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  1. The same is true of nearly every dangerous item and its so-called "professional" users. I know Soldiers who think they are incapable of making a mistake when it comes to firearms, and almost anyone who is into guns has seen, or at least heard of, the DEA agent who shot himself in a classroom. I passed through Gastonia, NC around the time Kyle Busch got ticketed for driving 128 in a 45 mph zone (he was featured on the cover of the local arrests tabloid). I'm sure if someone asked him at the time he'd have stated that he was a professional who knew what he was doing -- not some local yahoo with a souped up 350 and no track time. From my experience, guys who ride sports bikes take a disproportionate amount of risk, doing stunts on the highways and zooming around vehicle ten times their size. Again, though, "it won't/can't/whatever happen to me, I know what I'm doing". I, for one, don't want the last thought going through my mind to be, "I was wrong".
  2. Need some advice on a saw I'm selling.

    As soon as he started swearing, I'd have ceased contact with him. I did a few checks, and the only retailers selling the 2-battery kit for $299 are ToolBarn and CPO Outlets (found the latter on Sears' website, I'm sure there are others, but it was a brief search). Home Depot has the 1-battery kit for the same price, and other retailers sell the DCS575T2 kit for over $350, with the majority still selling it for $380. Unfortunately, though, with stores like Home Depot offering additional discounts (I take the additional 10% discount into account before buying anything), coupled with all of the cheap bastards out there today who want something for (next to) nothing, it's hard to sell anything for a reasonable price, especially in cases such as yours where you purchased it prior to a substantial price decrease. Maybe you can try listing it a few different ways. New in box doesn't seem to be working, so maybe you can try listing the saw alone for $150 or so (currently $180 online). If that sells, try listing the batteries and charger bundled together or separately. Of course, I'd keep the box unopened until just before making a sale. Besides potentially selling everything for a higher price, this would also give you the option of keeping the charger and/or batteries if you find yourself in a position to do so. Anyway, back to the current dilemma. I am a big fan of professionalism and maturity. Anyone who is unable to tactfully negotiate a price is not worth my time or energy. I'd thank the guy for letting you know that $300 is not a viable asking price and then block him before relisting the kit for a lower price.
  3. Dewalt Air Hose And Reel

    Thanks! I need to check Blain's more often. There are none anywhere near me, but they have great deals at times that are well worth placing an order for.
  4. Interesting short history for TTI

    That is a rather decent article. Thanks for sharing it.
  5. When Dogs go to Heaven.

    Sorry for your loss. A good dog can be closer to us than our own families and friends at times. People will sometimes grow apart, but our canine friends are constant companions that accept us as we are.
  6. Ridgid 18v Air Compressor?

    Stopped by HD this morning and found the same deals except, WHAT! The compressor has dropped to $50.03! Thinking it was a misprinted label I found the display, which still had the $150.06 sticker on it from last week. I hurried home and boxed up the one I bought exactly one week ago, and just in I boxed up the vacuum and brought it and the unopened starter kit along just in case. Glad I did; the returns associate called the tool associate to ensure she could do a price adjustment. He wasn't thrilled about it but told her she'd have to do a return. For my part, I asked about taking the same items instead of sticking HD with a slightly used vacuum and compressor and saved $108 when I bought everything again. Fortunately, there were no starter kits left in stock, otherwise I'd have purchased the two remaining compressors and gotten another free starter kit.
  7. What brand Power Tool should I invest in?

    They definitely are. I've seen the holiday combos go for $69 or so, and since it's not a Special Buy the military and, I suppose, other discounts apply as well. Probably the best thing for the homeowner on a budget is that they can pick up older blue models for pennies on the dollar. While they may lack the aesthetics and specs of newer tools, most of those old tools are perfectly capable and all should be fully compatible with the new batteries.
  8. I dealt with Snap-On before they started selling licensed products at retailers. They always had some oddball stuff, but it was Snap-On quality (and prices), even for that pink screwdriver set for Mother's Day (or whenever, it seemed like they always released special editions and colors that sold higher than their normal products). I have no idea how inventory works at hardware stores. I guess they buy their products and sit on them until they are sold. Not too bad for common hardware, regularly used hand tools, and even oddball stuff no one else around sells, but venturing into some of the stores down here is like a trip 10 or more years back in time. Corded tools should last longer than the owners, especially if they remain new in the box. Cordless, on the other hand, must be a pain to watch sit if they know anything about the battery life. Imagine finally selling that old Firestorm drill only to have the customer try returning it because the batteries won't hold a charge for more than a few minutes.
  9. Home Depot

