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  1. 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.
  3. 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.
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    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.
  8. 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".
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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).
  13. This...for better or worse I've got more batteries than I know what to do with. My DeWalt 12v Max batteries sit idle for months but are ready when I need them, and some are 8 years old. My 8v Max gyro drivers see the batteries charged maybe twice a year.
  14. The packout system is nice. While mine is hardly used, I've seen two in the vehicles of contractors that looked like they've seen quite a bit of work, abd if anything they only look better with some mileage. One was in a van and the other in the bed of a truck with a Ridgid box on top of it. Incidentally, both were at nearby Home Depots.
  15. I bought the last three Gorilla work platforms at my local HD this morning. The price went back to $59.88 but this store still had the $29 price displayed. A similar thing happened when I bought my M12 3.0Ah batteries for $69 after they'd gone back to $89. A quick price adjustment and problem (being the oversight on employees' part) solved... As for the work platforms, I find them to be handy tables, benches, and even supports for air mattresses, besides their normal use. I probably have ten total now, mostly Gorilla but one lone Werner. They're cheaper, sturdier, and more practical than Wal-Mart style furniture.
  16. I'm lucky insofar as having an uncommonly common name. When I search for myself I find a bunch of other English and Americans instead. As for Instagram, I may scope it out. Thanks for the info!
  17. I think I'm just a bit too old and cynical for social media, in philosophy if not in age (I'm 40). I have a Facebook but primarily use it to keep up with military friends. Otherwise, I prefer the relative anonymity and hands-off nature of forums over social media, which in my mind only feeds the habit of being constantly connected to our mobile devices these days. Even so, years ago I was a member of various Yahoo Groups, and while I fondly recall the days of participating in those discussions, they lack the nostalgia of forums such as these. I know that this site isn't going anywhere any time soon and hope to see an increase in activity. Then again, maybe I'll have more time and a more positive view of social media after retirement.
  18. Just trying to kill some time while hopefully eliciting a response or five... Near fifteen years ago I was a member of the Living With Style (LWS) "community", a rather large site comprised of forums relating to everything from gardening to firearms to art and even to a dedicated Flames forum. In 2008 it imploded but prior to this I was a Moderator for a forum there as well as an Administrator for a couple of its upstart Zoints-connected independent sites. At the time I was fairly active on those sites as well as other mostly gun and truck forums. In recent months, I've noticed a decrease in activity here at the TIA forums. While a few others and I visit daily, and a few new threads/posts are made daily, formerly active sections such as this one are seeing sporadic new content at best. One thing that seems to still be a problem is spam, as evidenced by the now-deleted invasion of Chinese(?) characters and links a few days ago. Another problem are those who seem to register only to try to stir up the pot, such as a very recent comment about those who prefer a certain tool brand. Besides extremely large sites like Reddit, these smaller but much more user-friendly forums seem to be slowly fading from popularity. Is it the near-instant gratification that comes from social media (versus risking slipping under the radar if a question or comment is made here)? Anyway, I'm as guilty as anyone nowadays, checking the forums multiple times daily but contributing less than I was mere months ago. Any insight into how to attract more activity?
  19. ...and found a clearance table getting set up. A bunch of bare Bosch drills for $40, a new PC combo for $100, a Skill jigsaw for $10, and a bunch of other stuff that looked like it had been tossed in bins for displays. I ended up paying $1 for the Hitachi OMT accessory box with two wood flush cut blades, sandpaper and sandpaper adapter; and $2 for two more blades, sandpaper and adapter from an unknown brand (looks like Rockwell). As I was checking the other stuff out, an employee pointed out a box of free items. The grinder guard and wrench (hoping they work for the DeWalt and/or Ridgid cordless grinders), Porter Cable planer screw and wrench ( may be compatible with my DeWalt planets), circular saw rip fence, and DeWalt miter saw clamp all came out of that box. They had a bunch of side handles and dust bags too, but most of the stuff was Kobalt or Hitachi.
  20. Using this logic, Kobalt probably comprises 95% of power tool sales at Lowe's here in the States. Their 24v platform offers not only "20-25% more power" but also much cheaper batteries.
  21. I doubt it costs a prohibitive amount, especially since DeWalt usually has much better prices than Milwaukee (at least in the US). I suppose it's not too dissimilar from car makers rebadging a foreign model.
  22. Sitting here enjoying the snow in the DC area. While the accumulation so far is miniscule compared to that usually encountered further north, I'm comforted to know that in a pinch I can keep my phone and tablets charged with DeWalt, Ridgid, or M12 batteries, power small items with the DeWalt power station, generate some heat with the Ridgid forced air heater, run the ToughSystem radio for entertainment, light up the house with the various DeWalt and Milwaukee lights, and warm up with the M12 heated gear if needed. I don't expect a power outage--or even missed time at work--but days like this it's nice to know I have a few day's worth of backup energy for such conveniences. Does anyone else find confort knowing that being a "tool guy" makes you just a little better prepared for a short duration emergency?
  23. What type and brands of clamps do you all prefer? I picked up four more Bessey GSCC clamps this morning, 36" this time since I mostly have 6" and 12". Those seem decent for the price, though I also like the Irwin and DeWalt trigger clamps.
  24. Nice setup, I haven't used kaizen foam either, but need to get some to set up the myriad modular boxes with. The 20v Max OMT is great! I bought one for the free 6.0Ah XR battery promo last year, then got a little used kit my wife bought for a project. I used to have the PC 18v version which was useful but nowhere near as refined.
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