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  1. Ridgid 18v Air Compressor?

    Stopped by HD this morning and found the same deals except, WHAT! The compressor has dropped to $50.03! Thinking it was a misprinted label I found the display, which still had the $150.06 sticker on it from last week. I hurried home and boxed up the one I bought exactly one week ago, and just in I boxed up the vacuum and brought it and the unopened starter kit along just in case. Glad I did; the returns associate called the tool associate to ensure she could do a price adjustment. He wasn't thrilled about it but told her she'd have to do a return. For my part, I asked about taking the same items instead of sticking HD with a slightly used vacuum and compressor and saved $108 when I bought everything again. Fortunately, there were no starter kits left in stock, otherwise I'd have purchased the two remaining compressors and gotten another free starter kit.
  2. What brand Power Tool should I invest in?

    They definitely are. I've seen the holiday combos go for $69 or so, and since it's not a Special Buy the military and, I suppose, other discounts apply as well. Probably the best thing for the homeowner on a budget is that they can pick up older blue models for pennies on the dollar. While they may lack the aesthetics and specs of newer tools, most of those old tools are perfectly capable and all should be fully compatible with the new batteries.
  3. I dealt with Snap-On before they started selling licensed products at retailers. They always had some oddball stuff, but it was Snap-On quality (and prices), even for that pink screwdriver set for Mother's Day (or whenever, it seemed like they always released special editions and colors that sold higher than their normal products). I have no idea how inventory works at hardware stores. I guess they buy their products and sit on them until they are sold. Not too bad for common hardware, regularly used hand tools, and even oddball stuff no one else around sells, but venturing into some of the stores down here is like a trip 10 or more years back in time. Corded tools should last longer than the owners, especially if they remain new in the box. Cordless, on the other hand, must be a pain to watch sit if they know anything about the battery life. Imagine finally selling that old Firestorm drill only to have the customer try returning it because the batteries won't hold a charge for more than a few minutes.
  4. "Why isn't this in the DeWalt section" you ask? Because despite DeWalt supporting a few stagnant and arguably dying/already dead systems (12v XRP, 14.4v XRP, 18v XRP, and some will definitely argue 12v Max and perhaps 8v Max), the brand itself is going strong with 20v Max and Flexvolt continuing to grow. Instead, this thread is a commemoration of sorts for those cordless systems that are no longer with us. Feel free to bring up the good, the bad, and the ugly about those nearly forgotten (perhaps for the better) tools that some of you made a living with in years past. I traded in cordless tools for pneumatic tools pretty quickly, and then traded those in for an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon and later an M4 carbine. Regardless, I remember two systems, one used professionally and one used around the house: the Black & Decker UniVolt and the B&D 14.4v NiCad. The UniVolt was used when I was a kid of 17, working for my girlfriend's uncle fabricating and installing FlipClean gutters (we made the hinges out of custom aluminum stock with lots of fun toys like a bandsaw, lathe, drill press, and tumbler). We had both B&D and DeWalt drills and batteries in at least 7.2v, 8.4v, and 9.6v, and everything was cross-compatible if memory serves me right. In fact, I still have my old drill with two batteries and charger in the metal case and have been meaning to grab it since there isn't a whole lot of info online. For heavier work we had a 12v hammer drill, but the UniVolt covered most of what we needed. A charger was always plugged in and plenty of fresh batteries were kept on-hand; it became standard practice for us to carry an extra since they liked to die at the most inopportune times, like when you were at the top of a ladder, with the gutter at the perfect pitch. Good thing I usually prepped the gutters and downspouts on the ground and left the others hang them. The B&D 14.4v may have never been a system. I don't know, it may have only powered a handful of standard drills with no other tools being released. I picked up a neat retro drill, the RD1440K, for cheap and it met my needs well enough that I left a somewhat glowing review on Amazon seven years ago: https://www.amazon.com/Decker-RD1440K-Anniversary-Cordless-Driver/dp/B00006FX9U/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8 If I had to do it again, however, the review wouldn't be quite so good. Hindsight is always 20/20 and while NiCad was the best thing going when I purchased the drill, by the time I left the review some manufacturers were releasing lithium-ion batteries for their tools. Looking back, each time I had to use it the battery would be dead. After confirming that the nice silver battery that came with the drill was dead, I picked up three more batteries on clearance at Walmart, found the charger had died and made another trip out to buy the multi-voltage charger. As I was starting to learn a little more about tool systems, I made a point of charging those batteries every few months until...I stopped. Honestly, I don't even know where the drill is. I'm pretty certain it's in storage and the batteries are probably dead. With its unique look, it will be a wall hanger like the UniVolt. As stated above, my experience with cordless tools has been brief until recently. I look at what I currently own and wish I had such tools doing gutter work, framing houses (I was the cut man, and a cordless saw would have been nice), or repairing vehicles and equipment. That said, I know that some obsolete or almost gone systems made a lot of money for some of you in the past. My disabled brother probably looks back fondly to his days using DeWalt 18v XRP to earn a living doing a variety of work. He finally got a 20v Max drill/impact combo earlier this year, so I gave him an 18v adapter, a couple of 1.5Ah batteries (OCD? I only want XR batteries, kind of like how I only want Fuel and not regular M18 tools), and some other goodies like a ToughSystem radio. To think, one day we'll all probably be thinking of 20v Max and M18 in this same light.
  5. Home Depot

