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I actually saw a TV Article recently

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Yeah thats what I was talking about..

by rexrich2k In reply to I actually saw a TV Artic ...

Arrow Space, engineer! I'll never live that down, Thanks Hal!

Being a carpenter I use battery drills a lot. Most of them are just enough to get through the day at best. I was lucky in a way when I got my DEWALT DCD959KX Cordless Hammer Drill 420W. Home Depot had it for a short time so I bought one. Now they've been classified as *Industrial Grade, so I guess its too much for the stores. I've seen them on Grainger though for $360 :)

If you want a strong portable drill, nothing will stop this thing. It will keep turning. I can mix a 5 gallon bucket of tile thin set mortar with a 5in Paddle with this drill. It wont stop, though the tougher the job the faster it will eat the batteries so its good to have more of them for that. I bought mine about 10 years ago use it for everything and rebuilt it once. These things are made tough, basically all metal mechanics and chuck, Nice!

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Well I call this Makita a little drill

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Yeah thats what I was tal ...

But it's actually a Hammer Drill with settings to drive in screws, drill holes either in normal mode or hammer and 10 Torque settings. This thing could through you off a ladder if it jammed while drilling a hole. It to is supposed to be Commercial Grade as I don't buy the cheap junk as it's useless to anyone but a Hobby user.

But regardless it doesn't have the twisting power that my AEG Hammer Drill does and it uses batteries. Admittedly over $100.00 a battery and I carry 2 which so far last OK as I can get both to last a day when I'm pushing things along.

I however hate the idea of needing to measure what I do and think of batteries running out. I prefer to continue working and to be honest when the batteries go off you pretty much have to throw out the current tool and replace it as by that time they have stopped making the replacement batteries. :_|

Maybe Pedestal Drills which are more suited to what I personally need do a better job anyway and I don't have to worry about battery life. Though you need to understand that I consider a Milling Machine a Pedestal Drill so I suppose it all depends on what your definitions are. :^0


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I know it's fairly spacious there but still

by aidemzo_adanac In reply to Well I call this Makita a ...

You don't live in a spider hole in the outback do you? Cordless drills aren't like razors where a new model is out each week and you can't buy replacement blades any more. I've had my DeWalt for a good 20-25 years now, at least. Rebuilt it once, dropped off a 4 story building and it had a rattle, but you can buy batteries anywhere for it. Having been to Aus a few times myself, I didn't realize they were so short of supplies like that. Then again, you have 'roos so what do I know?!

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I'm not so sure about that

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to I know it's fairly spacio ...

The last cordless drill I had was a Bosch which I had for a few years and when the batteries needed replacing they where no longer available for Love or Money.

Granted it was nearly 10 years old by then, so it's wasn't new by any stretch of the imagination but the AEG Drill I have is well over 25 years old probably much older and still working fine. Sure it's had new brushes fitted a couple of times and been pulled apart and had it's gearbox greased repacked or whatever you chose to call it.

The Pedestal Drill I have here I bought in the mid to late 70's and it's never missed a beat though I do check brushes and repack the head and gear box regularly like once every 5 years or so. I haven't even needed to replace brushes in the Lathe which is a cheap Chinese one, though not by any stretch of the imagination one of the really cheap nasty ones and other than replacing belts once it's needed no other repairs. Though the gearbox gets a Oil Change again every 5 years or so and the other bits get the grease repacked not to mentioned cleaned and oiled after every use. But then bare metal beds & slides tend to rust if they are not looked after properly.

I've only had this Makita for a couple of years now and while it's still possible to get new batteries they have been replaced from the 14.4 V to 18 V on the new models about a year or two ago now so there will come a time when I have to replace the drill again at some point.

I was watching a builder over the back a few days ago and to be perfectly honest the way that guy treated his tools made me cringe. Seemed he thought that it was OK to destroy things and simply buy a new one once every few days by the way he was treating them. Throwing power tools on wet ground and not protecting them from the rain most defiantly isn't good for a long life or for that matter electrical safety though I suppose it saves heaps on replacement blades doing things that way.

But the way he used the Drop Saw had me concerned it's the first time I've ever seen anyone place a blade against wood and then try to start the saw. I was expecting the thing to give up the ghost any minute and it set my teeth on edge the way that it was complaining at being used that way.


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That's a laugh, I've seen that done too

by aidemzo_adanac In reply to I'm not so sure about tha ...

In Vancouver we have a LOT and I mean a LOT of what we call 'brown builders'. 99.99999% of them have no training, no skills and no clue what they are doing but they are out there banging together multi-million dollar homes for poor unsuspecting idiots who tell a GC how much they will pay for sub trades. Then there are the other builders who take real pride in their work and do a great job, at a premium price, and they are few and far between but their homes last forever,

Anyway, the 'brown guys' seem to have a lot of issues understanding what a tape measure does and how to make a straight cut. They stand around a home cutting freehand with no support, just hold the board in one hand, lay the blade on it and hit the trigger.

Some of the worst use of tools, the worst workmanship and the worst final homes ever built....again that sell for millions here. Even homes built to spec, the cheapies, sell for half a mil and I see young couples invest their entire future in them, only to find leaks, warped hallways and doors, off plane ceiling features etc. Within 5 years it's falling apart, in 10 it is ripped down and replaced with the next new shoddy home.

They use second hand tools, usually stolen and found in pawn shops, and treat their tools like they treat their wives and daughters,

If there was ever a need to cull the herd.......I'm just sayin'.

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Every time you use take offline, god kills a kitten

by Slayer_ In reply to Yeah thats what I was tal ...

That's blood on your hands.

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I wondered about that too

by aidemzo_adanac In reply to Every time you use take o ...

What a lame feature! It's only used because it's there. I can only assume it was taken off line due to being an off-topic forum?!

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Not at all

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to I wondered about that too

It had reached the highest number of Replies that TR supports and then you have to move up the thread and reply to a different post or use the New Take Off Line.


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i think what Slayer_ is saying

by PurpleSkys In reply to Not at all

is it seems like rexrich2k has been taking a lot of topics to the Water Cooler...has been my thoughts as well.

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Doesn't help

by aidemzo_adanac In reply to Not at all

It's still a really lame feature. Come on mate, in all the years you were posting in the trenches with your fat red eye (like HAL) and with the real HAL for an avatar too, you would have wailed and wailed if they did it back then.

I still really miss the old TR site, it was 1000 times better. I don't mind changes, especially when an improvement, but nothing has changes here for the better...and I think you know that too.

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