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  1. I have these Pipe Clamps from Bessey and they are the same as shown in the first picture. I bought them from their Indian importer who imports them from Germany among other tools like Knipex and Wera. Price for me, even after Indian customs duty, was slightly less than Amazon.de prices but nowhere close to American prices. Sent from my BKL-L09 using Tapatalk
  2. I don't think a 996 or for that matter any handheld drill is designed to drill such large holes in such thick steel. I have drilled a few of them in a 5mm MS Angle and trust me, driving 12 of them one after the other could definitely destroy a handheld drill. I drill at the slowest speed possible and only when I have no other choice. Otherwise it is much better to pre-drill on a drill press. Sent from my BKL-L09 using Tapatalk
  3. It might be needing more current to charge from a deep discharge state which the DCB101 might not be able to provide which a fast charger can. Doesn't necessarily mean that charger is faulty. It must be the design of the battery that it takes more current to get it charging when deep discharged. Have you tried just leaving it on the 101 and see what happens? Sent from my BKL-L09 using Tapatalk
  4. Cut down some 10x5 Fir into 12mm planks for the ceiling. Sealed the top face with 1/2 pound cut of Shellac and then stained with Varathane Premium Fast dry oil-based stain. Then added 2 top coats of exterior poly. This one had denser grain so went with 2 coats of shellac instead of 1. Sent from my Redmi Note 3 using Tapatalk
  5. We have an Indian manufacturer by the name of Meco. They make quite nice and accurate DMMs in various price ranges. The only bad thing I feel is that their DMMs look a lot like Flukes's but cost like a third of their price. I guess imitation is the best form of flattery. I don't know how much use I will get out of them but I am going to order a bunch of stuff off them this week including a DMM, a clamp meter and an advanced Kill-A-Watt meter they make. Sent from my Redmi Note 3 using Tapatalk
  6. Hi guys, I am looking to invest some money in a laser level. I am going to go for a mid-range Bosch one. Other expensive options are available as well but I guess for the interior uses I have as a DIYer the mid-range one should be more than enough. Right now my mind is tossing between 3 line and 5 line. So, let me know which ones you guys use? Whether you prefer line lasers or point lasers or combi-lasers which some companies like Bosch have put out. Which accessories have you bought or made for your laser level. Do you use special glasses to see the lasers better? Anything and everything regarding laser level tools is welcome in this thread as I and others would get to learn a few tricks of the trade. Also people still using and preferring manual methods such as using a plumb-bob are also welcome to give their inputs. Sent from my Redmi Note 3 using Tapatalk
  7. Looking really nice man. Do you like using some sort of tile leveling system or just do it by feel? Sent from my Redmi Note 3 using Tapatalk
  8. It seems you are mostly set on the 796 so have fun with that. Would like to just point out that the hammer function won't be of any help in steel reinforced concrete as you were hoping for. I have the 996 and it failed completely in reinforced aggregate concrete. You will have to buy a rotary hammer and appropriate SDS bits for that. Sent from my Redmi Note 3 using Tapatalk
  9. If compactness is what you are after, have a look at Makita 18V compact combos. ChrisK has them and they are known to be really nice and powerful despite the compact size. I ordered the Dewalt 796 and 887 combo last year and although I also wouldn't have needed that powerful a drill, I would say it has come in handy more than a few times. If only looking to do cabinet or furniture work, the Bosch 12V line has many competent tools for light work as well as a long line up, which is what one looks for when deciding on a battery platform. Although I went with Dewalt last year, if I were looking for a powerful compact kit, I would go for the Makita or the Bosch 12V for cabinetry and other light work. Sent from my Redmi Note 3 using Tapatalk
  10. So, I just bought a 1HP floor drill press. I have a mortising attachment for my Indian made multipurpose jointer/planer/saw machine, but it cuts round mortises. I wanted to use square mortises and tenons and was thinking of getting a mortising attachment for my newly acquired drill press. Let me know if anyone has experiences with them and which is one of the better ones available online. Sent from my Redmi Note 3 using Tapatalk
