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  1. ToolBane

    Why Ridgid (AEG)? Why Not?

    Their range of tools is too narrow for my needs. They’ve got a few solid products and if I only needed the basics or was a contractor for whom multiple platforms isn’t necessarily such an extra hinderance I might feel completely different. Some of their products are extremely price/performance-competitive. Edit: Same time, it seems there’s a lot of development overlap between them and Ryobi. Lots of tools that share lots of parts. It’s enough to make one wonder where Ridgid may be heading. In my case though that mostly meant there was little reason to consider Ridgid when Ryobi is so similar and has drastically more tools.
  2. ToolBane

    Why Milwaukee? Why Not?

    When buying into cordless and looking outside Dewalt for the first time, Milwaukee was naturally very high on the list of alternatives to consider. Two things threw me off compared to Makita, who I eventually went with: ambivalence about where their 18V platform is heading and not as many tools for my specific needs. The concern about 18V is probably not that big a deal but I wasn’t as sure of that a year ago. The matter of tools offered though is just what it is. What I do happens to revolve around precision woodwork and Makita happens to have more. I actually am more likely than not to pick up a couple m12 items. The soldering iron in particular, and if I’m doing that I may as well get Milwaukee’s “shameless Dremel knockoff” along the way. Both look pretty good and literally the only thing that has stopped me from getting them is HD’s online site not allowing me to order both at the same time. It seems really unlikely Makita will release such items since they appear to be largely abandoning their pod-style 12V tools.
  3. ToolBane

    Which ah batteries

    5.0s are often cheaper even than the 4.0s. I wouldn’t kick extra into 6Ah especially with everyone expecting Makita to release more powerful batteries in the near future. 3.0s can often also be pretty inexpensive, cheaper even than the 2.0 compacts. The extra size/weight of the 3.0s aren’t a bother to me so I’m fine having that on my impact drivers and drills. For some jobs though perhaps the slimness of the 2.0s may make a big difference.
  4. ToolBane

    Why Ryobi? Why Not?

    My main hobby that my tools are for is loudspeaker design. I don’t like the amount of slop I’ve accepted in a lot of my older builds. It’s one thing if it’s a deck or 2x4s that are going to be covered over with drywall for the life of your home. I want all my designs going forward to be clean to 1/64” or less. I don’t feel bad about my old designs but would have liked them to have come out more polished. A lot of my other hobbies don’t need that kind of precision though.
  5. ToolBane

    Why Ryobi? Why Not?

    The first Ryobi tool I remember buying was a corded router. (I know there was something else before that but it wasn’t terribly important.) My budget at the time couldn’t justify a Dewalt for something I wasn’t sure I would use very often. Man what a godsend that tool was though. I briefly considered making Ryobi my main platform when finally investing in cordless since I am a DIY guy and don’t abuse my tools to anywhere near the degree a tradesguy will, but still passed them up for Makita for an assortment of reasons. I still ended up getting into the Ryobi platform for some of their one-off tools like the glue gun and mattress inflator. I also got their impact wrench to lend camp mates at Burning Man (don’t ask) so I don’t have to worry about my Makita units wandering off. A pair of 6Ah batteries are probably inevitable just for that one purpose.
  6. ToolBane

    Why DeWalt? Why Not?

    DeWalt was my default just because it was one of my dad’s defaults growing up. The extra solidity of their tools over the other stuff he had (Ryobi and B+D) ended up dictating most of my buying decisions when I started to collect my own: where you can afford it and it makes sense go for Dewalt. For corded tools that was how I rolled. When battery tools came along frankly I avoided that moneysink as long as I could. I have a lot of hobbies including radio control models and was pretty in tune to how much batteries were going to be changing over coming years. I knew a lot of early battery platforms would prove to be temporary and not worth burning money on especially for a DIY guy who pays very close attention to longevity. Dewalt had the 18-20V thing and now this Flexvolt thing going on. The general look of it made me question how committed they were to the long-term stability of their platform vs how much they were banking on using customer loyalty to drive sales with unnecessary format changes. So I started to look elsewhere and have gone to Makita for my cordless stuff.
  7. ToolBane

