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  1. I have the 16 and 18. The 16ga is complete trash, and jams almost constantly. I sent it in under warranty and they sent me a refurbished one that is slightly better but still more of a nuisance than it's worth. The 18ga is better. Still jams way more than any of my air guns but its tolerable. My biggest issue with it is its wildly inconsistent depth of drive. It will over drive one nail, then leave the next proud. It's ok for punch list stuff, but I tried trimming a whole house with it and wouldn't bother doing that again. More hassle than worth. It also leaves an enormous hole, almost
  2. I got the 36v impact on clearance (the box and tool had some minor cosmetic damage) and love it. I just got the Mil. Gen 3 fuel impact a few days before, but returned it because I like the hitatchi better. Way better ergonomics, more runtime, quieter and smoother. The regular multivolt prices are very high though. I'm looking to add a super sawzall, but Im thinking about waiting to see if the multivolt prices come down. I have the regular fuel sawzall now, but even with two 9.0's and their "rapid" charger I cant keep them charged when doing heavy demo work, so the cord option is very app
  3. I would probably stick to a dedicated tool like a hole hawg if you want it to last. A top tier hammer drill will do it, but it won't last as long. I tried a 2nd gen Fuel first and it only lasted about 4 months before the transmission was trashed. Switched to Makitas comparable drill and it has lasted almost 3 years but its definitely starting to get crunchy too. To me if I have to buy a new tool every 3 years its worth the convenience though.
  4. I had the corded version of the Dewalt and genuinely hated the slides. They are rough and bind when doing steep bevels. A lot of people dont have an issue with them though, but I would check them out first. Otherwise its a great, if somewhat basic old school miter saw. Never tried the Makita, but I do eye it every time Im in Home Depot. Its certainly a gorgeous machine. I'd buy it if I didnt already have a Kapex and a GCM12, and a M18 2734. Well I'd still buy it if was up to me actually, but my wife would kill me.
  5. Id probably start from scratch. I have 4 18v (Makita, Milwaukee, Ridgid, Dewalt)platforms, and 3 12v (Milwaukee, Bosch ridgid). Im trying to bring that down to 2 18v and 2 12v because keeping track of all those chargers and batteries is a pain. I could probably get away with just Makita 18v and Milwaukee 12v if i really wanted, and if i had to choose it would be those two.
  6. I've got Makita 18v, Milwaukee 18v, some ridgid 24/18v. No tool brand offers every cordless tool, and its also nice to have another option since sometimes tool companies dont always put their best foot forward with every tool. Makita and milwaukee have the two largest 18v platforms and they both tend to offer more obscure specialty tools than other brands, so ive got pretty much evwrythong i need covered with the two.
  7. dcl10

    Hitachi sold?

    I hope they change their mind on the re-branding because it's preposterously stupid. Hikoki sounds like some cheap no name Chinese brand, and thats what 95% of consumers in the US will think it is. This is the kind of corporate idiocy that only grossly overpaid and out of touch executives could concive of.
  8. I personally prefer klien wire strippers and Ive never had a problem with the grips, but I use a katapult 90% of the time and mostly use regular strippers for removing the sheathing. The milwaukee's are more handy in general as they have more features. I use them for punch list type stuff so i dont have to carry around as many tools, but the quality was pretty bad on the ones I got. Definatly not to knipex or klein standards which is off putting to me, but they are functional.
  9. We have different tool sets for multiple jobs sites, some have a rapid charger, and some not. I've never noticed any difference in run times between the two. We have makita tools as well that all use a fast charger, and the batteries are probably charged 2-3 times a day. After 4 years they are all still going strong with barely any reduction in run times. Those batteries are actively cooled during charging, but the milwaukee rapid charger is a fair bit slower so they likely dont need it. So i wouldn't be concerned and honestly even if it does reduce the lifespan the convenience and improved
  10. The M18 miter saw is trash. Wish I had waited and read the review in Fine Homebuilding instead of relying on some of the early (youtube) ones from people who clearly have little experience with miter saws. Not only does it not collect dust, but it throws it everywhere. There is an almost obscene amount of rail deflection making it useless for trim, and it doesn't have enough power to bevel pretty much any 2x stock and gets bogged down with pressure treated. So it sucks for framing and decks as well. I put a metal blade on it and will just be using it for that since it's hopeless for anyth
  11. So I dropped my old 28V Milwaukke hammer drill the other day and basically killed it. Not to much of a problem since it was getting old anyways and was enourmous by todays standards. So I went down to HD and bought the new Fuel hammer drill. Very light, small, powerful and great runtime. Today I went to drill a hole in a 4x6 with a 1 1/4 auger bit, which is pretty common for me and no problem with my old drill. Hit a knot, it stalled and when I tried to back it out it ripped the head of the bolt of that holds the chuck on (never had this occur before) Took it back to HD and got a new one
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