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    Makita Battery cell 20700

    Anyone saw this post by Toolpig?
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    Battery Adapter

    So I am a cheap azz that doesn't want to introduce a new battery platform on my shelf just for one tool. I decided to hack a Ryobi battery that was given to me and sacrifice my half working USB charger. Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you RYOKITA. Ugly as frig, but skookum enough for my needs
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    DHS680/XSH03 Performance?

    I think it's time you retire your saw and purchase the XSR01Z or wait for the new BL sidewinder. Hehe, I know it's not very helpful but I couldn't resist
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    Milwaukee trimmer vs Makita 36v trimmer

    First of all, let me say that I am not a Dewalt guy; however, according to what I read, hear, and see, Dewalt is right up there at the top. At the moment, I think they have the most powerful cordless circular saw (Flexvolt), and they have everything you need, as well as made in the USA (according to you). What's holding you back? The only complaint I hear is that some of their batteries are not cross compatible. I can't remember the specifics, but research or try posting your question in the Dewalt sub forum for better guidance.
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    Milwaukee trimmer vs Makita 36v trimmer

    Fireguy, I see no mention of a mower. This was a huge factor for me, and why I went EGO 56V for OPE. Here is my opinion so far: Cordless hand tools - Draw. Milwaukee and Makita both have competive choices. Cordless lighting - Milwaukee. Absolutely no competition here. Makita is lacking and behind. Cordless OPE - slight edge in favor of Makita. They also offer a power head, a healthy selection of chainsaws, and a mower (albeit small) if push came to shove. Not sure if Milwaukee is planning to release a mower any time soon - maybe someone else can chime in. It may come down to what is more important to you... OPE performance/selection or lighting. Have you considered Dewalt or Ryobi?
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    Milwaukee trimmer vs Makita 36v trimmer

    Welcome to the forums. I have read some of your other posts - I think you need to assess and lock down your needs/priorities as you shouldn't jump on a platform mainly based on the performance of one tool. How much are you really planning to use your power tools vs OPE? And if OPE is a big part of your decision, what other tools are you considering besides the trimmer? If possible, elaborate a litte more. So far, your needs sound minimal and you may be barking up the wrong tree... but we are here to help.
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    Makita 18v Jig Saw

    I also have to agree with ToolBane on the brushless models - pretty much exactly how I feel about my XVJ02Z. Another bone to pick is the stupid power button that times out quickly. WTF? The trigger already behaves like a manual on/off switch since it's not even variable. Why didn't they just put a lock-off button and call it a day? OK, that was my chance to rant about the brushless models... Anyway, cliu, you needn't worry since the model you are looking at is the brushed version. I understand that it's tough to justify the higher price tag for something that doesn't get used as much (at least for the average home owner).
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    What will Makita come out with next?

    I realize Makita had the single 36V; however, I was thinking more along the lines of a new single high capacity 36V battery that fits the x2 tools (like Martin mentioned). There is a lot of wasted space between the 18Vx2 batteries that could be consumed by a single battery. How's about this... a flexvolt type of 72V/36V battery that could be shared between the x2 tools and the rumored new pro OPE line of tools. Just thinking out loud. Only problem is that kornomaniac confirms 58V... Toolbane, I wouldn't be surprised if Makita had played with x3 or x4 prototypes at some point in time. Would be neat to see; however, I think swapping 4 batteries on one tool could be excessive. You know us Americans have to uphold our image of being lazy, lol.
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    What will Makita come out with next?

    That's what I was thinking as well - a larger single pack that fits both x2 slots. One of the challenges I see with this super battery is the level of effort required for battery installation/removal. I could potentially see it incorporating a single push button unlocking mechanism, but the force required to overcome the friction of the current slide-in design would be high (especially if it is a high vibration tool with silicone(?) dampers in the battery well). On my x2 brushed rotary hammer, I practically need a rubber mallet to remove the batteries when it heats up... imagine if that were a single large battery. I know it's comparing apples & oranges, but EGO's 56V OPE tools allows for a one handed battery removal - that's a nice design, but not necessarily ideal for some hand held power tools.
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    What will Makita come out with next?

    Are charge times really an issue in the real world? If it were me, I would make sure to have enough charged batteries in queue to buffer and counter the charge times. Now if one chews through a bunch of batteries faster than your charger can charge, then I would think a cordless solution is not ideal. I'm just a home DIYer and realize things are much easier in an environment where you don't have to lug batteries/toolboxes around and worry about theft - in other words, forgive me if I'm ignorant.
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    Battery Adapter

    That's a good point mtnkid85 since these batteries have intelligence. cliu have you (or anyone else reading this thread) tried using newer genuine Makita batteries with this adapter connected to a high draw power tool? My concern would be that the battery shuts down or throws an error code because it "saw" a high increase in current with no tool connected. Last thing I want to do is brick a new battery.
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    What will Makita come out with next?

    Stumbled upon this 36V right angle drill:
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    Battery Adapter

    cliu, thank you so much for taking the time to post the pictures. I really want that Ryobi hand-held inflator, but I'm currently trying to justify the $45 (inflator + adapter) total cost just to go cordless. The decision would be a lot easier if my plug-in inflator stopped working...
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    What will Makita come out with next?

    That's me... total fan boy. I will justify purchasing any tool (especially if it's blue and cordless) in my sick head.
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    Battery Adapter

    I am interested in this because there is one tool that I really want that Makita doesn't make... a tire inflator. Ryobi has a reasonably priced inflator, but I refuse to bring a 3rd charger on my shelf for one tool. This looks like the solution at a reasonable price. Can you attach a picture of yours fitted with a Makita battery?
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