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  1. D W

    Hitachi multivolt

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    Dewalt Battery logo

    Likely a new batch, that's the recent styling. Same battery though.
  3. This could be Australia only at the moment but here it is anyway: https://www.makita.com.au/products/power-tools/platform/12v-max-mobile/inflator/mp100dz-12v-max-inflator This would be great in the 18V subcompact form!
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    New Makita 12V Max CXT Inflator

    I've used a strip of velcro cable organiser to keep safety triggers depressed (Dewalt 20V die grinder and Metabo 18V recip saw). One side of the strip is the "hooks" and the other the "loops". All you have to do is wrap it around.
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    Hitachi multivolt

    PTR have a review of the circular saw: https://www.protoolreviews.com/trades/carpentry/metabo-hpt-multivolt-circular-saw/43019/ The final score was let down by the value (too expensive). $359 USD is insane pricing! It's $389 AUD here in Australia, plus they had a recent offer with a free MV battery, so we Aussies are actually getting something cheaper than in the US. They also mentioned it's 3lbs lighter than the M18 Fuel. Pros Excellent build quality Automatic speed control mode conserves battery life and runs quieter in niche applications Outperforms our corded worm drive Lightest among the Cordless Supersaws AC or DC power without switching saws Cons Secondary handle is too small Very expensive at $359 bare No kit options currently available
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    Hikoki Quiet Drive impact driver

    I've seen those on eBay but the last time I looked they were $700! Looks great!
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    Hitachi multivolt

    Multivolt 7 1/4 inch circular saw. Very smooth running and high quality. I've never owned a cordless circular saw so I can't comment on much else. Specs say the cut depth is 62mm. It feels sturdy and the silent mode is a lot less noise. The motor seems compact compared to others. A Multivolt version of the 165mm 18V deep cut saw is out there apparently (NZ), and that saw does 66mm cut depth.
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    What tools did you buy today?

    Hikoki 36V 7 1/4 inch circular saw.
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    What tools did you buy today?

    One is the 18V version I got a few months ago. I should have posted a photo of the 36V only but I forgot to take one. It's practically still brand new/hardly used. They look very similar, especially the grips.
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    Hitachi multivolt

    The reciprocating saw has arrived. I haven't used it yet but it feels very smooth and very powerful! The vibration control seems to be doing a great job, just holding it in hand shows it has MUCH less vibration than the 18V version. The 18V is supposed to be a low vibration saw, but I have doubts it actually is compared to most. My previous 18V brushed Metabo had less. The 36V is also noticeably heavier and louder than the 18V but not much bigger overall. The trigger is very smooth easy to pull (like all the Hitachi triggers I've used). The LED can be toggled to remain on at all times.
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    What tools did you buy today?

    Hikoki 36V multivolt reciprocating saw.
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    Hitachi multivolt

    I totally agree with this. I only ended up buying a couple of MV tools because they each came with a free Multivolt battery (during the boxing day sales here in Australia). Otherwise way too expensive. The MV reciprocating saw is $399 AUD and the circular saw is $385 AUD (tools only). Chuck in a free battery worth $179 AUD and it becomes great value though!
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    Hitachi multivolt

    I've ordered the reciprocating saw and 185mm circular saw. They should be arriving next week. On paper the Multivolt tools look outstanding. I'm looking forward to seeing them compared with Makita X2 and Flexvolt.
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    Hitachi multivolt

    It looks like the Kiwis are getting a Multivolt version of the 165mm deep cut circular saw: https://www.hikoki.co.nz/shop/36v-multi-volt/36v-brushless-165mm-circular-saw-bare-tool/
  15. The major online tool stores in Australia have some great boxing day offers. Sydney tools are giving a free 5ah Hikoki multivolt battery with various multivolt skins. They also have a similar offer for Dewalt (free 4ah battery). Gets tools direct have the Hitachi triple hammer skin for $199. Links below: https://sydneytools.com.au/category/promo https://www.gettoolsdirect.com.au/clearance.html?utm_source=GTD+Newsletter+List&utm_campaign=e247a39263-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_24_01_22&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8225cb02f6-e247a39263-175627729&mc_cid=e247a39263&mc_eid=ca25d00d1f
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    Boxing day sales (Australia)

