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  1. Lowes and Acme tools have the 12v xtreme line up on their websites.  They aren't in stock but they both say they're expected to be in the the next week or so.  Kits are a little better than originally listed as they come with two batteries and although they're not the new 3.0, they are a 2.0 with a battery status gauge which I believe is new.

  2. My ratchets at work and I don't use it a lot but if I remember right you can get it to slip if you hold on to the socket tight enough.  They don't have a lot of torque but they should run the nut down until they reach 35ft/lbs and then it tries ripping out of your hand before it hits the overload shut down and the lights flash . The ratchet I had that was broke would slip under almost no torque and it would never hit that max torque and shut down it just kept slipping.

  3. In the US dewalt has a 3 year warranty on batteries so if theyre 2 years old you shouldn't have any problem getting a new one.  I hope the guy at the service center isn't trying to deny a warranty claim.  While he's maybe observed that batteries that are charged monthly don't seem to fail as often I don't belive that is Dewalts official take on battery maintenance.  I'm no battery expert but I think the biggest thing is to not let lithium cells drain too low or won't take a charge.  There is a lot of in depth discussion about battery care in this forum if you dig a little.  If I remember right some lab did some testing and said that they should be stored at like 33% (don't quote me on that exact number).  The other thing that wouldn't make any sense about what the service center said is batteries can sit on a store shelf for months probably years in some cases and those batteries aren't charged every month.

  4. I'm sure it could be heavily debated as to which is more durable brushed or brushless.  We first started using brushless in 2014 and my personal experience has been that the brushless tools have more high tech electronics that can be more susceptible to failure in extreme conditions.  Yes brushed tools have brushes that might wear at a faster rate in harsh conditions but they are also relatively cheap to replace versus electronic components of the brushless.  Either way you go you might just find that the dust is hard on both tools so if you don't want to spend extra money and have the tool and batteries I would just run that setup.  On the other hand if you have the money I don't think you would be disappointed upgrading to a new tool with lithium ion batteries.  Milwaukee has a complete and very strong line up of impact wrenches and we've switched to them because impact wrenches are kind of our goto tools.  Dewalt does make a compact brushless 3/8" impact wrench dcf890 but they refuse to release a 1/2" compact brushless, which for the life of me I can't figure out why.   

  5. Well I was hoping milwaukee would put a 3/8" anvil on the gen 2 m12 impact driver, stubbys are great but too fat for my daily use, but after nps19 I see I'll have to wait an other year for that.  I was kind of eyeing up the new makita 12v brushless impact wrench but this new 12v dewalt impact wrench might have just taken the lead in satisfying my impact wrench obsession.

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  6. Even with lithium ion batteries, if you're pushing a tool you'll typically notice some drop in performance as the battery drains.  In this video he has the lug torqued to 250ft/lbs which is the stubbys max nut busting torque, and "nut busting" is kind of marketing bs.  So to get 250ft/lbs you're going to need a fully charged XC battery and in the video his battery was down to 2 bars.

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  7. Finally something I'm remotely interested in, up until I saw this post I was thinking nps19 was going to be pretty lame for me.  From everything else I've seen it looks like a good year for guys that work with wood though.  

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  8. While the 5.0ah with 18650 cells is pretty good combination of size and runtime there are definately tools that can benefit from higher ah batteries.  I personally think this newest wave of compact 4.0ah and 8.0ah batteries with the 21700 cells will be a game changer on my jobsites.  Makita is free to do what they want but I think they're doing their customers a disservice ignoring battery tech that's out and available.

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  9. 2 hours ago, btrapper2 said:

    Definitely curious to see what you think about the new grinder power and battery life wise. We have 3 of the 4.5" version and like them a lot but can always use more power. Disappointing they have such a long handle on the newer one. Thanks for the pictures so far! Will be watching this. 

    Yea I was a little disappointed at just how big it is.  I was thinking it was going to be closer in size to the 4.5" version with just a bump in power.  I don't know what they have inside the handle area but it feels like it should either be shorter or thinner.  It kind of handles like a rat tail grinder and it's like they really have it set up to be used with a side handle.   


    I just did a little cleaning up on the welding table grinding some test welds but I would say it's on par with the power of the dewalt 60v.  If you're not familiar with the 60v power, it truly feels like a corded 4.5" grinder.  I still can't comment on run time.  While the extra power is nice in some situations and it'll have its place on my truck,  I think the smaller 4.5" version will still be my go to.

  10. I got my grinder today and while I haven't had a chance to actually use it I thought I would post some first thought. 


    It only comes with a 6" guard and I plan on primarily using a 4.5" blade.  The dewalt 60v came with both a 4.5" and 6".  It's also my first milwaukee grinder with the new style guard, which being a dumb person that takes the guard off sometimes I don't really care for the design.


    The grinder is very similar in size to the 60v but the handle doesn't feel as ergonomic and you can't grip as close to the head of the grinder.  I don't mind the wider grip on the smaller m18 2780-20 4.5" grinder because it allows you to grip closer to the head but on the new 6" it feels like they should have slimmed down the handle.


