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Old 09-11-2017, 07:24 PM   #61
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The circ saw is the big one. I'm waiting to see how they shake out.
After getting a set of fuel tools I still carried a corded circ saw for the first 6 months or so. After never using it I stopped. I still grab it if I am framing but it's just for back up and really doesn't get used. If it stopped working tomorrow it paid for itself and more importantly makes for less frustrating days.
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Old 09-11-2017, 07:39 PM   #62
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After getting a set of fuel tools I still carried a corded circ saw for the first 6 months or so. After never using it I stopped. I still grab it if I am framing but it's just for back up and really doesn't get used. If it stopped working tomorrow it paid for itself and more importantly makes for less frustrating days.
I have a corded Dewalt that I don't like at all for crap work and a corded Makita that I love I'll throw one of them in my van if I think I might need it. I end up not needing them, my cordless did the job.
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The only thing I miss my corded wormdrive for is being able to lower it down with the cord at the end of the day.

Hopefully by the end of the week I'll have the small cordless Dewalt slider. The big Bosch 12 inch non slide is killing me to lug around.

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Different brands have different strong suits when it comes to cordless tools. Figure out which 3 or 4 tools are most likely to be in your hand at any given moment, then pick the brand with the best of those.

For all of your less frequently used tools, get the corded models and feel free to mix and match brands. Then if you ever decide to switch/upgrade to a different cordless tool brand, you don't have to throw the baby out with the bath water.
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I was never married to any particular brand, but I came across a decent deal on Milwaukee cordless drill and impact set a few years ago and now own 3 drills, two impact, a multi tool, hacksaw, and 7 1/2 inch saw.
the hacksaw, multi tool, a drill and an impact are the 12v. Everything else is 18v fuel/brushless. Use the 12 v for countersinking, the midsize for screws and the big one for tapcons.
I own about 4 12v batteries and 6 various size of the 18v.

So far they have been awesome.
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heres a review .it's ok . they have a bigger /much more powerful makita at this time . milwaukee 2706 ? not sure what this is .mine is a 2704 . surprised that the hilti chuck wiggles,that would bother me . bosch hasn't done to well in these reviews . interesting to see the dewalt perform.https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...3B&FORM=VRDGAR
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i like this review .think they did a great job .https://www.protoolreviews.com/buyin...roundup/21156/
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If I was looking at investing in a suite of cordless tools from scratch, here are the factors I would consider in the order in which I would consider them:

1. Check on what is available to you locally and that you would use in your trade. Sometimes, you just need to replace a tool or battery immediately and cannot wait for mail order to arrive.

2. Credit where credit is due.
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Different brands have different strong suits when it comes to cordless tools. Figure out which 3 or 4 tools are most likely to be in your hand at any given moment, then pick the brand with the best of those.
3. If those don't give you an answer, hold the tools you will use the most in your hands to see which are most ergonomically appealing to you.

4. If you are still undecided, compare costs of replacement batteries, warranties, and availability to tools that you MIGHT use within the brands' offerings.

5. As a last deciding factor, go with the brand whose color best compliments your eyes.


Since this came up, have you (or other members reading this thread) had any hands-on experience with the Dewalt Flevolt tools and batteries? The table saw is tempting.
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As a last deciding factor, go with the brand whose color best compliments your eyes.
Seriously? I hate yellow, red, turquoise, blue, black, green, gray and orange.
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As a last deciding factor, go with the brand whose color best compliments your eyes.
Seriously? I hate yellow, red, turquoise, blue, black, green, gray and orange.
You can buy white Makita tools in the US, and pink models are available if you make friends with a Japanese distributor.
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Hi I'm a first year mature apprentice in the carpentry trade and I'm just about to buy my first set of cordless power tools. I've narrowed it down to four brands! In Australia by the way ?

Milwaukee
Makita
Dewalt
Bosch

I know they are all really good brands, well to my knowledge anyway ?! The problem is can't find enough advice and specs to make a final decision because once I buy one I want to stick with that brand. For me I really want reliability, I know power and speed is a factor but there's no point having them if the tool won't last.

I just want to know peoples experience with these brands, absolutely every bit of information will be greatly appreciated. Pros and cons, ups and downs, issues and how easy they were fixed. All that information will help me, I just want reallly good tools that will last and do an awesome job

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Hello Grumpydiesel,

I work as a professional carpenter, hopefully I can give you some great advice. I started out as an apprentice just like you, however I am based in the UK.

Although I work as a professional carpenter, I regularly post advice on my DIY blog. Recently I created a post containing the top 6 tools needed in carpentry. Most of the ones I recommend are cordless.

A personal favorite of mine is the track saw. This handy tool makes cutting extremely easy. You can set the depth of the cut too. A good cordless drill is a must too, especially if you want to insert or remove screws quickly.

Of course you will need more than power tools though, such as an assortment:
- Chisels
- Hammers
- Screwdrivers
- Utility knife
- Nail puller
- Measurement tools (square, tape, ruler, levels, etc)
- Ladders

I hope this helps.

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I have all 4 of those brands (sold all my m18 tools, kept the m12 tools) my primary tools are makita and dewalt (20v and 60v). Limiting to just 1 is silly, I think 2 gives you flexibility.
Why did you ditch the M18 tools?
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I have more brands and battery platforms than I care to think about. Since I retired and just do small service jobs for friends I have been trying to sell stuff off and get it down to just 3 battery types.

I have Bosch 12v, DeWalt 7.2-12v-14v-18v, Dremel 12v, Hilti 14.4v, Makita 18v, Milwaukee M12, M18, 18v, Ryobi 18v, and Stout 18v.

I use Milwaukee M12 mainly, love my Makita 18v impact and won't give that one up, I have a bunch of 18v Milwaukee tools older than the M18 line that are going strong and will keep them rolling.

Trying to sell off all the DeWalt and transition to all Milwaukee.

I love just keeping two larger M12 batteries charged and that they run so many tools.
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I have a whole set of Milwaukee cordless V18 tools that are about 17 or 18 years old. Still going strong. They were made in America too.


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I have a whole set of Milwaukee cordless V18 tools that are about 17 or 18 years old. Still going strong. They were made in America too.


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I just picked up the 18 ga dewalt 20V. I'll try it out today. Went back and forth for a while wether to get the 16 or 18. 18 won. The 18 with 2-1/8" nails will handle baseboard in new construction and for doors I'll always bust out my trusty old made in USA dewalt 15 ga air nailer. I have a hitachi which works great but I want to ditch the hose as much as possible. The 16 ga gas guzzler paslode is going on eBay.
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I'm a Dewalt guy all the way.


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Why did you ditch the M18 tools?
They were Meh at best. Makita is better.
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I have a whole set of Milwaukee cordless V18 tools that are about 17 or 18 years old. Still going strong. They were made in America too.


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So do I but it's too bad the batteries won't take or hold a charge.

I'm still bitter that they didn't make the M18 batteries backwards compatible with the V18 tools.
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Which tool manufacturer has tools in the color you like the most. They're all about the same real world use. I liked orange.


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