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  1. Paying full retail price for batteries is a no-go for me. Instead, I look for discounted kits (special buys and the like). A few examples include the Ryobi One+ 4-position ratchet kits that were recently on clearance. Bare tool price is $79, Special Buy kit price was $89, and the included 1.5Ah battery retail for $49.97. I bought one kit at $63, kept the battery, and gave the ratchet to a friend. When the price dropped to $45, I bought a kit for myself. So, for under $100 (with 10% discount) I got the batteries, two chargers, and two ratchets. Another example is the Milwaukee M18 Compact Brushless drill kit. Bare tool runs around $130, 2Ah battery is $79, and the Special Buy kit price was $99 a few years back. I lacked any compact batteries at the time, so when i found two kits for $60 apiece I snatched them up. That deal netted two compact batteries, two M18/M12 charges, two drills, and cost $108 plus tax.
  2. The tactical looking firearms are very popular, and when set up properly by a trained and experienced owner, they are very effective at doing what they do. I'll probably get another AR15 at some point for the same reason so many other veterans do--it's second nature for us to effectively engage a target, reload under stress, and perform immediate action, among other things, with an AR15-style weapon. After all, we train with them our entire careers and many of us have used them in combat situations overseas. A few things I've considered as my tastes in guns have evolved are a) historical significance, b) practicality for self and/or home defense, c) cost/trade value, and d) legal considerations. For example, most of my rifles are military surplus bolt actions, with designs dating from the late-1800s into the 1940s and hence, historically significant if not exceptionally valuable. For self and home defense I like having a primary pistol or revolver, backup pistol or revolver, and either my police surplus riot gun or the Coach Gun, along with a few reloads for each. Nothing fancy, and nothing that will over-penetrate. If I stumble across a really good deal I buy it, such as my $100 M1911, and if someone is willing to make a trade that is mutually beneficial I strongly consider it. Finally, I look at what is or may be targeted by politicians and media (recent examples include bump stocks and pistol braces) as well as how a prosecutor may use my choice of firearms against me if I ever need to use one in self-defense or if another firearms-related criminal charge is filed (brandishing, etc. I've seen how skewed the "justice" system is in brandishing and illegally concealed weapons cases and don't want any part of that. When I received my concealed carry permit years ago and began regularly carrying the Para-Ordnance Tac-Four inside-the-waistband, I changed my wardrobe significantly...shorts/pants a size too big, tucked in undershirt, and loose Hawaiian shirt (the pattern helps to camouflage printing) or long coat. I bought the Model 19 while shopping for a J-Frame snub-nose and found that my frame can easily conceal a 4" barrel K-Frame. If and when I carry the N-Frame Model 29, I'll have to find a good holster and clothing combination for it. As for the far more concealable 856, I'm holster shopping this afternoon and may pick up another speed loader and some speed strips.
  3. The Henry's do look nice, the PX had a Mare's Leg model when I bought the S&W. I only own the Henry US Survival (aka AR-7). I do have a Winchester Model 94 in .45 Colt, and had one in .30-30 before it was stolen. A Ruger Vaquero and Stoeger Coach Gun round out my Cowboy Action guns if I ever decide to get into that scene.