    Cordless rotary tool opinions

    Well a soldering iron done up “gun style” with the battery at the base could be set down anywhere, unlike most soldering irons that need a dedicated station to sit it in between tasks. If the idea is to go cordless anyway, why have to tote a station around with you anyway? And a Dremel-style multitool...has anyone really thought about it beyond the historical norm we’re used to? I sort of like the “pencil” approach but in practice Dremels are too fat for it to have that sort of accuracy anyway. So maybe an entirely novel form factor would be worth exploring. Like a pistol grip but with the Dremel bit pointing out sideways so you always have direct view of what you’re doing.
  8. ToolBane

    Cordless rotary tool opinions

    I guess if Makita could figure out a way to make it work aesthetically then great. Form/functionwise pod-style obviously lends itself to feeling more like Dremels and soldering irons have always fit in the hand. But maybe it would be worth rethinking those things entirely. I definitely prefer the feel of the handles that the CXT line has in the hands vs their old pod-style stuff. Why not have a multitool or soldering iron completely depart from the historical cylindrical shape and go for the “gun” style? Actually...that would probably be really awesome.
  9. ToolBane

    Cordless rotary tool opinions

    That’s funny then because you’re looking at the exact same two tools I keep looking at M12 for. On more than one occasion I was trying to order but couldn’t finalize the transaction because Home Depot’s website settings refused to allow me to have them shipped. None of my current projects need them though so lately I haven’t thought about it much. User reviews on the M12 Shameless Dremel Knockoff are up and down but a decent number of people seem to indicate they like it better than Dremel’s own stuff. In theory the soldering iron having no moving parts should be really easy to get right. My plan is to just order when the need becomes more pronounced, possibly later this Summer. I would prefer it if Makita came out with their own versions of these tools but how quickly they’ve been dropping their pod-style 12-volt line since releasing CXT suggests they have no plan to develop pod-style tools in 12-volt for the foreseeable future. Interesting, typing that it occurs to me that the pending switch to larger cells may have played into Makita’s decision. Could also effect other product lines down the road particularly M12. Will probably make a worthy discussion thread at some point.
  10. ToolBane

    Cordless rotary tool opinions

    I wasn’t aware Bosch had a 12V rotary. I kinda like the idea of the M12 just because I know all my Dremel peripherals will attach to it straight away. Despite that as I’ve thought about it more I’m probably going to get Makita’s compact 18V. Already have the batteries, will have more power and can accept both the assorted 1/8” Dremel stuff and 1/4” as well. But I assume like Dewalt’s 20V that would also probably be on the large side for you...
  11. ToolBane

    So About Them New Batteries.

    Seems like the sort of things they are practically obligated to do.
  12. ToolBane

    upcoming grinder comparison - oztooltalk

    Well yeah. Hence why I agree with the notion of including results with both the uber-huge batteries for the manufacturers that have them along with the results when the battery capacities are normalized, PLUS some discussion comparing how the different batteries impacted results. Thing to me is, of course any given company that happens to have higher-output batteries has an incentive to argue their product needs to be tested that way. And sure you have to report where people can go if they want the best “right now” performance. But what about the hypothetical where team-pink’s tool can’t beat out team-purple’s tool unless team-pink uses the 3-bank battery that team-purple has yet to release? IF team pink’s tool we’re truly designed to make better use of higher current output, it probably shouldn’t NEED a bigger battery to avoid losing. So if a tool company was making that argument to me to justify basing their tool’s performance exclusively on their larger capacity battery, I’m actually going to get skeptical in a hurry.
  13. ToolBane

    What will Makita come out with next?

    This or something else has to be a big contributor for numbers going that far off, especially a 5Ah taking a full 30 minutes longer than advertised. I’ve never thought to bother timing my batteries but if my 5Ah ever took that much longer than they were supposed to I sure as hell would have noticed. The advertised charge times for the most part go up linearly with total battery capacity, suggesting the same current rate is going into the cells regardless of capacity. This makes perfect sense whether the limiting factor is all these cells being the same size or the charger simply operating at its current limit. Either way no shortage of other users report them coming in at the advertised time. Thinking on this further, it will be interesting to see if Makita will need/want an updated charger that can/will put higher charge currents into the upcoming larger cells that in theory should be able to handle it.
  14. ToolBane

    What will Makita come out with next?

    You of course are already well aware all it means when Milwaukee, Dewalt et al are releasing these batteries is that the actual manufacturers of the cells are merely getting them to price points that are more broadly accessible to the market. So it’s really just a matter of time. That said, I hope Makita doesn’t sit back too long taking their buyers for granted. I’m not concerned yet, but certainly wouldn’t mind seeing Makita having an answer before too long.
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