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  1. fm2176


    Most major tool brands have adapters made for other brands' batteries, albeit usually third party ones that can void the warranty or even lead to safety concerns. It's odd that Worx would have a different battery platform between countries, though, as DeWalt and other brands use the same basic battery style regardless of whether the tool is made for Europe, North America, or another continent. The only first-party adapter I can think of is the DCA1820, which DeWalt produces to adapt 20v Max (18v XR in the UK) batteries for older 18v XRP and other 18v pod-style battery tools. Quit
  2. I recommend contacting DeWalt, their warranty service has been excellent in my experience.
  3. I second EGO for OPE. I've had their push mower, string trimmer, hedge trimmer, and backpack blower for a few years and love using them. I also have the DeWalt string and hedge trimmers, along with their older blower. While those are perfectly serviceable, they lack the power of the EGO stuff.
  4. Sears was a Chicago-based behemoth in its day, one that etched fond memories in the minds of many Americans at its retail store height. It's hard to believe that the stores I bought my tools in as a young naive mechanic in, and the stores I found my first tool deals (to include my first Milwaukee [corded, since stolen] tools) in, are now vacant anchors at dying or deal malls. As Eric stated, Sears failed to change with the times. In an alternate timeline they might be the juggernaut Amazon is nowadays.
  5. They still have a number of MetaboHPT and Bosch tools at regular retail, and MetaboHPT seems to have supplanted Bostitch as Lowe's primary nailer line. I think the Bosch clearance is due to the new Profactor tool lineup, and we may see some of those in store. Regardless, Lowe's is (as usual) a mess of power tool brands, with DeWalt, Craftsman, and Kobalt being heavily pushed in dedicated aisles while MetaboHPT, Bosch, Skil, and Porter Cable are relegated to a back burner...getting only small end caps or a half-aisle at best. The Home Depot has a more refined power tool setup, w
  6. I passed on them, but some of the Bosch 12v tools are also on clearance at Lowe's. I've seen the impact driver marked down to $51, the drill down to $65 or so, and the Flexiclick down to $88. All of these are the kits with two 2.0Ah batteries. They also have a light or two on clearance. I think I'm going to hit up one of the Northern Virginia stores on my way back home from work.
  7. I couldn't find this box or anything similar in appearance either. Unfortunately, plastic tool box designs come and go. Something that may work for you is a Keter cantilever box. I have a number of these, including Husky tool boxes and Keter organizers (they sell these under a number of brand names). The tool box is 22", has an organizer compartment on top with a clear lid, and can fit quite a few tools. The cantilever design is sturdy and for the price it's hard to beat.
  8. How old is it? DeWalt would probably do a warranty repair or replacement.
  9. The Bosch handsaw was down to $91, and Lowe's is currently running a free starter kit promo with purchase of a bare tool. So, for under $100 you can score the band saw (with 3 blades included), 4.0Ah battery, and charger. I used mine a couple of days ago to remove the top of a steel drum that's now my burn barrel. It works great and provides a bit more cutting capacity than my M12 saw.
  10. So, I just picked up a Parkside bench grinder/belt sander for $49, identical to the one in this video. The person who posted that upgraded his a few months later with a material rest for the sander portion. This seems like a decent bench tool, and the price is a little less than bench grinders go for at the big box stores. For those with a Lidl in the area, it's worth checking them out. Right now they have their cordless power tools and garden tools back in stock. While I wouldn't trust these as much as I would, say, Ryobi, they've used the same 20v battery platform since I sta
  11. I wish I could assist you, but I haven't gotten a lathe yet, and the last one I used was an old industrial one when I worked at a gutter business 25 years ago. The owner's father had invented a hinge we built in house, so the old band saw and lathe were used by the owner himself (I was a 17-year-old dropout, so it was probably for the best that I only worked the drill press and tumbler).
  12. I wrote about these in the "What Tools Did You Buy Today?" thread, but Lowe's has some great deals for those looking for a decent drill/impact kit or simply more batteries for their existing tools. For $170 or less, you can buy into MetaboHPT (formerly Hitachi) with a hammer drill and Triple Hammer impact driver, one 5.0Ah MultiVolt battery and one 3.0Ah 18v battery with charger. The hammer drill kit is currently $103.05 and the bare tool 18v Triple Hammer $67.05. Black drills and impacts are available as well for even less, but come with 1.5Ah batteries. Essentially, you can bu
  13. Lowe's just can't stop tempting me... I've been considering the Milwaukee M12 installation driver, but the free tool promo just isn't enticing enough. Choice of right angle drill (pretty much covered by the installation driver kit), rotary tool (I have a Hitachi 12v), 3/8" ratchet (have one), or OMT (have two DeWalts). So, after walking through my local HD and picking up some toilet paper and a Ryobi surface cleaner for the pressure washer, I headed over to the Blue Store. Long story short, I now own a Bosch 18v hammer drill and Freak impact kit. Originally $349, it
  14. I'm liking them so far. The circular saw has a quiet mode that reduces power but eliminates the trademark high pitch squeal of typical saws. It's also fairly compact and lightweight compared to my M18 Fuel and even the Gen 5x Ridgid. The hammer drill seems decent, and the Triple Hammer has four speeds (soft, normal, power, and self-drilling screw) that may come in handy, but I haven't tested them yet. I do like the ability to turn off the work lights on the saw and Triple Hammer. I can't say how often I'll use the feature, but a light isn't always necessary, and I've found so
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