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  1. 8 hours ago, rrich1 said:

    Lol. Penny stuff is super rare these days.

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    It sure is.  Around 2014 I was frequenting GJ and made note of the DeWalt SCMS penny deals others were scoring.  That kicked off my HD aisle combing but I never scored anything better than an $.02 deal (usually about 75% off) in that area (Savannah, Georgia)  Since then I've gotten two penny deals--3 cheap calipers on one occasion and a weed puller on another.

  2. On ‎6‎/‎23‎/‎2018 at 12:23 PM, JeremyJ said:

    I bought into the modular tool boxes. Great deal at the holidays and are half the price of other waterproof systems. Worked great when I had an open pickup. I used them as stepstools and horses. Plus they are at HD. The milk crate box is underrated, big enough to hold paint pans and the like, plus it lets them dry out. 


    I also bought a belt sander, only one in the store for sale. There's not much a competitive market here locally...


    I own three of the 3-piece stacks, four milk-crate style boxes, two newly acquired organizers, and a few miscellaneous medium and small boxes.  They are all great and if anything have held up better than my ToughSystem boxes so far.  The only issue I've had is with one or two of the open-top boxes warping slightly after resting at an odd angle for a while (they were haphazardly stored and fell). 

  3. Went to Home Depot with plans to buy the M12 1/4" ratchet with free 2.0 battery.  That doesn't qualify for the promo (3/8" and Fuel 3/8" and 1/2" do, however), so I ended up with the Packout combo I never planned to buy.  Also added the low profile organizer.  Here are a few pics next to the ToughSystem and Ridgid combos with organizers, to include the layout of each organizer:



    Note the height of the Packout handle compared to the other two, allowing for an extra box if needed; overall not too bad, but we'll see if it's worth twice the holiday price of the other two.

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  4. A quick Google search on the subject pulls up a number of similar questions on this very site (not sure if Google results are skewed by the fact I'm a daily visitor).  One such thread is here: 

    The consensus is that the types are based on minor internal differences, though a thread on the DW715 miter saw a few years ago reveals that the Type 3 removed the ability to add the LED light and some believe that later types might indicated cost cutting features to meet price points.  If the latter is true, I could see the saw-bundled DCD996 cutting a few corners to save a few dollars.

  5. As the title states, what is your favorite and/or most used level?  This thread is intended to primarily discuss spirit levels, but feel free to bring up any other style if you use that kind almost exclusively.  Length, brand, type; I'm interested to hear what you use and/or prefer.


    I have a number of levels but find myself using 24" and 48" box or beam levels most of the time.  Lowe's decision to clear out Fatmax levels a couple of years ago resulted in my acquisition of lengths up to 96", but to be honest I've yet to use any of those.


    As for brand, I like Empire's US manufacture at an outstanding price (particularly during the holiday sales), but my Fatmax levels tend to be my standbys.  


    Finally, as an aside, I just bought another 2 pack of the Empire torpedo levels.  At $5 apiece you can't go wrong, and I find them to be perfect for versatile magnets to stick on the fridge, entry doors, or elsewhere.



  6. Also completed.  First saw this a few minutes after you posted it but the survey wasn't yet up.  One suggestion would be to add a "sometimes" to the question about going for another socket.  As a former mechanic I'm generally pretty good about estimating socket sizes, but if working blindly or with unfamiliar hardware I occasionally have to try a few different SAE and metric sockets before getting it right.

  7. 3 hours ago, comp56 said:

    I wrote the lengthy post above on this very subject, but can't blame anyone for missing the link in the wall of text. ☺


    We can only hope that this is a proactive business move that is designed to streamline Lowe's operations, as opposed to the reactive measures taken by Sears in recent years.  Unlike the latter chain, Lowe's seems to stay fairly busy, well stocked, and with newer stores, technology, and more helpful associates.  On the contrary, Sears mostly stuck with anchor locations in malls built 30-50 years ago, has archaic ('90's?) checkouts in most locations, and hard to find associates that are often unhelpful.

