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  1. On the EGO they are particular about the line size and to some degree shape. If you don’t use the one they specify it doesn’t work and it eats line like crazy. Don’t have to buy their brand, just get line that is very similar. Ballistic double twist 0.085” or something like that. I don’t have the Milwaukee but based on the description sounds the same.
  2. Sounds like I need to stock up 1.0 bowlers before I’m stuck converting to Packouts.
  3. Nibblers as a rule are not cheap. The low end gets you maybe”14” or “16” gauge but that’s an absolute maximum...16-18 gauge is more realistic. So maybe OK for roofing but not much else. That’s the cheap category and Ingersol Rand is pretty typical. The biggest ones are 10 gauge and really work on 12-14 gauge and smaller. But the price is much higher.
  4. We have LiDL too. They are slightly higher than ALDI but similar concept. Low SKU and aggressive pricing with low overhead and smaller stores, on par with the larger Dollar Generals. Our area was part of the initial LiDL experiment. I’ve heard about ALDI being different but they have several items that are not just similar but identical to Trader Joe’s. I don’t know what the Sud/Nord tie is and they might be independent but definitely not separate. If you are referring to the big Wegmans in Fredericksburg it’s big but not cheap. Think Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s in full size. I would not co
  5. Those are all tool truck brands. If you notice older mechanics have less of those, if at all. First thing, those tool markups are normally 300%. Even if you get a 50% discount in school you are still paying 150%. There is a practical reason. Guys running tool trucks have an insane amount of cost in inventory on the truck and they don’t make much money on their routes in the first place. Do high markups are needed compared to buying from an industrial supply house or even a local automotive store where 10-20% is normal. Second the reason guys buy those tool truck brands is because they want t
  6. The discount stores around here are Save A Lot (avoid), Dollar General (avoid), A&P if you find one (avoid), and ALDI. ALDI is owned by the same people that own Trader Joe’s. Very good quality and puts regular groceries to shame. Usually my bill is half or less. They pay employees above average. The downsides of ALDI are being a quarter (you get it back), bring your own bags, and don’t expect large selection...it is just basics. On the other hand the chocolate is all Belgian and you can get a lot of German specialties. I just had sauerkraut and Kielbasa for dinner. Their store brand sauerk
  7. A chain saw is perfectly safe when used correctly. Reciprocating saws are just as dangerous when used incorrectly. At the very end of the bar the upper half of the tip where the chain wraps around the end is where kick back happens. This is the only area where it happens. But there is no reason to use that area. I’ve owned and used chain saws for 30 years. I have never had a kick back even once. The big thing is use the bottom of the bar whenever possible. The chain pulls the wood towards the saw and there is zero kickback danger. This is the position you use for 95% of all cuts. There is o
  8. Fully disagree with the statement that cordless saws are underpowered. Not true with brushless DC motors. When they were brushed and we had limited current from NiCd/NiMH I’d agree. Brushless saws have more torque than AC motors so the cordless ones now equal or exceed corded for power. Also no mention of air saws. And as for “all day” you can’t honestly stick a 3 cell lithium battery on one and expect any torque or to last more than 60 seconds. But a couple 15 cell lithium batteries (9-15 Ah) goes all day. Nobody not even a junkyard crew can go continuously on these saws and with better than
  9. Sunex used to have one but not any more.
  10. The filters and blower are basic tech until you get into large systems where you get pulse jets and Torit systems. The thing is there is a balance called the air to cloth ratio which needs to be under about 4 and the pressure drop needs to be between 2 and 8 inches: for ANY filter. If air flow is too low or high it doesn’t work: Also you need a certain CFM based on the opening it is sucking air through, the gaps around the tool. If it’s too much it won’t capture the dust and you are forced to use a bigger blower which means a bigger filter. Just saying so you get what the technology limits ar
  11. Looking to add.a 1-2” range impact socket set. What I’ve seen is that the 1/2” stuff goes up to 1-1/4” and 3/4” goes to 1-1/2”. Only 1” goes fully 1-2”. So when you can get 1/2” impact wrenches that’s can easily give enough torque for 2” sockets it’s easier to just get the adapters. In days past we used large 3/4” drive air impact wrenches still with a 3/4 x 1” adapter. Trouble is i can’t find a 1/2” female by 1” male socket adapter, preferably the sleeve (low profile) type. I’d prefer not to stack adapters if I don’t have to. Anything out there?
  12. Disagree about learning stick first. MIG is just so easy you can figure it out yourself in about an hour. Especially flux core. Also here’s the thing. Welding is not just a typical skill. It’s NOT like riding a bike. I learned to ride a bike decades ago. I can get on a bike any time and just go. You don’t lose it over time. With welding if you don’t do it almost every day, you very quickly get rusty, especially with stick and TIG. You can’t just grab a rid can and have at it. Best to burn a couple rods getting back in the groove. MIG however is so simple and easy it’s actually like that. I bel
  13. I used Hitachi for years as a DIY. Upgraded from corded B&D from last century. I liked that it was an industrial tool and I wasn’t just paying extra for yellow plastic and burned up 3 corded Dewalt circular saws. That lasted until my current job which is a motor shop...tons of specialty tools. Hitachi was just too limited and that’s without trying to find tools locally. So looking at what’s out there Milwaukee has a monster impact gun. Currently 1400 ft-lbs) which is about what I can get out of a 1” socket wrench with a torque multiplier. I think someone else finally came out with a big re
  14. That’s how they used to be. Not anymore. If there is a local tool repair shop try there. The old guys know that brand X compressor fits on certain tools. But don’t get your hopes up. You might spend more time and money fixing it than new. The compressor is the money. Motors and tanks are cheap. Often the tool repair shop has some factory refurbished stuff though that is cheaper than full retail...or not. Be careful before you walk in the door that you know what a new one costs. Some will charge for repair even if it costs more than new or overcharge on a refurbished one.
  15. You said cheap. Electricians are naturally attracted to yellow like Fluke meters? Electricians usually use four strategies for choosing tools. First one is buy cheap and buy often. Same ones usually don’t have licenses, lose more money than they make on tract houses, and have zero pride in their work. Most are English optional. Most look for work by standing outside HD. If it looks like a rat chewed a slot, that’s your man! Work quality is good in some areas, crap in others. If you explain it in Spanish they still no comprende senior boss man. Second type buy the most expensive (Occidental)
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