    I'll report more after I get a chance to use it. Here are some side by side size comparisons.


    2.0/6.0ah on the 60v, 6.0ah HO on the m18 6", and 9.0ah HD on the m18 4.5"


    3.0/9.0ah on the 60v, 9.0ah HD on the m18 6", and 4.0ah on the m18 4.5".

  11. I guess I didn't consider that some people have the ability to work on circuit boards and individual components.  I wouldn't know where to begin when it comes to that stuff so if I reck something I'm stuck paying the $58+ for the complete part assembly or finding a discounted new tool for $100ish.  At that point the new tool usually looks better.

  12. On 5/27/2019 at 1:20 PM, Daniel Julian said:

    nail guns

    While its not my line of work, I'm sure there are plenty of people that would love to see gen 2s that compete with the dewalt and hitachi nailers. 

  13. Have there been any leaks as to what might be released?  This should be an off year as both the m18 and m12 drills and impact drivers are fairly new and competitive as class leaders.  I would think this would leave more room for some specialty tools.  I'm hopeful for a gen 3 m18 compact impact wrench or possibly a m18 stubby impact wrench.

  14. 21 hours ago, GioBert said:


    Thanks Biggie!!! this is a great help!

    I didn't notice yesterday but I just looked at some reviews on ereplacement parts for that new trigger assembly and it looks like it dosent really fit unless you replace the whole plastic shell.  But if you look at replacement part #50 there is a switch and handle service kit for $83 that replaces the switch assembly as well as the plastic shell.

  15. It appears to be a clone to a milwaukee 2663-20.  Not sure where you're from but ereplacement parts has a switch assembly listed for $80.  It looks a little different than your switch but in the description it says part number 22-56-1451 replaces obsolete part number 23-66-0427 which judging from the parts diagram I would assume is the same switch you have.  So I would assume the updated switch would fit in your impact but it might be hard to get anyone confirm that it will.




    A quick part number search on ebay also shows a few of the updated switch assemblies for a little cheaper price.

  16. First question would be is it still under warranty?  It should be covered for 1 year pretty much no questions asked and I didn't think the 997 has hardly been out for a year. 


    But to take the chuck off there is a left hand screw down inside the chuck that has to be removed and then the chuck has right hand threads to turn the chuck off.  The chucks are usually pretty tight and there are a few techniques for taking them off but most require being able to lock a large Allen wrench in the chuck and you can't do that if yours is stuck.


    Also I know you said you've tried some different tricks but when i've had drill bits stuck in chucks I can usually get them to release by putting a vise-grip on the chuck and then bumping the trigger.  Obviously this method won't work if there's actually something broke inside the chuck but it was just another idea for you.

  17. Ereplacementparts has pretty decent pricing and I usually will use them for a parts diagram but if you use ebay it's worth checking to see if someone has a discounted part.  Like others have said though with the deals you can find on complete tools it gets pretty hard to justify replacing parts.

  18. Yea the atomic series or at least the impact seems to be a pretty epic fail.  I was hopeful too because I've always liked makitas approach at sub compact tools but I'm not in that battery platform.  I was also kind of excited to see dewalts 12v line up get revamped but if they're the same size as the atomic with just a 12v battery I would think dewalt would be nervous about releasing them after the atomic flop. 

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  19. 10 hours ago, toolbox said:

    also i am struggling to  get the chuck off.

    i have taken the screw out but now what.

    There are a quite a few videos on youtube showing different techniques on how to remove a chuck in more detail.  One way is locking the short end of a big allen wrench in the chuck and then hitting the long end with a hammer to release it (I've never had any luck doing it this way).  Another way is if you have a large allen wrench on a socket I've hooked it up to a impact wrench to turn it off.  The best way I've found if those first two don't work is to put the short end of the allen wrench in the chuck and the other in a vise and then put the drill in the lowest torque setting and actually use the power of the drill to turn the chuck off.  Bad thing is that last way probably wont work for you if you're having gearbox issues.    

  20. 7 hours ago, kat said:

    I don't see the point of this.

    This will probably cost twice as much as a gas mower, even though it's waaay less powerful, it's not self-propelled and has a very small cutting width @ 46cm...

    What's up with this new trend to make every tool run on batteries ? Why can't people understand that some tools are simply not suited for running on batteries


    Lucky for you they still make gas powered and corded tools if they fit your applications better.  In some situations though, even if battery power isn't perfect, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages of gas powered maintainance or being tethered to a cord and outlet.

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  21. It depends a little on which model you have.  Most drills have a pretty standard thread size but for sure the fuel gen 2 and gen 3 have a different thread size than normal, (not sure about gen 1).  I know there is a thread somewhere on here discussing a rohm chuck for the fuel drill and I think they make one but it's not real common so it's hard to find.  


    The fuel gen 3 chuck was redesigned and can be found on ebay or ereplacementparts.com for around $40.  I have a gen 2 fuel that I put a gen 3 chuck on as well as a gen 3 drill.  I would say the new chuck seem to be better but they're still pretty new so time will tell.  

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