  11. Thanks Eric. I was really missing my notifications from this forum. Sent from my Redmi Note 3 using Tapatalk
  12. Thanks guys. Like I had thought, the Bosch dealers were just not interested in procuring these unpopular expensive items whereas the Hilti store had them available in stock so it was a no-brainer that I went with Hilti TE-CX. Also ended up getting their basic Rotary Hammer as well as their plastic anchors. The ease of doing business with them and their promised service won me over. Also the available discounts due to buying directly from the company meant that the prices were very tempting and quite less than US prices despite us having 18% GST. Used the 10mm TE-CX drill bit to drill 50 holes today and encountered 12mm rebar around 10 times which the TE-CX made short work of. The wear mark is already gone. Hilti says the accuracy is only guaranteed till the wear mark is visible but I am hoping that is not true. Pics are over here -
  13. Was looking to buy drill bits which goes through rebar in masonry without having to change bits. Bosch dealers were unwilling to procure such unpopular items so went to the Hilti store and bought TE-CX bits which they had in ready stock. Ended up buying their Rotary Hammer TE 7-C too . Although a more powerful Bosch unit was available at a very slightly higher price, but the Hilti service promise won me over. Of course, we don't get their famed 20-2-1 warranty and service guarantee that you guys get in the Americas, but we get the products at a quite cheaper price despite having 18% GST. The variant sold in India also includes the Quick release chuck which is another $50-60 item, which makes the deal so much sweeter. For the low price, we get a 1-1-3 service guarantee, which stands for 1 year warranty which includes any wear and tear, 1 month warranty for any repair work done and for 3 years, a max cost cap of 20% of the original tool cost in case of any repair work needed after the warranty is over. Of course, picking up and shipping the tool back is free as well and this was the deal clincher for me as I live in a rural area in India and the nearest Bosch service centre was 70kms away. The Hilti centre is 300kms away but that doesn't matter as they take care of picking up the tool and returning it after repair, if ever needed. I can now, also order anything I need from their product catalog and get it delivered at the best available price as i am buying directly from the company. I didn't expect this, but the plastic housing on the drill doesn't seem to be in line with Hilti standards -
  14. Thanks guys. Looks like I'll try and get my hands on both Hilti TE-CX and Bosch X5L as both are rated to go through rebar without having to change bits and both seem to have similar geometry with 4 cutting edges like Jimbo suggested above. Maybe I'll do a small video comparison if I can find both easily. Bosch has a much larger presence in India compared to Hilti but Hilti have a centralized system where they can let me know about what stock they have and at which store and hence might be actually easier to get my hands on the Hilti bits. I am already waiting for a reply to my mail and should know the stock and availability situation on Monday. Also have contact details of a big Bosch distributor so will get in touch with him too. I would have loved to have the ability to drive down to a local shop/HD/Lowe's and pick up what I want but we have to go the extra mile to get our hands on such less popular items.The only silver lining is that I get the best price available for that item as I usually end up buying directly from the importer/distributor like I got for my Knipex pliers and Bessey clamps.
  15. Hi guys, So I know that most of you don't have to deal with concrete but this was the only place I could ask for recommendations. I need to drill holes in some quite tough concrete reinforced with rebar. I was in for a surprise when my hammer drill with normal masonry bits got me nowhere. So ordered a nice Bosch Rotary Hammer but now need to buy some good quality bits. I might try and get my hands on Hilti TE-CX bits which sound great but I have no idea and I would rather buy ones which come recommended from guys who have actually used them in the field. Also, if you could recommend some dry core bits which can go through rebar and can be used with a normal rotary hammer ( I know that they should only be used in the rotation only mode) instead of a coring drill it would be great. I would need to drill 3-4 inch holes in 4-5"' thick rebar concrete.
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