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  1. fm2176

    Lego my Ego

    After being somewhat disappointed by reviews of the DeWalt 20v Max mower, not to mention it's lack of local availability (supposedly it's very similar to the 40v Max version, of which displays at Lowe's prove to be well-built, if no better in terms of runtime), I pulled the trigger on yet another platform--Ego. Having had the 21" mower for a few weeks now, I'm very impressed with it, and am considering the backpack blower since my large DeWalt blower is buried in storage and a spare battery would be nice. As it stands now I don't plan to replace my DeWalt trimmers and chainsaw, but suffice to say that Ego has a new fan.
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    Asbestos.... Its back

    Here's a slightly different view: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.slate.com/business/2018/08/the-trump-administration-is-not-bringing-back-asbestos.html I just love how every facet of life has been consumed by politics for the past couple of years. My Commander-in-Chief has my full support if for no other reason than being the whipping boy for seemingly everything these days. Hell, my wife and kids are as fervently against the POTUS as anyone. I avoid political discussions with them and definitely don't want to be subjected to such opinions here. It's been a long week and I have to attend a memorial service this evening, so forgive me if I seem thin-skinned, but I'm sure I'm not the only one who visits the TIA forums for apolitical discussions. To the OP, thanks for sharing as I hadn't heard about this.
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    any info on the new tough system radio?

    I'll wait to find a deal... I paid around $240 for three ToughSystem radios and only have one (Craftsman) T-Stak, so $219 is a bit too rich for my tastes at the moment.
  4. So, I just tested out the Ryobi glue gun and have to say, I'm impressed. However, I had the spare battery sitting next to a Ridgid after just moving a few DeWalt 12v Max batteries and found myself interested by how different TTI (Milwaukee, Ridgid, Ryobi) and SBD (DeWalt, Porter Cable, Bostitich, FatMax, Black & Decker) battery designs are. TTI 18v batteries are vastly different in design. Ryobi uses a stem battery to ensure compatibility with even the oldest One+ tools; Ridgid uses a slide-on style that also allows compatibility with older tools but which creates a larger base for drills; and Milwaukee uses a more streamlined slide-on pack that replaced the V18 battery system. None of these batteries are remotely compatible with each other. SBD, on the other hand, seems to take a more familial approach in battery design. Their various battery systems are not designed to be interchangeable, but it seems that many people have converted Porter Cable batteries or tools to permit their use with B&D, or vice versa. The contacts may not line up, or there may be more or less in various brands, but overall the batteries look very similar. I recall looking at some B&D 12v Max stem batteries when I had my Porter Cable 12v Max tools and finding that the only difference was which side a plastic tab was on. Everything else seemed identical, and I found some testaments to their interchangeability online. Then too, there are the similarities in cross-voltage battery systems with SBD. DeWalt is the most blatant example of this, having chargers and accessories which work with either 12v Max or 20v Max batteries. In my mind, this was a precursor of sorts to FlexVolt, which (as all the regulars here know) can power not only the 60v and 120v tools but also most of the 20v system--barring those tools which have small batteries compartments, such as some radios. Anyway, my theory is that TTI had a unique theory when designing the tools they produce. Ryobi was seen as a stalwart holdout and, lacking the need to attract those with demanding needs, has been given increasingly newer battery technology in a system that is far older than any other mentioned here. Ridgid, being the middle offering, was also relegated to keeping its form factor, which is more in line with modern designs. Milwaukee, meanwhile, was intended to be the leader in innovation, technology, and naturally price. This caused them to adopt a battery format that many of us would consider modern (slide-on, more compact than earlier slide-on designs such as Ridgid's or Porter Cable 18v) and stick to it even as technology has progressed far beyond what many of us might have forecast. I think that SBD, however, wished to modernize all of their brands with smaller format batteries, keeping them largely the same. I can imagine that they found reduced production costs by having some of the older batteries share many components (i.e. PC and B&D 12v Max), and decided to stick with that business model. Besides this, their brands' offerings have always been less diverse than TTI's, with the exception of DeWalt and arguably Porter Cable (which might have matched Ridgid's diversity at one point). Speaking of DeWalt, I feel that they found a decent 20v Max battery design from the get-go and gradually realized that their 12v tools aren't that much smaller or lighter than compact 20v versions. All told, I find that DeWalt and Milwaukee batteries are very close in size, from 2Ah to 5Ah to 9Ah FV/HD. Ridgid tends to be a bit larger, but Ryobi is relatively massive, with their 3Ah nearly the same size as a DeWalt 6.0 XR. Despite, or perhaps due to this, I enjoy all three of the more expensive brands, while looking forward to putting the Ryobi tools through their paces. What are your thoughts?
  5. So, I stopped into my semi-local HD this morning in hopes of scoring a third Ridgid cordless router. The one I left two weeks ago was gone, though, so I settled for a $50 Milwaukee Rover light and a few pairs of clearance eye protection. My plan is to have both eye pro and ear pro (picked up four sets of Holmes ear muffs a week or so ago) near at hand for all of my bench tools once I set up my shop--either in a couple of months or worst case when I move back to my house after retirement. Coupled with what I already own and what the Army has issued me (which I get to keep as it can't be reused), I should be set on PPE for life, to include gloves but with the possible exception of face shields. I picked up the last 3Ah Ryobi starter kit and tried to justify buying it, but I just don't need anything I'd have gotten for free right now, and put it back for someone who needs it more. If I need the drain auger or another tool I don't have in the next two weeks, I'll take advantage of the Ryobi Days special then. Anyway, I came close to buying another Green tool. I noticed this particular store carries the pin nailer and narrow crown stapler, both of which would be of quite some use in the coming months, as I actually undertake projects instead of simply amassing tools. At $129 for the bare tool pin nailer, and $139 for the stapler, though, I decided to wait for the time being. A promo or sale is sure to pop up eventually. The cordless brad nailer is on sal for $99 now, which is tempting, but in a rare moment of discipline, I decided to pass in favor of my pneumatic DeWalt, especially since I power it with the cordless Ridgid compressor (I have a DeWalt pancake compressor that has yet to even be plugged in...one of these days...). All of that rambling leads me to my question: have any of you used the Ryobi One+ cordless pin nailer or narrow crown stapler? Are they worth it for DIY/handyman work, or should I look toward pneumatic alternatives to use with the Ridgid and/or DeWalt compressors? I have the DeWalt 16 gauge finish nailer and like it for everything besides its price, but now that I'm invested in Ryobi I like the concept of saving money for future fastening tool purchases.
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    new DCN21PL cordless 21 degree nailer