    Between these kits and the Flexvolt saws, one can surmise that pros just don't buy into cordless tools, at least not at Home Depot. I can imagine that many use cordless drills and drivers, but maybe they still prefer breaking out the generator to run their cutting tools. I haven't worked on a jobsite in almost twenty years, and my time on a framing crew was short. My boss had a trailer with a generator and compressor in it, and we'd use the generator to run the circular saw (no on-site miter saw) and the compressor to run the nail guns. I would think that contractors would strive to keep up with technology, but it is expensive. Even so, if I saw these kits I'd at least look at them and consider their potential value. I, for one, bought the circular saw kit at full early this year, figuring they'd go quick. Obviously, I was wrong, as I could have save $75 or so buying one now. Similarly, I bought the Sawzall for $200 about a month ago for the same reason: someone shopping for a cordless reciprocating saw would doubtlessly see it. The bare tool sells for $180-$200, so this kit would be a no-brainer at $200 or below. Sadly, though, unless you're in an area where people just can't afford $125, those kits will probably get snatched up by resellers who'll sell each component off and easily double their money.
  10. What brand Power Tool should I invest in?

    Another suggestion is looking at clearance deals or special buys. This course of action may take some time and patience, but I amassed most of my DeWalt and all of my Milwaukee and Ridgid stuff by getting clearance deals and taking advantage of the special buy programs. Ryobi is no different if you want to be able to continually add tools for much less; wait until Ryobi Days and get what you need, then comb Home Depot in the weeks after the event ends to find discounted prices on some other stuff.
  11. Home Depot

    Well, the Home Depot in Cordele, GA was a bust. That's where I've bought a lot of $.02 deals, and even one penny deal, in the past. They did have some good deals, but I'm kind of short of money now (imagine that) and couldn't afford the $450 for the portable power station, $560 for the Flexvolt miter, or $350 for the Flexvolt table saw. The first two are definitely on my list, though. My local store has three of the miter saws and hasn't moved any for months, even with the price drop. If/when they drop again, I'll probably grab one. Watched the TIA review and the comparison with the Milwaukee, and for the price it's worth buying just to use corded while using the batteries elsewhere (maybe with the two 7-1/4 miter saws I have just to amuse myself).
  12. new DCCS620B 20V max chainsaw

    I do have a few pruning blades, but plan to wait until it cools down to try to destroy these monstrosities. Seriously, though, mimosa are are bad, if not worse, than the related bamboo.
  13. No, they stopped earlier this year, I think; of course they put everything on clearance at the time. They sell Wal-Board brand stuff now. Speaking of drywall, I spent the day taping and putting the first coat of joint compound on and will be curious how it ultimately turns out. Drywall has always been one of my least favorite things to deal with (along with painting). I guess I hate messy jobs that trigger my OCD... Anyway, I've been doing a little research since buying the adhesive mesh tape and metal/paper corner bead, and both seem to be met with mixed opinions. It doesn't help that the house is a manufactured home and while thousands of staples were pulled we still missed a handful, which will require repairs to the new drywall. I'm not looking forward to the task of completing this project, but I am looking forward to when my wife can finally get rid of the house.
  14. Shipping companies are brutal

    It wouldn't surprise me if the damage is due to a careless forklift operator. When I worked for Great Dane Trailers we'd often get trailers that needed patching with the roofs torn from an operator raising the forks too high, or the sides bulging out due to someone speeding in with a misaligned pallet. As a forklift mechanic a few years later, I was surprised at how much damage was caused both to products and the trucks themselves. Your saw might have been dropped or fallen out of a delivery truck, or it might have been stacked on the end on a pallet and had a fork truck hit it just hard enough.
  15. I'm wondering if it would be feasible to modify one of the small boxes to mount the compressor on top. Fitting it inside a rolling box would be great, but the small box is cheaper and should be just large enough to fit a couple of nailers and perhaps spare batteries and/or charger and other small items in. So long as you don't go overboard, it should hold up to being carried using the compressor's handle, plus you could still attach it on top of the other boxes. I've got a bunch of rubber insulated steel straps in various sizes, and I'm thinking that four of those with either fender washers or steel/aluminum bars (perhaps even a sheet of aluminum with all four bolts running through it) attached to to the inside of the lid would suffice to prevent the lid from breaking, while providing a damper for the small amount of vibration this thing produces. Another possibility might be to build a mount that attached via the boxes' attachment bars. Wood would get worn down quickly, so either metal or maybe 3D printing would work? The last idea would be if someone has an extra large box, and wanted to mount the compressor on it. This would preclude multiple boxes but would provide plenty of space for hoses, nailers, and supplies.