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Everything posted by Stercorarius

  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.
  15. Yeah that's one of the main appeals for me. DeWalt has only one size really. Any of the "compact" tools DeWalt has like their sawzall are junk. I am tempted by Bosch and Metabo but they don't have high torque wrenches which is a must for me. Makita seems to be killin it.
  16. Neat. Considering going the Makita route for tools this time.
  17. What would you figure realistic repetitive use capacity is for that little rotohammer? Like 3/8 or just smaller tapcons?
  18. Yeah I just got the corded one because it was free with a $150 roto hammer so it was a no brainer. If you already have a cordless grinder I don't know that I would get one because it's not all that often that one saves your bacon. If you don't have a cordless grinder I'd probably buy the flathead because it's not a huge impediment in regular grinding. As for your original question though, I have yet to hear anything rumors along those lines. NPS2018 isn't too far away though. They did have a cordless die grinder so it wouldn't be a huge surprise if they just slapped a different gearbox onto their grinder and released a flat head. Best case scenario for Milwaukee guys is that at nps they release a needed upgrade to the fuel grinder and a flat head variant of it. Despite my preferences, the M18 is by far the most common grinder on job sites. The only cordless Metabo I ever saw was the one I used to have. Still the best grinder. Not worth a different battery system though. The M18 will do everything the Metabo can, it just is a little slower and a little less smooth. You don't want to fall down the Metabo rabbit hole. It gets expensive in a hurry, but they're so nice you can't stop yourself.
  19. Still haven't had a cordless tool last more than a year without getting stolen 😂. Except my grease gun. Had that for three years now. Tweakers must not want to get their clothes dirty.
  20. I'm sure it's just not still under warranty if it's serviced by the user, but it is unlikely that the coin cell dies before the warranty is out. Your desktop computer has a coin cell in it to preserve certain memory states while unplugged, yet you don't see those going out left and right. You'll be fine until warranty is up and then they're will be dozens of YouTube videos on how to replace it yourself.
  21. Have a Metabo flat head corded. They really are that nice of a format. Not sure I would be able to justify a cordless one, but pretty neat either way.
  22. No reason for it to be limited to light to medium use. My td170 would outperform any other impact driver and it had 1500 inlbs. Granted that was when the competition was the 885 and the second gen fuel.
  23. Yeah variable speed is the best. My holdup to getting an ir is that it's not a whole battery system. For a tire shop or somewhere that exclusively runs impacts it'd be the way to go though.
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