    Between these kits and the Flexvolt saws, one can surmise that pros just don't buy into cordless tools, at least not at Home Depot. I can imagine that many use cordless drills and drivers, but maybe they still prefer breaking out the generator to run their cutting tools. I haven't worked on a jobsite in almost twenty years, and my time on a framing crew was short. My boss had a trailer with a generator and compressor in it, and we'd use the generator to run the circular saw (no on-site miter saw) and the compressor to run the nail guns. I would think that contractors would strive to keep up with technology, but it is expensive. Even so, if I saw these kits I'd at least look at them and consider their potential value. I, for one, bought the circular saw kit at full early this year, figuring they'd go quick. Obviously, I was wrong, as I could have save $75 or so buying one now. Similarly, I bought the Sawzall for $200 about a month ago for the same reason: someone shopping for a cordless reciprocating saw would doubtlessly see it. The bare tool sells for $180-$200, so this kit would be a no-brainer at $200 or below. Sadly, though, unless you're in an area where people just can't afford $125, those kits will probably get snatched up by resellers who'll sell each component off and easily double their money.
  6. What brand Power Tool should I invest in?

    Another suggestion is looking at clearance deals or special buys. This course of action may take some time and patience, but I amassed most of my DeWalt and all of my Milwaukee and Ridgid stuff by getting clearance deals and taking advantage of the special buy programs. Ryobi is no different if you want to be able to continually add tools for much less; wait until Ryobi Days and get what you need, then comb Home Depot in the weeks after the event ends to find discounted prices on some other stuff.
  7. Home Depot

    Well, the Home Depot in Cordele, GA was a bust. That's where I've bought a lot of $.02 deals, and even one penny deal, in the past. They did have some good deals, but I'm kind of short of money now (imagine that) and couldn't afford the $450 for the portable power station, $560 for the Flexvolt miter, or $350 for the Flexvolt table saw. The first two are definitely on my list, though. My local store has three of the miter saws and hasn't moved any for months, even with the price drop. If/when they drop again, I'll probably grab one. Watched the TIA review and the comparison with the Milwaukee, and for the price it's worth buying just to use corded while using the batteries elsewhere (maybe with the two 7-1/4 miter saws I have just to amuse myself).
  8. new DCCS620B 20V max chainsaw

