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  1. I bought an M18 compact blower. It makes cleaning computers very quick and easy, much better than disposable cans.
  2. The only thing I'd like from the 2763 is a mid-torque or higher low-torque setting. It takes a long time to get to 100 ft/lbs when it's on low.
  3. I picked up an M18 Impact Driver (2656) demo unit at Home Depot for $30! I just saw it sitting there on the rack with no inventory control, price tag, or box in sight. I asked an employee if they could sell it and he checked with his boss, they tried to sell me the dead battery that was on it but I don't know how long it was dead, probably wouldn't charge.
  4. Thanks guys, took it back to HD and they swapped it out no problem.
  5. I'm standardizing on Milwaukee so I'm looking to get rid of my Ridgid stuff. Everything is used, AS-IS: R86010 Impact Wrench, 1/2" detent pin anvil, 325 ft-lbs torque R86034 Impact Driver, 1/4" quick-release hex, 1750 in-lbs torque R840085 Battery, 18V, 27Wh R840093 Charger, 9.6-18V Li/NiCd Nylon carrying bag The driver/battery/charger were a recon kit, wrench was purchased new about a year ago. Never bought another battery since I only used it for changing my tires. SOLD, WITHDRAWN
  6. My dad picked up a cheap LED flood light, I don't know the brand but it's bright green. It has an array of SMD LEDs, not the high power type like Cree, but the little ones. It was initially very bright but it seems to have dimmed after not much use. It also glows when it's switched off so there's some current leaking through the array, probably pretty cheap driver inside. My Milwaukee M18 lantern is brighter and better color.
  7. Sounds like it's just a bad copy, I'll take it back to Home Depot and see if they can do an exchange first. Maybe I should grab one from the back.
  8. I just picked up their 25' "General Contractor", and it feels like good quality, much nicer to handle than the hard chrome Stanley. I got it home and started testing it out, and at some point it twisted backwards, as they do - but instead of just snapping back it actually ripped. I've seen Stanley and Lufkin snap a lot and never a tear like this, even with "standout competitions". Is this something that's generally bad for any tape to do, is it a defect in my copy, or does Milwaukee make junk tapes? Basically I'm wondering if I should try to exchange it for a new one or just steer clear of their measuring tapes.
  9. This could be a safety issue, once a lithium ion cell is discharged past a certain point it won't actually absorb charge, it will just heat up. This is especially true if they sit in a discharged state for a long period of time. I can imagine the people who have problems might be running the batteries down, and then just putting the tool away for a few months. If they do that and then try to charge it when they need it again it's not going to work. The protection circuits are there for a reason. The same thing would happen with a laptop or a cell phone.
  10. Does that stuff actually taste good?
  11. That sounds like fun, what's "ep3"? Got any photos?
  12. All types of batteries have a constant decrease in capacity with temperature. It won't last as long at 60 degrees as it will at 70, but you wouldn't notice. At 0 it will be much less, but not as much with LiIon as with alkaline or NiMH. Milwaukee is probably using the same cells as everyone else, so expect cold performance to be on par with commercially available 18650 LiIon cells. They're usually made by Panasonic, Samsung, LG, Sanyo, Sony, etc.
  13. I'm confused about the grand prize..why are they giving away several kits? Why not just every tool and a few batteries and chargers? Who needs four drills, three impact drivers, six chargers, etc.? It would be cooler if they gave more people a chance to win a kit.
  14. Yeah 5oz doesn't seem like much coffee. I think I'd have to drain an entire 5Ah battery.
  15. I was browsing the site looking for Christmas ideas for my dad and came across this http://www.makitatools.com/en-us/Modules/Tools/ToolDetails.aspx?Name=DCM500Z Thought it might be a joke but they're in stock at Amazon. Who has one?
  16. jeffmcmillan has a bit of a point, even cheap tools are repairable, unless you have to break something to get it apart. The main difference seems to be the cost difference between parts and the complete unit. If a small component costs 50% of the tool price it's probably a piece of junk. The problem with the rotor catching on the brush, you should have secured the brushes before trying to slide it in, usually there are two holes in the brass brush retainer. If you gently pull the brush back, you should be able to slide a paperclip though to hold it there.
  17. Black & Decker screwdriver, NiCd, 2.4V I think. Got it when I was 8 or 9. Helped me get my toys apart quicker and I abused it a bit. The battery wore out after about a year and I took it apart but at the time I didn't know what the hell a SubC was so I think I threw it away.
  18. Have you considered a headlamp for that?
  19. Varying degrees of need, I meant was that a consideration in picking the Mil Kroma. If you want to use the light with NVG, you should check out the various "Vampire" lights, like the V2. It outputs 10/120mW IR, compared to the Kroma's 8.4mW. I wouldn't buy the Kroma unless it's more of a collector piece at this point.
  20. Try a Nitecore SRT7. It's very good, does most of the same stuff and has a different interface. The selector ring controls the white dimming, there are more white levels available, and the max output is much higher. It doesn't feel as nice, but if you want utility it's a good choice. Also 18650 compatible. Do you need IR?
  21. I just got a couple of MPOWERD Luci inflatable lanterns: They are light and very small when deflated, I think they'll be good for camping. Supposedly will last 12 hours on low, and charge in 8hrs of sunlight. I don't know how to verify this without destroying one since there's no charge indicator and the LiPo battery is not accessible. They're pretty neat for $20 each anyway.
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