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  1. Favorite tool you acquired in 2017

    I honestly can't say; I've made so many purchases this year. It's hard to believe that a year ago I didn't own any Milwaukee and much less DeWalt. If I had to answer, I'd probably choose the following: Cordless Tool: FlexVolt miter saw. I haven't used it yet, but it got me into the FlexVolt system, and the AC adapter guarantees that it will be the last 12" miter saw I ever buy (barring unforeseen circumstances). Corded Tool: They still exist? Seriously, though, I don't think I bought any this year. So by default, the FV miter saw wins this category as well. Hand Tool: Irwin Power Slot diagonal cutters. I've bought a number of these and use them quite often. They've cut everything I've used them on, with minimal effort on my part. The NWS-sourced pistol grip needle nose and linesman pliers are also rather nice. I was hoping to score the last two linesman pliers at my local Lowe's for cheap, but the price went back up to $42.98. They did still have a sticker showing $24.07, though. Cordless Accessory: Either the Ridgid 18v vacuum or the M18 stand light. The latter impresses me enough that I'm tempted to get the actual Rocket version. Cash is short right now, but my local HD has that light on clearance for $288 at the moment. Given how slowly some more pricey items move around here (it seems that most things go unsold until marked down to about 50% of their original price), I'm hoping to find one for around $200 after Christmas.
  2. Lowe's deals permathread

    I noticed Centipede work supports on clearance a couple of months ago but hadn't checked the prices recently. Ended up scoring 3 for $12.60 apiece today. They're the 2'x4' K100 model and seem fairly decent for what they are.
  3. Multiple platforms

    I used to be a forklift mechanic. Kept only my six-drawer top box on the truck and basic hand tools along with a multimeter were my most used tools. Cordless wasn't prevalent back then, but looking back I'd have loved an impact driver, high torque impact wrench, and maybe a drill and reciprocating saw. The last tool would have come in handy for worn out load wheel replacement on pallet jacks and such.
  4. Multiple platforms

    I havea number of cordless platforms. DeWalt 12v Max and 20v Max, Milwaukee M18, and Ridgid 18v are my primary, but I also have tools in the Bosch 12v Max, Hitachi 12v Peak and 18v, Kobalt 20v Max, Porter Cable 12v Max and 18v, and B&D 14.4v systems. My main three brands are consisted of tools that either competitors don't offer or which I found for prices I couldn't pass on. Similar to other posters, my biggest regret is that I lack the time to really give the batteries a workout. Ridgid is the system which I own the least of, and with four 4Ah and three 2Ah batteries to run little a used router, ROS sander, compressor, vacuum, and fans, you can imagine that the batteries sit idle quite often.
  5. TIA impact winners announced

    Received mine as well, I live in an apartment and deliveries are often made to the office without notice, so thanks for the heads up. Many thanks to everyone behind the giveaway!
  6. new DeWALT clamps

    Looks nice. When it comes to clamps, I'm not particular, so if these have the "right" price point I'll buy some. I mostly have trigger, bar, and squeeze clamps now, with DeWalt, Milwaukee, Irwin, and Bessey brand representation.
  7. Christmas + Tools

    I'll probably give my brother a few. I have a spare DCD985 and was hoping to score a 20v Max miter saw kit for $140, primarily to give him a larger battery than the four 1.5 Ah ones he currently has. I sent him two of those batteries, a TS radio, DCL040 light, 18v to 20v Max adapter, and some other stuff earlier this year. My son is at the perfect age to gift him tools, but he's not the best at keeping things organized. I may get him a basic mechanic's set for his car, but don't plan to splurge.
  8. I haven't had any issues with mine. If you find any, DeWalt's warranty has worked excellently for me.
  9. new tough system release dates?

