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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. What you found is what they have. None of the m18 stuff has any speed control. The m12 right angle die grinder is the only fuel model with speed control but it's new and not available for a few weeks yet. There is a m12 rotary tool that has speed control but it's not a fuel and its more like a dreml tool.
  9. My bad... I've never used a multitool and the little bit I've read here in the forum I thought they were more common. I guess I should have used the SDS as a better example of one that is now industry standard.
  10. I think that the xr 6.0 with 27100 cells are supposed to be better in some areas like runtime but I think the 15 cells in the flexvolt vs the 10 cells in the xr gives you a little more power. Dewalt isn't my main battery platform so I haven't really done an actual runtime test but I would think they have to be pretty comparable. I just know when I first got a 6.0 FV and put it on a dcd996 there was a noticable difference from the 5.0 in keeping rpms up and it made it less likely to stall as it was finishing a hole. Now with the 6.0xr it might have a little more power than the 5.0 but I don't think it's as noticable.
  11. Just wondering what other people's opinion is about Bosch's X-lock grinder and accessories. My initial thought is why complicate something that already works. But I'm sure at one time the same thing was said about starlock on multitools. I guess the biggest thing I don't get is the vast majority of people using grinders never touch a spanner wrench and they just tighten disks by hand. So the idea that it takes a long time to change a disk because you're always searching for the spanner wrench is kind of a myth. The other concern I would have for them is until they're universally accepted (which could take years or never happen) you're limited to only bosch accessories with the x-lock. I'm not really saying it's a bad thing, I just can't see it as a big enough improvement to take off but maybe I'm wrong.
  12. I think generally speaking hilti is still more expensive in the US than milwaukee. I think about a year ago the tariff war here caused or allowed both dewalt and milwaukee to increase pricing by about 10%. The other thing I've noticed is about the time of their marketing launch of "22v" tools, hilti has become much more price competitive. There's still a bit of a premium but it's gotten close enough I've seriously considered buying a set.
  13. Nope not a plumber, I work in ag construction. Most of the time if I'm using a recip. saw its demo of angle iron. A lot of times I'm at some height so I prefer the one handed hackzall so I have the other hand free to either keep the angle or myself from falling. I guess cutting angle iron I don't notice much power difference, maybe in wood its more noticeable.
  14. We use them pretty extensively in steel fabrication. The clean cut quality and speed are second to none. Like with any tool there is a bit of a learning curve. Plunge cutting can be challenging getting the saw started straight as it'll want to walk a bit if you're not holding on tight. Blades can be spendy usually ranging from $30-40 but they last a long time and cost per cuts are comparable if not cheaper than grinder disks or recip. blades. Another thing we've found is the Evolution blades are cheaper than the milwaukee blades and last longer. Binding cuts can kill blade life so as you learn to use the saw you might go through blades a little faster but as you get better so will blade life. As far as comparing it to a grinder or recip. saw, if there is room to use the circular saw that's typically what we use but there are situations where the circ. saw just won't fit or reach. Its much easier to make nice straight cuts with the circular saw than the other two. For a number of years we had the milwaukee corded 8" saw which is a beast but since getting the m18 fuel version I no longer carry the corded and the m18 does everything I ask of it. I have had some durability issues with the m18 fuel saw but so far warranty has covered it and even if they didn't and it did break I would still go out and buy another one. The second time I sent my fuel in for warranty I decided to buy a backup so I bought an ebay m18 brushed model and while it's not as powerful and the runtime isn't as good, it's a plenty capable saw.
  15. Did a little labor day shopping.
  16. I don't fully know but if you look at a parts list for the dcf899 the only grease that is listed is G-2008 Molykote. I think this is the same lube they use in the gear cases of a lot of tools but that must be all they're using as they don't have anything else listed. I'm no grease expert but I would say the exact grease probably isn't real critical. A couple things to keep in mind though, too much gerase will actually make the impact not hit as hard and there aren't any seals in the nose cone so if it's too light of a grease when it heats up it might get messy leaking grease.
