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  1. STAFDA 2020 - new tools from Makita Tower lights, updates to XPH07 and several sub-compact tools, and several more X-lock grinders, but no table saw or belt sanders.
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    Well, I've been patiently checking for months and somehow missed the release! Can't wait to pick one up.
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    saw blade

    You can use aftermarket blades on any (as far as I know?) Makita saw. I use Diablo blades on all my 6 1/2 and 7 1/4 non-plunge saws. The 7 1/4 saws might have a little better selection of blades (especially at the big box stores), but the 6 1/2 is a great little saw too. What are you planning to use the saw for?
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    Are you sure you're depressing the safety when you pull the trigger? If so, it could also be something is defective with the safety mechanism?
  5. Yes, yes, yes!! This is one of my top tool requests and it's like they were reading my mind! Awesome find. Now we just need 18v and X2 traditional belt sanders.
  6. New tripod lights with specs on pages 6/7. https://cdn.makitatools.com/apps/wms/catalogs/LEDLightingCatalog/
  7. The Makita 6½ brushless is blade left too and is also a great saw. Since you are already on the platform, it seems like a good option. I have both the rear- and top-handle 7¼ saws and use the 6½ more than either. It's also worth noting that having both left and right-blade saws (and comfort using either) comes in real handy when making certain cuts. At least the Makita and Milwaukee saws have good enough visibility to be used with either hand.
  8. Oh, and a sub-compact area light that is basically the DML812 with a battery stuck to the back of it and a very small, simple stand to let it swivel vertically.
  9. I love the Makita sub-compact range and Toolbane's recent post of the upcoming sub-compact bandsaw got me thinking about what else I'd like to see in it. Top of my list is a brushless OMT followed by a brushless angle impact driver. Would also love a flex-click type installation driver and a sub-compact angle driver (if they could manage it). What would you guys want to see?
  10. I think the OP was referring to Makita batteries, not dewalt. The few 6.0s I have in rotation seem to last a decent bit longer than the 5.0s, but I haven't used them in something like a blower. I don't know whether the 6.0s are really worth it though given the price difference and widely available promotions for free 5.0s.
  11. Can yo provide a diagram or example of what you have in mind? Having trouble visualizing it.
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    I haven't noticed it with mine.
  13. There are a couple patent schematics posted in the Makita battery topic.
  14. I'm surprised this hasn't been spotted or mentioned before; seems like the tripod light would be one of the major highlights (pun not intended) of their new lighting options.
  15. The XDT16 definitely has perks, and if you could find it that cheap then why not go with it, but I'd research the vendor VERY well at a price like that. I got my XDT16 for $125 and thought it was a steal... Everyone is going to value specific features differently and it might be those perks matter for what you're planning to be doing. I treat the two as 90% interchangeable. I do wish they all had 2 leds. As for power, all of Makita's top line brushless impacts fare better in head to heads than their paper specs suggest they should.
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