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Old 11-03-2018, 06:51 AM   #121
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Don't know why it won't let me post the photos.

I took two pieces of 1X oak and shot a 2" nail into them.

One time I had the pieces of oak on a piece of 5/4 pine. The nail went into both pieces of oak and into the 5/4 pine. With the depth gauge all the way out the nail ended up flush with the top piece of oak.


The second time I just shot the nail into the two pieces of oak with nothing under them. With the depth gauge again at max the nail ended up slightly countersunk in the top piece of oak. Not much, but enough to putty over it.

About to exchange my 18V Hitachi for the third time. Won’t push the nail all the way out, I have to remove nails, release the nose latch and wiggle the gun for every nail. A 2.5” nail is left sticking out over 1.5”. Pretty safe to say the hitachi cordless finishers are junk. My 18 gauge still works but it won’t drive the nails all the way. Not even close.

I might exchange the 15 for a new one then sell it on CL just to get rid of it. It really belongs in the trash.
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Old 11-03-2018, 08:54 AM   #122
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This Makita has a tool less feature for clearing nail jams.

Just flip up a cover and presto, nail is right there.
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This Makita has a tool less feature for clearing nail jams.

Just flip up a cover and presto, nail is right there.
The hightacci doesn’t require a tool either but having to clear every nail is ridiculous.
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About to exchange my 18V Hitachi for the third time. Won’t push the nail all the way out, I have to remove nails, release the nose latch and wiggle the gun for every nail. A 2.5” nail is left sticking out over 1.5”. Pretty safe to say the hitachi cordless finishers are junk. My 18 gauge still works but it won’t drive the nails all the way. Not even close.

I might exchange the 15 for a new one then sell it on CL just to get rid of it. It really belongs in the trash.
Have you tried the Milwaukee cordless nailers? I have the 15g and the 16g straight and haven't had any trouble with either of them. They are a bit heavy, but I don't think any of the battery only nailers are much, if any, lighter. Both sink 2-1/2 nails into everything I've tried them on, but I've not yet used them to try and punch through 2" of exotic hardwood. 1" maple into pine 2x no problem, used some stainless 2-1/2 15g I had on hand to tack some wet pressure treated 2x4 to a PT 4x4 and it sunk them about 3/32 under the surface which is where it seems to set everything.

I've read a lot of negative things about Milwaukee's battery guns, although mostly the 18g, but they seem to work fine for me. I bought Ryobi's 18g due to the overwhelmingly negative reviews on the Milwaukee and it has also worked very well. Had the Grex 18g gas gun been available at the time I probably would have bought it, but at $500 or whatever it is, that's a hard bullet to bite.

Also bought Makita's 23g pinner and have mixed feelings on it. It works great in soft woods, but the whole reason for a micro nailer IMO is shooting nails in pre-finished molding which is often hardwood and it won't set nails sub-flush on any hardwoods I've tried that are more than 1/2" thick. That is was shooting pre finished (soft white 2 part paint of some kind with glass smooth finish) 3/4" maple toekick into 5/8 plywood and the 3 nails I shot all ended up sticking out a bit under a 32nd. As I'm sure everyone here knows, they are impossible to set, so I ended up clipping them flush with some flush cut pliers and did my best to create a tiny depression with a center punch and crayoned them. Definitely not impressed with that gun.
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18V X2 LXT® Lithium‑Ion (36V) Brushless Cordless 14" Cut‑Off Saw Kit

https://www.makitatools.com/products/details/XWL01PT

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18V X2 LXT® Lithium‑Ion (36V) Brushless Cordless 14" Cut‑Off Saw Kit

https://www.makitatools.com/products/details/XWL01PT

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Saw that on a tool website a week or so ago, nice to see manufacturers venturing into somewhat niche tools. Really would have liked to see it have two speed modes with the ability to use a dry cut blade. The abrasives require lots of speed (that saw listed at 3,800) but the dry cut blades are only rated around 1,800. DC brushless motors are so easy to regulate speed on, without sacrificing torque I don't know why they wouldn't do this.

I can't think of a use I would need a cordless abrasive saw for, but I can see metal stud framing crews using these on commercial sites and not have to fight for a spot on the spider box. If I was a welder with a welding rig, this would be nice to have on the truck without having to fire up a generator or the welding machine to power a cutoff saw for 20 seconds. Maybe for a rebar crew? I would prefer a cordless shear to this thing there are probably others who would want this for various reasons.

Curious to see how sturdy the bed is, I've used quite a few abrasive saws and the ones with flimsy bed, fences and holding clamp are not very inspiring. They are touting its light weight so I hope they saved the weight somewhere but the bed.
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Saw that on a tool website a week or so ago, nice to see manufacturers venturing into somewhat niche tools. Really would have liked to see it have two speed modes with the ability to use a dry cut blade. The abrasives require lots of speed (that saw listed at 3,800) but the dry cut blades are only rated around 1,800. DC brushless motors are so easy to regulate speed on, without sacrificing torque I don't know why they wouldn't do this.

