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Everything posted by Der_Dachs

  1. Ive always been a fan of Weed B Gone. Ive always found that it works well and works fast. You just have to be careful with it because it will kill every plant that it touches.
  2. Brushless is more efficient, so you will get more power and longer run time. They claim the motor itself will last longer too. IMO, brushless is a little overrated but if you want the best, most powerful tool; you cant go wrong with brushless. I own brushed and brushless tools and they both do the job they were built to do.
  3. I picked up a Dremel 200 at HD. One of my coworkers bought my Milwaukee M12 rotary tool basically for what I paid for it, so I pulled the trigger on the Dremel. I dont use a Dremel all the time but it is a handy tool to have around, so I went with a corded one. After I did the break in procedure, I did some light sanding and some tool sharpening with it and its a keeper.
  4. Im impressed with the ones I have so far. Last weekend, I took a wall out of my basement and I used the jigsaw to break down some of the studs and drywall so that they would fit in the trash can. That jigsaw tore through that stuff and cut it down to size in no time. The blower on that saw is no joke either. It blew all the saw dust into next week, although I dont think that my Ryobi mower much appreciated being covered in sawdust. Same with my Bosch trim router. I made some barstools and used the router to trim the plywood for the seat flush with the sides. I put a Diablo flash trim bit in it and that thing went through it like a buzzsaw. It even covered the front of my shirt completely in sawdust. LOL Im happy thus far. Now Im looking at picking up a Bosch 3/8" corded drill/driver. I dont know that I really need one but for the money, its almost hard to pass up and you cant go wrong with a good corded drill, especially for drilling holes in wood with a spade bit.
  5. So, Ive been a big Ryobi tool user for a few years now but Im looking to step up to something a little bit better. I returned my cordless Ryobi circular saw because the shoe was crooked and returned my Ryobi router because it just felt kind of cheap. So, I look at what HD has in stock and I see Bosch. So, I pick up a Bosch CS10 7 1/4" corded circular saw, a Bosch 1 1/4 hp router and a Bosch 1/4 sheet sander. Thus far, theyre awesome. I used the circulaw saw to cut some plywood for some shelves yesterday and it cuts like a dream. Today, I used the router to trim the edge flush on a table I made for my miter saw and it worked great. By no means am I an expect with routers but its so easy to set up and use. I also used the sheet sander to do final sanding on the legs and table top of that router table and it was like butter when I got done with the 220 grit and the dust collection system is so good that I almost didnt think it worked very well at first, until I went to empty the dust box and found it was about half full. So, that leads me to ask, how are Bosch tools overall? I see that they make pretty much a full line and their drill/drivers and impacts look to be pretty nice. Im pretty deep in the Ryobi One+ battery line right now but Im thinking in 5 years or so, when Im looking at replacing batteries, I may go Bosch. Thoughts?
  6. Id go vacuum too. Those Hackzalls are kind of useless, especially if you have a fullsize Sawzall. IMO, those little Hackzalls were made for plumbers and electricians who are cutting through PVC, copper or conduit when you need something more compact to get into a confinded space. A lot of people seem to want to use them as a replacement for a Sawzall and theyre not made for that and Milwaukee even tells you that its not a replacement for a Sawzall.
  7. What about the Milwaukee M18 2-gallon vac or the packout vac? Ive got something similar but in Ryobi and its awesome. I just wish the hose were longer.
  8. I picked up my M12 Fuel hammer drill back in November for $99 and it came with a charger and a 3ah battery. At the time, I had just moved into a brick house and needed a hammer drill and I jumped on it. Its a great little drill and as long as youre patient with it, the drill will do whatever you want. Its just not going to drill or drive screws like an 18v will.
  9. That stinks. Thats one thing that Ive always loved about Ryobi though: any battery from the last 20 years will work with any tool, no matter if its a blue Ryobi or a lime green one. Batteries are expensive and it stinks when a company decides to phase out an old battery system and youre forced to invest in a whole new system.
