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  1. Looked around me and there are a few available. Maybe they're rekitting the DHS790 with newer batteries, my saw came with the early 2/6Ah batteries, while my wormdrive style circular saw (purchased a year or so later) came with the 9Ah. It would make sense to kit higher demand tools with larger batteries such as the 12Ah or the new 15Ah.
  2. Picked this up this morning. Clearing out of the in-laws' house and have the truck loaded up with scrap, including some copper rods, so I'm taking the Xtreme kit, M12 Hackzall, and pivoting 12v Max recip to tear down some of the scrap with a friend. Once we're done, the older 12v Max tools will stay with him.
  3. https://toolguyd.com/dewalt-xtreme-cordless-drill-reciprocating-saw-tool-backpack-bundle-deal/ Ordered this kit, should be ready for pickup next week. I have the older 12v Max tools along with more than a few batteries, most of which are about 10 years old. I'll give my current drill and pivoting recip to a friend, who received one of my 12v Max screwdrivers a month or so ago. I was debating the drill a few months ago, when Lowe's offered a free 5Ah battery, but passed in it after reading reviews comparing it to the M12 Fuel (which I also have). The recip should be fun to compare to the Fuel Hackzall, and I'll probably kit the bag out for electrical jobs, to include either the Xtreme or Fuel tools.
  4. They've likely gone the way of the dodo, having been hosted on a photo site or a much older version of these forums. We see it all the time with older posts, and the post you quoted is 7 years old now.
  5. In 1979, when the film was made, it would be impractical. Now, maybe not so much. While not designed to run power tools, Milwaukee and Ryobi both make cordless single-battery inverters, while the DeWalt power station could easily run a drill and would be able to fit on a harness or in a backpack. Tell your friend to invest in a cutoff saw instead. They'd probably be much more effective, even if a lot messier. 👶
  6. As anyone who visits these forums (or other sites I post on) can attest to, there are two subjects I constantly bring up: the brands I currently own and my gateway drug that was the Porter Cable 18v system. I'm currently at the soon-to-be-sold house, about to finish gutting a camper, and have Milwaukee, DeWalt, and Ryobi tools with me. Sitting here waiting for me to thinking, though, "What brand (if any) could truly be crowned 'King of Cordless'?" I own or have owned nearly every major brand sold by Home Depot or Lowe's (exceptions be Makita, Skil, and now Flex), and there's no comparing even the best Ryobi has to offer against my FlexVolt, Fuel, Octane, or MultiVolt tools. With that said, though, Ryobi has what is probably the best "bang for the buck" in their One+ system. I recently took advantage of Ryobi Days, getting two starter kits for myself and selecting the jigsaw and inverter. I bought a third kit for a friend and he picked the 200cfm blower. That's three tools, six 4Ah batteries, and three chargers for $297+tax. For a quick price comparison, we can look at the M18 inverter with 5.0Ah battery, currently on display at $149. Specs are a little better than the green one, but it costs 50% more and comes with only one battery (and no charger), offering about 5/8ths of the runtime that the Ryobi starter kit with free inverter offers. The other tool I picked up, the jigsaw, made short work of some old wood used to feed a fire. I would easily rate it as being close enough in performance to my older DeWalt 20v Max saw, and it retails for about half of the yellow Brand's offerings. For the sake of brevity (too late?), I'll state my opinion that Ryobi deserves the title "King of Cordless" because it is an easily accessible major brand in most U.S. areas, offering the lowest entry price point for a major cordless platform. Unlike some competitors, Ryobi continues to release innovative tools (sometimes superior to even their TTI siblings' offerings) and flirts with professional-level tools, while maintaining their status as an everyman's tool brand. What are your thoughts? Is being a Home Depot exclusive a King-killer (no stores nearby, or you simply don't like shopping there)? For those outside of the U.S., what brand would you crown? Do the doubtlessly more capable and streamlined tools made by DeWalt, Bosch, Milwaukee, Makita, etc. depose Ryobi from the throne despite their increased cost making them less appealing to the masses? Should we elect a President or install a Dictator of Cordless instead? Am I just being silly as I bask in boredom, trying to force a title upon a tool brand that may not be truly deserving? Regardless, it's almost time to break out the new Ryobi inverter to power the DeWalt wireless phone charger).
  7. I had to look these up, and cannot tell you definitively, but it looks like the two chargers have different battery interfaces, which would make them incompatible.
  8. Milwaukee's driving tools (drills, impacts, etc.) seem to have an issue with faulty triggers. I wonder if the 2730 might have a similar issue. My 2763 impact wrench's trigger would make a fizzling sound and not work unless I pulled it all the way (less than ideal for a lot of work, where the variable speed comes in handy). It almost sounds as though the trigger in your saw is timing itself out, reading low or no voltage after the initial use, until the battery is reinstalled.
  9. Bought the new TradeStack combo earlier, along with some Pony clamps. I'll see how the box combo meshes with my VersaStack.
  10. Got the Ridgid Octane recip. 3100 strokes per minute and 1-1/8" stroke length, compared to 3200 SPM and 1-1/4" for the new Ridgid recip. I don't know how it compares to my Gen 1 Fuel, but I know it will smoke the 4X recip I picked up on clearance a few years ago. Price has dropped to $67.50 ($75 without add'l 10%). I also grabbed some Diablo recip blades, despite getting a couple of the Milwaukee promo blade sets last week. I'm gutting a camper to use for storage and broke out the Fuel Sawzall and the M12 Fuel Hackzall last week, but I left my big batteries at home. The M18 2.0Ah and M12 1.5Ah batteries required multiple charges as I cut paneling and cabinets for the burn barrel.
  11. In addition to Eric's questions, what type of work light are you looking for? Area, spot, flood, handheld, tripod, head/hardhat mount, etc.? Sorry for the multitude of questions to help answer your seemingly simple question, but there are so many options. For a quick and simple answer, I'll say to look at Coast. They make a lot of different lights and are usually one of the less expensive reputable brands.
  12. fm2176

    Old drill

    I did a quick search, and you can find the switch here as well: https://www.ereplacementparts.com/milwaukee-062420-ser-321b-18v-1234-cordless-hammer-drill-parts-c-131_5138_16243.html The price is actually a little higher than the eBay listing you found, but you can at least confirm that it fits both versions of the 0624 drill, which I'm pretty certain is what you have, based on the label as well as comparing your photos to some other listings. The "-20" on Milwaukee tool listings denotes a bare tool, with "-21" and "-22" used for 1 and 2 battery kits, respectively. The "-9" on yours is probably just part of an older Milwaukee numbering convention.
  13. I lucked out and found a bunch of Diablo 9" pruning blades on clearance a few years ago. I've used a couple since then for small limbs and trees, albeit with my Gen 1 Fuel Sawzall. When I retire next year and finally sort/organize my expendables (blades, bits, etc.), hardware, and tools, I'll probably find little need to purchase anything else.
  14. My '06 Sierra had OEM Bilsteins on it, IIRC, but I replaced those with Rancho 5000s around 100k miles. Now, with over 305k, my truck gets new parts when they're needed (instead of upgrades or preventive maintenance replacement), and given the number of original parts on my truck I wonder if the Bilsteins might have still been semi-serviceable.
  15. I've owned these for a year or so: https://www.homedepot.com/p/RYOBI-18-Volt-ONE-Cordless-Bolt-Cutters-Tool-Only-P592/301913879 Unfortunately, I can't attest to their utility, as I haven't had a chance to test them out yet. I did, however, take them to a soon-to-be-sold house to cut up some copper rod for scrapping, and can try them on hardened steel next week.
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