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  1. Biggie

    Very good point

    I know all about being frugal, I got my fuel Sawzall for free only had to buy a $300 drill/impact combo haha. I know there are deals to be had it was just an example and the main reason I don't get why people say it's the same battery platform. I get what you're saying if you want a more powerful tool you need a bigger more powerful battery. Which is why I bit the bullet and bought a flexvolt grinder and batteries (I got one free). But the only way to buy that grinder was to buy a new battery platform to go with it.
  2. Biggie

    Very good point

    Yea that 9.0 starter kit with a 2731 saw for $250 sure is tempting. I want the saw but we just don't use a circ. saw that often and I have other wants that are higher on my list.
  3. Biggie

    Very good point

    Hey now don't tell me things like that. I don't know if my wallet can take that kind of abuse haha. I'm sure they make a difference on some tools. I know a lot of people on here love 2.0 but on the tools I use I don't like them and I notice a drop in power from a 5.0.
  4. Biggie

    Very good point

    A lot of its personal preference. I don't own a m18 9.0 and after buying a flexvolt grinder I'm in no big hurry to. I don't really like the extra weight and prefer my fuel grinder with a 5.0 when I don't need the extra power. But like anonymous joe the day I do buy a 9.0 I like the idea that I can use it anywhere even if I dont.
  5. Biggie

    Very good point

    I don't think most people have a problem buying bigger batteries for the big high demand tools and there are definately advantages to them. I can also see the arguement that the m18 9.0 is essential another battery platform because you're not really going to use them on your small tools. Where it becomes a problem is when a person has a bunch of 20v tools and batteries and wants to upgrade to a brushless reciep. saw, grinder or circ. saw. They currently don't have the option of buying a bare tool and you're forced to buy new batteries. Example: I want to buy a new recip. saw. With milwaukee I go out and buy a $200 saw and use batteries I already have. With flexvolt I have to buy a $380 kit and even then I feel like 2 batteries isn't enough for a jobsite. I would spend another $150 for a third battery or $200 for two more. So although you're getting batteries, to add a saw with flexvolt it cost $530-580 and with Milwaukee I can do it for $200.
  6. I thought they were always 22v and just called them 18v because that was the market they were competing with. Sounds like a lot of marketing bs to me. They've probably improved their batteries but I don't think they've changed the voltage which is why they're backwards compatible.
  7. I personally have never used Makita, and others can chime in but I thought that I've read that the current cordless rotary hammer drills aren't real impressive. I would assume for a home owner its still a fine drill and would still work better than a standard hammer drill. Just thought it might be a point of discussion based on you're initial post.
  8. Kind of funny at the end of the milwaukee video it says up to 2" shorter and up to 1.5 lbs lighter. Then says up to 4" shorter and up to 2 lbs lighter. I assume they're comparing it to two different impacts but doesn't up to 4" and up to 2lbs cover 2" and 1.5". It's a little redundant, kind of like weather man talk up to 4-6" inches of snow when they could just say up to 6" of snow.
  9. If the technology is already in the tool and they're just giving the user the ability to change the settings I don't see it as a problem. I can see the benefits of being able to match the tool with the task at hand. That being said I'm not going to pay a premium for it, especially when current models are more than capable.
  10. Biggie

    SCORE!

    I have a similar box, but the only score comes from trading them in to get $100 off milwaukee tools haha.
  11. Since we bought a dw872 14" cold cut chop saw about 8 years ago the band saw collects dust in the corner. Depending on your needs I would at least take a look at one. It gives a much faster cleaner cut than a band saw. Cut capacity is one area the band saw might beat it but I would say anything up to 4" material isn't a problem. But you can look up the exact specs. The other thing is blades are pretty spendy like $100 a blade but in our shop where they're used pretty heavily we still only go through a couple a year. We also use milwaukee steel circular saws regularly and its truly amazing how both these saws cut through steel with such ease. One difference between your fuel and circ saw that's designed for steel is that it has a much better guard that helps with the shrapnel. Now if dewalt would just come out with a flexvolt in either variation, preferably a 8" steel circ saw though.
  12. Biggie

    SCORE!