  10. That certainly is one con of Ryobi's battery platform but thats really the only knock against Ryobi and the fact that you can have a couple batteries and be able to have an array of tools that runs on those batteries is a huge plus. Not to mention the fact that Ryobi's batteries are much more affordable than Milwaukee or DeWalt batteries are. There was a time when I wished that Ryobi have a 12 volt platform but now that Ive used comparable M12 and One+ 18v tools, the 12v stuff is kind of silly unless you need a lighter, smaller tool. I used to have a Milwakee M12 jigsaw and recently replaced it with a Ryobi One brushed jigsaw and theres no comparison between the perfomance of the 2. The Ryobi blows its doors off, even with the orbital function turned off. Turn the orbital up to 3 and its like comparing a Bugatti to a Prius. Same with drills. My Ryobi One+ impact driver blows away my Milwaukee M12 hammer drill and thats even before the hammer function on the Ryobi kicks in. If I were a trim installer or did electrical and didnt need the power of an 18v, I could see the M12 but for anything else you have to use it hard just to do what you want to do. Just today I used my M12 hammer drill to drill pocket holes and it will do it but its not happy and it works hard to do it. For me, someone who is a DIYer, handyman and weekend woodworker; Ryobi gear is perfect because its simple and affordable. I love Milwaukee but I find many of their gear to be overpriced and unless you are a pro, Im not sure its worth the extra money. Hey, to each their own though.
  11. It might be mistake to look at Ryobi as only a DIYer/homeowner tool. They really arent anymore and especially the newer brushless stuff can compete with anything from DeWalt or Milwaukee. Nowdays, Ryobi really is a prosumer and borders on being a pro level tool, especially the brushless stuff. I own DeWalt tools, Milwaukee tools and Ryobi tools and theres really no compromise in quality or performance with the Ryobi stuff and I intend to phase out my DeWalt and Milwaukee gear in the future so that I can be on 1 battery system.
  12. Ive got the M12 Fuel hammer drill and its pretty awesome. You could also look at the M12 Fuel impact driver. I work in an auto plant where I shoot little screws all day long and I use an M12 impact driver all day long and theyre awesome. Most of the guns we have are the brushed version which is very good and powerful but one of our guns is an M12 Fuel and the Fuel is amazing. It has so much power and the battery lasts forever, even with just the 2ah battery.
  13. Ive got the M12 Fuel circular saw and its pretty awesome for cutting 2x material. Really the only limitation is the smaller blade that limits you if you want to cut angles in 2x material. Ive also got the M12 Fuel hammer drill and its pretty awesome too. Ive used it for drilling into brick and its a bit slow but it does the job. I use it mostly for drilling and driving screws into wood and it works great for that. I kind of wish they made an M12 Fuel jig saw but they dont. Now that Im getting into the M18 line with the trimmer and the blower, I may look into transitioning more into M18 stuff but I really do like the M12 line because its so light, handy and easy to use. Not to mention its a bit less expensive than the M18 tools are, which is never a bad thing when youre talking Milwaukee. LOL I dont even want to know what Ive spent on tools over the last 4 months since we bought our house.
  14. Not to mention Menards stocks that cheapest stuff they can get. Menards seems great until you look at some of their business practices. I was born and raised in Wisconsin and only shopped at Menards until recently but they dont sell any of the brands that I like and Im willing to pay a bit more for quality products and the brands that I like.
  15. So, after buying those Ryobi tools I talked about, I decided that I didnt like them and returned them. I then bought the Milwaukee M12 compact vac and a Milwaukee M18 leaf blower. The overall design of the Ryobi brushless circ saw was just bad. The saw itself actually works well but the shoe on mine was not straight (not bad but its going to bind if you use a rip fence or a track saw setup), the design of the shoe causes sawdust to build up on it and the guard design is just not good. I used it to cut a couple boards and went back to my Milwaukee M12. With the jig saw, its a good saw but I didnt like the lack of a variable speed trigger and the rotary knob that controls the speed is just bad. It is faster than my M12 because it has an orbital feature but turn that off and its really no faster than my M12 is. Same as the circ saw, I cut one board with it and realized the Milwaukee is just better. I still love Ryobi but I guess Im just spoiled by Milwaukee and Ive come to realize just how good the M12 line is. Id considered going M18 but Im so invested in the M12 line and as someone who is just a homeowner/DIYer, the fact that the M12 stuff is a bit slower and less powerful isnt as much of a deal breaker as I thought it was. Now Im just waiting until after Christmas to pick up the M18 trimmer. LOL
  16. Yeah, after 1 day with those new Ryobi tools I talked about, Im back to my M12 Milwaukees and have a different opinion on them.