    Sydney tools have extended their sale for today. Some items have sold out. They also give $105 store credit if you spend $500 or more. This credit amount is even higher if you spend more. I've ordered a couple of Hikoki skins to receive 2 free Multivolt batteries. It's a great deal considering they sell for $179 AUD each.
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    Japanese tape measures

    I've been looking online for Komelon and other self lock tape measures to buy. Not an easy task when you want pure metric ones. I've found a 5.5m/25mm Komelon self lock, but I'm curious to see what else is out there. I already own the 3.5m version and it's outstanding other than short standout (16mm blade) and somewhat too-soft rubber. I found this site that basically has 4 pages of different Japanese tape measures. It appears to be photos only, but if you translate the page using the browser, the tape measure brand and model will be shown. Worth a look! Lucky they're hard to buy, I'd start a collection otherwise. http://kanai-marukin.com/marukin_041_01.html Here's a few that caught my attention:
  18. I've recently discovered Vessel ball grip (220 series) screwdrivers. Absolutely my favourite now, especially the ratchet version (only the ball turns, not the whole handle, and the shaft from below the grey ratchet switch can be removed to use it as a stubby ratchet with 1/4 inch hex bits). All Made in Japan and the Philips is actually JIS. They're great to hold and the ball design allows you to apply a lot of torque when you need it. I suggest trying one out, the P2 is only around $7 USD delivered from Japan on Ebay. I also have Wiha which are my second choice.
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    Dewalt hammer drill vs non hammer drill

    I find "the experience" when using hammer drills slightly different. Hammer drills are more front heavy and less balanced. They also have back and forth movement in the chuck, some more than others. The DCD796 has quite a bit of movement, but it's a beast when drilling in hammer mode (for a compact). As far as I know the DCD791 and DCD796 are identical other than the hammer mode. Same chucks etc.
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    New Makita 12V Max CXT Inflator

    It has 3 x 18650 cells in that battery, so assume the battery is at least 65mm long, probably as long as an 18V battery is wide. It looks compact. Maybe the size of a 12V Jigsaw?
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    What tools did you buy today?

    Bosch DDS183 compact drill. I passed on getting one of these a while back and got the Hitachi instead. I found a great deal on the Bosch that I couldn't refuse, so now I have both. First impressions: the Bosch is awesome. It feels more powerful than the Hitachi and is noticeably lighter in weight. Just as ergonomic, smaller, and much quieter as well. Downside: Mine has a wobbly chuck! Damn, this would have been the perfect drill. I hate when this happens. The Hitachi has a perfect chuck, no wobble or run out whatsoever.
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    How do you guys store bare tools?

    I put cordless tools in padded postal bags (bubble wrap bags). Then I can throw them in modular tool boxes without getting all scratched up. They're quite heavy duty bags actually. Ideally i'd use foam or dividers but that approach is too expensive.
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    Milwaukee Lithium Ion Battery Maintence

    I noticed this with a new 3ah compact Hitachi. Absolutely terrible run time at first. It's was drilling around 20 holes then the tool would show the battery already empty. Its running great now after 4 or 5 charges. I've only had this happen with this one particular Hitachi battery. I neary threw it away thinking it was faulty!
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    Milwaukee Lithium Ion Battery Maintence

    I'm glad you asked this question @Firefighter1406. This is something I also want to know. I haven't had a lot of time for anything since starting a family, so all of my batteries have been sitting idle for months. I believe some of them might even be unused for 8-9 months. I used to always keep them fully charged but I once read something about the half charge rule so I just started doing that instead. I prefer the full charge as I can always grab a full battery when I need it. That's a good point about the labelling @method. I vaguely recall reading a manual saying something about temperature (it might have been Hitachi) but nothing about storing at certain charge levels. Like you said, there'd probably be something on the battery itself.