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  1. Makita’s 3-6Ah batteries use two sets of five cells in series while the 2Ah batteries only use one set. Two sets running in parallel will have less difficulty producing the instantaneous current demands of the tool, so larger batteries do as a general rule help tools perform better.
  2. Dewalt’s had a brushless blade-left for quite some time and it’s pretty well-respected: https://www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-20-Volt-MAX-Cordless-Brushless-6-1-2-in-Circular-Saw-Tool-Only-DCS565B/314001465 But if that is insufficient for you, their Flexvolt is quite possibly the strongest cordless circular saw on the market: https://www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-FLEXVOLT-60-Volt-MAX-Cordless-Brushless-7-1-4-in-Wormdrive-Style-Circular-Saw-Tool-Only-DCS577B/303623661 It’s not an actual worm-drive, but per some online reviews it outperforms some saws that
  3. Random glitch. Hope it doesn’t become a regular thing. Sucks how disposable some electronics are designed to be.
  4. The only ones I might consider using would be branded ones that put their company name and a warranty behind their product. Waitley is one of them, there’s another one that starts with a “V” I believe. Vanon maybe? The thing is, I’ve seen them get independently tested, and even if they are likely relatively a LOT safer than random no-name batteries that pretend to be real in the context of hopefully much reduced fire risk while charging, they typically run well short of their advertised rating when it comes to charge capacity. I did some light math to guesstimate about
  5. Wonder where they managed to get split in half like that. They get into the impact hammer housing or something?
  6. If you think the angle has a strong effect then definitely there’s a loose connection somewhere where the weight of the conductor, board, or whatever helps it preferentially disconnect as the tool vibrates during use. Trying to visualize what’s being pulled where while you have it pulled apart and are thinking how everything is being shaken at the angle of operation might help you isolate where it is.
  7. I don’t think we’ll have the same sense of things going obsolete on us with current tools. It will be a different dynamic. I didn’t buy into earlier generations of battery tools, they simply were not up to corded power and had lousy runtimes. I had the option to sit there and continue suffering with corded so that’s what I did. I wanted cordless but I wasn’t going to deal with those early generations. I don’t worry that future tools will make my current ones look inadequate with regard to performance the way current ones embarrass the old NiCad stuff. It will be about somewhat longer runtimes
  8. I’ve never personally opened up an impacting mechanism before but the suggestion a major mechanical component being stuck indicates it may simply be way overdue for a cleaning and regreasing. After only 3 years use I’d have to wonder what kinds of substances you might be exposing it to in your line of work? Makes me wonder if there’s something specific in your work environment that could be getting into it and gumming it up unusually badly.
  9. It’s a little weird to me any time I see so much pushback against any new line of...basically anything. Which sure seems to have come up a lot with this Flex tool line announcement. These things tend to bring out people’s inner fanboys I think. I’m actually very interested in what they decide to bring to the table. Competition in the tool industry to my eye seems to be getting pretty fierce as these companies seem to be increasingly capable of developing entire new lines of competitive cordless tools in very little time. Admittedly though it’s pretty unlikely I would ha
  10. I would also mostly steer clear of no-name battery clones. The only ones I could conceivably consider would be the ones who actually put an established name (and warranty) on their batteries such as Waitley. Thing is, inflated battery ratings are so ubiquitous these days for some reason that even then I feel the alleged benefit is minimal. Trying to remember where I saw it but the 9.0Ah Waitley tested out closer to 7.5Ah in real-world use. Makes it a lot harder for me to justify for the tools I want the extra power for. To be fair even the authentic batteries often struggle to meet
  11. Check that all vents have reasonable access to airflow. Some warmth is typical charging batteries but I don’t know how much when it comes to Milwaukee’s stuff.
  12. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Makita-18-Volt-LXT-Lithium-Ion-High-Capacity-Battery-Pack-5-0-Ah-with-LED-Charge-Level-Indicator-2-Pack-BL1850B-2/206609332
  13. DC18RC is still the current standard rapid charger. Yes it will charge any current Makita batteries. In my mind their 5Ah batteries are the sweet spot for their mid-to-high-draw tools. I don’t know which model you bought but in recent months they’ve put their blade-left brushless compact on sale for $150 down from $200. I think that’s the best deal if you want to stick to compact single battery.
  14. One thing that can play strongly to their favor is the simple fact that the same Ah battery has 20% more power than most everyone else’s. It hasn’t helped get Kobalt over the hump into mainstream yet but let’s say Flex tools establishes a decided performance advantage over the “Big Three” that’s too hard for tradespeople (and YouTube) to ignore and that could really propel them forward. But they are most certainly trying to establish themselves in a very crowded field where I think a lot of people aren’t wanting yet another option. Just look at how the current market squeezes a com
  15. It’s kinda silly because they are actually really good and have been for many years. The low price just makes it that much nicer. It’s a little comedic that only now finally a few higher-end companies are catching up, and many are still languishing.
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