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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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. 👶
  10. 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).
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Bought the new TradeStack combo earlier, along with some Pony clamps. I'll see how the box combo meshes with my VersaStack.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. My 2763 impact had a faulty trigger straight out of the box. I sent it in for repair a few years ago and it's worked fine since, but I think that Milwaukee may have had a run of faulty triggers with some of their impact tools.
  21. AvE (a popular Canadian YouTuber who specialized in tool teardowns) pointed out the differences when he tore down a Japanese-made Makita drill. It's been a few months, but the gist of the video is that Makita is still making high quality tools for the Japanese market while cutting corners for the Chinese-produced tools sold in other markets. I can't/won't say that a Chinese-produced tool is complete garbage (I own nearly every major brand besides Makita), but I will say that they are designed for, and produced with, the most cost-efficient parts to balance quality versus price-point.
  22. fm2176

    Ryobi Days?

    Well, I've gotten my share of this year's Ryobi Days offerings. A couple of days ago I bought a friend the starter kit and he picked out the 200 CFM blower, I got myself a starter kit and the new-ish inverter. After giving my oldest daughter one of the clamp fans I picked up a few weeks ago, along with a charger and one of the new batteries, I grabbed another starter kit yesterday morning, this time opting for the jigsaw. I picked up some Diablo blades and did a bit of cutting yesterday to feed the wood stove and burn barrel. I'm tempted to get the 8" chainsaw, but really don't need it as I have the Ryobi 8" pole saw and the DeWalt 12" chainsaw, along with a Ryobi 20" gas saw.
  23. fm2176

    Dr ozzy golding

    I'm in the US, but £199 seems to be a good buy considering you get two 4Ah batteries, a T-Stak case, and the charger. The DCF787 is DeWalt's budget brushless impact driver. Looking at specs, it seems to be more powerful than the brushed DCF885 that was the mainstay of DeWalt kits until brushless took off. It lacks the three speeds of the DCF887, though. This impact driver should last a good while, and is probably all you need for driving screws in daily. Those two batteries will probably last all day, though they are heavier than what some people prefer on their driving tools.
  24. There are a number of sites and videos, including this article from Popular Mechanics, which is the one I referenced. I used to specialize in electrical systems, having been trained by both GM and Crown Forklift, so I know that in principle this should work. Especially in the case of 20v Max to 20v Max pack, the weakened battery should receive enough power to revive the cells and allow the charger to read the battery pack. I disassembled the battery this morning and found that it has obvious signs of water damage. There isn't really any corrosion, but the metal battery connectors are rusted and a few of the cells themselves are swollen. Will I attempt this again? Perhaps, with another out of warranty battery pack, but with a quick examination of the internals first. Does it work? From what I hear, yes, not only from online sources but also from my brother who revived two M18 5.0 batteries.
  25. A while back one of my DeWalt 20v Max 2Ah batteries decided to give up the ghost. It was always a "special" pack, as the battery charge indicator didn't work and there was some clear condensation on the indicator bars, though it gave me about three good years of service. Over the weekend, I finally got around to jumpstarting the pack, resulting in failure and a situation that almost got too hot to handle... I started by using a car battery and short 4-5 second jolts. After about ten repetitions I took it inside and the charger didn't read it. So, after consulting a couple of how-to pages, I used a 5Ah battery and connected the two for about five minutes. The 5Ah dropped a bar after a few minutes, but immediately showed a full charge when I disconnected them. Meanwhile, the 2Ah battery was putting out just a slight bit of heat at the terminals after the five minutes elapsed. The charger still wouldn't read it so I let it sit, but the battery steadily heated up for the next half-hour or so. Needless to say, I placed it a safe distance away and left it alone for a few hours. I'll try to get some pics this week, but the pack eventually cooled off with no obvious deformation. However, the plastic housing appears to have some heat damage, with surface cracks and an area that is either a bit of dirt or melted plastic. Unfortunately, I didn't have anything to disassemble the pack the following day, so I'll do that this week as well. Something is obviously very wrong with my battery. It could be a short or some other issue, but let this serve as notice that jumpstarting batteries not only isn't guaranteed to work, but can be potentially dangerous. Years ago, I witnessed a car battery blow up next to me (fortunately, the hood was down), and I don't want anything to do with a lithium cell rupturing, burning, or exploding.
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