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  1. Power Tool Quirks and Oddities

    DeWalt's forward/reverse tabs are the worst. They're too far down the tool and are an annoyance to snap on/off as they tend to stick in neutral mode. Hitachi's 2-bar battery indicator on their premium tools. Really? 2 bars?
  2. I'm interested in this too; everything I've heard suggests that the Surge combines the best attributes from the Ridgid and Makita.
  3. I only have M18 and Makita 18v as my 2 platforms. Just curious for opinions on both so I can get a sense of which direction to go in; neither of them are available to purchase aside from online from what I can see.
  4. Just wanted to look for opinions from folks who have used the Stealth Force, Makita Soft Impact and Milwaukee Surge. From what I understand, the Stealth Force is the hardest hitting impact, which makes it more ideal as an impact driver replacement but perhaps less useful for precision work. I'm interested in the Makita Soft Impact primarily as there are very few reviews compared to the Surge and Stealth Force. How do the latter two compare?
  5. Recommended 12v Max Tools

    The brushed 12v drill/impact combo is at Lowe's for $129. I actually like their grip and durability far more than their brushless counterparts (which you can't even buy as a combo kit).
  6. batteries not lasting

    The Triple Hammer by Hitachi rivals Makita's XDT12 IMHO, albeit with fewer settings. Generally speaking, though, I'd agree that Makita is to impact drivers what Milwaukee is to reciprocating saws.
  7. Question about brushless drills

    Wouldn't surprise me if that's the case...compared to Makita and other companies the Milwaukee power drills/impacts have noticeably fewer vents.
  8. Hello all, Recently narrowed down my power tools to strictly Milwaukee, which means I'm parting with my sweet Makita Bluetooth AM/FM radio. I know a few years ago Milwaukee came out with a big Bluetooth AM/FM radio/charger, and last year they've brought out a M18 radio (no BT) and a 12v/18v BT speaker (no radio). Speaking in terms of sound quality, how do they compare?
  9. What tools did you buy today?

    Bought a Milwaukee Surge kit with the 2.0 batteries to complement my One-key combo I picked up on eBay the other day (for $260 brand new...compared to the $499 it goes for at Home Despot). On a side note, am also selling off my other brands of power tools...for my needs I really just need one
  10. so whats next in the dewalt pipeline?

    A hydraulic oil impulse driver should be at least in the works, seeing how Makita, Ridgid, Milwaukee, and even Ryobi have them out. I messaged DeWalt's Facebook page asking about it Thursday and haven't heard back yet.
  11. Disgruntled Milwaukee user

    OP is a joke, both in content and handle.
  12. What tools did you buy today?

    Bought a brand new One Key M18 Fuel Hammer Drill/Impact combo for under $270 on eBay. Considering they go for $399 off the shelves at HD it sounded too good to pass up.
  13. Surge vs. Stealth Force?

    I'm probably going to get into one of these brands and figure this will be a decision once I purchase a combo kit. I don't care about other tools in the platform as I use corded for most everything aside from impacts/drills. In all honesty Ridgid appeals to me more due to the LSA. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
  14. What brand Power Tool should I invest in?

    I'd go Kobalt. In general their stuff has the best build quality of the 3, the cheapest batteries, the best specs, and the best warranties (5 year tool, 3 year battery, 1 year money-back guarantee). Plus all of their stuff is brushless. Re: platform longevity, the 24v line is selling *significantly* better than their 20v Max stuff did. It wouldn't surprise me to see this platform stick around.
  15. New tool releases from Milwaukee

    Forgive me if this has been answered already, but when are the new 12v Fuel drill/impacts due out? Semi-OT, but I wish Milwaukee would release a new 12v tuning radio w/BT. Their 12v radio has been out for 7 years and is a bit long in the tooth.