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  1. Yes there is a slight bump in power on tools most noticeable on tools like grinders and circular saws. The benefit comes from the larger packs with 15 cells vs 10 cells in your 3.0, 4.0, and 5.0 packs. It has been talked about before in different topics.
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    Bosch gdr 18v-200 brushless impact driver

    I have the IWBH182 which is the impact wrench with the triple leds and it was nice when new but the side leds take a beating and break relatively easily. I assume it was more than just me having the problem because they went away from them in their newer models. While we are hard on tools we also have 9 dewalt impacts with the triple leds and they are all still working so to me it was a design flaw.
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    M12 stubby impact wrenches

    I see the highly anticipated m12 stubby impact wrenches are up on milwaukees website. Looks like they'll be available mid September.
  4. I checked on mine and my gen 2 stuff has the noise but it seems to be completely gone on the gen 3 impact and drill.
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    Dewalt 4 1/2 Angle Grinder

    I looked on e-replacement parts and it looks like the have the nut but not the backing plate, which looks to be a slightly differnet design than you see on most grinders. I also see there might be some on ebay with a dw402 search. We've had dozens of grinders over the years and while different brands might be slightly different, i think all of our dewalts are interchangeable and in general most nuts and backing plates are somewhat universal.
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    Dcd996 bites the dust

    Yea anyone who's had to knows it's not ideal nor is it fun but sometimes in the field you do what you have to do to get the job done. While we don't do this everyday it does happen and past drills never seemed to have this problem.
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    Dcd996 bites the dust

    While I can't say with 100% certainty because the ebay seller isn't a authorized by dewalt, I am about 99% certain that it was legit. There would have to be a lot of attention to detail and things like part number stamping for it to be a knock off and at that point I don't think it would be any cheaper for someone else to make.
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    Dcd996 bites the dust

    Another fun fact the guys brought in a 5.0 battery this morning and said oh yea this was on the drill when it quit working and now it won't take a charge.
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    Dcd996 bites the dust

    I wasn't there either time but the first time they were drilling 1/2" holes into 3/8" plate steel and it seems like no matter how many times you try to step up drill bit sizes when you get to that 1/2" bit there's always a little piece of metal that you have to pretty much break off. Which usually means getting the drill up to full speed and trying to ease it into the hole only to have it come to a dead stop at least a few times before it breaks through. They had 12 holes to drill and it happened somewhere along the way. The second time they had to do something that required taking a 30' long 3/8" cable and running it through a 1/2" water pipe and letting it hang out the end a couple feet and spin around like a helicopter. It's not something we do often and I've done it before too but when I did it I used an old piece of crap drill not my best drill. I know all these things are nothing short of abusing the drill but they are things we've done before with multiple other drills. It just seems like the 996 electronics don't like the abuse.
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    Dcd996 bites the dust

    We've actually already started to switch over to milwaukee but we still have a couple of trucks that have dewalt on them. To be honest we've had pretty good luck with the 20v max stuff and milwaukee while it's been good, hasn't been perfect either. The reality is we're just hard on tools but like you said the milwaukee warranty does seem to be better.
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    Dcd996 bites the dust

    I've considered going that route too but my main concern is that the drill isn't shutting itself down before it destroys itself. I know a person should be able to figure it out before they destroy it but when it's hired help and not their tools they get abused.
  12. Gen 3, surge, and gen 2
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    Dcd996 bites the dust

    Well it did it again, the guys were pushing the drill pretty hard today and it went dead. No lights nothing. Has anyone experienced this with a dcd996? I mean from the little bit I've used it, it seems like a solid drill except now the electronics have crapped the bed twice. The drills only 2 years old and for $70 on ebay I can get a whole electronic assembly but now I'm debating if it's worth trying to stick another one in the drill or just scrap it and start over with a completely new drill.
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    What tools did you buy today?

    This should calm my addiction until the stubby m12 wrench comes out.
  15. Yea I don't get where they come up with 60% more power and up to 2x more speed under heavy load. My first use with the new drill I had about 60 holes in 2 pieces of 12ga steel. There were 3/8" holes punched in the steel that were about a 1/4 of a hole off and I wanted to upsize the hole to 7/16". I was running the drill in high speed as I would on any drill. On all 60 holes the drill would bind one time and shut itself off before drilling through the hole. Now to me this was a pretty heavy load being put on the drill and I'm not really knocking the drill because our dcd996 and gen 2 fuel bind and shut down the same way, I just don't think it has that much more power. The main reason I wanted the drill was for how compact it was with as much torque as the gen2 and it does deliver on that. On a side note, it did seem to do a good job of holding the bit tight without slipping as I know my 2703 and 2704 would have with all that binding but it's also a new chuck so time will tell.