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  1. I actually just got to use them for the first time last week. I had to drill 32- 3/4"dia. x 9" deep holes in concrete that was about 20 years old. The holes were to anchor down a grain bin so I worked one way around the circle with the Milwaukee and another guy went the other way with the dewalt. In the end the milwaukee drilled 17 holes and the Dewalt drilled 15, but there wasn't anything scientific to it nor was it a true head to head. Both drill bits had some amount of wear and we both stopped about half way through to give the drills a bit of a break and went back and cleaned out the holes with air to get them ready to epoxy the anchors. We both had sets of batteries that we switched every few holes just to try counteract some heat build up. The dewalt drained 2- 6.0 flexvolt batteries dead and had two bars left on 2- 6.0 xr batteries. With the Milwaukee I had 3- 9.0 batteries one of which started with just 3 bars and I used the three until they were down to one bar and then I used one bar of a 6.0 to finish my last two holes. Overall I would say the two drills are very comparable and really didn't have any problems drilling the holes. Both drills did get pretty warm in the gear case area and both expelled some grease from the chuck. Yea dwain after seeing your review and the other experience I've had dewalts 60v tools I wished the sds plus version was available in the US. When researching them I did see the US 20v does indeed have the same specs as the 54v/60v but it would be interesting to see if there is any difference in real world performance. It still seems like Hilti is king when it comes to rotary hammers but it was hard to justify when I'm already so deeply invested in other battery platforms.
  2. Biggie

    DHS680 and DCS551

    My bad, yea in the US metal saws have different arbors than wood saws. I don't think I would want to use a wood saw to cut metal either but I know Diablo makes a metal blade for most of your common sizes and they can spin at like 11000rpm.
  3. Biggie

    DHS680 and DCS551

    Simple answer is yes they can be used interchangeably, a wood circ saw can cut metal and a metal circ saw can cut wood as long as you have the correct blade. A few considerations to keep in mind though: 1. They usually require specialty blades to switch from one to the other. A metal saw usually has a slower rpm under 4000 where as your wood saws get up into the 5000rpm range. The two saws also have different arbor sizes which makes finding a metal blade for a wood saw or wood blade for a metal saw more difficult. 2. A metal saw will throw a lot of shrapnel so they have guards that are more enclosed. If you're going to use a wood saw to cut metal you better have safety glasses and long sleeves. Also because the guard is more enclosed on the metal saws, they don't have a bevel adjustment. I'm more accustomed to the metal circ saw as its what I use every day at work and in a pinch I've used it to cut wood 2x4 with the metal blade. You probably wouldn't want to build a house with it but for a few cuts it has no problems. I personally have never tried using a wood saw circ saw with a wood blade to cut metal so I don't know what those results would be.
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    Dewalt Atomic

    I really prefer the hackzall style recip. saw. It really shines for one handed use. You can hold the piece you're cutting and still control the saw with your other. We have the current dewalt compact and even though it's virtually the same size as the hackzall, the handle configuration still doesn't allow for very good one handed operation.
  5. As far as I know there is no recommended service hours that a grinders grease should be changed at. I've never done it but with age I'm sure it doesn't hurt to freshen it up. Recently "Ave" took a hilti grinder apart cleaned it up and regreased it. He uses a mobil grease and he says it's maybe not exactly what is spec'd but it should be fine. If it's your first time hearing of "Ave" he's a youtuber that has torn apart hundreds of tools and while he might seem a bit goofy he really is smart and knowledgeable when it comes to tools and mechanical devices.
  6. Well I did a little more checking and indeed my m18 gen 3 drill and impact do have the new clips that the batteries fit. I just happened to have a surge sitting in my office and when the batteries didn't fit on there I checked with on a really old impact I have with the clip made out of round rod and that didn't fit. I guess I never noticed the new tools being different. The reason I said started is because there are still plenty of new tools out there being sold that still have the old style clip. I actually received a brand new in box mid torque impact wrench from milwaukees e-service acouple months ago and it still has the old clip. I probably over exaggerated the cost of replacement clips a little but between dewalt and milwaukee I probably have about 30 clips to replace and I was thinking an average of $5 a clip.
  7. Nice to know they've started to correct this issue. Still doesn't help my current situation though.
  8. Great news it's finally here, 1800 nut busting 1500ft/lbs forward torque. The bad news it cost $699 bare tool or $999 for a kit with two 8.0 batteries and fast charger. For the guys who really need the torque and a 1" drive it's probably worth the cost but your average construction worker or mechanic will never get to harness the power of this beast.
  9. So over the last year I've picked up a few dewalt 6.0xr batteries and found that if you have a belt clip on the tool they didn't really fit and you had to bend the clip a little to get it to go. This was a slight annoyance but they worked well now this last week I got my first m18 6.0 batteries with the 21700 cells and the belt clips on the milwaukees can't easily be bent. I'm sure there are those of you who take the belt clips off and throw them away and there was a time I thought they were gimmicky. But for assembling things out in the field I find them really convenient and pretty much have them on all of my tools and I don't think I've ever taken one off because it was in the way of a space i needed to get into. I don't want to see battery technology slow down on account of a belt clip, its just a little annoying to have battery compatibility issues. For the most part its not an issue with the 6.0 batteries because they typically get used on bigger tools that don't have belt clips. The other thing that's disappointing to me is i was looking forward to the 3.0 and 4.0 slim packs for my impacts and drills but I can see that not going to work with my tools as they are. I'm sure in time they will modify the belt clips but to retro fit all of my current clips would probably be a couple hundred dollars which just kind of sucks.
  10. To answer your first question the 2784-20 has a 1/4" collet and your dremels have 1/8" collets so no it wouldn't be a direct fit. I don't know if there is some sort of aftermarket insert adapter that would take a collet from a 1/4" to a 1/8" nor do I know if there is a flex shaft with a 1/4" drive shaft.
  11. Yep ebay and I've been trying not to as well especially since the 8.0 were announced. But I know I'm going to be buying the new 6" grinder when it comes out and I don't have any HO batteries. As much as I want the 8.0 I'm guessing a pair will be over $200 for awhile and the 6.0s were $115.
  12. I would have liked to have held out for the 8.0 but I got a good deal on these.
  13. Biggie

    Dewalt Atomic

    I know its been said before but power on impact drivers has gotten a bit carried away. Top speed on the premium impact drivers has almost become too much for a person driving 2-3" construction screws. A lot of it, myself included, comes down to ego and thinking you need the fastest most powerful tool and most of the time that's not really the case. The biggest problem for me is not that its not as powerful but its also still not as compact as Makita and MIlwaukee. I find myself working in tight places all the time and I know there are places the 887 wouldn't fit that I can get the m18 gen 3 into. Then again I think these are designed to compete with the makita sub compact line and compared to those they arent bad. Maybe the next dewalt premium impact driver will see some downsizing.
  14. I've had a lot of dewalt drills and impact drivers and wrenches split apart over the years but never a dcf887. Not sure if this picture from ereplacement parts helps.
  15. I've had a few 20v tools that a wire solder has broke on usually between the battery terminal and the trigger. If its not that simple it's probably something in the electronics which if it is you can replace it with an electronic assembly. The assembly include the battery terminal, trigger, electronic board, and magnetic motor housing all wired and podded together. I don't believe you can buy those parts individually so it makes troubleshooting pretty easy but more expensive. You can usually find assemblies on ebay but being that it's already a used tool you have to find it at the right price to make it worth it.
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