  17. Yea I come up with nothing on any of my searching also. But assuming it uses the same remote as the 60v dust extractor (which I cant confirm they are the same) the part number you're looking for is N69688. It can be found on dewalts website in the 60v dust extractor parts manual. It's $18.50 but it says it's back ordered until 11/5/19. https://servicenet.dewalt.com/Products/Detail?productNumber=DCV585B#_ga=2.102223682.212660996.1567210149-513780272.1555206876 Seems pretty stupid on dewalts part to not include the remote or at least make it easily available as an accessory.
  18. It's hard to believe that they could make it to market. You would think somewhere along the line in testing they would have seen failures. I never bought any but they were supposed to be super special steel designed for use in impacts or drills. I never saw anything in the descriptions saying they were specialized for a specific application. Sounds to me like the engineers only tested them in specific applications and then marketing marketed them as a do everything bit. Now they're trying to blame it on the consumer...
  19. Hey Joe just curious what makes you say the compact xr is much better than the m18 fuel hackzall. I have both and the dewalt definately has a lot more vibration. Power wise I would say they're close to the same. The one thing I like better about the dewalt is the 4 position blade it really allows for flush cutting. I personally like the hackzall style saw though. It just gives you way more control to operate the saw one handed, leaving a free hand to brace material. I have a couple fuel sawzalls too but the only recip. saw I carry on my truck is the hackzall because I just don't use anything else 99% of the time. Which is why I'm excited to see dewalts new offering. Maybe if you're doing a lot of demoing the dewalt is better??? and I just don't do much of that. Then again I don't think either saw would be a first choice demo work anyhow.
  20. Im excited, I just hope they do a little R/D or reverse engineering to take some vibration out of the saw.
  21. While it's great that they've been honoring the warranty, it's become a bit of a pain. I've actually bought a second brushed version of this saw off ebay just as a back up for when I send it in for warranty. But out of curiosity I got looking at the parts list on milwaukees website and they actually updated the gear assembly in sept. 2018 so hopefully I won't have anymore issues.
  22. Well I sent my m18 fuel metal circular saw 2782-20 in for warranty for the 3rd time and while they fixed it, somewhere along the way it got beat up. I have no proof of the condition the shoe was in before I sent it in but I know it wasn't that noticeably bent. It's probably a FedEx shipping issue but the box had no visible damage when I got it back. I kind of wonder what my box looked like when e-service received it. In the end its not that big of a deal because it's not cast or magnesium and I have the ability to straighten it. Probably my bigger concern is that it's the 3rd time I've sent the saw in to warranty in the last 2 years. The first time they repaired the gearcase, the second time they replaced the saw with a new one and now they replaced the gear case again. So far they have honored a warranty claims but it states that the parts are "worn". I've used metal cutting steel saws pretty extensively over the last 15 years so I'm fairly skilled with it and don't get alot of bind or stall conditions. Most of my cutting is in 12ga mild sheet steel which the saw seems to be plenty capable of. Prior to owning the cordless metal circular saws we owned numerous corded models and while they all came to the same demise of the gears failing they usually lasted for 4-5 years. I'm just concerned that at some point they're going to say I'm abusing the tool and not honor the warranty. I really wish that either milwaukee or dewalt would come out with a metal circular saw based on thier new high output worm style cordless saws, maybe they would be more durable.
  23. Just a heads up the xtreme line just took a pretty big price drop. All the single tool kits are $99 at acme and lowes. The drill and Impact driver kit went from $199 to $149 at acme and $169 at lowes. Kind of sucks I thought 15% off $149 on the impact wrench kit was a good deal and now it's $99. I don't need anymore tools but these seem like some great deals. Looks like dewalt is trying to stimulate some new 12v sales.
  24. There probably are some applications that excessive chuck wobble could effect your work. I personally have never found that to be the case though. I've used a variety of models of drills and impact drivers from dewalt, milwaukee, and bosch, and while I've never actually checked chuck wobble on any of them I know some have more slop than others. What I find is once you actually start drilling and putting pressure on the drill it finds center and makes no difference.
  25. I actually just had a 5.0 do this the other day and I've had other m18 batteries fail the same way. The battery is bad, although the "red link" computers not supposed to let it over discharge I assume that's what happens and when they drain too low they'll never take a charge again. Being that it's only 8 months old your best bet is to send it in to milwaukees warranty as it should be covered for 3 years pretty much no questions asked.
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