    I do have a few pruning blades, but plan to wait until it cools down to try to destroy these monstrosities. Seriously, though, mimosa are are bad, if not worse, than the related bamboo.
  9. No, they stopped earlier this year, I think; of course they put everything on clearance at the time. They sell Wal-Board brand stuff now. Speaking of drywall, I spent the day taping and putting the first coat of joint compound on and will be curious how it ultimately turns out. Drywall has always been one of my least favorite things to deal with (along with painting). I guess I hate messy jobs that trigger my OCD... Anyway, I've been doing a little research since buying the adhesive mesh tape and metal/paper corner bead, and both seem to be met with mixed opinions. It doesn't help that the house is a manufactured home and while thousands of staples were pulled we still missed a handful, which will require repairs to the new drywall. I'm not looking forward to the task of completing this project, but I am looking forward to when my wife can finally get rid of the house.
  10. So, here I am on day six of leave. The hurricane affected my plans of continuing a drywall project earlier this week and yesterday I started feeling a bit off. This morning: nausea and a lack of motivation to drive two hours to a house without power and work in the heat. So, the plan is to work on my school assignments, nap this afternoon, and head out this evening or early afternoon. We'll see how that works out. Anyway, tools are packed, including a bunch of new Goldblatt drywall tools picked up at Lowe's when they switched to Marshalltown. They are just the latest of many acquisitions made for 75% or more off. The funny thing is, the brands they switch to have identical tools at times, proving it all comes from the same factories. I have a few Kobalt knee boards picked up when Lowe's switched to Goldblatt a few years back. Comparing the two, the only difference was color and branding. Anyway, I've stuffed most of the drywall tools, to include two DeWalt screwguns and one cutout tool, into a Ridgid bottom; have Ridgid and Milwaukee chargers along with batteries in a small box; and a tote crammed with two fans and the Gen 5X vacuum up top. My DS450 has other 20v Max stuff, with a DS300 containing various tools, DS130 loaded with 20v Max batteries and charger, and the TS radio attached on top of everything. I'm also taking the 20v Max wet/dry vacuum and Ridgid compressor along with more serious tools like my Winchester 1200 Riot and Beretta M92F (I'm Old School in firearm tastes these days). Anyway, if I put half the effort into finishing that project as I put in here the house would be sold by now. We start another 14-week cycle in two weeks, turning clueless teenaged boys into men equipped with the basics needed to survive modern warfare. Fortunately I'll be at a school for half of that time, maximizing time off and just maybe doing something more productive than watching YouTube and commenting on tools.
  11. Shipping companies are brutal

    It wouldn't surprise me if the damage is due to a careless forklift operator. When I worked for Great Dane Trailers we'd often get trailers that needed patching with the roofs torn from an operator raising the forks too high, or the sides bulging out due to someone speeding in with a misaligned pallet. As a forklift mechanic a few years later, I was surprised at how much damage was caused both to products and the trucks themselves. Your saw might have been dropped or fallen out of a delivery truck, or it might have been stacked on the end on a pallet and had a fork truck hit it just hard enough.
  12. I'm wondering if it would be feasible to modify one of the small boxes to mount the compressor on top. Fitting it inside a rolling box would be great, but the small box is cheaper and should be just large enough to fit a couple of nailers and perhaps spare batteries and/or charger and other small items in. So long as you don't go overboard, it should hold up to being carried using the compressor's handle, plus you could still attach it on top of the other boxes. I've got a bunch of rubber insulated steel straps in various sizes, and I'm thinking that four of those with either fender washers or steel/aluminum bars (perhaps even a sheet of aluminum with all four bolts running through it) attached to to the inside of the lid would suffice to prevent the lid from breaking, while providing a damper for the small amount of vibration this thing produces. Another possibility might be to build a mount that attached via the boxes' attachment bars. Wood would get worn down quickly, so either metal or maybe 3D printing would work? The last idea would be if someone has an extra large box, and wanted to mount the compressor on it. This would preclude multiple boxes but would provide plenty of space for hoses, nailers, and supplies.
  13. new DCCS620B 20V max chainsaw

    The mimosas have grown up all over the place at my project house. Where the 20v Hedge trimmer handled them well enough earlier this year, I think this chainsaw is a must for them now. So, one will be on the to-order list very soon.
  14. What tools did you buy today?