    9 gauge, according to this site: https://www.thomasnet.com/articles/hardware/screw-nail-sizes Your question piqued my curiosity on conversions.
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    Why Ridgid (AEG)? Why Not?

    This is the same as the DeWalt and Milwaukee threads. Though Ridgid seems much less popular in these forums, what made you choose to buy into the brand, or set you against the idea? For me it was the Georgia heat. I was sweating away in my truck while staying overnight with initial entry soldiers in the field, loving the space in the backseat but unwilling to let it idle all night for the AC, as my coworkers would do in their much newer vehicles. All of the buzz around the forum and on other tool-related sites was about the upcoming release of the DeWalt fan. It was late August, I saw the fan would be available in October, and I figured that enough was enough. After seriously considering Ryobi, a Special Buy lured me into Orange. Buy two bare tools, get a 2.0Ah starter kit free. Two is better than one, right? Plus they had a few 4.0Ah two-packs left over. The next day I forked over some $220 and walked out with two fans, three batteries, and a charger. Follow-up Special Buys netted the router, ROS, air compressor (bought for $150, returned and rebought for $50 a week later), and vacuum. Follow-up clearance deals found me with a special edition 4-tool kit (mainly for the two additional 4.0Ah batteries) and belt sander. The fans? Well worth it, I used both Monday while replacing my brake booster and master cylinder in the searing heat. Everything else? Outstanding so far. The LSA for everything? Kicked back once for the belt sander, scanning and uploading the receipt saw it approved within a few days; the 4-tool kit took a couple of weeks to process but was approved without a problem.
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    Tool Box for the Garage?

