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  1. I’d suggest getting some spare scrap to play with a little bit so you can get a feel for it. If you’re able, it’s best to ascertain if it’s plexiglass vs polycarbonate just so you know the scrap you’re working with is exactly the same material. Polycarbonate generally has better impact resistance for this purpose FYI, and is probably what you actually have if it’s either the original windshield itself or an aftermarket part specifically designed for this purpose. Not sure how you’re going about this but I would NOT buy plexiglass to make a windshield out of; it doesn’t have the impact resistance polycarbonate has. Anyway, if you haven’t already, chances are good you can find a plastic supply store that can sell you scrap for nicely discounted prices. The melting point for these plastics isn’t terribly high. If cutting with a jigsaw, as the blade heats up during cutting, semi-melted plastic shavings can easily bond right back into the cut or on the surface of your workpiece as you proceed. If this is a stock sheet bought from a plastic supply store, you should leave the paper/plastic backing on the sheet while cutting to help counteract that problem. If that isn’t an option, using some sort of a blower to keep the blade from heating up too much as you go can also be very helpful. I don’t have your specific jigsaw but in general I would just start off with medium cut speeds to get an initial feel. My general feeling is, pacing how fast you go through the material to avoid the blade heating up too much is more important than the speed setting of the jigsaw. So cut an inch or whatever, let the blade cool, then proceed another inch, etc. Disclaimer: I have not cut anywhere near as much polycarbonate as I have plexiglass, and it’s been a while so I easily may be forgetting any nuances between how the materials cut if in fact you have polycarbonate and not plexiglass. Hope this helps and best of luck!
  2. The backpack that Makita seems to want to sell instead of larger batteries sounds cool in theory but is needlessly clunky in what few pictures I’ve seen. It does make for an alternative but only 4 of their standard 10-cell batteries seems like they should easily be fit in something much smaller.
  3. It’s entirely possible they may make an adapter similar to what they already did with their previous 36V platform that allows you to use a pair of LXT batteries on XGT tools basically X2-style. I almost think it more likely to happen than not. We pretty much all agree. And given how meticulous the design of the XGT 4Ah battery is, it’s hard to picture Makita not already having an essentially finished 8Ah LXT battery already designed; more a question of whether or not they’re willing to now, and how long it takes if they really are hesitating needlessly as some people are speculating.
  4. So far they’re saying they still have more X2 tools planned and have no intention of changing that...we’ll see if that continues to be the case years down the road, but I won’t doubt it for now. Chances are if nothing else they still have some coming down the pipeline and they may as well get their return on investment. Much like the recent 12” X2 miter saw. If I were to hazard a guess, I kinda expect X2 will continue to be their high-power LXT solution for the foreseeable future. At first a lot of the buzz about this had me a little concerned about LXT support. But thinking about it now, it’s much the opposite. They have plenty of other battery lines they toy around with around the world. They’re pretty committed it seems to growing a healthy CXT line, and there’s no reason to believe that is some threat to LXT either. This just isn’t anything to worry about for LXT users at all. Other than some might end up being really awesome and envy-inducing.
  5. This sort of thing is almost never not going to be either accumulation of gunk, depletion of adequate grease, or both. With two years on it, I would suspect mostly the former. But if you fix it yourself you may as well regrease along the way anyway. I imagine it to be a pretty trivial thing to take apart and clean out but I don’t own the thing yet.
  6. I thought it was only 25 but Dewalt is making wall warts
  7. The current LXT multitool is definitely clunky. Even if that’s the norm for the industry. Makita has been excelling at making tools ergonomically sensible, and this just seems like a natural best next step. I guess they likely have a team working on it but it’s probably no small technical challenge.
  8. When given the option, I would absolutely do 1/2” whenever possible
  9. I was primarily Dewalt most of my life but as soon as I went cordless I wasn’t going to be interested in any platforms that gamed their customers with major format changes etc. Which I expected from some of them not just because there was sure to be flux over the years as battery technology got better but because corporations know how to make a killing exploiting customer loyalty. Designed obsolescence, needless format changes, wanky marketing etc...it’s all over the modern tool market and consumers do themselves a disservice refusing to acknowledge and be mindful of that. Relative to some of the other major players in the market, Makita simply struck as more stable than the usual suspects by those metrics. Even contrary to what some people are getting skittish about with this new XGT platform, I don’t see Makita gaming anyone with it so much as simply having a parallel platform that accommodates the particular desires of some of their customer base. More important than that though, Makita also struck as more precision-oriented (or perhaps carpenter-friendly), which solved another shortcoming I always experienced with Dewalt. I get much cleaner results with Makita more consistently with less toiling. So the platform has lived up to my needs. I don’t need the mega-gootchie Mafell or Festool stuff. I have enough hobbies I spend too much money on and would prefer to steer clear of even more tools I never knew I needed. Dewalt has its primary customer base which is obviously framing and construction. It’s good for businesses to have products optimized for their needs but ultimately Dewalt is not the best platform for most of my needs and quite possibly even most of their consumer base, who like me in my younger years simply bought it because people I knew (my dad, in this case) did. Not being able to get better than 1/8” precision without constantly recalibrating tools doesn’t matter when framing houses but it’s obnoxious when trying to build indoor furniture etc. So it was great that I broke out and researched the market before deciding on my primary platform.
  10. What I find especially funny about the Milwaukee router is that, like the Ridgid, it’s actually little more than an upgraded redesign of the $70 Ryobi used in the same test...that is actually several years old. Ryobi and Ridgid sharing parts and such is nothing new, but Milwaukee and Ryobi sharing such is a little more surprising. But if the Ryobi’s old adjustment mechanism still ends up superior to this brand new Dewalt’s, it’s hard to fault Milwaukee for using it as well.
  11. The other thing is Makita DOES already have a 36V battery platform...separate and before X2...that the market simply never adopted. It even had an adaptor that allowed two LXT batteries to attach to the 36V tools in an essentially X2 style. In my mind the existence of that platform obviated the need for all this; they could have just slowly introduced more tools and batteries to that line. But maybe there’s more battery computer management they wanted to get in-built to the platform as a whole that would have made that direction more trouble than it’s worth.
  12. When in doubt go cordless... I love my cordless Makita router. Chances are high I never plug in my 1/2” corded again. Thankfully my usual stuff doesn’t get much more challenging than the basic round overs etc.
  13. I like a lot of what I’m seeing with the new products coming about. Although the order they’re arriving in is a little funny. Awesome as a brushless planar is, I think there’s a lot more noise from people wanting brushless versions of the multitool and orbital sander.
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