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  1. The last thing I needed was another drill, but seeing the Octane kit for $80 led to a purchase. They claim it was originally $159 (I think they were $129 at Special Buy pricing), but it includes the Bluetooth 3.0Ah Octane battery, which is currently $69 down from $99 regular. I have a full complement of core Ridgid, DeWalt, and Milwaukee premium tools, so one of these days I'll torture them all to see if the Ridgid' s "industry leading" 1300 in-lbs of torque means much. Regardless, if you're in the market for a newer premium drill kit, $80 isn't bad for what you get with the Octane.
  2. No, there are no outputs that I'm aware of. It's a loud enough system for a small jobsite but lacks the punch of an amplified stereo system.
  3. With the advent of new (and much larger batteries), has anyone noticed unannounced updates to older tools? I recently read about the ToughSystem Music+Charger 2.0, which seems to be capable of using FlexVolt batteries, and am aware of Milwaukee's offer to retrofit some of their lights and other products with parts to enable them to fit HD and HO batteries. However, if Ridgid announced anything about updating their fan, I missed it. I picked up a third fan earlier this year and only recently paid enough attention to realize that the battery bay is larger. I'd tried fitting a 9.0Ah battery in the older ones to no avail, but found that the new one readily accepts these (much) larger batteries. Sure enough, the battery compartment is larger despite the overall size of the fan being the same. This is both great and disappointing. Much like some people passed on the original ToughSystem Music due to its inability to take larger batteries, I'm mildly upset at the fact that my older Ridgid fans are incapable of accepting the newer batteries. On the other hand, I'm glad that Ridgid seemingly rectified this by modifying the fans. After all, battery and tool technology has far surpassed what manufacturers likely forecast when they designed older cordless products.
  4. Military...HD and Lowe's each provide 10%. Special Buys get the discount at Lowe's but not HD as they use a coupon system. Sears (when you can find them) offers 20% last I checked (tools only) and 40% during Memorial Day a few years ago when I picked up a Knipex pliers wrench and an Estwing hammer. Kind of misguided, in my opinion, as I was buying sharply discounted tools instead of remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice. This is honestly the only time I reference my service outside of wearing a uniform during the daily commute on occasion. I don't take the free meals and other "thank you for your service" stuff and plan to retire to relative obscurity in a couple of years. No hats, no license plates, but maybe the occasional unit t-shirt to honor my brothers-in-arms.
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    DeWalt 20v Mower

    Apples to oranges, I know, but I have the Ego mower. If the grass is wet it sucks, stalling quite a bit. With dry grass it drives on in mulching mode. I was looking at DeWalt 20v or even 40v but for better or worse reviews and pricing got me into Ego instead.
  6. Sad to see this unfold, I'm not as active as I once was. I appreciate all of the modern tool systems, being just old enough to have used fairly archaic cordless tools in the past (DeWalt/B&D Univolt--have my Ranger kit in the garage as I type this, though the batteries are shot as should be expected). I took my Gen 1 M18 Fuel saw (2731?) and my Flexvolt wormdrive-style saw outside yesterday to cut up some treated 2x6" for the fire pit. Both worked fine, though the latter was noticeably more powerful. The last time I used my Ridgid brushless circular saw I was impressed, though it lacked the power of either of the aforementioned saws. In short, we can't go wrong with any of the primary modern brands. I own DW 20v, 12v, 8v, and a sole 18v recip saw; M12 and M18, Ridgid 18v, and Ryobi 18v. Had a Bosch 12v drill but gave it to my daughter. If I were still in construction I'd be glad to use any of my platforms...based on what I own, though, I'd use Milwaukee if I were still an auto or material handling equipment tech.
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    Thanks DeWalt!

    I've only registered a couple. DeWalt seems to go off the date code...so far I've warrantied a DS450, DCB102, and the DCB204 with no issues.
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    Thanks DeWalt!

    Well, I received the new battery yesterday. I was expecting maybe an older stock one, but the new one has a 2019 date code.
  9. fm2176

    Thanks DeWalt!

    No, 2015, damned fumble fingers on my phone.
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    Thanks DeWalt!

    I had my first DeWalt battery failure a few weeks ago, a DCB204 with a date code of 05 47... Contacted DeWalt yesterday and just received an email stating that a new battery is on the way! Third time using the warranty and third time DeWalt has exceeded expectations.
  11. Well, I picked up a Ryobi impact driver kit for $39 yesterday, as well as their high volume inflator for $8 or so. I didn't need either, having DeWalt, Milwaukee, and Ridgid brushless impact drivers as well as the DeWalt jobsite blower (with inflator nozzles) and 20v Max inflator, M12 inflator, and Ridgid 18v compressor, but the price was right, and I have more tools to eventually destroy...👹
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    Dewalt Atomic

    I was excited when I first saw ToolGuyd's post, thinking that DeWalt was looking to seriously compete with Milwaukee's "next best thing" strategy, where Gen 1, Gen 2, and probably soon Gen 3 tools are replaced/supplemented by smaller and more powerful versions. When I saw that the new Atomic tools are simply upgrades to non-premium level tools I was less than enthralled. My 996, 887, and 796 perform better than I personally need them to, but it would have been nice to see DeWalt release superior tools under such a powerful sounding name as "Atomic".
  13. I'd recommend one of two things to bring down the cost of factory batteries: a sale/promo event or buying a kit and selling the unwanted tools. I recently bought two Ridgid 9.0Ah batteries for $99 apiece, approximately half the regular price. Similarly, I built up my M12 batteries by getting the free 2.0Ah battery with various bare tools.
  14. So, I sit here surrounded by tools, with drills and saws from the likes of DeWalt, Ridgid, and Milwaukee, and niche tools and equipment from Ryobi and Ego. I'm in a field-like environment during the work day, so I just purchased the DeWalt radiant heater to complement the Ridgid jet heater, while a couple of the Ridgid fans and my portable power station sit in my room at Fort AP Hill. With the tax return I'm sorely tempted to pick up a couple of the Ridgid 9.0 batteries (for the heater and air compressor), and to look into four 12.0 Flexvolt batteries for the power station, despite having numerous batteries in both ecosystems (up to 4.0Ah in Ridgid and 9.0Ah in DeWalt, not to mention a couple of 9.0Ah M18 batteries for the Fuel tools and lights). I doubt I'll buy these large capacity batteries as there are more pressing priorities, but it's a pain being enticed by the latest and greatest batteries to ensure maximum personal convenience. At the same time, this is a great age to live in for those who actually make money using their tools (as I once did and may be doing so again in under three years). Hope everyone is doing great, it's almost time to kick off Expert Infantryman Badge testing!
  15. Not a tool, per se, but I got the DeWalt bare tool radiant heater this morning to complement the Ridgid jet heater I got a month or so ago. Currently in a field environment, so expect both to come in handy (along with the three Ridgid fans, should it get too warm).
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