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Everything posted by Biggie

  1. 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...
  2. 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.
  3. Im excited, I just hope they do a little R/D or reverse engineering to take some vibration out of the saw.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. I haven't had a chance to use it much but just thought I would take a few pictures of the new dcf902 12v brushless impact wrench for guys out there wondering how the sizes compare. I have other impacts if someone's interested in more picture but I had these ones at the house and they give a pretty good idea. FYI the dcf890(20v 3/8" brushless) and dcf880( 20v 1/2" brushed) are virtually identical in size when side by side. Dcf902 and dcf880h. Dcf902 and dcf880h. M12 1/2" stubby 2555 and dcf902. M12 2555 w/2.0 and dcf902 w/2.0. M12 2555 w/4.0 and dcf902 w/2.0. M18 2655, m12 stubby 2555, 12v dcf902, and 20v dcf880h.
  10. I got my impact wrench from acme tool today. It's nice, light weight and compact but the mode settings on it drive me crazy. The low setting is still full power in reverse. They do the same stupid thing on the dcf894. Why bother having a low and high if the speed are the same. Another strange thing happened when I went to charge the batteries out of the box. I used the supplied dcb112 and a dcb115 charger I had. Both batteries had one bar on the charge indicator but when i put them on the chargers they went straight to a solid red light like they were done charging. I tried wiggling the battery on the charger to make sure they were getting a good connection but it wasn't until I took them off the chargers and put them back on that the red light started to flash and they took a charge. I'm not really worried about this it's just funny that two different chargers both did the same thing with two different batteries.
  11. Well I guess I'm in the Dewalt 12v line.
  12. Lowes and Acme tools have the 12v xtreme line up on their websites. They aren't in stock but they both say they're expected to be in the the next week or so. Kits are a little better than originally listed as they come with two batteries and although they're not the new 3.0, they are a 2.0 with a battery status gauge which I believe is new.
  13. My ratchets at work and I don't use it a lot but if I remember right you can get it to slip if you hold on to the socket tight enough. They don't have a lot of torque but they should run the nut down until they reach 35ft/lbs and then it tries ripping out of your hand before it hits the overload shut down and the lights flash . The ratchet I had that was broke would slip under almost no torque and it would never hit that max torque and shut down it just kept slipping.
  14. In the US dewalt has a 3 year warranty on batteries so if theyre 2 years old you shouldn't have any problem getting a new one. I hope the guy at the service center isn't trying to deny a warranty claim. While he's maybe observed that batteries that are charged monthly don't seem to fail as often I don't belive that is Dewalts official take on battery maintenance. I'm no battery expert but I think the biggest thing is to not let lithium cells drain too low or won't take a charge. There is a lot of in depth discussion about battery care in this forum if you dig a little. If I remember right some lab did some testing and said that they should be stored at like 33% (don't quote me on that exact number). The other thing that wouldn't make any sense about what the service center said is batteries can sit on a store shelf for months probably years in some cases and those batteries aren't charged every month.
  15. They don't sell the compact 1/2" hog ring as a bare tool. So when you find a new one on ebay for half price you have to buy it.
  16. I'm sure it could be heavily debated as to which is more durable brushed or brushless. We first started using brushless in 2014 and my personal experience has been that the brushless tools have more high tech electronics that can be more susceptible to failure in extreme conditions. Yes brushed tools have brushes that might wear at a faster rate in harsh conditions but they are also relatively cheap to replace versus electronic components of the brushless. Either way you go you might just find that the dust is hard on both tools so if you don't want to spend extra money and have the tool and batteries I would just run that setup. On the other hand if you have the money I don't think you would be disappointed upgrading to a new tool with lithium ion batteries. Milwaukee has a complete and very strong line up of impact wrenches and we've switched to them because impact wrenches are kind of our goto tools. Dewalt does make a compact brushless 3/8" impact wrench dcf890 but they refuse to release a 1/2" compact brushless, which for the life of me I can't figure out why.
  17. Well I was hoping milwaukee would put a 3/8" anvil on the gen 2 m12 impact driver, stubbys are great but too fat for my daily use, but after nps19 I see I'll have to wait an other year for that. I was kind of eyeing up the new makita 12v brushless impact wrench but this new 12v dewalt impact wrench might have just taken the lead in satisfying my impact wrench obsession.
  18. Even with lithium ion batteries, if you're pushing a tool you'll typically notice some drop in performance as the battery drains. In this video he has the lug torqued to 250ft/lbs which is the stubbys max nut busting torque, and "nut busting" is kind of marketing bs. So to get 250ft/lbs you're going to need a fully charged XC battery and in the video his battery was down to 2 bars.
  19. Biggie

    Nps 19

    Finally something I'm remotely interested in, up until I saw this post I was thinking nps19 was going to be pretty lame for me. From everything else I've seen it looks like a good year for guys that work with wood though.
  20. While the 5.0ah with 18650 cells is pretty good combination of size and runtime there are definately tools that can benefit from higher ah batteries. I personally think this newest wave of compact 4.0ah and 8.0ah batteries with the 21700 cells will be a game changer on my jobsites. Makita is free to do what they want but I think they're doing their customers a disservice ignoring battery tech that's out and available.
  21. Yea I was a little disappointed at just how big it is. I was thinking it was going to be closer in size to the 4.5" version with just a bump in power. I don't know what they have inside the handle area but it feels like it should either be shorter or thinner. It kind of handles like a rat tail grinder and it's like they really have it set up to be used with a side handle. I just did a little cleaning up on the welding table grinding some test welds but I would say it's on par with the power of the dewalt 60v. If you're not familiar with the 60v power, it truly feels like a corded 4.5" grinder. I still can't comment on run time. While the extra power is nice in some situations and it'll have its place on my truck, I think the smaller 4.5" version will still be my go to.
  22. I got my grinder today and while I haven't had a chance to actually use it I thought I would post some first thought. It only comes with a 6" guard and I plan on primarily using a 4.5" blade. The dewalt 60v came with both a 4.5" and 6". It's also my first milwaukee grinder with the new style guard, which being a dumb person that takes the guard off sometimes I don't really care for the design. The grinder is very similar in size to the 60v but the handle doesn't feel as ergonomic and you can't grip as close to the head of the grinder. I don't mind the wider grip on the smaller m18 2780-20 4.5" grinder because it allows you to grip closer to the head but on the new 6" it feels like they should have slimmed down the handle. I'll report more after I get a chance to use it. Here are some side by side size comparisons. 2.0/6.0ah on the 60v, 6.0ah HO on the m18 6", and 9.0ah HD on the m18 4.5" 3.0/9.0ah on the 60v, 9.0ah HD on the m18 6", and 4.0ah on the m18 4.5".
  23. Got my pre ordered 6" grinder from acme today.
  24. I guess I didn't consider that some people have the ability to work on circuit boards and individual components. I wouldn't know where to begin when it comes to that stuff so if I reck something I'm stuck paying the $58+ for the complete part assembly or finding a discounted new tool for $100ish. At that point the new tool usually looks better.
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