    Well, I'm at the new unit, relearning my way around Northern Virginia and about to start moving stuff from storage to the house this weekend. With my ragged old Mac and Craftsman boxes still residing in Georgia storage units, I want to pick up a shiny new box for the garage. The Harbor Freight 44" box gets a lot of positive reviews, but I'm considering the DeWalt or Milwaukee combo at Home Depot. Anyone have any of these boxes? Comments, suggestions, anything else?
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    What tools did you buy today?

    Picked up the M12 inflator and soldering iron, along with the Klein 7-in-1 nut driver today.
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    Why DeWalt? Why Not?

    I'm genuinely curious as to why you decided to go with DeWalt tools (or why you didn't), as well as what you feel their strengths and weaknesses are. I will be posting similar threads in the Milwaukee and Ridgid forums as I own a number of their tools, but will leave the other brands out for now--feel free to start your own in those forums if this subject piques your curiosity... As for me, it was simple, I was kind of indoctrinated. The first guy who took a chance on a 17-year-old high school dropout used B&D and DeWalt tools exclusively (there was some blurring between the brands back then). He hired me for his small gutter business, which manufactures hinge systems his father designed and which he and a couple of helpers installed. A few years later, my brother began investing in 18v tools, using them for various businesses and the trades he worked in. I had it pounded into me that Yellow simply belonged on the jobsite. To be fair, though, it was my quest for deals that really got me started down the path I've been on. Cheap 12v Max batteries coupled with a clearance Bluetooth speaker were the gateway to a very substantial number of 12/20/60/120v Max purchases.
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    Why Milwaukee? Why Not?

    In a similar vein to the DeWalt thread, I figured I'd ask the same questions here. What drove you to decide for or against Milwaukee when making that initial tool purchase? I only spent a little over a year forgoing Milwaukee deals after deciding that the Yellow "20v" tools were what I'd replace my obsolete cordless system with. To be honest, I'd already been partially brainwashed by the regular content on here and other sites. I knew that I couldn't really afford multiple systems, before becoming a Drill Sergeant left me with no hobby other than looking for deals on my rare time off (and with more disposable income than I normally had due to the long work hours and lack of social activities). With my willpower weakened, and after wanting a rotary hammer for months (passing up a corded Yellow model for 50% off a month or two earlier), I waltzed into my local HD and saw a clearance table. On it lay a 2713-20 Fuel rotary hammer for 75% off, with a 5.0Ah starter kit for 50% off next to it. I passed it, went back, walked away, and went back again, buying both for around $130 plus tax. That was all it took, and though I've (mostly) refrained from buying multiples of tools in different brands, I now own more than a few Red tools that clash nicely against all the Yellow.
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    Used Tires

    Just a precautionary tale... Shortly after becoming a Drill Sergeant my truck started having a "death wobble", prompting me to begin replacing the suspension components as I had time. Two years later, I need only to replace the control arms and ball joints. The death wobble is long gone, though. Anyway, in need of an alignment, I decided to simply go with used tires until my Drill time was over and I could maintain my truck as I used to. Upon wearing out the front tires, I began replacing them, with about a 66% success rate until yesterday. The first tire I bought was fine, the second broke its belt a couple of weeks after getting it, and the third worked well enough until I had it mounted on the spare rim yesterday. Which leads me to the focus of this thread. My move was a mess, as the rental truck company has a massive shortage of 26' trucks. I drove over 150 miles to pick up a truck a day late and had two days to load and clean the apartment. In the meantime, my brother insisted that I get another used tire for the right front, as the used Terra Grappler was nearly down to the secondary rubber. He did the legwork and found a set of four Wranglers with decent tread for $80, though we lacked the time to have any mounted. It's a good thing we didn't mount any before the almost 1000 mile drive. I finally had one mounted on the 4th and had zero issues with road noise or vibrations. Yesterday found me driving to pay a deposit on a rental house and after about twenty miles at highway the tire I'd just had mounted blew out without warning, breaking the fog light mount, bending the bumper, and taking a little paint from the fender. It could have been much worse, and honestly, I knew better having been a "tire guy" before enlisting. Even so, the tire went from riding perfectly to having a complete sidewall failure with no warning whatsoever. I stopped by Walmart and got a couple of new Wranglers for the front on the way back. I had the money before leaving Georgia but lacked the time and let my brother talk me into getting those four used tires. Needless to say, the three I didn't use were tossed as they weren't worth the risk. So, $80 in junk used tires, a need to order to a $65 fog light bracket, and a bit more character to my truck taught me a lesson: used tires simply aren't worth it if you are putting any real demands on them. The Wrangler that blew out might have lasted indefinitely on city streets, but the speed and heat of the interstate were too much to ask of it. Anyway, consider this a PSA of sorts. There's no telling what kind of life a tire spent prior to putting your life in its hands, unless that tire is new from a reputable shop. I, for one, will never buy another used tire.
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    2x20V lawn mower

