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Old 09-21-2010, 02:54 PM   #1
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we had our tools on the porch where we were doing a RRP soffit repair, had the area caution taped off. no tools on the sidewalk, cleaning up at the end of the day to put things in the truck and the impact is missing. I still have the new one I just bought, because the one that got stolen was being repaired. So I sunk 80 bucks into it to get it fixed and now it's gone with a 90 dollar battery.
oh well. What goes around comes around. There were about 5 different contractors working up and down this particular street today. The homeowner was even home when this occurred.

200 dollars to replace this, I might just get a whole new drill/driver kit with batteries and charger.
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:00 PM   #2
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200 dollars to replace this, I might just get a whole new drill/driver kit with batteries and charger.
Buying kits is usually the way to go, over individual tool/battery replacement. I recommend sticking with the same brand/voltage that you have so that you're not chasing batteries on a work site, everything stays interchangeable.

Bummer on the loss.

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yeah. i have a bunch of the lithium ion batteries. i always buy in a kit, but not the big ones in bags. i don't like those. too bulky.

but this makita set. I've had for three years or more. I had some issues with the drill and driver a month ago and had them both repaired. cost me 200 bucks which I'm still trying to get reimbursed from the rep because they didn't have my authorization to do the repair for that amount of money.

while those were getting repaired, I needed another impact to use, so i bought the tool only for 96 bucks. At least they walked away with the older one.
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From the deepest part of my soul, I am truly sorry and feel responsible for your loss.

Let me explain,
Rewind the time clock back to 1996.
I was a punk, dope headed kid with nothing to lose and no foreseeable future. I was walking through a strip mall area in SC and there was a lone contractor working on one of the last units. Doing a tenant improvement I suppose. Well as I'm walking by I see a nice new looking 3/8 dewalt VSR corded drill sitting on the guys tailgate. First thing through my head.... "I could pawn that for some weed money" Well that's exactly what I did.

And to this day, every time I hear of a stolen tool, I wish I could find that contractor from 96 and apologize. But until that happens, I extend my apology to YOU.

Now fast forward back to 2010, I've now got Christ in my life, a Beautiful wife, 6 kids, and 5yrs duty as a US Marine. You can find me at the forefront of loss prevention. And I'm no where near the punk I used to be.
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From the deepest part of my soul, I am truly sorry and feel responsible for your loss.

Let me explain,
Rewind the time clock back to 1996.
I was a punk, dope headed kid with nothing to lose and no foreseeable future. I was walking through a strip mall area in SC and there was a lone contractor working on one of the last units. Doing a tenant improvement I suppose. Well as I'm walking by I see a nice new looking 3/8 dewalt VSR corded drill sitting on the guys tailgate. First thing through my head.... "I could pawn that for some weed money" Well that's exactly what I did.

And to this day, every time I hear of a stolen tool, I wish I could find that contractor from 96 and apologize. But until that happens, I extend my apology to YOU.
Now fast forward back to 2010, I've now got Christ in my life, a Beautiful wife, 6 kids, and 5yrs duty as a US Marine. You can find me at the forefront of loss prevention. And I'm no where near the punk I used to be.

Dam now I know what happend to my Drill, I thought I had left it on my Tailgate and drove away..................J/K


I think that is Decent of you to Come clean and want to make amends!

You have my Respect.

( not that you needed it- so stfu and take it) lol
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That really sucks, sorry that happened. My van has been broken into before....it's a ****## feeling. Nothing a cold beer and a HD card can't handle.
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I never buy tools from guys in HD parking lots, etc., becuase I know they probably stole them from someone else who needs them to make a living. Regardless of the deal being offered; I'd rather pay ten times as much and be able to sleep at night then to constantly think that one man's loss was my gain.

I am sorry for your loss, and may the fkr who took your tool have a severe case of genital warts followed by a strange string of uncurable crabs.
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From the deepest part of my soul, I am truly sorry and feel responsible for your loss.

Let me explain,
Rewind the time clock back to 1996.
I was a punk, dope headed kid with nothing to lose and no foreseeable future. I was walking through a strip mall area in SC and there was a lone contractor working on one of the last units. Doing a tenant improvement I suppose. Well as I'm walking by I see a nice new looking 3/8 dewalt VSR corded drill sitting on the guys tailgate. First thing through my head.... "I could pawn that for some weed money" Well that's exactly what I did.

And to this day, every time I hear of a stolen tool, I wish I could find that contractor from 96 and apologize. But until that happens, I extend my apology to YOU.

Now fast forward back to 2010, I've now got Christ in my life, a Beautiful wife, 6 kids, and 5yrs duty as a US Marine. You can find me at the forefront of loss prevention. And I'm no where near the punk I used to be.
Send Dan a new drill and he will forgive you.
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Send Dan a new drill and he will forgive you.
I thought prayers of atonement generally came in 10's and 100's?

