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  1. I'm not sure about tires, but for belts you may want to find a local belt/hose supplier. When I worked as a forklift mechanic, I would have to visit one regularly to match up v-belts and/or hoses for equipment I was working on. The ones I visited seemed to have every size of v-belt and serpentine belt available at the time.
  2. I picked up the roofing nailer/circular saw combo I posted about in the Hitachi/Metabo forum. The saw has some neat features and seems powerful enough after using it for the first time. One day I'll get around to comparing it to the other cordless saws I have, but it didn't bog down in wet lumber like my Ridgid has in the past. Also, I used the cheap blade that came with the saw, while my other saws have Diablo 24 or 40 tooth blades.
  3. Well, I used the saw last night to cut some wet 2x4s for the fire pit and it cut with ease. The first thing that surprised me was how compact and light the saw seems. I'll have to stack it up against the Ridgid, which i probably the closest in weight...the Fuel may be close but the DeWalt worm drive is nowhere close. Two other things that are nice, and which aren't on other saws that I know of are the ability to turn off the light and a "Quiet Mode" that can be used for lightweight materials.
  4. Well, I went back yesterday and it was marked down to $251. After thinking about it for over 24 hours I went back and pulled the trigger. Out the door price was $270.91 for the kit, a box of 1-1/4" nails, and a bottle of air tool oil. I figure I'll compare the saw against my FlexVolt worm drive style, Gen 1 M18 Fuel, and Ridgid brushless (decent, but it bogs down much easier than the other two). For better or worse, this also opens the door for if and when I find more MetaboHPT deals (I passed on a Triple Hammer kit last year, but if I find such a deal again I may have some more
  5. I haven't had much of an issue with the M12 batteries, but I do think that some of my batteries are harder to remove from some tools than others. The ones I have difficulty with seem to be ones I can't get a good grip on. This might be an odd idea, and it probably won't hold up to heavy use, but have you considered using something to create a more positive grip on the tabs (self-adhesive felt pads, for example)?
  6. Jronman, Thanks for elaborating on this. I guess I was trying to clarify between pure residential and entry-level commercial mowers when comparing the EGO to the Big Boy ZTR. I don't have a lot of land (just shy of an acre), the terrain is flat (it is South Louisiana, after all), and overall the EGO seems more than adequate, but I'm the sort that doesn't want anything close to adequate when I can get a more robust machine for the same price, even if it means more maintenance or upkeep. As a lawn care guy, I can imagine that you are interested in what EGO does. I ch
  7. I recently saw EGO's new ZTR mower listed on their site, and my first thought was "I've gotta get one!" The mower looks promising, with "Tech Specs" including the following: Holds up to 6 batteries for maximum runtime (4 included) Power of gas with 22 HP equivalent engine Cuts up to 2-Acres on a single charge with the included 4 56V 10.0Ah ARC Lithium™ batteries and up to 3-Acres on a single charge with 6 x 10Ah batteries. World’s First Platform Compatible Rider – powered by all EGO 56V Arc Lithium™ batteries 3-7 MPH Speed, up to 8 MPH in travel mode 3 dri
  8. I bought into EGO almost three years ago and currently have the 20" push mower, backpack blower, hedge trimmer, and string trimmer, along with two 5.0Ah and a few 2.0Ah and 2.5Ah batteries. One of my 5.0Ah batteries is a bit questionable but I always chalk it up to user error/miscalculation (it seems to die quicker than my other batteries, but it could due to me not charging it fully or using it in the mower after it's been used in other tools). The site now shows a 46" ZTR mower that's being released soon! With my pending retirement to a nice warm locale that prompted me to buy a riding mo
  9. ToolBane offers some very good advice that's not tarnished with brand bias. You'll find a lot of people who will tell you that [insert brand here] is the greatest out there, but the truth is that all of the established brands-and even some of the less-mentioned ones like Harbor Freight's Bauer and Hercules-will likely perform better and last longer than what 90% of homeowners need or even expect. I wish I could steal his claim of "running" certain brands, but I'll admit that I'm more of a tool owner who occasionally does a project or decides to torture a tool as opposed to regular
  10. I had trigger issues with my 2763 impact wrench a few years ago. Sent it in and it was fixed with no issues. It is concerning that they are denying warranty service, especially since it's your word against theirs, and they can likely provide evidence of the alleged water damage (but not proof of who caused it-it could have been exposed to moisture during shipping, or even by a careless warranty center worker). I had a good experience with my single Milwaukee warranty claim, but if it would have gone poorly I'd be in the same boat you are, questioning whether or not I should inves
  11. You summarized my post very succinctly. I tend to get wordy, especially when I'm killing time...
  12. SBD's brands seem to have more detractors than other corporations' due in large part to the number of battery platforms they've had over the years. I didn't stay up to date with tool news when Milwaukee discontinued the V18 line some twelve years ago, and while the change to M18 caused a few to switch brands, you don't commonly hear people bring up Milwaukee (or other TTI brands) when they complain about batteries and tool system longevity. Over the past few years, I've heard and/or thought the following gripes and opinions about SBD cordless tools (some of which isn't necessarily their faul
  13. Eric, I agree, PC could (should?) become a corded-only brand that focuses on routers, sanders, and perhaps their better-known trademarks such as the TigerSaw recip. Craftsman could thrive being cordless-only, with a large platform marketed as a DIY/light professional use alternative to DeWalt's pro tools.
