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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. The new tripod light...

    Kind of stinks that you can't plug it in like with the new M18 rocket.
  10. 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!
  11. New Makita Impact TD171

    Is there an official list of how many impacts Makita has made over the years? They have a serious fetish going on. This looks nice with plenty of features but it goes so fast that part of me wonders just how much precision you can get out of it on a consistent basis.
  12. What tools did you buy today?

    Nah, if I do get invested in another platform it would be M12. I ordered the M12/M18 Bluetooth speaker online (there was a promo for a free M12 2.0 battery and charger included). To make matters better, they actually sent me 3 of the speakers instead of the one I ordered (and was charged for), so now I have 3 m12 2.0 batteries, chargers, and Bluetooth speakers! I already gave one speaker/battery/charger to my gf and she LOVES it.
  13. What tools did you buy today?

    Bought the DeWalt DCK283D2 compact brushless combo kit and saved 30% off the $259.00 price for a total cost of $181. Already own the Milwaukee One-Key combo (albeit for a LOT less than HD's ridiculous $499 price) and the Makita subcompact combo, but for $181 I just couldn't pass it up. Besides, it's a great mid-size drill to compliment the larger M18 and smaller sub.
  14. new tough system release dates?

    An updated Tough System radio? Is it even possible that it sounds BETTER than the previous gen?
  15. Milwaukee M18 Battery Run Times

    Better way to do a test like this is with a radio, or something like that which requires consistent energy use.