    I have zero Tstak boxes and three ToughSystem radios, but depending on reviews and pricing I may be onboard as well. Lowe's offers FatMax branded Tstak combos, so if I can score one of those for cheap that will only increase the temptation.
  10. Hello from Greece

    Welcome to the forums! I suggested the DCD790 in your other thread, in case you're overwhelmed by my wall of text.
  11. I have both of the DeWalt models you are considering, as well as the DCD795, DCD996, and DCD985. While I will not preclude to know what pricing and availability look like in Greece, DeWalt's offerings offer excellent value here in the U.S. If you feel that a cordless hammer drill is not essential, I'd recommend the DCD790 over the DCD796. It is noticeably smaller and offers plenty of power. In fact, I prefer using it over any of the other DeWalts when possible. Coupled with a 2Ah battery, it should be enough for nearly any small or mid-size project. The second battery is just insurance, unless you choose another DeWalt product to use it for. I passed on the chance to buy a Metabo drill last year, despite Lowe's clearing them out for as much as 75% off. At the time, Lowe's was the only local place that sold them (now they are unavailable anywhere locally), and though the store also carried the grinder, impact, miter saw, and a couple of other tools, I didn't see any point in investing money into that system. I purchased my first Bosch tool (12v Max drill) a couple of months ago. Its quality seems outstanding, and the 18-volt drills I picked up feel solid. As for Makita, while I hear great things, I just don't see the point in buying the brand. Last weekend my local Home Depot had single 3Ah kits for $65, or half off their original price. Maybe a few years ago, but not now. So, in short, I don't think you can go wrong with any of the drills you mention, though I'd personally recommend the DCD790. If you were in the States, I recommend a look at Milwaukee, Ridgid, or even Ryobi, but since you didn't mention any of those brands, I won't waste the time.
  12. Do you wear gloves?

    When I laid rebar for a footer business, I wore cheap jersey style gloves, usually layering them (especially in winter) as they wore out. I recall Mechanix brand gloves becoming popular when I was an automotive technician in the late-90s, but I never wore them back then. Now, I usually forget or misplace my gloves when at work--a cookoff on an M249 light machine gun last year found me picking gunpowder out of my hand for a few days--but I almost always wear them when doing most things. The Black Widow brand disposable gloves that Lowe's carries in the paint department work well for messy auto work, though Harbor Freight's gloves are not bad. I keep a box of disposable gloves along with a couple of pairs of Mechanix-style gloves in the truck.
  13. Ok , I finally gave in. ...ðŸĪŠ

    I just refinanced mine, so I've technically got 30. I built an amortization table, though, and if I can keep making the payments I've been making it'll be closer to 17 years. By that time I'll either have every tool known to man or the technology will change and I'll have to start over. 😄
  14. Why I Buy Tools

    There seem to be a number of us who have our own justifications for buying tools. It is easy to imagine the effects that income and cash outflows have on our habits. Right now I'm paying rent as well as my mortgage, but don't have a vehicle payment. I should be promoted in February, though, and my next assignment will see me gross around $1500 more each month than I make now, even after losing my special duty pay. That coupled with the opportunity to stay busy when off duty might motivate me to buy the few DeWalt tools I don't already own.
  15. Why I Buy Tools

