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  1. Bought the black Milwaukee heated hoodie and a black insulated cap, as well as the Wal-Mart Vaughan hammer to try out. I think I have about twenty hammers now, so stop...Hammer Time! At least I'll be warm when I destroy them all.
  2. Picked up two Commercial Electric wire strippers and a pair of electrician scissors for about $1.50 each. Also, Milwaukee cold weather gear is back...Picked up the grey insulated fleece hat and thinking of getting a black one. If I cut off the red Milwaukee label it's authorized for wear with my Army physical training uniform. I may get a pair or two of the cold weather Milwaukee gloves. They seem nice and I like the regular and demolition versions.
  3. Oddly enough, five years ago Lowe's was my preferred store. It helped that it was the only big box home improvement store within 30 miles but I genuinely enjoyed shopping there. It seems as though 2013-2014 was when they finalized their shift away from attracting pros. I missed the Knipex clearance in 2013 due to being in a nice mountainous country with primitive rocket technology. 2014 saw them clear out Wiss and Ideal for Southpaw and Fatmax. Late 2014 was when I started making the drive to HD instead.
  4. fm2176

    Purchasing on Amazon

    As others have said, failing to buy from an authorized dealer will void the warranty for some brands, especially those officially sold at only one or two chains. I haven't had any problem warrantying my DeWalt and Milwaukee tools, though. DeWalt sent me a DCB102, DCB204, and ToughSystem rolling box while Milwaukee repaired my 2763 impact without questions. I started buying Ryobi for some of the "very cool gadget lover tools" the poster above speaks of. Even now, my most-used tools are the Devour sweeper, large (for a cordless model) wet/dry vacuum, and inflator. I did pick up one of the promo impact driver kits for $36, though, mostly for the compact battery. I've also got a blue (P205?) drill that looks archaic even compared to the still-bulky cheap (but still produced) impact. Unless he's expanded or switched brands, my neighbor swears by his Ryobi drill. Last I checked, it was the only cordless tool he owns, and though he runs the electrical contracting company instead of doing the dirty work nowadays, he still works that drill out both at the job and around the house. In other words, everyone has "their" brand, and not everyone is willing to spend more for something that may or may not last longer. My Milwaukee Fuel 2763 developed a faulty trigger shortly after I bought it. The DCB102 worked like a champ until one port stopped charging a couple of months later. I'm not a pro, but I find it ironic that my less expensive brands (Ryobi and Ridgid) have yet to have a problem. That said, I've even found one of my Ego 5.0Ah batteries may be faulty (it seems to have fluctuating run-times) and have to get replaced. All this, and even my old Porter Cable 18v stuff was still fully functional with 4-9 year old 1.3Ah batteries when I gave it to a coworker. One final note, early this year, HD clearance out a lot of older lithium-ion batteries that were replaced by newer designs. Then you have people like me who could have easily parted out that impact kit for twice--or more--what I paid for it (I didn't as I plan to celebrate my retirement from the Army and move back home with a torture test to end all torture tests). You see this every year during the holiday season.
  5. I agree; older technology, perhaps, but tried and true, and with a second battery to use while the other is charging. I don't (think) I have any of DeWalt's 3Ah batteries, but I do have a Ridgid or two that seem to be similar in size and such. For my needs, the 2Ah batteries are perfect for smaller tools, while saws, vacuums, and other higher-demand tools use a 5Ah or larger.
  6. Do you use modular toolboxes such as the Packout, Versastak, or ToughSystem? If so, what is "your" brand, and how do you prefer to use them (setup, etc.)? This post from ToolGuyd inspired me to write this: https://toolguyd.com/craftsman-versastak-organizer-lower-profile-better-space-utilization/. I'll admit, my boxes see little use at the moment, but whenever I spot a deal or a new box at the right price, I pick it up. As such, I have a few Craftsman Versastak boxes (but only one rolling box); three ToughSystem setups with additional boxes; a Packout setup; and two Ridgid stacks with organizers and crate-style boxes. Of these, the Ridgid and ToughSystem setups have seen far more use than the other brands. Even so, I've found my optimal storage solution to be a large, medium, and small box, with an organizer on top for hardware. Power tools and other larger things go in the bottom, hand tools in the medium, and batteries in the small box. Additionally, I have boxes set up for different types of work such as drywall, plumbing, or electrical. I've seen the pictures of van and garage setups, and I'd like to experiment with both eventually. Until then, though, I'll just peruse these forums gaining ideas.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. fm2176

    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.
  12. 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.
  13. fm2176

    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.
  14. fm2176

    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.
  15. fm2176

    Thanks DeWalt!

    No, 2015, damned fumble fingers on my phone.
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