeping old tools going, but at a certain point you should ask yourself if you want to keep spending money on this old tool. It's great that you want to use your dad's drill, but $55 on a charger and $35 on a single new battery has you at $90, which is close what you'd pay for a brand new M12 with two batteries and a charger. By all means, do what works for you. Just wanted to put this out there to think about.
  5. khariV

    What will Festool come out with next?

    I've been eyeballing the CT SYS to go with my 36. Then again, that one isn't bluetooth enable-able, but I can at least agree on the sentiment.
  6. The 1865 uses different batteries inside than the 1860. The 1865 is the newer, high output version that can drive the newer fuel tools like the chainsaw and the updated circular saw and the new sawzall. I imagine that the 1865 can supply more current than the older batteries, even though are both 6AH.
  7. khariV

    Switching from Milwuakee to Dewalt?..

    To me the obvious answer is get both! I know you probably don't want to diversify to the point where you're carrying around five or six types of batteries, but two isn't so bad. You can get the a nailer or two, a router and anything else you're pining for long with 3-4 batteries and run both platforms happily. Then, when it's time to replace your red tools, you can always replace it with an equivalent / upgraded yellow. Ditching all of your Milwaukee tools just to be on a single platform with a couple of new tools you're looking to get seems like a great way to spend quite a lot of money for questionable return on investment.
  8. khariV

    So how bout that CPO

    So, I know this thread is all but archived, but I figured that I'd resurrect it rather than start out a new thread to tell my sad saga. As you might have seen, I scored a Flexvolt 790 with two batteries on BF last week for a pretty good $459 plus tax. I get the shipping notification that it's going to be delivered on Thursday - woo hoo! Well, Monday morning, I was told that I needed to travel for work and to hop on a plane and plan to be there for the next couple of days. The family is out of town visiting relatives, so I got a ticket and went to the airport. Well, this afternoon, I get an email from UPS saying - surprise, your package is going to be delivered TODAY (Tuesday, two days early). Ordinarily, this would be cause for rejoicing as I get to play with my new toy early. However, I am not home. My family is not home. UPS routinely leaves packages at the end of my driveway. There is construction on the other side of the street with a developer building three new houses. Anyone want to bet on whether a giant yellow and black box labeled "Dewalt super cool miter saw!" would still be there after two days when I got home? No problem - I figure I'll just call up UPS and have them hold the package until Thursday. No can do. They blame CPO saying that their contract with them prevents any changes, but no problem - just call them up and CPO can reschedule delivery. So, I call CPO. CPO tells me that UPS won't change the delivery on the package, which I know not to be true. Apparently this damned saw is radioactive and no one will hold it, redirect it or even wait for a friggin human to receive it - it's going to get dropped of Tuesday afternoon come hell or high water and nothing is going to change that. Well, after spending an hour on the phone calling them back and forth, the ONLY option is to cancel the order altogether and have UPS return the saw to CPO. So, now I have no saw coming. I presume that I'll get my money back at SOME point in the future, but with the clusterf#$% that this has been, who actually knows. A word to the wise - CPO absolutely will NOT change anything about a delivery once a package is out the door. I've had good luck with them in the past, but I think this experience has soured me on the company. Talk about going out of your way to do nothing at all and to screw customer that has spent quite a bit of money with them in the past. Buh bye CPO - I'm out.
  9. khariV

    What tools did you buy today?

    Yes - actual fuses! When I bought my shed a few years back, the previous owner had wired it with a real-live fuse box instead of breakers. Unfortunately, there will be no saw for me - see CPO thread here:
  10. khariV

    What tools did you buy today?

    I fell victim to the frenzy of consumerism on Friday and ordered this... I'm hoping to sell my corded saw and not have to worry about blowing fuses when I turn on my vacuum and try to saw something at the same time. Then again, $500 (with tax) is not cheap and I could buy a lot of other toys for that. Should I keep it or send it back / sell it?
  11. khariV

    Looking to get a mitre saw....

    I'm of two opinions on this one. One one hand, I totally agree that if you're just getting started out, you really don't want to start out buying top of the line gear. You're still learning and, speaking from personal experience, you'll likely make a bunch of bone headed mistakes and don't need the precision of high end wood working tools. I have a friend with too much $$$ and not enough common sense who went out and bought a 12" sliding bosch and could never get a consistent cut because he was marking with an un-sharpened pencil and didn't take blade kerf into account. (this was not me btw, but an actual acquaintance) Now that having been said, I do have a real problem recommending that anyone buys cheap, throw-away tools. Years ago, I bought a cheap miter saw (craftsman) that was probably fine for framing. However, the miter and bevel adjustments could never tighten up and my cuts routinely ended up not square and off by a little to a lot. I'd say buy a good, reliable brand, but maybe their entry level saw. A good quality entry-level saw from Dewalt, Hitachi, etc. is going to be better than a 12" slider from HF (maybe). You can also find some killer deals on CL, though if you're not comfortable fully checking out those, it might be better to stick with new.
  12. khariV

    Milwaukee Backpack vac

    I was hoping that this vac would be good for DC when doing smallish but messy jobs around the house where I don’t want to have to haul out the shop vac (cutting drywall and sanding mostly). But if it is going to clog with fine dust, I’m going to keep hauling out my big vac or maybe I’ll Consider buying into flexvolt, since it has auto filter cleaning.
  13. khariV

    M12 stubby impact wrenches

    I think Milwaukee has been talking to Festool. They just raised a bunch of prices. The new 12AH kits went up by $50 last week too.
  14. khariV

    Milwaukee packout

    Damn it - now I'm going to have to pay for shipping across the pond. I didn't need to know that these existed...
  15. khariV

    Milwaukee Backpack vac

    You don't need much CFM with sanders, so it will probably work just fine for that. Miter saws are a whole different discussion, just because the DC is so bad on most, that you need tons of air moving to suck in the dust. I really want to like the backpack blower, but the low CFM, combined with the fact that a number of ad-hoc reviews say that the filter clogs pretty quickly with finer dust is really making me think that I'm going to pass. If I were on FlexVolt, the new Dewalt cordless vac looks very nice.