  8. I just wanted to add a few more pictures of the newest addition to my Ridgid modular toolbox assortment...


    Side by side with the 4 or 5 year old small box/organizer:



    Looks similar to the older box besides the lid:20181105_184434.thumb.jpg.9e4fd93d520299d7fc86fdbe8da6590f.jpg

    Inside as originally configured:20181105_184551.thumb.jpg.3eafe7c1446153c3fc02a33e8eacbd7f.jpg

    As predicted in the "What Tools Did You Buy Today", the new organizer's bins fit in the older box:20181105_184617.thumb.jpg.9c6f017074aa8f3f0ac2bda2bd79376f.jpg

    Unfortunately, the older box's black dividers don't fit well in the slots of the new box; they'll probably work but a piece of plywood would be sturdier.  Notice the bend in each divider:


    The smaller divider boxes are the same size, though the newer ones can be discerned by the corner notches (on right in picture).20181105_184814.thumb.jpg.b6bcd55c330b7ceb79feeb179265f06e.jpg


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  9. 21 minutes ago, Jronman said:

    What about do something like what Sams Club is to Walmart? Pay a yearly price and you get a membership that allows you to receive the benefits of shopping at Sams Club. I think a membership store owned by HD wouldn't be a bad idea. They could even charge a higher fee for membership to combat the money they might lose. Market it more towards the tradesman/pro and provide better services than what a normal HD has to offer and I think any contractor will see the benefit of getting the membership.

    I could see this as having potential.  Perhaps eliminate the contractor packs in the regular stores (or keep them but reduce the associated discount) and have bulk building materials, hardware, and expendable/wearable items such as bits and blades.  

  10. On ‎3‎/‎25‎/‎2018 at 9:23 PM, Jronman said:

    If Lowes goes under I'd like to see Home Depot buy the empty stores and convert them into a new line of Home Depot stores called Home Depot Pro. The standard HD could be for the average person who isn't expected to buy anything more than diy/homeowner grade stuff. The HD Pro could have all the premium stuff that contractors/tradesman want.


    This is an interesting concept, but would likely only work in the largest of metropolitan areas.  Lowe's isn't exactly a small store, so HD would have a hard time filling it only with premium tools and materials.  Factor in too the fact that losses are high enough in regular stores--about four years ago it seemed like butane torches were being stolen from every greater Savannah-area store.  I know I found packages missing only the torch both hidden around various stores or sharply reduced on the clearance shelf.  This is from Savannah to Vidalia to Brunswick to Americus, basically all of Eastern Georgia and over 200 miles in-state.  I've seen too many open boxes and, while losses are probably insignificant in the grand scheme of things, they impact both costs and profits.  I wouldn't think that Home Depot would want to assume the risk of having large footprint stores with multiple blind spots and entrances/exits, all filled with only the highest quality (yet still mass-marketable) tools, equipment, and materials.  If I were a thief, I'd definitely choose the "Pro" store over the standard one.


    In my mind, likely driven by different experiences than you, I could see a similar concept working, should HD's largest competitor (at least in the Eastern U.S.) go under.  That would be to buy the stores where Lowe's has dominant market share.  Most of the aforementioned towns have basically two choices for tools or hardware nowadays.  Lowe's, Ace, or maybe a smaller chain like True Value or Do It Best.  Many will have builder's supply stores and maybe even a small tool store.  Still, if Lowe's were to just disappear (not likely at the moment, though I'm sure people said the same of Sears 10-15 years ago), then Ace or the largest local competitor would be the go-to place for everyone in the area.  Home Depot would establish a more compact store format in many of the newly vacated building (small-town Lowe's stores are dwarfed by stores in more built-up areas). 


    I like your concept, but feel as though it would be better served in a store the size of, say, Dollar Tree, though building materials and lumber would naturally increase the size.

  11. I went to Lowe's for the first time in a month or so and then rediscovered this thread.  A quick search reveals that the timing is near-perfect:


    So, 51 stores are closing (30 in Canada and 21 in the U.S.).  I mentioned above how the Southeast seems mostly locked down by Lowe's in smaller or more rural cities and towns, and sure enough, only three southern stores seem to be closing (for now), in Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas. 


    I also mentioned above how "bland" I used to find the store.  Things are much more colorful now, however, with all of the seasonal Craftsman displays.  There's red all over the place, contrasting nicely with the aforementioned relative drabness of most of their brands.  Anyway, the Northern Virginia store I went into this morning was well stocked and organized, with probably around ten employees restocking or organizing shelves.  Tool World was well-laid out and comprised perhaps 10-15% of the store (not counting Lumber and the outside portion of Lawn and Garden).



  12. Stopped into a local store this morning and found the DeWalt DC385 reciprocating saw on clearance for $50.  I got excited at first because a DCS387 kit was in its place, but no such luck.  YMMV, but this isn't bad for someone still on the 18v XRP system, or who is budget-minded and already owns the DBA1820 adapter. 

