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Stercorarius last won the day on May 7 2019

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  1. That sucks. I feel ya man. 4 times it's happened to me now. I leave this in my window now.
  2. The reason there are more color options is because in Japan that is something Makita offers and that is where the drivers ship from. In the past myself and several others have ordered from yosh.set on eBay and received the correct authentic product. The other sellers are likely authentic as well. Keep in mind as they arefor the Japanese mark all text will be in Japanese, including the buttons and I doubt you will have any warranty support.
  3. Yes and no. Did a little more reading. So Hitachi Koki is a separate company that was owned by Hitachi and Koki. It was transitioning into an independent company which is why they were rebranding as Hikoki. How it works is KKR bought all of Hitachi Ltd's and Hitachi Urban Investment LTDs shares of Hitachi Koki so now Hitatchi doesn't have anything to do with Hitachi Koki. KKR didn't buy any "division" they bought over 50% of the shares of Hitachi Koki. Metabo is owned by Hitachi Koki, now Hikoki. So are Hitachi power tools. KKR purchased or is in the process of purchasing the remainder of the shares of Hikoki, hence why in all the press releases they refer to it as a partnership with KKR. So I mean yeah I guess you are 99% correct. I was just confused because everyone was saying Hitachi bought Metabo and KKR bought the power tool division from Hitachi and by that organization it wouldn't make a difference for licensing for either name as they would either own both or own neither. Metabo was never purchased by Hitachi or KKR. It was bought by Hikoki, which was controlled by Hitachi and is now controlled by KKR. Because KKR bought all of Hitachi's shares in Hikoki. Since Hikoki is entirely separate from Hitachi they have no licensing privileges. KKR got control of a company that wholly owns Metabo and no longer has any relation to Hitachi. So when people say they bought Hitachi power tools, they are incorrect. They bought controlling shares of Hikoki which makes Hitachi licensed (temporarily) soon to be Hikoki power tools. Its no different then saying (hypothetical of course) that Bain Capital bought Ridgid and is now calling them Milwaukee and confusing a bunch of people with pipe wrenches when it should be said that Bain Capital bought tti (again not a real scenario). Why they would take a brand with brand recognition primarily in Europe to slap on American marketed tools instead of just going Hikoki is beyond me. It would be like SB&D licensing Craftsman tools as stahlwille tools here and selling them as Chinesium tools in Europe. Makes no sense to me.
  4. That's what confused me. Unless KKR would have to license it from Hikoki.
  5. Somebody was saying it was to avoid kkr having to pay licensing fees, but that doesn't sound right. I don't see how Hitachi licensing would be any more than Metabo.
  6. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180312005596/en/Hitachi-Power-Tools-Renames-Metabo-HPT-North Booooooooooo. Now my least favorite grinders will also say Metabo on them.
  7. What makes a curved claw a safety risk? I use the Estwing 19oz ultra. Not a framer, but it's got a great balance to it and solves some resonance issues of the classic estwing. Very comfortable hammer. Intrigued by the estwing aluminum dead blow framer, but won't pony up that kind of cash.
  8. I wouldn't call it diyer centric. A diyer would just buy a $20 hand one.
  9. Yeah they are the homeowner/diyer version of home Depot and don't even do that right.
  10. Right? The high torque has them in the right place, but it's odd that Milwaukee has boots for everything, but DeWalt doesn't.
  11. Sweet. Don't have any of my DeWalt tools anymore, but if I do again this is great info to know.
  12. Same deal as Ridgid. The guys who make the good pipe wrenches own the brand, but they aren't the ones who make the home Depot Power tools. TTi does by paying them for a license to use the trademark and slap it on tti tools in home Depot.
  13. Yeah it's always around the same time each year. Nps is first of May and DeWalt is end of June
  14. Well I mean if you consider 2 many years ago. I've owned an 887. Not noticeably better than the td170 was in actual use. All the flagship impacts are basically the same.
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