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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Lol doesn’t sound normal at all Or at least...not “normal” by design...
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Well you don’t have to move the thing often, I would just do either their 10” or 12” X2 (or their corded equivalents, if you don’t have much in the way of batteries). Whichever one has the cut capacity you need. I have the 12” and love the thing, but I will almost never need it’s huge cut capacity.
  12. Pretty neat that you got to search out the info and implement a real solution on your own. Will be really cool if it lasts a long time for you, too.
  13. Solid deal for what you get. Only thing to me is, it’s Makita’s most basic brushless impact driver. IF you do anything where you need to be gentle, you’re relying entirely on your control over the trigger, while all of Makita’s higher impacts have speeds to help limit how hard it goes for you. Then again, the price you have there is a decent deal on a pair of batteries with an impact thrown in almost for free.
  14. Milwaukee’s integration into TTI has been a slow progression. They were definitely allowed to be their own thing for a while, but the last few years in particular they have been more and more integrated into the shared development model. Which I’m hazarding to guess is how their new nailers are being so well received...they’ve basically just been allowed to take Ryobi’s surprisingly good nailers and throw in premium parts. Similar with their palm router...Ryobi has had that for quite a few years and Milwaukee just got to build theirs off of it instead of doing a complete new design. These developments also seem to be bringing Ryobi more upscale, which I’m not going to complain about.
  15. I often feel TTI uses Ryobi as the platform to test out new/novel products, and if something “takes” then they’ll evaluate whether to do the same with their more expensive platforms. The rumor mill seems to be that this little fan is a temporary thing only, but I tell staff in my area about it (they have yet to see them themselves) and they think it’s just not officially released until Ryobi days or something else later this month officially begins. So some people have basically been getting ahold of them in advance. The customer response I think suggests Ryobi really hit it out of the park coming out with this product. Ryobi won’t discontinue it out of nowhere. It’s the introductory price of $20 that probably won’t last. They also have little LED area lamps for $50 a pair. The staff at my local HD found them but not the fans, but I couldn’t resist getting those anyway.
  16. 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.
  17. 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 actually are.
  18. Random glitch. Hope it doesn’t become a regular thing. Sucks how disposable some electronics are designed to be.
  19. 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 what this would mean in practice, and it just doesn’t feel worthwhile to me. The Waitley 5Ah has a charge capacity closer to that of Makita’s 3Ah, for example. The 9Ah most likely runs closer to 7.5Ah. Suddenly that doesn’t add up to much more run time than Makita’s 6Ah batteries. The instantaneous current output tends not to be as good either. Meaning medium to high-draw tools will suffer a noticeable decrease in performance. Finally if personal stories are to be trusted they don’t seem to have much longevity either, frequently going bad after a year or two. Makita batteries go on sale or get included in combo prices frequently enough that simply sticking with them seems better in every regard. Safer, more reliable, not really more expensive when longevity is factored in... Still wish Makita would release 8-9Ah batteries of their own for LXT batteries.
  20. Wonder where they managed to get split in half like that. They get into the impact hammer housing or something?
  21. 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.
  22. 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 and/or the same power in more compact tools, and eventually even runtimes on some of the high-power draw tools will finally become an afterthought. Most of them we’ve saturated the need for more power over these last couple years in my opinion. I think where things are going will increasingly move toward tools that are smarter and safer. More anti-kickback protection, load-sensing technology, settings optimized for use on different materials...stuff like that. They won’t make currently new tools look inadequate in terms of power so much as make things feel easier, more predictable, and safer. That’s all just me guessing but a number of companies are adding smarter features to their impact drivers for example to better handle wood vs metal applications and I think there’s plenty of potential to do similar across the entire span of available power tools. If solid state batteries really do become reality, and they’re talking about one of the technologies being sodium-based which would be super easy and cheap, we could be looking forward to batteries that are drastically cheaper while having almost none of the drawbacks we currently associate with lithium. Much better temperature flexibility, safer charging, seemingly unlimited charge cycles, hardly any worry about storage charge state and so on. Depending on the operating voltages of the cells in these emerging technologies we could see our current platforms being replaced again. If this is how it all goes, years from now I won’t feel too bad if I have to resume a slow turnover of current tools to newer ones.
  23. 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.
  24. 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 have any personal interest in picking them up simply because I’ve exhausted most of my personal need for more tools. I’m at the end of a large tool-buying campaign replacing almost all my corded tools for cordless and then some. I feel I stepped in at a great time because lithium batteries and brushless motors have brought the market to a new plateau. So performance improvements from here forward are going to be more piecemeal until the next big paradigm shift (like solid state batteries or whatever). I’m a DIY guy and am respectful of my tools to boot, I’m unlikely to prematurely destroy any of my new tools any more than I did the corded ones they’ve replaced. That said it’s hard not to pay attention, see where it goes, and hey maybe they’ll actually release something that I can’t say no to.
  25. 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 their marketed Ah ratings. That said, no-name clones perform quite a bit worse and then on top of that add serious safety risks like igniting during charging...when it comes to lithium batteries I wouldn’t touch any of them. Ever. Jronman is right that Makita has a blade-right 6.5”: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Makita-18-Volt-6-1-2-in-LXT-Lithium-Ion-Sub-Compact-Brushless-Cordless-Circular-Saw-Tool-Only-XSH04ZB/305309072 Not sure how the power compares although the RPM is the same and Makita only uses a few brushless motors...it wouldn’t surprise me if the power was comparable. It is newer though and doesn’t go on sale as much. I’ve heard a little more complaint about it feeling plasticky.
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