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  1. Sorry to hear they bludgeon you so hard on batteries. Oh and to what you were talking about with the weight of the Dewalt 12” already being a lot... This Makita is being listed at 70lbs (32kg) with batteries, not much different from that Dewalt. Even the 10” is supposedly like 60lbs (27kg). The 7.5” (190mm) is only 29lbs (13kg) though.
  2. Where is “here” for you? Makita batteries do tend to be a bit of a premium compared to competitors in the US, but it’s not too ridiculous in my opinion if you catch the intermittent (and somewhat predictable) sales. Is it even worse elsewhere? Also, as far as the thin kerf blade is concerned, we’re talking about a miter saw on rails, not a circular saw you’re free-handing down the length of a 4x8. If that somehow manages to still be a problem, just get another blade. I’m going to be doing that right out of the gate anyway because so many of my cuts are into assorted plastics.
  3. Paulengr I appreciate the thought-out post and numerous examples, but all these tool companies based in every corner of the world didn’t all arrive at the same solution in a vacuum. China isn’t automatically merely “cheap” anymore and hasn’t been for a very long time...they have made tremendous advancements in expanding their manufacturing quality and control and can do things at prices corporations marketing tools and everything else would be foolish to not utilize. Where else in the world can you reliably or even feasibly manufacture 4K TVs, cell phones, etc with such levels of accuracy, reliability, and quantity at prices remotely reasonable to bring to the market? The simultaneous existence of less-impressive business practices also found in China doesn’t negate all that any more than it does when we talk about shady used car salesmen in the US who happens to sell a few F150s. Although I completely agree things will change just as you suggest as China becomes wealthier and their labor becomes more expensive. But that’s a separate issue from these tariffs. China outsourcing production elsewhere in Asia in recent years has everything to do with their increased domestic production costs and essentially nothing to do with any tariffs. On that note, I do agree with BMack37’s take that increasing manufacturing in Mexico among other countries south of the US border could come around to making a lot of sense. I even think it would be smart politics but that would delve into...well...politics.
  4. Maffel? As in, across the board? It’s not a surprise if a few tools from a few companies are (at least mostly) manufactured with zero contribution from China, but for the entire product line at every step is something special. Albeit less surprising for a premium company.
  5. If you’re smart enough to find everything it probably isn’t a stupid idea...IF averaged across enough tools that aren’t going to be to terribly abused. You’d be forgoing any warranty, which most of the time won’t be an issue. Given sufficient intelligence to assemble the things, which in my opinion should be pretty commonplace yet manages to not be...it makes a lot of sense. Admittedly at this stage of my life I’m not likely to do this myself because the time involved isn’t worthy the cost savings. But in my collegiate years and even early adulthood I would absolutely do it.
  6. ToolBane

    Dewalt Atomic

    Dewalt should have delayed releasing the Atomic until they could design a suitable impact driver. They did go with the right form factor on the drill in my opinion, emphasizing a little more on short vs narrow relative to the Makita subcompact. I’ll be interested in seeing a performance comparison test sometime. But holding the Atomic impact in my hand, I’m incredulous even seeing how they could think labeling it Atomic made any sense.
  7. No one should expect the power to be all that huge with these things (yet), regardless of who makes them. This could keep a laptop charged, or power a small boom box for a bit. That being the case, I might pick one up anyway.
  8. I wouldn’t say delicate so much as high-strung. They’re small in order to achieve a form-factor and passing a lot of current for the purposes of doing a lot of work for their size. I don’t know how fast yours went out but there could have been a little more to cause that, like the thing getting jammed causing larger pulse of emf than would be typical of most tools. Last I saw Makita actually only uses a handful of different brushless motors (all built internally), so the motor in the router is likely the same as in a number of their other tools.
  9. I’d say you’re probably hoping for too much. Pretty much everyone manufactures considerable amounts of their products in China because it’s flat-out the smartest way to go, and the tariffs aren’t at all likely to increase the production costs enough to change that equation.
  10. I actually bought one to use with my assorted Dremel bits. It’s worked just fine so far, although I don’t think it has a speed adjustment? Don’t remember as I’ve only needed for little things here and there so far.
  11. It’s been noted for a lot of tools that using batteries that have more banks, such as a standard 5Ah battery (2 banks of 5 cells) vs a compact 2Ah battery (1 bank of 5 cells), will help the tool perform better. Speculatively, if a tool was designed using batteries of lower current output, the higher current of batteries that have more banks could also cause the tool to get hotter and over time that could lead to shorter tool life. It probably wouldn’t be to a degree that would be obviously noticeable to most people and most tools. With all that said, you’re saying Makita’s 3Ah batteries fit and those are already 2-bank batteries. As of right now Makita doesn’t make batteries that run anything more than 2-banks, and the current difference with their larger Ah batteries would not be terribly significant. Mostly the tool would just run longer.
  12. https://www.makitatools.com/products/details/XSL08Z Officially on their US official site. Glad I held off getting the 10” that’s been out the last couple years.
  13. ToolBane

    Dewalt Atomic

    One of those YouTube things pointed out they aren’t indicating “made in the USA with global materials” on these and have just resigned to manufacturing these overseas. I wonder if the attempt to do even that little amount of assembly domestically on previous products is costing them more than they’re letting on and they’re going to be using products like these to recoup their losses. They know most of their regular clientele will buy them regardless. Which technically is fine...the drill sounds like it’s actually pretty good for its compactness, the impact may be kinda meh but if it gets the job done...
  14. Batteries *can* actually be more powerful than corded. First off, a power cord carries resistance the significance of which increases the more powerful the tool is and the longer the cord is. Second, DC current as a battery provides is always running a constant voltage while AC swings back and forth from positive to negative, passing through 0 voltage 120 times per second. To make the same power with AC requires the same RMS “area under the curve” which depending on how they do things typically would require feeding bigger peak voltages into the motor the current of which they can’t necessarily handle. Sorry, that’s probably a mouthful. I move my miter and table saws (both 10”) all the time because as a hobbyist I don’t (yet) have a permanent spot for them and I can’t stand toiling with where to place and angle them in relationship to outlets, having to move my cars around etc. I can’t wait to simply be able to drop my miter where I like and leave the battery charger at the outlet however many feet away. My table saw being corded I’ll have to devise a dedicated solution to in the long-term. Still I imagine for many people having the option to run a cord would be a good idea even if I don’t strongly care for it. It’s one good feature about the Dewalt 120V Flexvolt miter that Makita might want to consider going with.
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