    I'd say the "BAD" on the charger doesn't look very promising but if you know what you're doing with rebuilding you might have something.
  13. Found this one as well. We have to be getting close to it being released.
  14. Doesn't show much but it's the first video I've seen.
  15. I would agree that the flexvolt grinder with a 2.0/6.0 battery gives similar run time to a fuel on a 5.0. It really depends on what you're doing but yea if you're doing constant grinding you're going to burn through them fast.
  16. Yep, a 20v brushless grinder and compact impact wrench is all it would take to make me happy haha.
  17. I get that some high demand tools require more power and run time than 18v battery can provide. In those situations I can justify a second battery platform like flexvolt. My biggest complaint is the missing brushless tools in the 20v line though. On our work trucks we carry 10 batteries consisting of 4.0 and 5.0. With crews of 2-4 people those batteries run impact wrenches and drivers, grinders, drills, and recip. Saws. Although the flexvolt grinder might be more capable it requires a set of batteries just for that tool and for a grinder it's nice to be able to cycle at least 3 batteries. I personally prefer the fuel grinder even if it isnt as powerful because it works on the same battery platform. I bought the flexvolt to be a shop grinder. At the welding table I already have a welding cord, plasma cutting cord, and two ground cords. So it was a way to get rid of the 5th cord. In the shop I don't care as much about compatibility because I'm closer to a charger and don't have to worry about storage space like you do on a service truck.
  18. I'm sure dewalts offerings for wood working and carpentry have been great recently but they definitely have their cracks. I'm in ag construction where we do steel and grain bin erecting as well as metal fab. We had been exclusively dewalt for 15 years but have started switching over to milwaukee the last 3 years. My main tool is a 1/2 compact impact wrench and a close second would be a cordless grinder. Two tools that I think really benefit from being brushless yet dewalt still doesn't have them. I did buy a flexvolt grinder which is a nice tool but it's really like having another battery platform and doesn't work as a system with 20v max tools.
  19. Alright milwaukee, it's early February, where do I get my 2860 impact wrench haha. Does anyone know if they've been released anywhere? I see on the HD site they have user reviews, I assume they're early release people because you still can't order them online. Acme says you can pre order but estimates ship date isn't until the 22nd. I'd be more than happy to pre order if it meant getting it sooner but I don't want to pre order at the wrong place and end up having to wait longer.
  20. I just got a surge and have to say I'm really impressed with just how quiet they are. I know all the youtube videos show that it's quieter on a meter but in the videos you really don't hear the difference like you do in person. I've used it very little but with a 3" deck screw and a #10 self tapper it matches performance with a 2753. I also find the self tapper mode to be similar to the 2753 which for my applications (16ga w/#10x3/4") isn't very useful.
  21. Some new toys came in the mail today. Drywall screwgun 2866 and surge impact driver 2760.
  22. I know it's frustrating for my tool dealer. They're a smaller chain of stores but a certified dewalt dealer and repair shop. At Christmas when I wanted a flexvolt grinder they weren't able to even order me one but I could go to 2 other big box stores in town and pick one up off the shelf. My dealer does a good job of taking care of our companies tool needs and repairs but this kind of stuff leaves their hands tied.
  23. Yea I only have milwaukee, dewalt, and bosch cordless so until now bosch was my only option. I hade debated a m12 rotary tool too but for what I need it for I just wasn't sure how it would perform. They aren't a tool I would use everyday but sometimes I have to grind a weld that a regular grinder just can't reach. Usually a square corner that a 4" round disc can't get in.
  24. As I was dragging out the old air hose today to get that last spot my fuel grinder couldn't, I was thinking I wish milwaukee would make a cordless die grinder. While I've considered a bosch cordless die grinder my tools and batteries are limited in that line up and they aren't my everyday tools. I'm going to be broke come February between this and the new mid torque impact wrench. Hopefully it's available in a bare tool.
  25. Yea at first I didn't want to take a utility knife to it being that its brand new but it's in a spot you can't see and after a month of use it'll have plenty of scratches and dents. It is for work after all.
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