I can't think of a use I would need a cordless abrasive saw for, but I can see metal stud framing crews using these on commercial sites and not have to fight for a spot on the spider box. If I was a welder with a welding rig, this would be nice to have on the truck without having to fire up a generator or the welding machine to power a cutoff saw for 20 seconds. Maybe for a rebar crew? I would prefer a cordless shear to this thing there are probably others who would want this for various reasons.

Curious to see how sturdy the bed is, I've used quite a few abrasive saws and the ones with flimsy bed, fences and holding clamp are not very inspiring. They are touting its light weight so I hope they saved the weight somewhere but the bed.

Cordless rebar cutter you say??

yeah, they got that.$$$$$$$

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Cordless rebar cutter you say??

yeah, they got that.$$$$$$$

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wpm2BaMNJxI
Yeah, thats the one. They also have a cordless rebar/all-thread flush cutting saw. At almost $1,700 its expensive, but its fast. If I was running a rebar crew it would probably be a worthwhile investment. Then again, a cordless metal cutting circular saw (5-7/8") at 1/8 the cost and 1/6 the weight would likely cut as fast at the expense of noise, sparks, flying razor sharp metal chips and probably not suitable for the lowest paid guy on the crew to run, safely.
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Yeah, thats the one. They also have a cordless rebar/all-thread flush cutting saw. At almost $1,700 its expensive, but its fast. If I was running a rebar crew it would probably be a worthwhile investment. Then again, a cordless metal cutting circular saw (5-7/8") at 1/8 the cost and 1/6 the weight would likely cut as fast at the expense of noise, sparks, flying razor sharp metal chips and probably not suitable for the lowest paid guy on the crew to run, safely.
The bids on high-rise projects make this tool look cheap.
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any one have the Makita 36v vacuum?

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There's a backpack one on ebay for cheap.
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There's a backpack one on ebay for cheap.
ya was thinking about that one would work great for handheld tools.
but 50cfm... just not to sure. the new dewalt flexvolt is 120cfm think i'm gonna pass on the sales and wait it out till release.
some killer deals on makita vacs backpack for 250 and the roll around one for $500 with 2 5ah battery's and double charger.

The Makita zero clearance miter saw has one of the best footprints I've seen. I have to get it.
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ya was thinking about that one would work great for handheld tools.
but 50cfm... just not to sure. the new dewalt flexvolt is 120cfm think i'm gonna pass on the sales and wait it out till release.
some killer deals on makita vacs backpack for 250 and the roll around one for $500 with 2 5ah battery's and double charger.

The Makita zero clearance miter saw has one of the best footprints I've seen. I have to get it.
That Dewalt vac does look nice, and comes with a radio remote rather than Bluetooth that is only compatible with their tools. I'm on the same page with the Makita backpack vacuum, its pretty lacking in power and capacity although I've read on several reviews that it works much better if you retrofit it with a larger diameter hose.

I was planning on selling my Milwaukee cordless 10" saw and get the Makita x2 but after seeing it in person it was too bulky for what I use the cordless saw for. If my Dewalt 12" ever dies, which doesn't seem likely, I would buy the new 12" front slide Makita corded saw. Thing has almost as much vertical capacity as my old 15" Hitachi saw.
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my little 50 buck makita vacuum get 46cfm
https://www.makita.ca/index2.php?eve...d=3135&catid=2
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my little 50 buck makita vacuum get 46cfm
https://www.makita.ca/index2.php?eve...d=3135&catid=2

How does that work?
That looks just like an Oreck that I got for free when I bought one of their electric vacuums.

The way it worked it's no wonder they gave them away for free.
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How does that work?
That looks just like an Oreck that I got for free when I bought one of their electric vacuums.

The way it worked it's no wonder they gave them away for free.
These vacuums work great. If you need to suck up much drywall dust then I'd recommend buying a second filter as the cloth can fill up pretty quick. Both the vacuums and the filters last a long time.
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it's really not bad for small stuff. It does pick up dust and drywall crumbs. won't pick up fasteners or coins but really handy. only complait is fills up to fast.

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Bummer.
My new 16ga. nail gun quit driving nails.
Couldn't even get it to sink them in 5/4 WP.

Dropped it off at the Makita Service Center wed. afternoon.


"First time I've seen one of these" says the tech.
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The Makita double charger is 3 times the size. what the hell? is a foot long Makita Does it Again-1543034806407-2.jpeg

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It is a monster, heavy too. I have 2 of them.

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