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  1. First off I have zero experience with either. What I would say though is if you're not currently invested in either battery platform I would lean towards the dewalt. I'm pretty invested in milwaukee and I like that they make some high demand tools in the m18 platform but a lot of them have thermal overload issues. The 60v tools from dewalt just seem to perform better.
  2. 1. The serial number has a date code so e-service will honor the power tools warranty for 5 years from that date. They will also honor it 5 years from the date of purchase if you have the receipt. I don't think the fuel hackzall has been out for 5 years so you probably don't have to worry about the receipt at this time. 2. Although they've recently changed some things on e-service, I don't think it's really a tool registry, but I could be wrong about that. 3. Any time I've sent something in, they only want the defective tool and not the whole kit/ batteries and chargers. 4. Good question. I don't think they have any way of knowing what kit your batteries came with. I would think the build date and receipt date have to make sense meaning you couldn't send in a battery with a build date of 2020 with a receipt from 2019. I've never sent in a battery but the warranty on them is a little different. I think the warranty is only 3 years and they can read the first time it was charged and how many times it's been charged from the electronics so they might prorate how much warranty you actually get. Don't quote me on the details, I've read the warranty before but it's been a few years.
  3. I had your exact same situation. What I found is the 9ah will actually fit in the blower although it's tight and takes a little flexing but it does go. I think it's just a design oversight and I've never had any issues running the blower with the 9ah. Then again I'm just a homeowner that uses the blower to clean up my driveway, sidewalk and patio so I'm not draining a battery in a single use.
  4. I'm on the milwaukee and Dewalt battery platforms. I only have 1-⅛" rotary hammers but side by side I would say the dewalt makes a little better rotary hammer. Like wingless said bosch has always had a good reputation for rotary hammers but I personally don't have any experience. I've also seen some good things about Makita but again I have no experience. I don't know what the availability is on Hilti in Russia but if you're serious about rotary hammers they really are supreme. You're also going to pay a pretty good premium but if you're using them daily they're probably worth it.
  5. Dewalt batteries should have a 3 year warranty from either a receipt or the build date on the battery. I'm not familiar with the charger warranty but it must be at least a 1 year warranty. Ive sent a few in to a factory service center over the years without a receipt just using the date code on the battery and they send out new ones. I've also heard of people just calling Dewalt and they just send out new batteries.
  6. If the chuck is junk anyhow cutting it apart to get a better look and access might be the thing to do. I'm not real familiar with that specific drill but I do know some of dewalts cordless drills don't actually have a retaining screw. In this case what you would actually be seeing is the end of the spindle which can have a dimple in the end that looks like it might be some kind of torque or allen head but it isn't. If this were the case the chuck should just spin off with enough torque.
  7. Might be too simple but did you check the brushes. When they get weak they can cut in and out intermittently for a while until they completely stop working.
  8. I have the m18 ⅜" right angle impact and the m12 ⅜" brushed (non-fuel) ratchet. The impact is pretty underpowered at only 60ft/lbs of torque. It is pretty compact but won't break a lot of fasteners loose and then you're stuck grabbing a wrench anyhow. The m12 ratchet, while having less torque can be used as a ratchet so you can break the fastener loose by hand and then use the power to run it off. I also have the m12 right angle impact wrench, which has like 250ft/lbs of torque so it has a lot more power but the head is also not as compact. I'm not a mechanic but I would think the ratchet would be best suited for engine bay work.
  9. I'm not real sure which 1/2" impact you have, and I could check one of mine but I would say it's pretty common for the anvil to have some movement. Depending on manufacturing tolerances you may have an impact with more movement.
  10. While I'm not currently that interested in a new tool brand, competition never hurts.
  11. I know makita seems to be the king of impact drivers and release a new model quite frequently, but I'm not in the makita battery line so I don't know the model numbers.
  12. While some people seem to have success with knock off batteries, I personally would steer clear. A lot of times the performance doesn't match the amp hour rating like a genuine battery. Then there are some safety concerns such as does it have the technology to not fry your tool or burn down your house while charging. Not saying that they will and I'm sure there are some that are just fine but to me it's not worth the risk. If you go this route I would just make sure to read reviews and try get somewhat reputable knock offs. Genuine batteries alone aren't cheap and more than likely if you go this route you're probably better off getting a new driver as a kit with batteries if you're kind of leaning that way anyhow.
  13. Nope there's no special socket for a hog ring. I don't think anyone even makes a 3/8" drive impact wrench with anything but a hog ring.
  14. Sounds like what you're describing is probably pretty normal although it's hard to say without seeing it. Might just be some tolerance difference between the sockets and impact. I know I have some cheap sets of harbor freight sockets that wobble pretty good when they aren't on a bolt but they've never been a problem when in use.
  15. They really should fit tight sometimes when the impact is new the hogring can be stiff and it's possible you're not getting the socket pushed on quite far enough. It could also be possible that there's some goofy tolerance issue between the impact and socket but that's not real common as most sockets and impact wrenches should be universal. I have an old m12 ⅜" impact wrench and some chrome sockets don't always fit right on it but never have a problem with impact sockets.
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