    While this post is written from my personal perspective, please share your own motivations for buying tools and talking about them in these forums and elsewhere. Many of the regulars here and on other tool-related forums use their tools professionally and on a daily basis (the pros). Some of us, however, have chosen careers that do not require, and in some cases likely prohibits, our use of tools (the collectors). For example, I have served as an Army Infantryman for over 16 years, meaning that my most useful tools have been quick thinking, my weapon, and a radio. Others here are law enforcement officers, firefighters, or work in private sector jobs that preclude tool use. So, why do we buy so many tools and share opinions on them so readily? I can't answer for everyone, but I can give some insight into my motivations. A few years ago I was on a little bit of a Channellock buying spree (okay, I might have gone overboard, now owning at least fifty Channelock products). I opened an account on a forum which is similar in name to a larger one I used to frequent, and one night I shared a few photos. Within a few hours, mention was made about how shiny and new most of the pliers looked, and how pointless it was to buy them if they weren't going to see hard use. That negativity prompted me to avoid sharing any other photos afterward. Quite frankly, what does someone else's opinion have to do with my purchasing decisions? Since then, of course, most of those pliers have been broken in to an extent. Are they scarred and rusted from decades of use? Of course not; they reside in a tool box or bag 99% of the time. When I need them, they are there, in multiple places, almost always near at hand for a project, and once the job is done they are wiped down and put back. As mechanic years ago, I took pride in maintaining my tools, keeping them as clean and damage free as possible (except for striking tools such as hammers and punches, obviously), and I knew exactly which drawer contained which tool. The one set of Channellocks I used 20 years ago--actually rebranded as Blue Point with red handles--still looks almost as good as my newer acquisitions. Due to a lack of understanding or outright envy, a small minority of pros seem to heap abuse upon us collectors. Even so, I rest well knowing that, while what I own is not used regularly now, it is there when I need it. You see, like many other collectors, I have the occasional project, as well as plans and dreams that will require everything I've accumulated and more. When those plans become projects and those dreams become realities, I'll already have much of what is needed to build, modify, or create whatever it is I desire. When a repair has to be made, I can use my most powerful tool, the smartphone, to seek advice before using tools to make that repair. When this happens, the collector becomes the Scout (as in always prepared). Rather than paying the pro for his expertise and time, I can glean some knowledge myself on 95% of the things that come up, knowing that if and when I screw up a pro is a call away. So far as I know my limitations, I can save money and the inconvenience of having a stranger enter my personal space. Tool buying has become a hobby of sorts for me. In this sense, I'd argue that it is one of the best hobbies to partake in. The previous paragraph explains some of the usefulness of being a tool owner, so we will not delve deeper into that subject for now. Look at friends, family, coworkers, and other people you encounter on a daily basis. Some of them collect guns (which I have quite a few of as well, but that is another subject), some collect baseball cards, and some collect watches or shoes. Guns are fun to shoot and may be used for self-defense, but they are not something that should give a person pleasure to use for their intended purpose (hunters aside). Baseball cards may spike in value, but have little use outside of collector's value. Shoes and watches can be status symbols and can have quite a bit of value themselves, but using them as intended detracts from that value, especially when it comes to the former. Tools, on the other hand, are useful, hold a fair amount of their value, and can actually be used to create income if needed. I won't pretend that I could sell everything and get back even half of what I paid, but I could generate some quick cash if needed. Much more importantly, I can create things to sell, offer services, or otherwise make a few dollars off of my labor through the use of tools. For the sake of brevity, I'll close with this. Unlike many Soldiers, I don't drive a newer vehicle. I don't live in the nicest place and in fact the house I bought (which I don't currently live in) retains its late-70s styling (another reason to have bought tools--extensive remodeling in a few years). I don't have the latest curved television, a thousand dollar laptop, or even cable. Ultimately, I'm not overly driven by material possession or maintaining an appearance of ultra-modern middle class living. I certainly don't spend hundreds of dollars at bars on weekends, and rarely do I even eat out. Instead, I buy tools as a collector and potential Scout, not as a pro. While I salute those who chose a trade or a service job, I'm no longer a professional tool user. Love it or hate it, some of us buy tools simply because we want to. This is a draft idea for another project. I apologize for the unfinished feel of it, but if approved, a much more refined version may be placed elsewhere. Please share your own reasons for buying tools, and if you are a pro, please do not take the above as a dismissal of your skillset. We DIY'ers rely on your knowledge and lessons learned, and hopefully most of us know when a task is beyond our ability.
  16. Volunteer Work?

    Recently I've thought about volunteering with Habitat for Humanity or a similar organization as I find the time. I figure it will provide a means to hone my skills while using some of my tools for the betterment of others, which leads to my questions. I can imagine that most volunteers bring basic hand tools such as hammers and tape measures, but would a volunteer jobsite welcome power tools? If so, would the risk be worth it to bring my own cordless tools; namely saws and stuff that I would not keep on my person as I would a drill or driving tool? I know theft and "accidental" acquisition take place on normal jobsites, and I can imagine that some volunteer organizations utilize people fulfilling community service, so I don't want to offer temptation in the form of expensive batteries and tools. Nor do I want to commit myself to a volunteer project only to find excessively prohibitive rules as to what can be used on the jobsite (i.e. no personal tools of any sort). Please pardon my ignorance, and eventually I'll contact Habitat firsthand, but has anyone here volunteered in the past? Besides the above questions, and perhaps most importantly, what were your experiences? Thanks in advance for input!
  17. new tough system release dates?

    I'm in for one when they're available. If they come out before next May, I'll be lugging one around rifle ranges.
  18. What tools did you buy today?

