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Everything posted by Biggie

  1. 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.
  2. 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".
  3. Got my pre ordered 6" grinder from acme today.
  4. 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.
  5. Biggie

    So when is NPS 19?

    While its not my line of work, I'm sure there are plenty of people that would love to see gen 2s that compete with the dewalt and hitachi nailers.
  6. Biggie

    So when is NPS 19?

    Have there been any leaks as to what might be released? This should be an off year as both the m18 and m12 drills and impact drivers are fairly new and competitive as class leaders. I would think this would leave more room for some specialty tools. I'm hopeful for a gen 3 m18 compact impact wrench or possibly a m18 stubby impact wrench.
  7. I didn't notice yesterday but I just looked at some reviews on ereplacement parts for that new trigger assembly and it looks like it dosent really fit unless you replace the whole plastic shell. But if you look at replacement part #50 there is a switch and handle service kit for $83 that replaces the switch assembly as well as the plastic shell.
  8. It appears to be a clone to a milwaukee 2663-20. Not sure where you're from but ereplacement parts has a switch assembly listed for $80. It looks a little different than your switch but in the description it says part number 22-56-1451 replaces obsolete part number 23-66-0427 which judging from the parts diagram I would assume is the same switch you have. So I would assume the updated switch would fit in your impact but it might be hard to get anyone confirm that it will. https://www.ereplacementparts.com/milwaukee-266320-b80a-cordless-18v-square-impact-wrench-parts-c-131_5120_202184.html A quick part number search on ebay also shows a few of the updated switch assemblies for a little cheaper price.
  9. Biggie

    Gus Zernial

    First question would be is it still under warranty? It should be covered for 1 year pretty much no questions asked and I didn't think the 997 has hardly been out for a year. But to take the chuck off there is a left hand screw down inside the chuck that has to be removed and then the chuck has right hand threads to turn the chuck off. The chucks are usually pretty tight and there are a few techniques for taking them off but most require being able to lock a large Allen wrench in the chuck and you can't do that if yours is stuck. Also I know you said you've tried some different tricks but when i've had drill bits stuck in chucks I can usually get them to release by putting a vise-grip on the chuck and then bumping the trigger. Obviously this method won't work if there's actually something broke inside the chuck but it was just another idea for you.
  10. Ereplacementparts has pretty decent pricing and I usually will use them for a parts diagram but if you use ebay it's worth checking to see if someone has a discounted part. Like others have said though with the deals you can find on complete tools it gets pretty hard to justify replacing parts.
  11. Biggie

    Dewalt Atomic

    Yea the atomic series or at least the impact seems to be a pretty epic fail. I was hopeful too because I've always liked makitas approach at sub compact tools but I'm not in that battery platform. I was also kind of excited to see dewalts 12v line up get revamped but if they're the same size as the atomic with just a 12v battery I would think dewalt would be nervous about releasing them after the atomic flop.
  12. There are a quite a few videos on youtube showing different techniques on how to remove a chuck in more detail. One way is locking the short end of a big allen wrench in the chuck and then hitting the long end with a hammer to release it (I've never had any luck doing it this way). Another way is if you have a large allen wrench on a socket I've hooked it up to a impact wrench to turn it off. The best way I've found if those first two don't work is to put the short end of the allen wrench in the chuck and the other in a vise and then put the drill in the lowest torque setting and actually use the power of the drill to turn the chuck off. Bad thing is that last way probably wont work for you if you're having gearbox issues.
  13. Lucky for you they still make gas powered and corded tools if they fit your applications better. In some situations though, even if battery power isn't perfect, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages of gas powered maintainance or being tethered to a cord and outlet.
  14. Just a couple used ebay tools. I wanted the jig saw for a little home project and the metal saw is just for a back up.
  15. It depends a little on which model you have. Most drills have a pretty standard thread size but for sure the fuel gen 2 and gen 3 have a different thread size than normal, (not sure about gen 1). I know there is a thread somewhere on here discussing a rohm chuck for the fuel drill and I think they make one but it's not real common so it's hard to find. The fuel gen 3 chuck was redesigned and can be found on ebay or ereplacementparts.com for around $40. I have a gen 2 fuel that I put a gen 3 chuck on as well as a gen 3 drill. I would say the new chuck seem to be better but they're still pretty new so time will tell.
  16. I have the 60v trimmer and it came stock with lighter .08 stuff that was a real pain in the butt just like you're describing. I replaced it with heavier .095 line and it was night and day difference. If I remember right when the 20v was first released it couldn't accept .095 so maybe that's part of the reason youre still having issues.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Biggie

    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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Nice to know they've started to correct this issue. Still doesn't help my current situation though.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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