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  1. 7 hours ago, Paddy said:

    The way these new batteries are you can charge them up to full capacity, take them out of the charger and let them sit there for 6 months and they will still have charge in them to use. There's no reason to leave them in the charger after they've charged up if you're not going to be using them for a few months. 


    You can top them up every 3 or 4 months too if you like but these new lithium ion batteries can hold their charge for a long time when not being used. The older ni-cad batteries used to drain down if they weren't used

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

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  6. ...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.


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  7. 10 hours ago, ToolBane said:


    Rest assured they make more than enough back in additional sales from Americans who get fooled seeing the “20V Max” vs “18V” for the rest of the market to make up for it


    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.

  8. 8 hours ago, wingless said:

    Thanks for the info.


    It is too bad for DeWALT that they must build / distribute / inventory two almost identical parts, different only by label and model number, only because of marketing considerations.


    Those complications increase cost / reduce profit. Those company costs ripple down to impact consumers.

    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.

  9. 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? 

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  10. 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.

  11. 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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  12. I actually brought my DCF887 into work today to let a coworker use it, only to find out she no longer needs it.  I lucked out and got mine in a kit with two 2Ah batteries for $90 after it was returned.


    Impact drivers are great, aren't they!  My first was part of my first Li-Ion kit, an 18v Porter Cable.  That and the 12v PC impact were given away along with the rest of those platform.  I also gave away a Hitachi I had.  Currently, I have the Ridgid, DCD886 and 887, and two M18 Fuel One Key impact drivers.  The DeWalt remain the most used.

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  13. Just picked one up this morning but need a tank for it.  I have four propane tanks but I think they are in storage out of state.  The hybrid feature sold me on this over the DeWalt my local Lowe's has.

  14. Well, found the DeWalt inflator with battery marked down to $79, negating my "deal" but not worth return/rebuy.  Also found the DeWalt forced air heater at my local Lowe's but passed it up.


    I did pick up two more Jawhorses, though.  Found them for $86.40 each and left two.  This gives me an even four, which is great due to how handy they are.  Also picked up the M12 stapler with free battery, along with a Ridgid kit with free impact wrench for my son.

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  15. 2 hours ago, method said:

    I just realised today that the AEG box is made in Israel. Strange, it feels odd not saying Made in P.R.C 🤔 I even got confused and checked the label twice! 


    This fits dewalt batteries perfectly, they fit two up and the 9's also fit snug with their extra height. I think this one will be for battery storage 👍


    The AEG Quick Stack is the same as the Ridgid system in the US.  A lot of the plastic tool boxes and organizers are made in Israel by Keter.  Many of the ToughSystem boxes come from there, and the Keter, Husky, and Kreg (discontinued?) organizers are the exact same, with the Keter having different color schemes between Walmart and Lowe's.

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  16. Since buying my DeWalt inflator I've found more than a few in other stores.  It seems the battery is included (I thought it was just for the demo), but I still feel as though the deal was decent.


    Anyway, I picked up the M12 Fuel 1/2" ratchet with free battery and the Toughshell jacket Sunday, and just picked up the heated hoodie today.  While I don't have any higher capacity batteries, this gives me three 1.5 Ah, five 2.0 Ah batteries, and the two 3.0 Ah packs I picked up Saturday.  M12 has a bunch of decent tools but for now I think I'm done with the exception of a small light.  I have the non-Fuel drill and impact driver, 3/8" ratchet, inflator, soldering iron, and the above-mentioned recently acquired tools.

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  17. 4 hours ago, jls1znv said:

    Do you guys think i should hold out for after Christmas? Sale or other combo kits.


    It's risky, but you can sometimes find holiday promos marked down after New Year's.  I picked up my two compact M18 brushless drills earlier this year for $60 each ($99 holiday buy), or less than the batteries themselves sell for; similarly, I got my first DeWalt kit for about $220 ($299 holiday buy, IIRC).

  18. I concur with the others here: go DeWalt.  I have a large number of their tools, to include their last and current generation compact and heavy duty brushless drills and impact drivers.  As stated above, the larger batteries are mostly nice to have with higher draw tools such as saws and grinders, while the compact batteries will serve more than adequately on drills and impact drivers.  



  19. I kind of splurged yesterday.  Found the DeWalt inflator at a local Home Depot but the display was all that was left.  The tool section guy offered to knock 10% off it and I stacked my military discount to bring the price down to $81.  Amazon has it for $79 right now, but the display still had a DCB201 battery on it, increasing the value of the deal.


    Afterward, I stopped by another HD and found the M12 display with a $69 price tag still showing for the 2-pack 3.0 Ah batteries.  One pack was left, which rang up at $89 (the price I've seen them elsewhere for the past week or two, despite the $69 sticker showing the sale going through early January [if I'm reading it correctly]).  I also bought the M12 bandsaw to take advantage of the free 2.0 Ah battery promo and I'm sorely tempted to get the M12 Fuel 1/2" ratchet soon to add to the truck kit.

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  20. Damn, sounds almost lawless over there.  Here in the US, theft is common but nowhere near as blatant or rampant as it seems to be over there.  Then again, police tend to be a bit proactive and (only time I'll bring this up) gun ownership is fairly common, especially among working class types, making it entirely possible that an attempted theft could be a criminal's last action in life.  My house was burglarized six years ago, but the thief had cased it for a while and knew that my neighbors and I were gone.  


    Insurance only does so much...perhaps paint everything hot pink to both make it stand out and to decrease its immediate resale value?

  21. YMMV, especially since the 2-packs of 4.0Ah batteries are still $99 ($90.10 w/10% discount).  Anyway, the Lithium+ batteries are half off right now.  I picked up a P107 for $24.30 two days ago.  The P102 and I believe a slightly larger battery is also at clearance pricing ($20 for the P102) but the stores I've visited haven't had any left.