  4. Before I begin this post, let me state that I'm not trying to start any sort of political debate. Please keep things civil, while I suspect that many people who visit these forums are gun owners (I know quite a few are current or former military and law enforcement), I understand why some people feel differently. I'm posting here because, frankly, firearms are tools and responsible gun owners seem to inundate the trades and blue collar society in general. Anyway, last month I bought a revolver I'd been wanting for years. I posted about it in the following thread but decided to create this thread so as not to further hijack the below one. Today I bought another revolver: https://www.taurususa.com/revolvers/taurus-856. It was admittedly an impulse buy, but having owned a Model 85 in the '90s and a Model 617 in the early 2000's, I knew that Taurus makes good revolver that offer substantial bang for the buck (pun intended). The 856 is essentially a slightly larger, six-shot version of the five-shot 85, and my next purchases will, as always, be a few boxes of ammo, good holsters, speed loaders, and speed strips. I'm nearing 20 years of service as an Army Infantryman. Like many of my peers I'm a "gun guy", but unlike quite a few, I'm not the "tacticool" sort. My Beretta 92F was made in 1988 and lacks any sort of rail system or optic, the only semi-auto military-style rifle I have is a Yugoslavian M48/56 SKS, and the most tactical firearm I have is probably the custom Mossberg 590 I bought while Clinton was still in office. My AR15, FN-FAL, HK91, and MAK-90 are all long gone and I've never owned a short-barreled rifle or suppressor. Now, I won't list every firearm I still own as most will succumb to floodwaters in the near future, but I've grown to appreciate the simple and time-proven types. Revolvers, slide-action shotguns, and military bolt-action rifles are simply more fun to me these days. I'll still carry semi-auto pistols, but usually prefer having a .32 as a backup to a .38 or .357. Glocks have never appealed to me (a bias I'll probably have to get over if I pursue a career in law enforcement), and my mantra has always been to carry with a round chambered and at least two reloads, whether it's 46 rounds of 9mm for my Beretta, 22 rounds of .32 for the Kel-Tec, or 18 rounds of .44 SPL for the Model 29. I spent years foregoing the purchase of new guns, spending a lot of money over the past 5+ years on tools instead, but my final months in the Army will be spent rebuilding my collection. I'll update this thread as I buy from licensed dealers, since the Form 4473s will be kept on file regardless. There's something about knowing that you have the equipment to defend yourself and loved ones, but equipment is just part of self-defense. Training, vigilance, and having the social awareness to avoid risky situations are equally important.
  5. Well, for better or worse, 40v has gone the way of the dodo. I thought about buying a 40v mower almost four years ago, when the initial 20v mower was getting some bad press due to runtime. I went with EGO instead, and little over a year later I saw this: https://toolguyd.com/dewalt-40v-max-cordless-outdoor-power-tools-discontinued/. There's nothing more disappointing than buying a "professional" or "premium" item and having it fail with little use. When you buy Ryobi you expect to get your money's worth, but you don't expect it to perform on the same level as DeWalt or Milwaukee. When you buy one of the latter brands you pay for something that is supposedly engineered and manufactured to survive heavy usage. When those tools fail with little use (usually after the warranty period), it makes you wonder if you just threw away that money...
  6. https://www.smith-wesson.com/product/model-29 It's a tool. Bought it to (finally) replace the Model 19 that was stolen back in December 2012. I have a feeling another .357 will be coming soon as a more practical carry revolver. Now I need to order a couple of speed loaders and a few speed strips, and find a couple of decent holsters.
  7. Builder's Square, Hechingers, both gone (in the '90's, IIRC), while Lowe's moved from a Dollar General sized store to a true big box (in my area). I'm heading to HD once they open to pick up some more Orbi WiFi extenders (on clearance from $200 to $50). Their prices aren't too bad, especially considering the 10% discount that's given for military and contractors.
  8. I can understand your frustration. The Surebonder website isn't loading properly for me at the moment, but I did not see much mention of staple sizes. I'm all aboard with the T50 standard for common staples, and not sure why some companies would wish to use proprietary sizes (outside of generating more revenue, at least).
  9. Looks nice, definitely shorter than the 887!
  10. I could very well be the batteries. If you've been using the screwdriver daily for two years, they might be getting close to their charge cycle limit. I have two of these screwdrivers, with the two batteries that came in my first kit (found it on clearance for $35 at the PX, and later found a bare tool for about $20). I don't use mine daily, though. It seems that a new battery is under $30: https://www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-8-Volt-MAX-Lithium-Ion-Battery-Pack-1-0Ah-DCB080/204475930. Since you use your gyro screwdriver so often, it may be worth the investment to pick one up.
  11. My local Lowe's had the Bostitch pneumatic wire weld framing nailer marked down to $49 from $249. A bunch of various wire weld nails were also on clearance. I paid $177 for the nailer, three Swanson speed bevels (50% off original price) and about eight boxes of nails.
  12. Stopped by Direct Tools Outlet on my way back from North Carolina and picked up the Ryobi inflator for $36. I wanted to buy something there but have nearly everything I need, so I went cheap. I plan to kit all of our vehicles out with inflators, impact wrenches, and basic emergency kits. Already had the DeWalt and M12 inflators, so I figured I'd get this one. Next will probably be a Ridgid version for my son's car; I got him an impact wrench and drill/impact driver combo a couple of years ago.
