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Old 09-17-2013, 09:27 AM   #1141
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It's not that I'm holding out for one brand, it's that I can't get one to last more than a year. I've tried/owned the Bosch, Makita and Hilti, none lasted more than a year.

If I really need an impact, I own, 1/4", 3/8", 1/2" and 3/4" drive air powered impact guns. If I can't drive it one of those I have more problems than an impact can solve.

I don't find myself missing an impact that often.

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I use dewalt and pretty happy with them . Had ni-cad battery's then switched to li-ion . Both are good in my opinion . Had some for years .
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:35 AM   #1142
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I use dewalt and pretty happy with them . Had ni-cad battery's then switched to li-ion . Both are good in my opinion . Had some for years .
I've used someone else's DeWalt, not long enough to form an opinion of it.

The only DeWalt tools I have left is a 10" power miter box from 1978 or so and a radial arm saw from the 1970's. Unfortunately it seems to be DeWalt that first went down the quality toilet. They made some great tools at one time. Their latter stuff, to me, not so much. Haven't bought one of their tools since the mid 1980's.

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Old 09-17-2013, 09:53 AM   #1143
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I was impactless for 5 years. Had to buy one for a job, still hate the noise.
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:25 AM   #1144
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It's not that I'm holding out for one brand, it's that I can't get one to last more than a year. I've tried/owned the Bosch, Makita and Hilti, none lasted more than a year.

If I really need an impact, I own, 1/4", 3/8", 1/2" and 3/4" drive air powered impact guns. If I can't drive it one of those I have more problems than an impact can solve.

I don't find myself missing an impact that often.

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Try the dewalt impact. Every company has specific tools that are better than others. They make good drills. I use makita and dewalt side by side. Makitas are POS. No balls. Batteries suck/go bad. All my cordless tools are dewalt because I their drills last.

I have heard good things about the new 20 volt. They are in my future.
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I was impactless for 5 years. Had to buy one for a job, still hate the noise.
I'm not a big fan of them either. The noise is one thing, but you also lose all "feel" for what you're doing. With Robertson and Torx heads, they really aren't that necessary IMO.

Where I do like impact drivers is when I'm in awkward positions. Easier to get the screw started. My favorite is actually a Bosch 12V Impactor. It makes installing drawer slides so much easier!
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Try the dewalt impact. Every company has specific tools that are better than others. They make good drills. I use makita and dewalt side by side. Makitas are POS. No balls. Batteries suck/go bad. All my cordless tools are dewalt because I their drills last.

I have heard good things about the new 20 volt. They are in my future.
I'm the opposite to you. The Makita is more come table to use and feels more controllable I can't admit to one being more powerful that the other because I had never had either one not do what I asked it to. My Makita is going on 6 years old and its been abused. I use it as a hammer to knock studs and joist into place, its been dropped in buckets of water, dropped from ladder, left outside for a week. Thrown across numerous yards and drive ways and its still going strong. Dewalt lost the plot on quality cordless tools quite a few years back. It's all about the HO now. Pros know better than to buy dewalt cordless tools.
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Try the dewalt impact. Every company has specific tools that are better than others. They make good drills. I use makita and dewalt side by side. Makitas are POS. No balls. Batteries suck/go bad. All my cordless tools are dewalt because I their drills last.

I have heard good things about the new 20 volt. They are in my future.
I have the 20 volt and 12 volt dewalt line up there great .
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I was impactless for 5 years. Had to buy one for a job, still hate the noise.
I hear you with the noise .
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I have the 20 volt and 12 volt dewalt line up there great .
Same here. Love the dewalt 20v and 12v line up.
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Whats so bad about an impacts noise? How bout all the other tools ous contractors use? They hurt your ears too?
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:09 PM   #1151
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To everyone who bought the carvex:

Do you guys really like them? I had the chance to go play with one yesterday and first thought it was not worth the money. When using a jigsaw correctly all the mumbo jumbo on it seems not needed. I've got the Trion because I liked the idea of no blade deflection while finishing off 6x6 notches but can't see dropping the coin on the carvex other than to say I have it.

I know there was quite a few posts on it earlier but curious now that people have had some time to use them. What was/is that big unforeseen advantage?
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:07 PM   #1152
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I think the carvex is the perfect jig saw for a guy who does not have the room for a bandsaw, but wants to cut larger radius, perfect angles, and perpendicular cuts.

I have a big bandsaw and see no advantage to the carvex, the Trion would serve my purpose.
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:18 PM   #1153
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Bandsaw...... Did someone say bandsaw......


I love my 117A with the 1/4" blade.....does some amazing things , but I find it a little difficult to cut a pattern out of a 4' x 8' ply on her......





Everything else .....- it's great!

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To everyone who bought the carvex:

Do you guys really like them? I had the chance to go play with one yesterday and first thought it was not worth the money. When using a jigsaw correctly all the mumbo jumbo on it seems not needed. I've got the Trion because I liked the idea of no blade deflection while finishing off 6x6 notches but can't see dropping the coin on the carvex other than to say I have it.

I know there was quite a few posts on it earlier but curious now that people have had some time to use them. What was/is that big unforeseen advantage?
Wish I could answer that.
Haven't had time to play with it yet.

Mine is still sitting in a box out in the shop......mocking me every time I walk by with a paint brush or a glazing knife in my hand.
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:51 PM   #1155
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Does this qualify me to join the Fan Club?

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Does this qualify me to join the Fan Club?
I'd say you are knee deep in the festool fan club, might wanna go over to TBA also.
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No, because we can see the bosch systainers. Send them too me and then you are in.
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No, because we can see the bosch systainers. Send them too me and then you are in.
The Bosch containers were a spur of the moment purchase. I'm curious as to how long they will last in the oilfield construction industry

The Festool stuff will stay in the shop to be used when building/retrofitting our tool trailers and office conex's. Not much use for a Kapex in the field when 98% of our work is with structural steel.
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The Bosch containers were a spur of the moment purchase. I'm curious as to how long they will last in the oilfield construction industry

The Festool stuff will stay in the shop to be used when building/retrofitting our tool trailers and office conex's. Not much use for a Kapex in the field when 98% of our work is with structural steel.
Yeah, I think that Kapex, vac and systainers are a waste for oilfield work. Connex trailers don't need fine wood cuts for shelving.... Better send that stuff on to me where it can be put to good use. I'll definitely make sure you're in after I receive them from you!

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