    I grabbed the last DeWalt folding table at my local HD earlier; it doesn't seem super sturdy but that should be expected given its design. It is rated for 1000 pounds. I also grabbed one of the 18-piece Bosch Daredevil bit sets, as well as the last three Husky magnetic can holders which were on clearance. The price on the latter was $1.87 each, down from almost $8, and since 187th Infantry Regiment was my first assignment I figured it worth the cost. I paid under $90 out the door...the additional discount more than offsets sales tax.
  19. FV 12" Miter Saw

    That stand is going to be one of my next purchases, as will the rolling table saw stand.
  20. Seen at Lowes today Tool Connect

    My local stores have had these for a month or so. Unless they have something special about them, I'd simply opt for the cheaper of the two between these and the Milwaukee Tick. If I feel the need for more trackers, I'll probably buy these for my Fuel tools and more Ticks for the DeWalts. Things like that humor me.
  21. FV 12" Miter Saw

    I second JakeDewalt, you certainly won't. I picked up the kit for $360 on clearance. Everything I've heard states that it's basically DeWalt's premier 12" miter saw with a battery option. Even if you never use it cordless, that price is unbeatable.
  22. Garage to Work Shop Conversion

    It sounds like you have your work cut out for you! I have dreams of building a shop and turning my garage into a recreation room, but will likely have to use it as a shop at first, so needless to say I'll be monitoring this thread. My house is unique in that it has a 20x20' built-in garage with a 10x20' built-in garage next to it. My eventual plan is to convert the 2-car into the rec room, and the back half of the single car garage into a guest room, with the front portion walled off and used for lawn equipment. This way I can have people over and give them a place to stay without them having access to my actual house. If I use it as a shop, though, I'll likely use the smaller area for stationary tools and the larger one for projects. Anyway, I look forward to hearing about your progress. I'm sure the end result will be great!
  23. ToolSelect not updated

    I've been on many forums, and the ones I've been a member of the longest are kind of sad to visit nowadays. Casual Discourse sprung from the ashes of Living With Style when the latter site was taken down in 2008. LWS had thousands of active members, and hundreds of us regulars moved to CD, but gradually drifted away. Now I'll log in and see the occasional thread posted by a longtime member who literally grew up with the two sites (I'm a bit older than most of those who still visit). Time and people change, I guess, and social media has all but killed the appeal of forums for some people.
  24. home tool set?

    If your husband does any sort of projects, refer to jtkendall's questions above. If you are looking for basic tools similar to those usually bundled together for homeowners, then Kobalt might be a decent choice. Lowe's usually offers household tool kits, a Google search for "Kobalt homeowners tool kit" shows both a 230-piece kit for $150 and a 22-piece kit for $40. Each includes a bag and basic tools like a hammer and assorted pliers amd screwdrivers, but the larger kit also has sockets and a bunch of other stuff (obviously). Kobalt isn't top-notch, but it has a good warranty and is a definite step up from low-tier brands. Husky (Home Depot) may have similar tool kits at a similar value. Alternatively, if you want to piece together a good set with mostly Made in USA tools, albeit at a much higher price, I'd recommend Home Depot (HD). Lowe's premium hand tools include Vaughan (hammers), Johnson (levels and squares), Channellock and Ideal (pliers) and Stanley Fatmax (almost everything else to include the aforementioned tools), but HD offers a lot more variety when it comes to brands, with a lot more domestically manufactured products. Also, if your husband has a Ryobi drill set, then he is likely at least somewhat familiar with HD. If you decide to check out Hd, now is the time to score some deals. You can get buy one get one deals on stuff like levels, squares, tape measures, screwdrivers, and utility knives. When it comes to those things, your husband is sure to appreciate having a spare to keep in another room.
  25. Milwaukee packout

    My local HD still had at least one Packout and a bunch of Ridgid and DeWalt boxes as of yesterday. With luck, a nearby store will drop the price and I'll luck out; last year I got a few DS300s and DS130s at discounted prices. The Packout system looks nice in person but I can't get over the color choice. I learned from the burglary a few years ago that if something catches a person's attention, wheels only aid in theft. My appliance dolly was part of the burglar's haul, doubtlessly he used it to cart off some of the heavier items. A lot of the reason I do kind of want some Packout boxes is because "ooh, they're new and something familiar but different." I finally organized my apartment on Thursday, though, and have two Ridgid combos, two ToughSystem combos (one with DS450 and the other with DS400 and Carrier), and a few additional boxes and accessories. Honestly, if I find them on clearance I'll pick up a few more. If my opinion reflects that of other tool users/aficionados, then Packout is too late to market and too expensive to make a lot of inroads with anyone other than hardcore Milwaukee fans and people who feel as though the durability is worth the cost. Again, I'll probably eventually end up getting a stack, if not this year then next, but I don't foresee buying the plethora of boxes I bought from the other brands.