  13. I've yet to get any dust collection, outside of my cordless wet/dry vacuum (let a friend of my wife's borrow the noisy BF special Ridgid and don't expect to see it again).  While the plan is to get inexpensive stationary equipment for the shop, I'd love to be able to eventually get a portable Festool.  They're tools are far too rich for my blood, but I hear their dust extraction is hard to match (and admittedly, I like the look).

  14. I don't know about now, but I used to always hear good things about Rock Auto.  Also, the major chains usually have good discounts on online orders.  I've gotten to the point where I order online for in-store pickup, since they seem to reward such actions with 15%-25% discounts (not to mention the lines often suck in-store).

  15. Not power tools, but I picked up a couple of the new Ridgid clear lid organizers.  There are two double length bins with slide-in dividers to section them into thirds, while the other eight bins seem to be the same as the older organizer/small box.  Increasing the modularity even more is the fact that there are rails molded in that should work with the older box's slide-in dividers.  


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  16. Just returned from Home Depot, where the display DCS355B had a conveniently broken lever.  It's hard to tell from the poor quality cell phone pics, but the lever is definitely plastic of some sort.  You can almost see the texture and some areas of lighter (almost neutral) tones.


    This was a 2017-dated Type 2.



  17. I've had one of these for nearly three years, and accumulated two more since then.  One had a similar issue, though not as terminal in nature.  It would sometimes blink when jostled.  I gave it to my brother and since it was fortunately still under warranty he simply had it replaced.


    While LED work lights are much nicer than their incandescent predecessors, but one frustrating thing is that most of them are designed to be unserviceable by the end user.  Ten years ago, the bulky and awkward (by modern standards) work lights merely required a spare bulb or two.  Now, with all the electronics and permanent LEDs, they seem to have a bit less durability in many cases (I'm talking about regular kit-style work lights, not the more specialized and toughened special models).


    Regardless, I hope you're continuing to enjoy your light, and that you have no issues with the new one. 

  18. On ‎10‎/‎15‎/‎2018 at 6:28 PM, Jronman said:

    I have heard rumors that Best Buy and JCPenny aren't looking too good either not near as bad as Sears/Kmart though. I wouldn't be surprised if Walmart kills off Target too. Walmart is basically becoming a monopoly of sorts. Killing off the stores who can't compete. Successful stores are getting less and less with behemoths like Walmart and Amazon around.


    I don't exactly stay abreast of the latest business news, but based on a few sources, it seems that Best Buy is considered to have had a revival of sorts.  A few years ago they were in dire straits but have reversed and are actually pulling a profit again.  JC Penney was mentioned in a few articles, but the consensus seems to be that they will gain from Sears' current situation.  They are, after all, one of the few national mall anchors left.




  19. Well, Sears has filed for bankruptcy:



    I know we've been forecasting this for quite some time, but Sears may be gone sooner rather than later.  According to what I've read, there are still some who are cautious optimistic that Sears will stick around, but others think it will only last as we know it through the holiday season.


    The nostalgic side of me is saddened by the thought of a store my family shopped at for decades simply ceasing to exist, but then again this isn't the first time such an instance will have occurred.  Montgomery Ward preceded Sears' decline, while more specialty big boxes also no longer exist.  Thirty years ago, Circuit City and Toys R'Us were juggernauts in the electronic and toy retail sectors (respectively), and the retail landscape was vastly different prior to the internet becoming so omnipresent. 


    So, what does this mean for us?  Almost nothing, really.  When was the last time anyone here even stepped foot inside a Sears?  For me, it was probably last year, when I visited the Columbus, GA Sears prior to it closing.  I picked up some discontinued DeWalt safety footwear for cheap (the fact that it seems to have been discontinued for a couple of years at that time yet was still in stock speaks volumes about the store's sales) and walked through the tool section, feeling melancholy as I realized it might be the last time.  Let's face it, though, those of us who frequent home improvement stores, supply houses, online retailers, or myriad other sources for tools and supplies are unlikely to even notice if Sears ceases to exist.




  20. In addition to the above advice, I'd urge a potential buyer to confirm model numbers before making a purchase.  A lot of their products have multiple item numbers.  A couple of years ago I was considering buying a wooden work bench (I never did, though).  It had extremely mixed reviews, then I found a few reviews that stated there are two model numbers, one with mostly positive experiences and one with mostly negative ones. 


