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  1. ToolBane

    Clearly Defining Blade Usage

    Gloves are made of much tougher material than your hands are just that much more capable of catching and then dragging your hand into a spinning blade Better to just keep your hands the hell away
  2. ToolBane

    Makita Battery cell 20700

    I was just thinking...it’s been quiet Too quiet
  3. ToolBane

    Dewalt Atomic

    They look cute and “fun” and I get the appeal with standard size tools often having more than enough power why not have smaller ones that are even easier to carry around if you’re working all day
  4. ToolBane

    What tools did you buy today?

    Those are surprisingly low prices even for Ryobi! And I’d say yeah maybe you don’t need more but somehow I’ve accumulated 5 impacts myself and am not even sure how I got here.
  5. ToolBane

    New Makita impact

    Eh I think it’s just a tight field for a tool that, in my opinion at least, has very tightly defined optimums. Totally different from drills or circular saws where the ideal for any given person or application can be all sorts of different sizes and power ranges. Sure I raised my brows a bit too at where they place the Hercules and even more the Craftsman. I suspect the Hercules they probably boosted due to the value argument, maybe that was their thinking with the Craftsman too although I’m less enthused about that one. There’s a reliability question that’s not really going to be easy to address in a test like this. Still, as far as the Dewalt was concerned, it did have several “middle of the road” performance results; its best asset is being one of the lighter impacts but it was also 2nd loudest. I suspect that’s what killed it, actually. Everything together, to me a number 6 ranking isn’t unreasonable. It’s also not really all that bad out of a tight field of 16. Given how close everything else was, everything after the top-2 they could have put in any order they felt like from where I sit. There were no consistent trends for anyone even the Makita and Milwaukee had results where they were below average. Same thing I really don’t think the Ridgid at 11 is such a terrible result either, as it’s performance was similarly “middle of the road” most of the way while being one of the larger and heavier drivers in the pack. It’s just not like any of these impacts are all that bad. I have that Ryobi brushless, I use it, it has solid power, and it placed 3rd from last in this test and that isn’t hurting my feelings.
  6. ToolBane

    New Makita impact

    https://www.protoolreviews.com/tools/best-18v-impact-driver-head-to-head-review/43129/ I think this comparison is a bit more likely to be objectively trustworthy. Sure everyone could be paying people behind the curtains for any of these YouTube reviewers and certain performance tests can always be hand-picked to favor one product or another, but there are a decent number of hard measurements in here that are hard to argue with. For what it’s worth the Gen 3 finished number two behind the Makita but does have higher max power. Personally I think with impact drivers we’re moving past the days when max power should be the primary metric. Compact brushless motors have long since surpassed the mechanical limits of what’s sensible for the 1/4” hex format; if you need more use an impact wrench with appropriate size drive. They even say this exact thing at the end of this review. Buying 1/4” drives just to stick 1/2” adapters on that you keep breaking isn’t enhancing utility for anything.
  7. ToolBane