  13. Given recent events, I feel that this thread is especially relevant. An entire generation of Americans (and the citizens of our allied nations) was affected by the events of 9/11, and the fall of Afghanistan will probably go down in history as an example of failed American intervention not unlike the fall of South Vietnam. I'll finally be going home next year, after twenty-plus years of military service. My home is no longer where I grew up, but rather a place the Army stationed me, a place where I recruited young men and women while the war in Iraq drew to a close and Afghanistan flared up. Twenty years ago I was a young road technician working for a material handling equipment company. On September 10th I was suddenly let go, and on the 11th I was job-seeking online when I saw some comments about the towers. I turned around and my mother-in-law was watching the news show video footage of the event. Nevertheless, I continued my job search, though I did check in on a few old friends to discuss the attacks. A little over a month later I was signing my Army contract, fulfilling a dream I'd had since I was a kid...a dream previously hindered by past mistakes. In the intervening 20 years, I've lost a lot of friends, both military and civilian. My unit and I invaded Iraq together and saw the side of war I always wanted to see. Ten years later, my unit went to Afghanistan, where they placed me as an Operations NCO (semi)safely behind the wire. One tour of each, with little personal investment in either country. The War in Iraq became something foreign to the war I fought, while my experience in Afghanistan was watching the war on TV and occasionally getting rocketed. This isn't about me, though. It's about us. All of us know, or at least know of, someone affected by the events of 9/11. Whether directly (9/11 itself) or indirectly (the resulting wars), America was forever changed. It's fitting that we seem to have forgotten why we were in Afghanistan in the first place. Should we have stayed so long? I don't think so, but I'm not a decision maker. Regardless, history will label Afghanistan as a military failure and as an example of failed American interventionism. Americans will continue to politicize every event, the media will continue to instigate division, and the events of 9/11/2001 will continue to fade from our collective memories. Until the next time...
  14. Still on the website, but out of stock online and not available anywhere near here. Three stores near the zip code in the picture have ten boxes between them, though. I'm sure as hell not driving to NJ to get one, though. 😒 This looks very similar to the 28" DeWalt boxes I have. I gave one to my daughter, and prefer the modular systems, but for a small job like sign making, the DeWalt is perfect. Adding the ability to stack boxes is a good idea, but I don't think the design would be good for anything very heavy on top.
  15. Is it clogged by chance? My EGO mower will sometimes get so many grass clippings stuck in the deck that its motor refuses to turn back on. It lights up but the overload protection remains engaged. I've learned to pop a slight wheelie when I hear the motor start to bog down. Then again, I keep mine in mulching mode as the grass chute is all but worthless and I hate dealing with the bag.
  16. Eric's right, you should definitely take it back while you're in the window. It could be a trigger or electronics problem, and sending it to Milwaukee will leave you without the tool for a few weeks, before getting the repaired tool (or worse, a refurbished return from someone else) with a shiny white sticker on it reflecting the repair. Let HD and Milwaukee decide whether or not to return the impact, and get a brand new one. I have no idea how Milwaukee supplies these to stores, but if you have the option you may even want to return the impact and buy another one at a different location, in case there's a bad production run.
  17. Welcome to the TIA Forums, Dan. It's been a bit slow but there's a lot of good content here, and whenever I neglect checking in I find a ton of interesting new posts. Four drills may seem like a lot, but if you're like me, you'll reason that it saves time chucking up different bits. I have every model of DeWalt XR (brushless) drill minus the DCD997 (and anything newer than that), M12 and M18 Fuel models, two M18 brushless compact drills, Ridgid Gen 5X and Octane, and a few more from MetaboHPT, Bosch, and Ryobi. When I retire next year I think I'll dedicate each to a different commonly used drill bit and go from there. Unless the wife sells them first.🤨
  18. fm2176

    Wish Me Luck...

    I'll stick to scratch-off lottery tickets... My luck is pretty much nil, though I will come out ahead on occasion. The biggest problem is that I'm horrible about cashing the winning tickets in. There are probably $50 worth of winners in my vehicle right now. 😒
  19. Makes sense to me, but I find it odd that there's no trace of it online. I'm unable to find the pouch either, though it looks like one of those that CLC made for DeWalt. Sometimes the simplest answer is the correct one, and this very well could be a ratcheting screwdriver, with the pin having originally been fixed in the handle to provide some prying and striking strength but coming loose over the years.