    I found two pairs of the Irwin Ergomulti pliers today for $5 each.
  15. Damn, two reminders of how dangerous tools can be. I'll admit to having done questionable things back when I was invincible, but having survived Iraq and Afghanistan I'm not willing to risk my life using tools. Heck, these days I even drive the speed limit or slower if conditions are bad. Safety features on saws have spoiled me to the point where I don't like using older saws without them. For example, I had to use my brother's old corded DeWalt circular saw late last year for a project we were working on. I'd used my PC 18v for the previous few years. Needless to say, the lack of a brake on the DeWalt surprised me initially. I'd grown so spoiled by such a basic feature that I forgot that some circular saws don't have a brake!
  16. DMM discussion thread

    I had a Fluke 87 for years, as they were (are?) the standard for General Motors technicians. It and a Fluke clampmeter were stolen, though, so I'm now stuck with a couple of cheap Craftsman meters and a handy but basic Klein. Come to think of it, I do have a Fluke 110 (I think) that a coworker gave me.
  17. Picked up some acid green today

    This. While many marriages don't last (my wife and I will probably divorce amicably after I retire), tools do. They can help us make money, save money, and even strengthen or build relationships. I'm sure more than a few guys (and gals, for that matter) got lucky after helping an attractive neighbor or friend of a friend with home or vehicle repairs.
  18. Flexvolt Battery Won't Charge

    They are pretty good with getting stuff back to you quick. I paid to ship my dual charger to a service center (I contacted them directly, should have called DeWalt) and had a new one less than a week later. I did contact DeWalt about a busted DS450, used the shipping label, and got a new one a little over a week later. Not too bad, all told.
  19. More Than One?

    I find myself starting to buy duplicates of some things. Some of it is out of convenience - it's annoying to have to keep up with a single utility knife, square, or tape measure - but when it comes to power tools it is often due to a desire to maximize production. I don't usually undertake projects requiring extra hands, but when I do it's nice having spare drills and saws. I can imagine that many of you have more than one drill. At the very least, you may have a corded and a cordless, but some of you probably have 10.8v and 18v brushed and/or brushless and subcompact/compact or full size. There are probably more than a few of you who maintain duplicates of other tools, or who invest in multiple tools in a few platforms. Please share your rationale behind owning more than one of any given power tool. For me it's simply a lack of patience when I need a certain tool. I don't want to walk across the room and wait for the hired help to finish what he's doing, I want to grab a spare and do what I need to do. Nevermind that I may hire one or two helpers once a year at most. 🔨
  20. Ridgid Hybrid Fan

    As a brand new Ridgid cordless owner (around 20 hours as if this writing) and devoted DeWalt fan, I've got to say, I'm impressed! For those who missed my post in the "What Tools Did You Buy Today" thread in the Power Tools subforum, I've spent the past three nights in my truck due to a training event. Ah, the life of a Drill Sergeant... With plenty of batteries, I've waited patiently for the DeWalt fan for months with plans to buy one ASAP. Yesterday I left the training site resigned to settling with Ryobi. Fort Benning nights are hot and humid, and I didn't want to run the truck all night nor did I wish to sweat through my clothing and pillow again. Well, Ridgid had a promotion and some leftover BOGO battery packs, so here I am with two of the Ridgid fans powered by 4.0Ah batteries. I can sum these up with one word: AWESOME! I used one for about 30 minutes yesterday to show off Drill Sergeant FM's latest cordless gadget. After all, I'm the guy with the brightest lights (thanks to DeWalt, though Milwaukee and now Ridgid lighting may be in my future), an ability to repair almost anything, and who uses the most fun/least practical approach for certain things (a cordless grinder or reciprocating saw on a lock may take longer than bolt cutters, but put son a better show). I then proceeded to relax in my truck starting around 10pm, turning both fans on at about 1/4 to 1/3 speed. The low setting seems all but useless. Waking up a few times I checked the battery life, and they were still at 4 bars around 1am. Now, seven hours later both are still rocking at 3 bars. Not bad. I haven't dealt with the LSA registration yet, have no idea how these will fare long-term, and have never owned any other Ridgid cordless device. Based on first impression, though, wow! Anyway, time to inventory weapons and equipment.
  21. That's true. I'm fairly certain Marshalltown used to be at Home Depot, and I've posted here about recent deals on Fatmax box levels when Lowe's recently switched to another brand. Lowe's has at least brought back a limited number of Ideal electrical tools. I made out well when they put everything on clearance a few years ago in favor of Southwire. To be honest, I don't think I've purchased a Southwire tool to date.
  22. Home Depot

