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  1. I've never used an impact with any features other than a variable speed trigger....and a light. It never donned on me to have or need a gentle setting. Always viewed the thing as a tool to drive screws in as fast and easily as possible. At any rate, it sounds like this may be my replacement. Appreciate your help!
  2. I have found this driver plus two 4 amp 18 v batteries for $156. I contacted Makita and they said my old charger will charge these batteries. I don't think I need many bells and whistles. That said, is this a good deal? https://www.ebay.com/itm/265072807363?_trkparms=aid%3D1110006%26algo%3DHOMESPLICE.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20201210111314%26meid%3D83836fbb6c5d4a84b1fd26a530491ccc%26pid%3D101195%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D12%26mehot%3Dpf%26sd%3D265072812487%26itm%3D265072807363%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2047675%26algv%3DSimplAMLv9PairwiseUnbiasedWeb%26brand%3DMakita&_trksid=p2047675.c101195.m1851
  3. Is the only difference between a 2 amp and 4 amp battery run time? Or.....is a 4 amp battery more powerful too? Also....will the charger from my old 2014 LXDT04 work with these newer batteries?
  4. Hey, thanks for that! Looks like a real good deal! However, I recently purchased not one but two new circular saws. So... I'm pretty set there. Re my timeline....if I'm real lucky, I'll be able to start on my place by mid June.
  5. Thanks, guys! I'm a bit confused by talk of "kit" though. What does that mean, exactly? Initially, I thought "kit" meant you were getting an impact driver plus another tool....like a drill. And....it was a given batteries and a charger were included. Now, with what little searching I've done, I see impact drivers being sold alone. No batteries. No box. No charger. Nothing but the driver. Does a "kit" these days mean driver, batteries, and charger???? When I bought my two previous drivers, I got a box, driver, charger, and two batteries.
  6. Thanks, you two. Seems I paid around $200 for mine back in 2014. If I could get a new one that was as powerful as mine, or even more powerful (fast) in the $100-$150 range, that would be great! However, after using my friends much faster driver, I'd really prefer to have something faster than mine. When comparing different drivers, how does one determine which is going to drive faster?
  7. Thanks. I haven't kept up on who's doing what in the impact driver world. Can you or anyone else recommend a good replacement for mine?
  8. I bought a LXDT04 impact driver in 2014. It has been great! However, the batteries don't hold a charge nearly as long as they used to. This weighs on me a bit as I'm getting ready to build my new home. I see that 2 new 18v batteries can be had for around $37. Looks like they may be from China...but I'm not sure on that. Is it worth spending that on batteries of possible unknown quality...on an impact driver that's seen a fair bit of use? Or.......would it make more sense to just invest in a new driver and keep this one, with its old batteries, as a back-up/spare? Though I'm not made of money, I sorta like the idea of just investing in a new driver. I used a friend's newer Makita 2 years ago and the difference in power and drive speed compared to mine felt pretty substantial. Advise/thoughts please. Thanks!
  9. Thanks. With all that is available, it seems overwhelmingly confusing. Is there a laser that can be used for grading AND framing? Or are they two very different tools?
  10. A friend let me use his laser 17 years ago while building my shop. A DeWalt, I think. I just used it to set my concrete forms. Was amazed at how useful it was. I don't remember it having a visible beam (?). I just recall a beeping when you hit level. Perhaps it was only for grade work, I don't know. I have not used one since...but have always wondered how these newer ones with the projecting vertical and horizontal beams may assist in framing. Are there lasers that can be used for grading applications as well framing? If so, are there any recommendations for something that's of good value? I'm not a pro framer. Nor am I fast. In fact, many would probably consider me slow. But, I enjoy it and am good at it. Just seeking a tool that might assist my production level for building my personal home which I will be doing almost entirely myself.
  11. I'm looking for a drill that can mix plaster and drill 1/2" or larger holes in beams up to 12" thick. The Bosch GBM9-16 caught my eye. Is it good for what I'm after? Others? I'd like to keep it under $160.
  12. Thanks, BMack37! Those rivets look good... and are certainly very affordable. I like that! However, I was thinking something like one would see used in the motor sports arena... like on custom race vehicles. Any ideas?
  13. Thank you, Wingless! That's a great site... though a bit overwhelming to me. Could you make a suggestion? I'd be using these rivets for both plastic and aluminum. So, two pieces of plastic some times, and other times, two pieces of aluminum. The material thickness would be 1/8" or less per piece. So, I'd like a rivet that would be suitable for both materials... and a press that's simple and inexpensive.
  14. I have the common pop riveter that leaves a nice looking flush rivet head on one side and a long and ugly protrusion on the other side. I would like a riveter that will make nice flush rivet heads on both sides. Can someone tell me what this is called and direct me to where I might buy one? Thanks.
  15. Thank you all for the additional replies. DeWalt finally got back to me with a nice reply. They offered to send me a new nut if mine is worn but suggested I send the grinder to their service center in Salt Lake City. They offered to send me a return label. The nut isn't worn in any abnormal way for such little time I have on it. I'm going to inspect and tinker with it some more before doing anything. One thing I have observed is that the grinding disc that came with it seems to have a slight wobble to it... as it isn't balanced as well as it could be. I wonder if that could have something to do with it? After all, it is with that particular disc that the nut keeps spinning off.... though I think the cut off disc I have used on it came off once too... though I can't be 100% certain of that. Will keep you all posted as to the outcome. Until then, any other thoughts or ideas would be appreciated. Thanks!
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