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  1. aabee

    Bosch gdr 18v-200 brushless impact driver

    Any pics?
  2. aabee

    What tools did you buy today?

    Got myself the 2nd gen M12 Fuel drill/impact combo for $199 with a free 6.0 battery. Last day of the sale!
  3. aabee

    Why DeWalt? Why Not?

    I've owned DeWalt power tools but currently own Makita and Milwaukee. I think DeWalt's power tools are very good, but the forward/reverse switches on their drills and impacts are too far ahead near the front of the tool to switch as easily as most other brands, which is a shame as the handles are among the most ergonomic. I used to own their 12v tools and watched as they remained utterly stagnant in that platform year after year while Milwaukee ran circles around them. I asked why they no longer supported that platform and was told they were still being "supported" (i.e. still available for purchase) but they wouldn't address WHY they abandoned any type of advancement. Ditto for their 8v platform. I'm not a fan of their "20v Max" nomenclature (ditto for the rest of the SBD platforms such as PC, B&D, Bostitch, etc.) and having worked at Lowe's it became extremely tedious having to explain it away as a marketing gimmick to casuals who figured it meant moah powah than the 18v competitors. The fact that they're seemingly content to put a cap on their 20v Max platform's potential to shift the heavier duty tools to FlexVolt is a concern. Why not come out with a more potent brushless reciprocating saw in the 20v Max category? Ditto impact wrenches, etc. In general I just find myself questioning how committed they truly are to 20v Max innovation in both the short and long run. Just my .02
  4. I'm invested in Milwaukee and DeWalt; don't have a strong preference for one platform over the other. I realize the Milwaukee Fuel has been around for a while and I own both 9.0 and 5.0 batteries. Meanwhile I own some 5.0 batteries for DeWalt. Right now Lowe's has a deal were you buy a bare brushless 20v saw and you get a free 6.0 battery. Does anyone have first-hand experience from both? In protoolreview's circular saw shootout the DeWalt finished higher than the Milwaukee FWIW. Thanks!
  5. Both programmable lights with 360 coverage, both about the same height, Milwaukee's is brighter, but there's a huge price difference ($200 or so for the DeWalt vs $599 for the Milwaukee). Is there anyone who has experience with one or both that could shed some light (clank) on how these compare?
  6. aabee

    M12 gen 2!

    It's definitely not just a Milwaukee thing; DeWalt's first brushless 20v Max brushless drill (the DCD790) had the loudest brake of any drill I've ever used.
  7. aabee

    The new tripod light...

    To those who have asked, yes the collars are plastic and its weight isn't distributed very well when picked up by the handle. Even with the lower lumens I prefer the older Milwaukee stand lights to this (the ones with the metal collars, anyway). They're easier to tote around and the build quality seems better IMHO.
  8. aabee

    Hitachi Power tools to be Renamed Metabo HTP

    Not a fan of an abbreviation at the end of a brand name. I think Hitabo has a better ring to it than Metabo HTP or Hikoki.
  9. aabee

    Craftsman maybe make a comeback?

    ^Exactly. Lowe's is going to sell Craftsman products starting in (IIRC) 3Q 2018; possibly earlier, which will include (at least) hand tools and outdoor power equipment. Kobalt will coexist with Craftsman, albeit as a more value-oriented brand. Honestly, it's a great decision to have both considering their warranties. If Craftsman goes back to their made in the USA products then this is potentially game-changing as their history is far more iconic than, say, Husky and to a lesser extent Kobalt (the latter from people I've worked with generally has a better reputation for hand tools than the former). I think there's a pretty significant groundswell for products made in the US to re-emerge, and if there's a brand that's synonymous with hand tools at the forefront -- regardless of how warranted that reputation has been of late -- so much the better.
  10. aabee

    Craftsman maybe make a comeback?

    Absolutely. I remember reading that something like 1/2 of all tool chests and boxes are Craftsman brand. Lowe's is going to benefit tremendously from this partnership, ESPECIALLY if they go back to making everything in the US. If they do, there's no doubt in my mind that they'll once again be the premier hand tool brand of the big box stores. They're also going to sell their outdoor power equipment (mowers, etc) at Lowe's and, in theory, could well re-launch their cordless power tools.
  11. aabee

    Home Depot getting aggressive!

    I can't help but wonder if there will be a re-branding of the Kobalt line with Craftsman power tools. Perhaps make each platform battery-compatible with the other. Lowe's currently has DeWalt (which is their biggest seller by far), Porter-Cable, Hitachi, Bosch, Black and Decker, Bostitch (nailers only), and Kobalt battery platforms. As much as I like the Kobalt power tools they're basically a rich man's version of Porter-Cable's tools (very basic stuff; not much innovation at all but covers most of the bases).
  12. aabee

    Home Depot getting aggressive!

    All of the Kobalt 24v batteries (even the 1.5!) have fuel gauges on them. Whoever did this display was a moron. Also, Ridgid's cordless stuff has never been verified as being "best in class" in any category I've ever seen from videos and websites that run cross-platform reviews. They're generally the definition of the B-tier. If anything, the consensus is they inflate their specs.
  13. aabee

    Differences between these rocket lights?

    I just bought a new 9.0 battery and the older rocket light new for $260 total including shipping. The ability to charge a battery and plug the light in isn't a huge deal to me. Thanks for the advice everyone!
  14. aabee

    The new tripod light...

    Kind of stinks that you can't plug it in like with the new M18 rocket.
  15. Hi all, Been thinking about adding a rocket light or two to my collection, and noticed a lot of them on Home Depot's website come with a free 5.0 battery and charger for the older models and a free 9.0 battery and rapid charger for the more recent 3-head model. My only question is, (aside from the price) what are the differences between these 2: 1)https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwaukee-M18-18-Volt-Lithium-Ion-Cordless-ROCKET-LED-Tower-Light-with-Free-M18-18-Volt-5-0Ah-Starter-Kit-2130-20-48-59-1850/206705705 2) https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwaukee-M18-18-Volt-Lithium-Ion-Cordless-Rocket-LED-Tower-Light-Kit-2130-20P/207121220 Also, what's the difference between these 2? 3)https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwaukee-M18-18-Volt-Lithium-Ion-Cordless-Rocket-LED-Stand-Light-Charger-with-Free-M18-Rapid-Charger-and-9-0Ah-Battery-2135-20-48-59-1890/303841921 4)https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwaukee-M18-18-Volt-Lithium-Ion-Cordless-Rocket-LED-Stand-Light-Charger-with-Free-M18-Rapid-Charger-and-9-0Ah-Battery-2135-21HD-48-59-1890/303845749 Also, anyone have any experience with any of these models? Thanks!