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  1. fm2176

    What tools did you buy today?

    Since buying my DeWalt inflator I've found more than a few in other stores. It seems the battery is included (I thought it was just for the demo), but I still feel as though the deal was decent. Anyway, I picked up the M12 Fuel 1/2" ratchet with free battery and the Toughshell jacket Sunday, and just picked up the heated hoodie today. While I don't have any higher capacity batteries, this gives me three 1.5 Ah, five 2.0 Ah batteries, and the two 3.0 Ah packs I picked up Saturday. M12 has a bunch of decent tools but for now I think I'm done with the exception of a small light. I have the non-Fuel drill and impact driver, 3/8" ratchet, inflator, soldering iron, and the above-mentioned recently acquired tools.
  2. fm2176

    How do you guys store bare tools?

    I use the Ridgid or ToughSystem boxes (haven't loaded the Packout system yet), though sometimes a couple of tools will go in a backpack or bag for smaller projects. I find the DS130 ideal for battery storage.
  3. It's risky, but you can sometimes find holiday promos marked down after New Year's. I picked up my two compact M18 brushless drills earlier this year for $60 each ($99 holiday buy), or less than the batteries themselves sell for; similarly, I got my first DeWalt kit for about $220 ($299 holiday buy, IIRC).
  4. I concur with the others here: go DeWalt. I have a large number of their tools, to include their last and current generation compact and heavy duty brushless drills and impact drivers. As stated above, the larger batteries are mostly nice to have with higher draw tools such as saws and grinders, while the compact batteries will serve more than adequately on drills and impact drivers.
  5. fm2176

    What tools did you buy today?

    I kind of splurged yesterday. Found the DeWalt inflator at a local Home Depot but the display was all that was left. The tool section guy offered to knock 10% off it and I stacked my military discount to bring the price down to $81. Amazon has it for $79 right now, but the display still had a DCB201 battery on it, increasing the value of the deal. Afterward, I stopped by another HD and found the M12 display with a $69 price tag still showing for the 2-pack 3.0 Ah batteries. One pack was left, which rang up at $89 (the price I've seen them elsewhere for the past week or two, despite the $69 sticker showing the sale going through early January [if I'm reading it correctly]). I also bought the M12 bandsaw to take advantage of the free 2.0 Ah battery promo and I'm sorely tempted to get the M12 Fuel 1/2" ratchet soon to add to the truck kit.
  6. fm2176

    Theft and how you all deal with it?

    Damn, sounds almost lawless over there. Here in the US, theft is common but nowhere near as blatant or rampant as it seems to be over there. Then again, police tend to be a bit proactive and (only time I'll bring this up) gun ownership is fairly common, especially among working class types, making it entirely possible that an attempted theft could be a criminal's last action in life. My house was burglarized six years ago, but the thief had cased it for a while and knew that my neighbors and I were gone. Insurance only does so much...perhaps paint everything hot pink to both make it stand out and to decrease its immediate resale value?
  7. YMMV, especially since the 2-packs of 4.0Ah batteries are still $99 ($90.10 w/10% discount). Anyway, the Lithium+ batteries are half off right now. I picked up a P107 for $24.30 two days ago. The P102 and I believe a slightly larger battery is also at clearance pricing ($20 for the P102) but the stores I've visited haven't had any left.
  8. This...my DeWalt addiction started with a holiday promo consisting of a DCD795 and DCF886 in ToughSystem case. Since then I've added the DCD790, DCD791, DCD796, DCD995, DCF887, and two DCD996's. Oh, and the Gen 2 Milwaukee One Key combo, an extra Gen 2 One Key impact driver, and two brushless compact drills. It's a vicious cycle.
  9. fm2176

    What tools did you buy today?

    Some twenty years ago I bought a set of Sunex metric deep well sockets to complement the Snap-On SAE set I already owned. The finish wasn't quite as good as the SO but they've held up every bit as well otherwise.
  10. fm2176

    What tools did you buy today?

    I bought the Ridgid MS-UV stand for my FlexVolt SCMS. Was considering the DeWalt but couldn't pass up the Ridgid for $90.10 + tax.
  11. fm2176

    What tools did you buy today?

    It sure is. Around 2014 I was frequenting GJ and made note of the DeWalt SCMS penny deals others were scoring. That kicked off my HD aisle combing but I never scored anything better than an $.02 deal (usually about 75% off) in that area (Savannah, Georgia) Since then I've gotten two penny deals--3 cheap calipers on one occasion and a weed puller on another.
  12. fm2176

    Why Ridgid (AEG)? Why Not?

    I own three of the 3-piece stacks, four milk-crate style boxes, two newly acquired organizers, and a few miscellaneous medium and small boxes. They are all great and if anything have held up better than my ToughSystem boxes so far. The only issue I've had is with one or two of the open-top boxes warping slightly after resting at an odd angle for a while (they were haphazardly stored and fell).
  13. fm2176

    What tools did you buy today?

    Went to Home Depot with plans to buy the M12 1/4" ratchet with free 2.0 battery. That doesn't qualify for the promo (3/8" and Fuel 3/8" and 1/2" do, however), so I ended up with the Packout combo I never planned to buy. Also added the low profile organizer. Here are a few pics next to the ToughSystem and Ridgid combos with organizers, to include the layout of each organizer: Note the height of the Packout handle compared to the other two, allowing for an extra box if needed; overall not too bad, but we'll see if it's worth twice the holiday price of the other two.
  14. fm2176

    DCD996 - Type1 & Type 10 differences

    A quick Google search on the subject pulls up a number of similar questions on this very site (not sure if Google results are skewed by the fact I'm a daily visitor). One such thread is here: The consensus is that the types are based on minor internal differences, though a thread on the DW715 miter saw a few years ago reveals that the Type 3 removed the ability to add the LED light and some believe that later types might indicated cost cutting features to meet price points. If the latter is true, I could see the saw-bundled DCD996 cutting a few corners to save a few dollars.
  15. As the title states, what is your favorite and/or most used level? This thread is intended to primarily discuss spirit levels, but feel free to bring up any other style if you use that kind almost exclusively. Length, brand, type; I'm interested to hear what you use and/or prefer. I have a number of levels but find myself using 24" and 48" box or beam levels most of the time. Lowe's decision to clear out Fatmax levels a couple of years ago resulted in my acquisition of lengths up to 96", but to be honest I've yet to use any of those. As for brand, I like Empire's US manufacture at an outstanding price (particularly during the holiday sales), but my Fatmax levels tend to be my standbys. Finally, as an aside, I just bought another 2 pack of the Empire torpedo levels. At $5 apiece you can't go wrong, and I find them to be perfect for versatile magnets to stick on the fridge, entry doors, or elsewhere.