Dibs on drill #2!
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we had our tools on the porch where we were doing a RRP soffit repair, had the area caution taped off. no tools on the sidewalk, cleaning up at the end of the day to put things in the truck and the impact is missing. I still have the new one I just bought, because the one that got stolen was being repaired. So I sunk 80 bucks into it to get it fixed and now it's gone with a 90 dollar battery.
oh well. What goes around comes around. There were about 5 different contractors working up and down this particular street today. The homeowner was even home when this occurred.

200 dollars to replace this, I might just get a whole new drill/driver kit with batteries and charger.
I hate reading these threads about tool theft. It takes a proper low life to steal a mans tools that he needs to make a living.

Don't forget they are doing a free battery at the moment. That will at least cover the one that's stolen.
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That bites!

I had my van ripped off w/tools some years ago, that will make your heart sink. The cops caught'em about 90 miles from here and before they could sell anything, still a 3 day setback to recover and get everything back together.
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Christ, wife, kids, and US Marine. And I'm no where near the punk I used to be.
thanks for sharing Aaron It's nice to improve with age, isn't it
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Not as big a deal...

but just a few weeks ago someone stole my 6' ladder.

I was working on a warehouse ext...I walked to the front, walked back around to the back...no ladder.
So I walk clear around the building, trying to figure out where I left it.
Then I went inside "hey any of you guys seen a 6' step ladder?"

Owner says "No, but lets check the security video"...takes me into his office

There it was in crappy living color...some guy drove up, put my ladder in his truck and drove away.

Lesson: Watching someone steal your stuff on TV don't make you feel any better about it.
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I hate reading these threads about tool theft. It takes a proper low life to steal a mans tools that he needs to make a living.

Don't forget they are doing a free battery at the moment. That will at least cover the one that's stolen.
free battery with what?

I am eyeing up another 18 volt drill/driver kit, with one charger, two batteries. Amazon has it for $296 I think HD is 329
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Check the Makita website. It's a promotion.
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It stinks that your stuff got jacked, but as corny as this sounds, it was just stuff as opposed to your health. Anyhow, you know what you like. It sucks, it's always something. Let's hope it stay with only things as opposed to limbs.

If the balance isn't where it needs to be and you need tools quick, the Ryobi lit/ion works just fine. I have had the impact drill, and all the other stuff for about four years and have not had any problems. Generally, I use only the impact and flash light. The sawzall and hammer drill are ok also.

Truth is though, once you go with one brand, it usually is most beneficial to go with them so you can interchange batteries & chargers.
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I sure hate to hear that ApgarNJ. Strange I just had something similar happen with my 18v DeWalt Circular saw with the rip fence still attached to it. I had a cutting station set up right outside the HO's front door (and in a nice neighborhood too, just a busy street about 100 feet, or so, away) and had just finished a cut and went back in the house to check the fit. Wasn't gone for full one minute, and came back out the door when, viola, just like magic the saw was gone and not a hair nor hide of a soul around. Something like that just ruins a good day/week or even month when there isn't much else coming in. However, I will admit it's not as bad as getting up in the morning and finding your work vehicle missing (happened to me twice while in Memphis).

So I do feel for ya buddy.
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Same here ApgarNJ,
What I would like to see happen to that lowlife, is what happened to Wallace in Braveheart. Fitting IMO.
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I 'lost' a cordless recip saw a few years ago. While working in an apartment complex, the guys took the tools down from a patio door install and the next day when I needed the saw it wasn't there. The worker remembers putting it in the truck and I checked the dumpster to make sure it didn't get tossed by accident (using 30g plastic cans) and the bushes in case a kid was messing around. On the up side I picked up another off ebay for $70 and it was the newer version with the 4in1 chuck allowing the blade to be turned at 90 degree increments-four positions-it has proven to be most useful! I didn't lose any sleep over it but learned to not leave the truck unlocked/open for any reason-it's a pain to lock/unlock constantly but the peace mind is nice.

on the flip side of this discussion I've been thinking of an alarm gizmo for the truck-it would work like this: as soon as the rear or side door is open a well placed switch must be touched to deactivate a timed circuit which would set off a security siren. Same premise as the old auto alarms where you open and put the key in the ign within 20 seconds or the alarm sounds. There would also be a bypass switch so that the system could be used in areas where extra security is necessary. Now if I could have someone engineer the circuitry for me that would be golden!
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anyone have one of those 3 speed makita impacts. I'm looking at that because it comes with a third battery free via mail in rebate.

I have only had the 141 one speed impact models. It's 335 bucks for the three speed one 144 model, with two batteries, case and charger. the combo sets aren't eligible for the free battery. I really don't need another drill though, I have one makita drill that was paired with my impact that got stolen and I have 2 milwaukees loktor 18v that I use also. Not that I use drills all that often we normally only have cordless drill out at a time but we usually have 2 impacts with different bits out. I'll be missing that impact until it's replacing, I hate switching bits.

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