  20. I tried searching for this yesterday using various key words and image searches. Nothing is coming up, not even on eBay, and I've even tried searching for Stanley or FatMax versions (since SBD does seem to share some designs between brands). After spending the better part of an hour searching (it was a slow afternoon at work), I decided to see if anyone else responded. It does look like a manual impact driver, albeit not the most heavy duty. I have one that is the usual all metal heavy duty tube shape. The pin looks like it could have some use to help apply additional torque, though the shape of it is odd. It almost looks like it was designed to act as some sort of plunger to provide additional impact when struck with a hammer, if that even makes sense from an engineering aspect. Think almost like a hammer striking a firing pin in a firearm, albeit without the resultant primer/propellant action. I'll continue my search if I have time, as I'm genuinely interested in the reasoning behind the design.
  21. I've dealt with Milwaukee's warranty service once, for my 2763 high torque impact wrench. They repaired it (the trigger was faulty) and sent it back with a repair label on it. I can't attest to their battery replacement practices. I would like to think that you received a refurbished battery with new cells, but I agree that it looks bad when you send in a battery that looks nice and get one that's seen some use--even if only the housing. I will say that the one DeWalt battery I replaced under warranty was not even sent in. I contacted them and they sent a new battery after asking for the date code on the old one. I still have that one somewhere waiting to go in the recycle bin.
  22. It really is amazing how much tool technology advances from generation to generation. I found a fifty-ish year old wood shop textbook in the garage (and forgot to grab it...the house is being closed on right now) and looked through it briefly. The power tools in the pictures were all USA made, corded, and dangerous by today's standards. Twenty years ago I was a mechanic, relying on pneumatic tools and dragging an air hose everywhere. If I got back in that business now, I'd use cordless tools in lieu of air tools, with few exceptions. Like Jronman, I have multiple systems. Milwaukee (M12 and M18), DeWalt (8v, 12v, 20v, and FlexVolt), Ryobi One+, Ridgid 18v, MetaboHPT (18v and MultiVolt), Bosch 18v, and EGO. While there's a lot of overlap when it comes to basic tools (drills, impact drivers, and saws), each system has its pros and cons. Some of the pros, for example: FlexVolt batteries can be used with most 20v Max tools, the One+ system has been around for over 25 years and doesn't look like it's going anywhere (IMHO, this is a big reason why Ryobi is probably the best system for the casual tool user), MultiVolt allows a choice between corded or cordless (I just got the adapter a few weeks ago), and Milwaukee is, well, Milwaukee. While every brand constantly releases new and improved tools, Milwaukee seems to be the most aggressive, with their Fuel line on its second or third generation already. As for cons, MetaboHPT and Bosch are simply not very established in the US when compared to the likes of DeWalt and Milwaukee, Ryobi is stuck with its pod-style battery (while every other 18v-class brand has changed to slide-on packs), Ridgid is a Home Depot exclusive in the States (but identical to AEG abroad), and DeWalt's 12v Max system is only now trying to compete with Miilwaukee's M12 (despite being around nearly as long). Each system has its strengths and weaknesses, so it's easy to see the advantage of owning multiple systems, but the biggest con of owning multiple systems is just that--owning and maintaining different battery platforms. This is the reason I own at least a drill and some type of saw in each brand. Simply put, if I'm going to the junk yard and need to bring my M18 impact wrench, I like the option of throwing an M18 drill and recip saw in the box without having to grab my Ridgid or another brand. A key benefit to owning different platforms is the ability to buy the "best" tools for your needs. You might want a behemoth of a drill and go for the most powerful 18v model you can find, but find that you want a compact saw to go along with it. Also, some manufacturers only offer specialty tools in one voltage or the other, while most offer something the competition doesn't. Holiday sales are great for the average person, but I've amassed most of my tools by finding clearance deals. One of the latest was a MultiVolt hammer drill for around $50 (originally $200). If you have the time and patience, and especially if you have multiple Lowe's and Home Depot stores in your area of NC, you can score some great deals. I've had good luck with holiday special buys early in the year, usually with 50% savings from the holiday sale price. I've also lucked out when stores decide to stop carrying a particular tool (such as when the FlexVolt miter and tables saws were removed from some Home Depots) or a brand discontinues a product (most recently the Ridgid Octane line). Anyway, welcome to the forums and best of luck!
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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