    What cells Makita batteries uses

    I’ve seen plenty of people mentioning Makita using different brands of cells for different size batteries. I wouldn’t even be surprised if Makita sometimes has to change up within any given model depending on what manufacturers have available. I’d almost expect this to be status quo. I can’t wait for Makita to release larger batteries. Personally I’d only want a pair of 8-12Ah though. A pair of 5Ah covers almost everything really well really. Two pairs of you have X2 tools.
  8. Really if this is just for occasional, general home DIY stuff there isn’t going to be anything wrong with Ryobi per se. I have a few Ryobi tools and the ones I have do just fine. They have a wide array of off-beat products (glue gun, mattress inflater, upcoming soldering iron) you can’t get from anyone else so it’s hard to argue with picking them up either as your primary or backup platform for general home/DIY purposes. Be realistic in that their tools are relatively budget-oriented and can have performance or other idiosyncrasies compared to other brands, but they’ll still generally “get the job done”. You can successfully build a deck, remodel a bathroom, repair furniture or whatever. Pricier brands will usually be more powerful, more reliable, easier to use, and/or more accurate...but not always across the board. Also Ryobi’s in-house bits and blades aren’t spectacular, so any tools you use more frequently you’ll probably want to buy better bits or blades from better manufacturers. If you expect to use your tools very regularly but still mostly DIY home type projects honestly you can pick whatever you want that has all the tools you’re looking for. None of the companies you listed are bad in my opinion. Dewalt is hardly bad in fact they’re still among the better companies, they just aren’t really “American” anymore...but that’s true of any of them these days. For home use you may want to be aware you may find yourself having to commit more money for batteries etc as they’re increasingly expanding their Flexvolt line. Solid, powerful tools but for all intents and purposes it’s practically another battery platform. I have Makita as my main platform. I like them as an invested and somewhat advanced DIY/hobby guy who prioritizes a lot on precision. Also they have a number of tools that few others offer although more recently Dewalt and Milwaukee seem to be trying to make inroads. Milwaukee is solid but like Dewalt people need to realize they aren’t really “American” anymore. It’s silly getting jingoistic over your tools anyway but that doesn’t stop people. Still, a lot of good tools. If I was mostly about working on cars that’s what I’d get. Also, while probably not too applicable for you given the tools you list needing, Milwaukee easily has the most complete and highest-performing 12V line. Everyone else’s 12V lines are better thought of as auxiliary/supplemental tools for people who already have an 18 volt platform in my opinion. Ridgid is just fine, they seem to occupy an intermediate niche between DIY and professional utility. They don’t have quite the variety of products of the other companies you listed though. But if you are confident you won’t need much beyond the most common tools, want “near-professional” performance you just don’t think Ryobi is up for but at the same time you don’t want to dump the coin for any of the “Big 3” and up, they are a great choice. There are a lot of people here with substantial investment in several battery platforms and I’m not one of them. Hopefully they’ll chime in on specific products from specific companies that either really excel or may be lemons. I do think though, while some companies might have lines better tailored to this type of client or that, you could really just get whatever the hell you feel like and probably not be disappointed.
  9. ToolBane

    NEW 12V Tools (10,8V Europe) hitting the market

    I dunno that drill looks pretty compact to me. Those 12V batteries are a decent bit smaller than 18V.
  10. ToolBane

    Tools you’d love to see but probably won’t

    Dewalt has a planer and a number of miter saws available, actually
  11. ToolBane

    What tools did you buy today?

    Today’s acquisitions. Looks like my current project will need some plexiglass cut and I’d rather have a blade purposed for the task.
  12. ToolBane

    Makita TD171DB [xdt16]

    Awesome impact I would have liked one myself but already have their XDT-12 which honestly is so close to the same I’m not fretting the difference. What really grabs me is the smoothness of the thing. I also got a brushless Ryobi while it was on sale to use on “dirty” projects and while the strength is pretty good it’s just a much rougher, louder tool and I find myself reaching for the Makita most of the time anyway.
  13. ToolBane

    Milwaukee 6955-20 Saw

    This is exactly what crosses my mind every time I try and get my current Dewalt miter saw better calibrated. It’s not a terribly new model but still not much over 5 years old? Maybe the degree of slop is just par for the course even among a lot of “prosumer” level tools but I’m still hoping for better when I get around to replacing it. Best of luck hope you get your stuff sorted.
  14. ToolBane

    new cordless router // DCW600B

    Looks like they reworked the thing pretty significantly, rolled away from all the extra cosmetics and fit it into a more compact form factor akin to the Makita. Probably the smart way to go; the previous design just looked too tall, which would have been made more awkward for anyone using a Flexvolt battery on it. But you’ll be able to put a Flexvolt battery on this. Even if you don’t get the advantage of the higher voltage, you still get the current output advantage of 3-bank batteries. If the size of them doesn’t bother you at least.
  15. ToolBane

    New impact driver?

    The use of CGI in advertising isn’t all that uncommon in a lot of industries. Probably just a missed detail on a cut and paste job.