    I think this is a case of "damned if you do and damned if you don't". A lot of us were clamoring for a 20v Max mower, but the runtime has proven to be a disappointment for a lot of people. A bit more refinement--or a kit with 12Ah batteries--could remedy some of the negatives, but then we'd be upset over having to wait longer or to pay a premium for the larger batteries. Another example of this is the 18v adapter for stem batteries. DeWalt took its time before releasing one, despite a lot of pleas for such an adapter. Meanwhile they continue supporting 18v XRP tools, and when the DCA1820 is released a lot of people are upset because it came after they had switched to 20v Max or another brand altogether. I think the 5Ah battery mower kit was probably bundled with the expectation that buyers would either already be heavily invested in batteries or that they would be cutting only a very small yard. I'm still considering one as I have plenty of 4Ah to 6Ah batteries to run it with. I was sorely tempted to buy the 40v mower as it's currently priced at $299, but it seems to have the same runtime issues and I have no other 40v Max batteries.
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    What tools did you buy today?

    Found this earlier and figured I couldn't pass for the new 4Ah batteries and DCD996. I have one of these drills but purchased it well used from a pawn shop. Also have a DCD995, but for the price of the batteries alone I figured it to be a good buy. The bit and holder is a Makita I just used for my truck's air filter housing. With this drill I really think I'm set. I move into the new house on Tuesday and will start setting things up.
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    Happy Independence Day USA

    I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday! I did a "baby boil"...only eight pounds of shrimp, six of potatoes, and five of sausage, with accompanying corn and such. Found a house in Northern VA this afternoon that I hope to rent. Garage, fenced in backyard, and almost 40 miles from work with access to both the interstate and lots of shopping (not to mention walking distance from both Lowe's and HD).
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    Fun with the DCB091

    It might be too pun-ishing to make...
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    Time Off?

    So, what do all of you do during your time off? I'm currently on leave and trying to find stuff to stay occupied with until I start moving next week. The in-laws' house needs a lot of work but unfortunately my father-in-law is slipping into dementia, meaning that almost anything I do to improve the house is met with disapproval as it's not how he remembers it. I've been trying to do a few things here and there but major work will have to wait until the inevitable.
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    What tools did you buy today?

    Got a second planer, this time a DW780 for $25 at a pawn shop.
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    Impact Wrench Boots

    Anyone use them? My old IR 231 pneumatic impact still has the Matco branded boot I put on it over twenty years ago. Over the years it served well, but it's sat unused now for a while. With today's addition of a 2860 mid-torque to complement the 2763 and 2767 high torque wrenches, I'm considering get boots for all three. At around $100 total, though, I'm still on the fence about doing so. I have yet to put these tools through their paces, but they'll see plenty of use starting this year. A Kobalt 20v impact I gave my brother late last year is already bearing the scars of heavy use, and I'd prefer to keep the expensive Red tools in decent condition for as long as possible. So, boots or no boots? I know they can be worth the price of admission but have no experience with using them on cordless tools. Any issues I should know about (overheating, debris build-up, etc)? Any stories of miraculous saves after a tool fell 500 stories, or epic fails after an impact imploded inside the boot when torquing a 1/16" fastener?
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    What tools did you buy today?