  14. Watching a hammer drill test video on YouTube just now, I was reminded that TTI does have some brand redundancy of sorts. This is yet another video where Hart and Ryobi are compared (along with other brands), and I note that the two are often similar in test results. In this case, an $80 Hart kit including a 1.5Ah battery is tested against a $158 Ryobi kit with 4.0Ah battery as well as an off-brand, M18 Fuel, FlexVolt Advantage, and Makita drills. While Hart and Ryobi seem to be peers, albeit with the latter offering more premium kits and a lot more tools, I'd say that TTI stil
  15. fm2176

    Ryobi Days?

    Does anyone look forward to this event? It seems to be hit or miss in terms of overall value, and a thread on another forum shows a lot of displeasure over last year's event. For those who don't keep up with the sale, it boils down to an annual event with Home Depot displaying a large center aisle promo at the front of the store, usually in the form of a battery starter kit or basic drill kit for $99 with free bare tool. The kit may differ year to year, as does the max price on the "free" bare tool. I picked up my first Ryobi One+ tool during Ryobi Days a few years ago and feel
  16. Theoretically, this should work. A 54v motor, some fairly simple calculations and confirmation that the higher voltage won't fry anything, and your vacuum may live again. Then again, I don't know what kind of electronics are inside the vacuums. I have both 20v Max wet/dry vacuums (DCV580 and DCV517). Both are great little machines, though I've recently used the M18 vacuum a bit more.
  17. I like your train of thought, however, I'd say that Craftsman and Mac are both essential brands for SBD when it comes to mechanics tools. Since I worked in a dealership over twenty years ago a lot of things have changed, but I still see tool trucks rather often and I know that their business model of extending truck credit is a convenient--if slightly predatory--way of helping mechanics and technicians do their job. By predatory, I don't mean with high interest, but rather the relatively high prices of the tools themselves. I sometimes find tools I bought off the Snap-On, Mac, or Matco truc
  18. If you were in a position to do so, would you reduce the number of battery platforms Stanley, Black & Decker (SBD) offers into a few compatible/interchangeable brands? Their primary big box competitor here in the states, TTI, effectively offers three brands covering overlapping, yet distinct, tiers. Milwaukee, Ridgid, and Ryobi offer just about any cordless tool or accessory needed with Ryobi mostly marketed as a value brand capable of most job, Milwaukee as a pro brand with an emphasis on trades, and Ridgid somewhere between the two but with an unmatched lifetime serivce agreement. For
  19. It looks like Stanley, Black and Decker (SBD, who bought Craftsman from Sears) has plans to bring back at least some of Craftsman's former reputation, as I've heard that they're going to start making some hand tools in the US once again. While SBD is pushing Craftsman cordless tools rather heavily, though, and some tools seem to be red versions of their DeWalt counterparts, most of us regard the SBD Craftsman power tool line to be on par with--and a potential replacement for--Porter Cable.
  20. True, I'm optimistic that today's systems are here to stay for the foreseeable future, though. Most major manufacturers haven't switched battery styles over the past ten or so years, despite vast advancements in both battery design and the tools themselves. I have exactly one DeWalt 12v Max Xtreme tool (the 3/8" impact wrench), and my batteries made in 2010 work fine in it As for Ryobi, I have one of my father-in-law's drills he bought in kit form about fifteen years ago that's fully functional with my most modern One+ battery.
  21. Despite the subject, I'll try to leave politics out of this. If anyone feels a need to bring them up, please do so respectfully. Over the past few months I've been a fringe player in the recent Inauguration, working to ensure that key pieces melded together while staying out of the big picture and avoiding any direct exposure to the events themselves. This past week saw our schedule flipped as the team and I worked to bring all of the military elements together during a wholly unique transition of power in our Executive Branch of government. I had the honor of being a part of th
  22. I picked up two Packout 10" totes for $42 apiece. The 15" tote is marked down to $42 but I have yet to find any in stock. I'll probably transfer some of my electrical tools from one of the AWP totes to a Packout tote, and maybe use the other for plumbing stuff.
  23. If DeWalt made any real mistake in the gradual change from 18v to 20v Max, it's that they continued to fully support the older system for so long. Here in the States, the 18v line was only discontinued in the past year or two, meaning that for at least 7 years (2011-2018) new tools could be purchased in either style. Our big box retailers like Lowe's and Home Depot offered multiple $99 holiday kits, with an 18v XRP often displayed next to the 2-3 20v max Models on sale. While many of these were likely purchased for the replacement batteries, some people doubtlessly bought the 18v kit with t
  24. The new Craftsman just lacks the stage presence, if you will, of the old Sears stuff. Sure, I can walk into Lowe's and be exposed to a sea of red Craftsman signage, but the effect is diminished by the equally prominent DeWalt yellow, Kobalt blue, and in some cases MetaboHPT green. Also, whereas Sears had aisles devoted to hand tools, with each different size and style of socket or wrench getting its own peg, Lowe's (at least the ones I visit) focuses almost solely on kits. To be honest, Home Depot is similar, with Husky's hand tool section occupying almost no space compared to the multiple
  25. This... Modern batteries used by today's major brands are the result of years--if not decades--of research and experience as exactly what components/design factors make the best power source for a given tool. We have really seen this over the past five or so years, with each manufacturer releasing their version of high performance batteries for "smart" or high draw tools. FlexVolt, Milwaukee HO, Ryobi HP, etc. are all examples of batteries designed to complement smaller (2ah, etc.) batteries. To put this in perspective, ten years ago cordless circular saws generally used small
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