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  1. Cleared Lowe's out of Bosch 7/8", 1-1/8", and 1-3/8" hole saws this morning, about four of each. Also bought out the Bosch #2 square 2-inch bits. Hole saws made in China, bits made in Vietnam. All were just over $2 with military discount, down from over $12. Also bought another bucket to quarantine them in.
  2. Fellow Virginian (well, until I carpetbag to the Gulf Coast in a couple of years); To put things in perspective from a (no longer professional) fellow tool user, I guess I could rely on my decades of experience as an Infantryman, Drill Sergeant, and Armorer to discount a civilian AR-15 connoisseur's opinion, but that's putting me on the same level as those who discount "DIY guys" who value good quality tools (regardless of brand) and who bad mouth reputable websites. I truly hate making these posts as I appreciate those who make their living using tools (as I once did -- footers, gutters, framing, automotive, semi-trailers, and material handling equipment). Why post such negativity in the Milwaukee forum when we could be speaking truth to "More POWA" in the DeWalt forum?
  3. I was just reading that article. It's a shame, given the prominence of the original ToughSystem radio. It was the first rugged job site radio that was compatible with a modular box system, did well in TIA's cordless radio death match, and offers good sound and decent features like BlueTooth and a charger. I was tempted to buy the new radio when I saw one in the overhead at my local Home Depot. I'm glad I didn't, though, as my original is going strong and I still have two new ones to back it up (couldn't pass at $90 each a few years back).
  4. @mohawkdec, I hate to say it, but as this forum is slowly dying, I think that formerly respected posters are becoming mere trolls. If a user dislikes Milwaukee, stay out of this forum and don't go trying to spread disinformation on brands and/or independent sites. As for my unchallenged comment, ToolGuyd is being as pro-USA and non-brand fanboy as usual: here he discusses the Stanley Powerlock promo and how he considered buying a non-Milwaukee product despite a lack of need, before deciding against it due to COO. Given the lack of response, I'll continue frequenting ToolGuyd as an objective and knowledgeable reviewer of tools.
  5. I've always considered Toolguyd to be one of the few tool review sites that is overtly objective and honest about its articles. Take this comparison of M18 HD and Flexolt for example, in which Stuart makes the following comment, "Both Dewalt and Milwaukee are at the top of their games right now. I am really hoping that nobody asks 'so, which one would you buy?,' frankly because that would be an extremely tough decision". His site has an entire category devoted to Made in the USA tools, and unless something's changed in the past couple of years, he's never accepted any sponsors. He's mentioned his code of ethics many times as they pertain to review samples: he sends back, gives away, or donates products after he's finished with them (as evidenced by the number of giveaways he's conducted). As for your final point, Stuart addressed his lack of trade experience here. Of particular note is his observation that "The people that design, build, and market the tools tradesmen and pros use – they’re not tradesmen or pros either." Please elaborate if you know anything I don't, as I don't want to be deceived or risk getting poor information. If ToolGuyd is as bad as you say, I'll remove it from my list of daily sites to visit.
  6. It looks like Lowe's is switching to Lincoln. I just picked up an auto darkening Kobalt Welding helmet for $15 (originally $79) and a bunch of brushes for $0.43-$0.71 a piece.
  7. DeWalt does this as well, and I'm fairly certain the "type" simply denotes a small change in materials or design.
  8. Agreed. I bought the Packout stack at the holiday price in 2018 and have since added a few other components. Regardless, the merits of Packout over the DeWalt and Ridgid modular systems, I have to admit that the premium Milwaukee charges makes Packout a much lesser value. Tool boxes get scuffed up inside and out, but my five-plus year old Ridgid and four year old ToughSystem boxes are still holding up despite costing much less. The only major issue I've had was a loaded DS450 that a helper was carrying by the side handles. One handle broke off, cracking the box, and DeWalt promptly replaced it. That said, I have seen a few Packout boxes in the back of various work trucks in my area. My first thought is that the owners are certainly trusting, as none have been secured and that bright red screams "steal me" to anyone with a passing knowledge of tool brands. My second thought is that the boxes are more likely full of plumbing parts or rusty tools than they are of like-new Fuel goodness. Call me paranoid, but every time I have modular boxes in my bed, they are individually locked and double cable locked to the truck itself, and usually partially hidden under materials. If Milwaukee's black Packout components were to be released here, I might use them more.
  9. Good points, most DIY types don't need to spend $500 on an M18 Fuel kit when they can get the same types of tools in a $150 Ryobi kit. With the benefit of hindsight, though, I think we can say that Porter Cable's 20v Max system is a bit risky as a long-term investment now that SBD is pushing Craftsman. Sorry for cutting up your quote, but I wanted to highlight those parts. As to your recurring theme, investment versus returns do mean a lot. I have some Packout boxes but even now I use my ToughSystem ones for most jobs. Prior to the ToughSystem dropping in price, I was perfectly happy with my Ridgid boxes.