    Picked up a planer yesterday, but not the cordless DeWalt I've been wanting. Got a DW675 at the flea market from an older gentleman. It came with a steel box and spare blades. Also got a couple of rolling support stands, complete with a vintage HQ (Home Quarters, a defunct big box home improvement store) sticker.
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    Sell Me (or not) on the One+ Edger

    So, HD has restocked the 3Ah starter kits and I'm sorely tempted to get another, but I literally don't need anything else worth the promo. I suppose I could settle for a less expensive free tool, but I like to push the $89 limit. Anyway, the edger is the only tool I might have a use for. Is it any good? Any reason to get one versus just using the DeWalt string trimmer to edge driveways and such? The starter kits are going fast again and the promo ends in a few days so I will likely be unable to take advantage of it again anyway, but on the off chance a kit is still on display, is there any reason to steer away from the edger? As an aside, are any other tools offered in the promo worth it? I have DeWalt, Milwaukee Fuel, and Ridgid brushless driving and cutting tools, so I have little interest in adding green saws or drivers to my inventory. Radios are covered by DeWalt, lights by Milwaukee, and sanders and routers by Ridgid. Is the caulking gun or anything else worth the price of admission?
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    Sell Me (or not) on the One+ Edger

    Thanls for the input. I decided against getting the edger, and though I thought that today was supposed to be the last day of Ryobi Days, the promo signage was all taken down yesterday. The TTI reps here in central VA have been very proactive; I've seen them at least five different times in various stores in the past week alone, usually working in teams of two or three. By comparison, the rep that services the Columbus, GA, and the Phenix City and Opelika, AL stores is usually only there on weekends. Regardless, I think I have all of the Ryobi I want for now, besides the narrow crown stapler. I have two each of the new 3 and 6 Ah batteries to run them, which pales in comparison to my other battery systems but should do everything I need.
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    Truck Kit Coming Together

    With my newly acquisitioned tools and storage, I decided to start putting together a kit to keep in the truck. So far, I have the Makita 3/8" SAE and metric socket sets along with a 1/2" adapter, Klein 11-in-1 screwdriver, M12 3/8" ratchet, impact wrench and drill, and M18 Fuel mid-torque impact wrench. I think that a single 5.0Ah M18 battery and my three M12 batteries (two are charging at the moment) will be sufficient, and I have yet to see if the Rapid Charger will fit in this T-Stak. I have a set of 1/2" DeWalt metric impact sockets in my truck along with Stanley SAE sockets (might have that backwards), and will see if my Snap-On and Sunex sockets will actually fit in the case (once I rescue them from storage next week). I think the entire T-Stak combo will probably stay in the truck, with the bottom box full of hand tools for projects away from home and the top full of various hardware. One thing I'd like to get is a compact M12 light, though I have various other lights in the truck already. Any input or suggestions? With over 250k miles on the truck and a body that's tired of wrenching and ratcheting, I want to ensure my bases are covered to maximize efficiency. The truck box has all the basic mechanic's tools, prybars, big hammers, jack and stands, and some specialty tools such as axle nut and O2 sensor sockets.
  24. Milwaukee is still running their free battery promo through next month. Basically, buy select drill/impact/Hackzall kits and get a free 2.0Ah battery, or buy their Fuel counterparts and get a free 6.0Ah battery. That alone is a decent promo, and the Fuel Hackzall will probably be among my next purchases. The M12 combo has dropped from $149 to $99 for the time being, though, and still qualifies for the free battery, so for $99 + tax you can get an impact, drill, two 1.5Ah batteries, and a 2.0Ah battery plus charger and bag. If you don't need the spare battery, the receipt shows that you can return the free battery for $33 or so, netting the kit for $66. Decent buy, in my opinion, but YMMV.
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    Impact Wrench Boots

    Good to know, I take it the boots are worth the money? Funny how I ask now, but twenty years ago I didn't hesitate to spend $20+ on boots for my pneumatic tools, despite making under $10 an hour.