    The "free" tools are usually worth the price.  The exception to this is if you end up being lured into buying that expensive tool you realized you can't live without that is now 50% of the "regular" price.  Walk in for a free flashlight, walk out $100 poorer.


    As for me, I generally buy nitrile gloves there and pick up the free batteries when I do.  That way I have a constant supply of cheap batteries for toys and remotes as well as decent disposable gloves that they sell in a few different thicknesses.  Also, notice the two different tiers of tools: the mostly garbage Pittsburgh and the mixed bag Pittsburgh Pro stuff.  A $5 Pittsburgh socket set will be noticeably less refined than its costlier Professional counterpart. 

  21. On ‎8‎/‎20‎/‎2018 at 12:43 PM, Rory said:

    Maybe you guys are remembering a different Craftsman than I am. I felt CM tools were always geared towards homeowners/DIY market with the slight exception being some of their mechanics Craftsman Pro stuff. 


    I guess part of the reason I'm impressed is that my expectations were way lower? I was expecting this to be like B&D level stuff, but it looks more like just below DeWalt in a PC inspired casing looking at the stats.


    The real question is still on the hand tools and the warranty on them. I'm hearing it's still a lifetime warranty, but now proof of purchase will be required.



    I think there's a market to do the 3 pronged approach: Good, Better, Best. In this case I would think you do B&D as your entry level, Craftsman as your mid tier DIYer level (for those who want better than B&D, but not willing to pay pro prices) and your pro level aka DeWalt. I agree SBD can definitely do with streamlining their power tool offerings, but I think if they phase out PC this is how they can go about doing it.


    I imagine it will take awhile for them to ramp up everything to "Made in USA with Global Materials" with opening new factories and all that, so I expect some of the lineups to grow over the next few years specifically the mechanics tools, OPE stuff etc.



    As a broke young soon-to-be father when I got my first job turning wrenches some 21 years ago, I viewed Craftsman as "good enough" for professional work but tailored for the DIY sort.  My older brother had been a mechanic for a number of years and swore by Snap-On and other truck brands.  My father was a life-long trucker who had his share of Craftsman hand tools.  I took his approach to retail priced tools while slowly amassing some truck brands that had been either repossessed or traded in to the dealers.  In the dying years of Sears' omnipresence, I was in a Hometown Store around the holidays.  An older gentleman (I'd guess to be around 70) was chatting with a clerk about all the holiday sales and how "you can't beat [the quality and value of]Craftsman tools".


    More recently, and pertaining to attitudes about modern cordless tools, a former coworker and I were talking tools.  He's exceptionally intelligent and, seeing how much I talked about new tools he kept asking me if I were a "Dewalt Guy".  When I started talking more about my Ridgid and Milwaukee tools, he admitted to knowing little about tools and that, when in need of a drill, he has a lone Porter Cable drill.  It was cheap, he knew little more than that Black & Decker markets to entry-level buyers, and he decided to go with a brand that carries a bit more weight.


    Subjectively speaking from my own opinions and those conversations, I think that Craftsman or Porter Cable could fill the same niche, but that continuing both will only confuse uninformed buyers.  Given the decades of brand familiarity that even the younger consumer has with Craftsman, I feel that Porter Cable would gradually slide into obscurity.  After all, Craftsman is what my grandfather owned, and what today's generation (I have adult children) recognizes as what "Dad" uses.  I've said it before, but a close friend even bought into the 19.2v line because of the "Die Hard" batteries.  My generation watched Sears' dominance rapidly fade, but we still remember when Sears was the place to go for tools, batteries, and appliances, leaving a lasting imprint which I feel would motivate us to pay homage to our forebears, so to speak.  Unless our parents were die hard (no pun intended) woodworkers or such, however, Porter Cable was rarely seen...at least in households I grew up around. 


    In short, I agree with the three-tier approach.  If they insist on keeping all the brands, then so be it, but they should specialize certain brands and offer compatible batteries.  Every brand might offer the basics (drills, drivers, and maybe saws), but leave more specialized tools to certain brands while selling only one brand from each tier in most stores.  For example, they could keep the Wal-Mart Bostitch and Black and Decker but have interchangeable batteries between the two.  Craftsman could specialize in automotive tools and saws while Porter Cable could offer routers and sanders.  In a sense they already do this, as Dewalt and Mac use the same batteries; even so, Mac offered more options for automotive tools until recent years while never releasing things that a typical mechanic doesn't use professionally.