  10. Well, I lost that battle. Got enrolled too late, had computer issues, got busy at work, and decided to drop the class. Go figure, this work week is slow so far, as evidenced by my thread in the Power Tools forum.
  11. Now for some links from the TIA Forum. Back in August 2012, @Conductor562 asked about buying some Ridgid X4 tools for door prizes. There were still X3 kits available, and Gen5X was a few years away. Now we have Octane tools taking advantage of the latest battery designs.
  12. Eight years ago Eric posted about a new Kobalt drill, part of the 18v platform released in 2011. Even so, battery technology was advancing at a seemingly unprecedented rate and the standard 1.3Ah-3.0Ah batteries were soon to be replaced by similarly sized 2.0Ah and 4.0Ah versions. Also, Ni-Cad was in the process of being supplanted by Li-Ion, leading some brands to make transitional tools such as Kobalt and Porter Cable 18v, while others committed to releasing entire new platforms (DeWalt). In 2013, Kobalt updated the 18v line with a new name and upgraded batteries but little change to the tools themselves. Three years later, Kobalt decided to ditch the 18v class altogether, with the announcement of 24v Max. Now, with the influx of SBD Craftsman, the question is raised at to the fate of the traditional Lowe's house brand.
  13. TTI isn't the only corporation guilty of having some missteps (see V28 post above). Stanley Black and Decker (SB&D) not only neglected their 12v Max DeWalt line, but also released a rather decent (in my opinion) 18v line of tools, only to toss it to the side a few years later. Around a year after they launched, ToolGuyd did an assessment of Porter Cable's 18v lineup as they seemed to have replaced B&D Firestorm tools at Lowe's. A few years later, Dan announced a giveaway of the PC 18v drill TIA had reviewed the previous month. Well, a year after the giveaway, Porter Cable 20v Max tools were getting ready to make 18v obsolete. I'll be honest, this was both a blessing and a curse for me. My first lithium-ion tools were the PC 18v line and they are what turned me into a bit of a tool addict while providing a crash course into the tool market. Not knowing how tool trends worked and the habits of manufacturers as they make room for new products, I eagerly bought every 18v tool I could find. I even jumped on the PC 12v Max wagon. The tools were on clearance at both Lowe's and military exchanges, and I had what I call a "project house" that I was renovating without electricity. By the time I started buying DeWalt, I owned every PC 18v tool except for the grinder, thermometer, and hammer drill. I also had five 1.3Ah batteries, offering a colossal 6.5Ah of power. Yep, you read that right, SIX-POINT-FIVE COMBINED AMP-HOURS! I used these tools for a number of projects long after this 18v Li-Ion system was killed. My tool situation changed rapidly starting in 2016, though, as I bought into DeWalt and eventually into Ryobi, Ridgid, and Milwaukee. I finally gave all of my Porter Cable tools to a young Drill Sergeant I worked with who was about to be medically retired. For all I know, he's still using them.
  14. Meanwhile, 9.5 years ago, ToolGuyd offered a preview of the recently announced DeWalt 12v Max line. At the time, no one would guess that the seven tools in the preview were to comprise the bulk of the 12v Max collection for almost nine years. A pivoting reciprocating saw and a few lasers would later be released, and some accessories such as radios/speakers, heated gear, and USB power source could use 12v Max batteries, but as everyone here knows, the system sat stagnant while Milwaukee continued pumping out M12 products and cornering the market in the US. Nearly nine years after announcing the 12v Max line, Dewalt announced a massive update to the tools in form of the Xtreme subcompact series. Too little too late? Perhaps, I still have my original 12v Max tools but caved in and bought into M12. At the moment, Milwaukee offers larger and more varieties of batteries, several generations of both brushed and brushless (Fuel) tools, and prominent end cap displays at The Home Depot. DeWalt offers better ergonomics, chargers and radios that are compatible with all 12-60v Max batteries--from the old 1.3Ah 12v to the 12Ah FlexVolt--and a dominant presence at Lowe's where their largest competition seems to be their sister company Craftsman.
  15. To start, consider the early TIA reviews of the Milwaukee V28 combo kit. Eric reviewed each tool separately as well, and linked them all to each other. Given the time stamps of the comments I think these reviews were written in Fall 2008. Now, this was before I had a need (or desire) for cordless tools so I can't speak from experience, but opinions seem mixed at best, with users liking the power while berating the longevity of the batteries. Well, lo and behold, there's this subsequent article and, for a time stamp, this one. Less than two years after the original TIA review, Milwaukee revamped their 28v line. Ten years later, M28 still seems to be around, but where's the marketing? It seems that Milwaukee has chosen to put most of the effort into M12 and M18, making it doubly painful for those who traded V28 for M28. Anyone own either 28v line of tools? Do you think M28 will be around in another ten, or even five, years?
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