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  1. It is a limited warranty yes and I've had tools that were 2 years old get turned down by my local authorized service center as wear and tear. But I've never so much as been questioned when I send something into milwaukees e-service. I've also found that if I take something to my local service center, if it's not something simple they send it off to a different place and they only ship tools once a week. So sometimes it would be over a month before getting the tool back. With e-service shippings free and they usually only have the tool for a day or two. Shipping times vary depending on how far you are from the e-service location but for me I usually get the tool back in under 2 weeks total from when I shipped it.
  2. We kind of made the switch about five years ago from dewalt to milwaukee. We ran dewalt 18v for many years with numerous trigger issues so when the first set of 20v we bought had a grinder and impact trigger go bad after a year we decided to go milwaukee. At that time milwaukee had more brushless tools that we used daily, impact wrenches and grinders were the biggest improvement. Since then we've continued to update two work trucks with the latest and greatest tools, one milwaukee and the other dewalt. Each line has tools that might be marginally better than the other but overall they're very comparable. Milwaukee has a better warranty but then again I've had to use it sometimes more than I'd like. Also the original set of 20v dewalt tools is still around and after reparing those two triggers they've been pretty reliable. Long story short the grass isn't always greener and while I like my milwaukee tools unless there is a specific tool you cant get in the makita I doubt it's really worth changing out your entire tool set. I'd also agree with toolbane about milwaukee being a marketing machine, they're always releasing the next gen tool and making you think you need it, which most the time you don't and most of the time I end up buying it. Its viscous for a tool junkie.
  3. To the guys that have these, what's you're opinion of them. I was pretty excited to get one but after seeing a couple reviews on youtube they seem like another atomic dud. The more atomic stuff they release the more pointless the whole line seems.
  4. I've never tried but from looking at pictures I'm guessing it would work. The 2767 hog ring model and 2766 pin detent model actually have a different nose cone. The hog ring anvil can take more torque because it doesn't have a hole in it so keep that in mind at $50-$60 the pin anvil may be more likely to break on the 2767 impact.
  5. One tool leads to another...
  6. First thing I would do is check the build date. It doesn't matter if you bought it used if it's less than 5 years old from the build date you should be able to warranty it through Milwaukee's e-service. If it's not under warranty most of your tool parts places like e-replacement.com sell complete electronic assemblies, which have your switch and electronic components all pre-wired together. The bad thing is the assembly is usually pretty spendy and gets you close to the price of a new out of box tool on ebay, which at that point is it really worth putting that much money into a used tool. If you're really electronically inclined you may be able to source individual components but if you were I'm guessing you wouldn't be on here asking.
  7. Yep these tools are definitely another step above your 36v and 60v tools pricing wise. There aren't too many 18v tools I cant "justify" buying if I want to as a construction company owner but these mx fuels are expensive enough you're going to have to have a specific need to be buying these.
  8. Looks nice and compact. I liked the the original m18 hackzall and was excited when the fuel hackzall was released but the fuel version is kind of big.
  9. There are a few models with variable speed options but none of them are very compact and strange enough they seem to put it on the big powerful models. - milwaukee m18 2721-20 fuel sawzall with One-key has electronically programmable settings that you can actually customize for different applications. -milwaukee m18 2722-20 fuel super sawzall has a dial to control speed as well as orbital settings. -Bosch gsa18v-125n has a dial to control speed and it too has orbital action. -bosch crs180 18v does have two speeds but it's just a lock mechanism that only allows the variable speed trigger to be pulled half way when it's in speed one. While I don't think any of these really fit what you're looking for size wise, they do have more than just a variable speed trigger.
  10. Yea if I told my guys they had to use the biggest heaviest batteries they would think I was being mean. But let them pick from a bag of 10- 5.0ah and 3- 9.0ah and its shocking how many times a 9.0 ends up on an impact driver. There was a time I would have fought the idea of a second battery platform pretty hard. While I still like the idea of having all my m18 batteries work with any of my m18 tools, I can see that on high demand tools the m18 just isn't as powerful as dewalt 60v. It's close on the new high output tools but 60v still has an edge. So if makita thinks they can deliver a better tool by having a different battery platform I'd say go for it. I still can't see why they're holding back their 18v line by not having a higher ah battery, unless like was commented before that their existing tools can't handle the extra power, which seems unlikely.
  11. I'd second paulengr. When they first came out I thought I had to have one so I bought the ½" stubby. I thought it was the tool that would make me carry m12 on my service truck but it didn't. For my work I find that often it's too wide to fit into corners to tighten fasteners on a flange. I use the slimmer compact impact wrenches 90% of the time. Every once in a while you run across a fastener that the stubby is the tool to use but its few and far between for me. An auto guy might have a different opinion though.
  12. Picked up a second 8.0 battery. I did put this one on the old "30 minute charger" and it charged in under 1½ hrs which should be sufficient for me.
  13. Yep corded is better for prolonged use and we have a shelf full of them and that's where they stay 99% of the time. There are definitely people out there that still need corded and 10 years ago I would have said cordless grinders are useless but battery technology has really come a long way and they work for the way we use them.
  14. I bought a bosch brushless grinder and it was raining so I thought i would compare it to some of my other grinders to see how it performs. I pretty much just switched back and forth between grinders cleaning up the welding table so it was nothing more than playing with my toys. What I found wasn't anything too surprising the new bosch is pretty much right on par with the m18 fuel and the dewalt 20v brushless. I have to say I give credit to the tools review guys as I'm sure it takes a lot of time and work to push the tools to a point of seeing a difference between them. At the same time I would say its almost splitting hairs between the three "18v" brushless grinders that I have and I don't really see one being superior to the others. The ergonomics is one area that could be debated but that is probably more a personal preference thing. As far as power is concerned the dewalt 60v is still the king of 4.5-5" grinders, it just has the power to keep the rpms up and that's even with the 2/6ah flexvolt battery. The new m18 2981 is close and a step up from the others but its not the 60v and I personally don't really care for the ergonomics of it as it feels to long. The old brushed grinders all get a performance bump from having new big high performance batteries but even with them they're still a step down from the brushless grinders with 5.0ah batteries.
  15. I thought I was going to let my small set of bosch tools die off but a couple good ebay deals and my addiction got the best of me. I'm kind of impressed with how much smaller the bosch 8.0 is vs dewalt and m18 6.0. But I did find out with the old regular charger it takes 3.5 hrs to charge. Once I drain it I'll see if the old fast charger does any better.
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