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  1. Lemme just say, I’ve ended up VERY satisfied with this Ryobi kit. Cordless soldering is particularly wonderful being a guy that does car audio, because who wants to have extension cords that you fuss with getting around to every corner of a car anyway? I’m never using a corded soldering iron again.
  2. Sounds like the electronics in the drill have gotten buggered in such a way that their communication with the battery doesn’t do anything but tell the battery it’s dead when it most definitely is not. Maybe it’s something that will eventually magically reset itself, I can’t think of a way off the top of my head how to glitch it back into shape. These things don’t exactly come with reboot features. Just wondering but these don’t happen to be “aftermarket” batteries are they?
  3. I see an awful lot of people singing their praises about Bosch jigsaws. Makita’s jigsaws seem pretty well respected in general as well but i don’t get the impression the general preference is that huge, probably favors Bosch by a bit if anything. For what it’s worth I have a couple cordless brushless D-handle Makita jigsaws and I like them pretty well for the occasions I need them.
  4. Dewalt table saws get rave reviews and for good reason. They would be high on the list if my current table saw were to kick the bucket. A lot of tradespeople use them daily for years and are very happy with them.
  5. I feel like this is a “hard to go wrong” thing. Maybe more important than the tools in the package are the other tools each battery platform offers. Each brand has some tools that are particularly good performers or aren’t offered by a lot of competitors. Kobalt has a 7.5” dual-bevel miter that gets a lot of praise, and a cordless belt sander that almost no one else does yet. And basically all their tools are brushless. Metabo HPT has what are presently two cordless tools no one else offers at all: a 1/2” router, and a 10” tablesaw. Both have developed reputations for unsurprisingly short run times, but Metabo HPT also is the only range with a converter allowing you to plug all their tools into an outlet if you need. Also their tablesaw has a rack and pinion fence. They also have great nailers. I like both platforms, but you should check them both and see which one “sings” to your specific needs more.
  6. If it’s in your budget, why not. But the primary thing a DIY person should keep in mind is, many of these otherwise pro-level companies will frequently have great deals for their “entry” products, but you will pay more for other things as you get further in. You can easily find combo kits with a drill or impact driver with a battery and charger for $100 or so from just about any company. But then you need to watch out for how much everything after will cost. Going full-bore into Dewalt, Milwaukee, or Makita can cost two to three times what it costs to get Ryobi in the final tally. And if you admit you’re basically fully DIY, do you really need whatever perks it is you’re looking for buying into the pro-brand? I’m a DIY guy too, and my main platform is one of the “Big 3”. I feel there’s justification for me because I get better accuracy with the company I chose for the projects I do. Were it not for that one specific need I would have just gotten Ryobi, and would have been more than happy with it for the relatively humble size/volume of projects I do. I would recommend looking at the most expensive tools you foresee yourself getting, compare what they look like for the different platforms you are interested in, and let that guide your decision. I also feel like the range of options has blown up for DIY people in the last few years. The proliferation of brushless motors and lithium batteries means DIY-priced tools perform closer to pro level than ever before, and despite all the cynicism everything being made in China has also allowed these ranges to expand at unprecedented speeds. I would take a hard look at ranges like Kobalt, Craftsman, and of course Ryobi. Craftsman might be particularly appealing for someone such as yourself, as they like Dewalt are owned by Stanley/Black&Decker, and a number of their tools appear to basically be Dewalt tools with mild parts downgrades that allow them to sell for less.
  7. Always weird to me Dewalt marketed as if they were all-in on multi-battery for Flexvolt when they released that saw and then nothing since. Most curiously for their cordless table saw which would have been a much better tool to employ it on. Maybe with their 15Ah battery they are shifting into believing they don’t need dual batteries on anything. Maybe not liking the idea of paying Makita royalties. Either way I wouldn’t expect this to be a permanent thing. Dewalt will almost certainly bring out a new and mostly otherwise improved 12” to replace it.
  8. Lol doesn’t sound normal at all Or at least...not “normal” by design...
  9. CXT chargers and batteries get marketed under different voltages in different parts of the world even though they are the same battery platform. 12V is the voltage at full charge with no load while 10.8V is the nominal, or what the voltage looks like under load across its operating range. As long as both the charger and battery are CXT, they are perfectly compatible.
  10. Not sure if I’m misreading you, but all four indicator LEDs being lit up on a charged battery simply confirms it’s charged. I have noticed my newer batteries don’t light up during charging and it struck me as funny at the time but didn’t think about why, I haven’t been paying close attention to them charging in some time, I just pick up an already-charged battery and get back to my project, which is kinda the idea of it, right? Next time I charge I may pay some attention to this, they may simply have dropped that internal monitoring feature.
  11. I was happy to skip this model as my 170 was still fairly new for me, and unlike the 171 all of the 170s were Made In Japan. Now the 172 is coming, and we’ll just have to see where they are made. Frankly if I decide to get one, it will probably be out of Japan anyway...for that awesome purple color.
  12. The frequency will just have to do with whatever each country chooses to do. If they’re close you’re probably okay, although efficiency could be a bit lower which could lead to the tool running warmer. It could even go the opposite way and be more efficient. Kinda depends on how Festool designs their power supplies for different world markets, they may not even do anything different between these two markets in question. You will frequently see on the power supplies that they will list 50 to 60 Hz as being okay. It’s pretty common for a lot of electrical products to function just fine at either frequency.
  13. You definitely should be able to, I would just verify the standards will be the same for which prongs are what and also what frequency they are running (50Hz vs 60Hz). Also wouldn’t hurt to see if you can verify all this with Festool.
  14. They release some good products but it always feels like less than half the rate of everyone else. Like they have three decent engineers and won’t hire any more to develop the product range they need to really keep up. But also maybe they just don’t care to diversify outside their bread and butter that much. Not sure if the limitation is really Dewalt so much as SBD in general with that one... The haters can have whatever sentiments they want, but the gradual Chinesification of tools is spoiling us to new product lines expanding at paces we’ve never seen before. TTI and Chervon both have all their subsidiaries ballooning with new tool products. Even Makita looks slow developing new tools in comparison.
  15. The shared platform model they seem to be adopting will likely mean they will share a lot of parts, and/or even be able to substitute parts. I almost expect people who really want to be crafty to find they can upgrade these newer Ryobi tools with Milwaukee internals.
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