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  1. D W

    Metabo HPT dual volt...ac or DC tools

    Multivolt becomes more appropriate if they end up doing X2 with the batteries (so 18V, 36V, and 72V).
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    What tools did you buy today?

    Hikoki Multivolt battery 5.0ah/2.5ah. I chose this over the 8.0ah/4.0ah for it's smaller size and lower price ($40/22% cheaper). I don't have any Multivolt tools yet, but I've been holding off getting a 6.0ah to use on the 18V reciprocating saw knowing these weren't too far away (for the fuel gauge!). Great to have 36V without the weight. Future Multivolt tool purchases will likely include the circular saw and grinder unless the reviews are saying they aren't very good.
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    Makita Battery cell 20700

    One brand should go out on a limb with this idea: Removable and sealed 3 or 5 cell cartridges or pods that you load into slide packs like we know them today (like loading individual batteries into a flashlight for example, but cartridges into slide packs which would essentially just be containers for the cartridges). The slide packs would come in a few sizes such as 1, 2, 4, and 8 cartridge packs. You could then "build" the sized battery you need. A 3 cell per cartridge approach would allow "12V", "24V", "48V", and a 5 cell per cartridge approach would allow "18V", "36V", "72V" etc. Both have advantages. So a tool would be rated by the minimum number of cartridges or pods that are needed for it to run (with voltage not really being the thing that is referred to). With a 3 cell per cartridge approach: A "12V max" tool would be rated 1+ (1 cartridge minimum). If you use a slide pack that holds 2 cartridges, then the tool would increase the run-time by using them in parallel. Hypothetically it could also use a 4 or 8 cartridge pack for extra long run-time. A "24V max" tool would be rated 2+ (2 cartridges minimum) and use the 2 cartridges in series. If you use a 4 cartridge pack, then it would use two pairs of in series cartridges in parallel. A "48V max" would be rated 4+...and so on. This approach could allow a 12V rotary tool to exist on the same platform as a 48V mower.
  4. D W

    Hitachi multivolt

  5. D W

    Makita Battery cell 20700

    Same here. It was hard enough to find our local release date. All we got was "October". I'm looking forward to the US release. I'll consider that the "Official" release date (US have a huge market and the most YouTube channels/reviewers). It's a damn shame about the "Metabo HPT" name though.
  6. D W

    Makita Battery cell 20700

    That might be for the US only. Online stores in Australia are listing it as 'In Stock', but I guess it may not be actually true. One store does have a YouTube channel and have 2 videos up (the 36V rotary hammer and 36V impact wrench). I placed an order for the small battery yesterday so it should be here in 2 days time if it's actually available. I'll try to post a mini review when it arrives. I wondered about that. It was a great idea from Dewalt.
  7. D W

    Makita Battery cell 20700

    If Makita uses bigger cells, then X2 tools are going to be seriously heavy and huge. Flexvolt are big with 15 cells, but Makita are possibly going to have 20 x 21700 cells on a single tool! 😨 I think Hitachi/Hikoki with Multivolt have a better approach. It's like a middle ground between Flexvolt and X2. A single 18650 Multivolt battery will do 36V and be exactly the same size as one of their original 6ah 18V batteries. To improve runtime (and likely power), they also have a bigger 21700 cell 8ah/4ah version. It's bigger, but not as big as Flexvolt or 2 x Makita batteries. We haven't seen any reviews yet, but in theory Multivolt is looking like a winner. I kind of wish it was Makita that came up with the idea instead (or be the first ones to copy Flexvolt if you prefer I put it that way).
  8. D W

    18V soldering iron! YES!

    That is a great design! Exactly what I was hoping to see. Ryobi have some great ideas.
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    My TD170 does this, about 5mm in/out. I didn't think much of it until I tried another brand (which only had about 2mm movement). Not sure if it's normal or not, but it's definitely something I've disliked about the 170.
  10. D W

    Hitachi multivolt

    So multivolt has started appearing around the world. Anyone purchased anything? I'll be ordering a battery this week. Interesting to see they have two battery sizes (both ah and physical): -18650 cell 5.0ah/2.5ah -21700 cell 8.0ah/4.0ah
  11. D W

    What tools did you buy today?

    I agree. It looks great. I haven't used it much yet, but initial impressions leave me a little underwhelmed, considering the level of "hype" about this tool. There really is a lot of hype but very few actual reviews or comparisons. It's definitely not as good in build quality as the Makita, which is made in Japan (Hitachi in China). There's something not quite right about the balance as well. The Makita feels slightly heavier (I'd say it's the battery) but it's balance feels perfect. The Hitachi is not as perfectly balanced. I tried a couple of small screws but I really couldn't tell the difference in smoothness or sound levels having a 3rd hammer. I'll have a look at the Specs and compare them at the same rpm, which will probably be more noticeable (Hitachi is 4000bpm at 2900rpm, Makita turns much faster to get 3800bpm at 3600rpm). So per rotation, the Hitachi has more hits.
  12. D W

    What tools did you buy today?

    Hitachi 18V triple hammer impact driver. I already owned the Makita (it's hardly used and still looks brand new).
  13. D W

    Highest drain tools

    I haven't tried all types of tools, but out of the tools I have, I've found Angle grinders are the hardest on batteries. I was able to run a 6.2ah LiHD Metabo battery completely flat in 2-3 minutes (remember, this battery also has big 20700 cells!). I must say though, I've never used a cordless circular saw so perhaps they are harder on them. I've found the Dewalt 20V hedge trimmer is the easiest on batteries out of all the tools I own. I'm amazed at the runtime it gets (and it's brushed). I assume the other brands hedge trimmers are similar.
  14. Thanks Guys, great video!