  17. Ive made quite a few Ryobi purchases this week: corner cat sander, 18v brushless jig saw, 18v brushless circular saw, 18v fan and the 3-gallon 18v vacuum. I was kind of underwelmed with my Milwaukee M12 jig saw (underpowered and no fan) and my M12 Fuel circular saw (lack of options in terms of blades), so I replaced them with tools that I think will be better. I love the M12 line but Ive come to the conclusion that its probably a line that is much better in drills/impacts that it is maybe in bigger tools like jig saws or circular saws.
  18. It would be nice if they didnt because theres a Lowes about a mile from my house but Im a Milwaukee/Ryobi/Husky guy; so I always find myself driving the 15 minutes to Home Depot or I'll stop by HD on the way home from work because theres a HD right on the way home. If I just need something quick and dont care what brand it is, I'll hit up Lowes though.
  19. Id probably build the kit that I currently have myself: Milwaukee M12 Fuel hammer drill Milwaukee M12 Fuel circular saw Milwaukee M12 jigsaw Ryobi One+ 18v random orbital sander (although maybe step up the the Milwaukee version) Milwaukee 1//4 sheet palm sander You could go miter saw or table saw but I dont know that a table saw or miter saw does anything that a circular saw doesnt, it just makes some of the cuts easier. Id love to have both but I dont know that Id use them enough to justfy spending the money on it. Id love to just go out and blow $700 on a Milwaukee miter saw and $600 on a table saw. I probably could save quite a bit of money by just going Ryobi but as someone who owns Ryobi and Milwaukee, Milwaukee stuff is just better and if Im going to do it, I'll spring for the Milwaukee stuff because as a homeowner/DIYer, its going to last me a lifetime anyways.
  20. Thanks for the input. I think that Im going to pick up the Milwaukee 1/4 sheet sander tomorrow. I find my wife's Ryobi to be kind of big and clunky and I like having something a bit smaller and that can sand into square corners with. I kind of wish they made an M12 version but corded isnt a bad thing, especially when its always going to get used either in my garage or near an outlet anways and corded tools last forever. Not to mention, I certainly dont hate the idea of adding another Milwaukee tool to the tool box. Thanks again.
  21. I would and I leave mine on the charger all the time. Modern batteries with all the electronics they have arent as much of a risk of overheating or overcharging like the old Ni-Cad or early lithium ion ones were.
  22. So, Im looking into getting into a bit of woodworking by starting off with making some bar stools. My wife recently got a craft table that she sanded down and repainted with a Ryobi One+ 5" random orbital sander that she bought. The Ryobi works great for what she needed it to do but I find myself looking at finish/sheet sanders. We also live in a 100 year old house with wall to wall wood floors, so I may one day need to sand into square corners if we need to refinish the floor. Also, I feel like the smaller finish sander may work better than the Ryobi for doing wood furniture. So, my question is, am I crazy to want to buy a finish sander when we already have a random orbital. Part of me feels like Im just trying to give myself an excuse to buy yet another Milwaukee power tool but I also feel like the finish sander would be handy because it can do things that the Ryobi cant. Not to mention Im looking at the Milwaukee 1/4 sheet, which is only like $50 anyways. Thoughts?
  23. Just a homeowner. I probably would go with gas if I were a landscaper because youd need an armada of batteries to do what youd need to do. Some of the new, high capacity batteries might change that though. I feel like even if you were a pro, a Milwaukee M18 Fuel trimmer and leaf blower with a couple 9ah batteries would do everything you would need and you could charge one while you used the other. Even then, you might still need a gas mower but electric mowers get better and better every year and I feel like its only a matter of time before gas is obsolete even for the pros.
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