    I could see this working, especially if they worked out a bundle deal for starter kits. Imagine 20v Max bare tools for their regular price of $99 to $159, with the option of adding a 2Ah starter kit for and additional $50 or a higher capacity starter kit for $100 more. The starter kits alone could be regular price, with the bundle being an incentive to effectively buy a combo. On the flip side, how many chargers are out there due to the preponderance of combos? I have four Milwaukee tools, one light, and five batteries, but have four chargers. I have three Ridgid chargers for seven batteries and six tools. As for DeWalt, I don't want to even speculate about how many 12v/20v Max chargers I own. It's nice having a few, but I need to start selling or giving away extras.
  23. Long-Gone Retail Chains

    There used to be few home improvement retail chains in the central Virginia area which are no longer with us. Builder's Square, Home Quarters Warehouse, and Hechinger were three that I recall seeing and occasionally even venturing into. There was little need for the wares such stores offer insofar as my family was concerned, so the few chances I had to see the interior were memorable. I don't recall Home Depot back then (though I'm sure they were around the area), and the local Lowe's was not much larger than a Dollar Tree. To be honest, I don't remember a whole lot about these stores, despite remembering all sorts of stores like Bradlees, Ames, Hills, Best, Service Merchandise, Roses (still in business, but a shadow of its former self), Thalhimers, Miller & Rhoads, McCrory, G.C. Murphy, and numerous other chains. Sadly, Sears and Kmart will probably soon be added to that list. Retail history is a subject that has long interested me, though; from the dead malls and label-scarred shopping centers with dated designs, to the shifts in popularity for retail centers. Downtown was still thriving in the early '80's, enclosed malls finally dominated the latter part of the decade, and now the open-air town center (in some cases merely an upscale and massive strip mall) is killing many malls. These are and were places where handymen bought their tools and supplies, housewives outfitted the children with school clothes, and families spent memorable (if only for the kids throwing a fit) times. A fairly recent store to go out of business is Alco. In 2012 I moved to a one-light town in Georgia. There are a couple of gas stations, one with a McDonald's, and a Dollar General and supermarket, and until a couple of years ago there was also a store that is best described as a mini-Walmart. Alco appeared to be a lawn and garden store when I first saw it. They had a small fenced in lawn and garden section in the parking lot, lawn mowers out front, and even had a sign that proclaimed they were starting to sell beer! When I first walked inside, though, I was amazed. Those of you who never had an Alco can imagine a store the size of a Walmart market. Rather than groceries, though, they had clothing, footwear, home needs and decor, furniture, hunting/fishing supplies, electronics, seasonal departments, toys, a few aisles of non-perishable food, milk and eggs up front, hardware, and of course, tools! In other words, they sold just about everything Walmart does on a smaller scale and with less selection. Prices were unable to compete with Walmart, but factoring in gas and time, they were bargains as opposed to driving 60 miles round-trip. I shopped there often before placing all of my stuff in storage for an all-expense paid trip to Afghanistan, then moved closer to the installation once I got back. A couple of months later I read that Alco was going out of business, leaving a lot of small communities with Dollar General or Family Dollar as their only retail option. I made a last trip to see what was left (not much) and walked out a final time. The attachment some of us get to places we frequent--even chain stores run by mindless corporations that care only about our money--can be real. Don't get me wrong, the places that are now gone and the businesses that are no longer don't cause emotions to well up inside of me. Still, these were places where men and women earned a living, provided for families and themselves, and which were generally relied upon to make life a little more convenient. Okay, so an off-the-wall post that will very likely be on page 2 in no time, but it killed a little time for me. Conquered the Finance homework, organizing tools, and about to YouTube it up with AvE, The Great War Channel, Forgotten Weapons, and some retro gaming channels. Batteries charged, 10 gallons of water available, steaks for the dog, and a few cans of green beans and rutabagas just in case Irma decides to crush the Chattahoochee Valley.
  24. Scroll Saws?

    I almost picked up a Skil that was on clearance at Lowe's last year but passed it up. Heck, I rarely even use my jigsaw.
  25. Ridgid Hybrid Fan

    This is why Ryobi is on the short list of things to buy. I now have DeWalt (got a lot of deals, but also went kind of overboard), Milwaukee (all clearance deals or special buys I couldn't pass up), and Ridgid (all special buys but everything is stuff I can't currently buy in Yellow). Ryobi's glue gun and inflators are tempting, though.