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  1. Lol. Maybe that's why they pushed the release date back so many times. That's what warranties are for.
  2. As some as you might know, last week I received Milwaukee's OneKey impact/hammer drill set. After months of waiting for its release and the amount I spent on it, I was disappointed with the fit of the battery on one of the drills. I guess I was expecting the same quality along the lines of BCTW or Lie-Nielson. After scouring the web for similar issues and reading the comments on it, it seems it's not that uncommon or an issue for concern. I checked a few of the drills at work, most if not all had similar issues. So I decided to give it another shot. So found a HD with the set in stock and made my way up there. I took the only one left on the shelf. While waiting in line to check out I noticed the stickie note on the box, free 5.0 ah battery w/ charger with purchase. With the extra battery that brings the cost down, comparatively, to the M18 Fuel brushless hammer drill/ impact set. So without turning this post into an autobiography ... First impressions. What can I say, who doesn't like new tools? The bright colors, all the little buttons, the different parts, I even love that new car smell. The impact felt good in my hand. Even with the monster 5.0 ah battery it is well balanced. The hammer drill is another story, it is top heavy, even with the battery connected. According to my bathroom scale this brute comes in at almost six pounds. The drill comes with a handle that connects securely to the top of the drill by the means of two threaded dovetail keys. Not including app customizations there is 78 different settings for the drill. Each drill has 4 individual Bluetooth enabled settings. Pros. I was looking for an upgrade in power and I got (My other drill, a M12, couldn't cut it when it came too using larger hole saws). The responsiveness of the triggers are great. The motors are brushless. More power, less battery drain. The hard case is nice. I like the many non-Bluetooth options for the drill. There's one for hammer drilling, one for screws, for regular drilling and the Bluetooth setting. There is 13 settings on the clutch. One of my favorites when you set the drill on the "Screw" setting with the clutch set low the drill will "slow start" so you don't cam out of the screw and mar your work. Which happens more often then I like to admit. The retention of the battery is excellent. Miles above the M12 series. Although the options are limited, I think the OneKey concept has a lot of potential. I like that I can change the responsiveness of the trigger and the duration of the work light. I think these features would truly shine if you had a lot of repetitive holes/screws in different media. Like Ron Popeil "Set it and Forget". Might try seeing if I could dial it in accurately/repetitive using as a torque wrench. Cons. It's expensive. Although with the extra battery evens the price out somewhat. It's gimmicky. Do I need the infinite possibilities of torque/speed ratios these drills offer. Absolutely not. The is hammer drill is heavy, most are, cuts back on the vibration. The more parts something has, the greater the possibility of something breaking. The battery is slightly loose. It's not noticeable unless you either shake the drill violently or try twisting it while attached. All in all I'm happy with my purchase. I needed the upgrade. I bought this set for work. I build and install cabinets here in South Florida. A lot of places the walls are cinder block so Tap-cons are a must. My M12 wasn't cutting it. After a few holes for plumbing and outlets I'd have to change out batteries. I've used the set over the last couple of days at the shop and I've only lost one bar of juice from the hammer drill. I see being able to set the LED to stay on like a flashlight will be helpful too. Hopefully Milwaukee will be able to implement something similar to what Dewalt has with their Bluetooth batteries. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I own an older 1617 Bosch. No complaints here. Haven't tried the newer version but it seems to have some cool upgrades, LED lights and an on/off switch on the grip. We also have a couple PC floating around the shop but I prefer Bosch's adjustment spindle to the PC ring adjustment.
  4. Good score. The older No. 5 is is worth the $30. Looks you got a No. 102 The other block plane that looks similar to the 220 is probably a copy. Hard to say with out better pics. Going for the blue paint again?
  5. What I find amazing is that your family has keep these tools. It seems nowadays most don't see the value in these things or if they do it would've been sold already.
  6. router speeds usually have to do with the size of the bit you're using. The bigger the bit the slower the speed. When I'm routing a small profile on, hard maple for instance, I'll crank the up the speed and run the router a few light passes carefully towards me and take the finally cut with a steady pass the "correct way" (against the spin). That way I avoid chip out and burning the stock.
  7. It was a disappointment. My primary gear has been Milwaukee's 12v line, it has suited just fine. My only gripe really is when I'm cutting holes for plumbing and such. My 12v drill literally started smoking, overheats and shuts down. Forget trying to cut anything bigger then 2 1/2" or anything solid. Plus I I wanted to upgrade to the 18v jigsaw and pick up a circ saw eventually.
  8. Finally, after months of waiting, my hammer drill/impact combo was ready to be picked up at the store. I made my way over there after work, got it home and started going over it. She was beauty for sure. I started charging the batteries and registering it to my phone. Sure $500+ is a lot for a couple of drills, but I NEED them... I got the first battery charged and connected to the hammer drill. Everything was going so well. On to the impact, I get the battery charged up and connect it. That's when I noticed the battery fits a little loose. Try the other battery, same thing. Disappointment washes over me. I try not too let it bother me but it's not happening. I can see this being a problem down the line, getting looser and looser until the battery starts slipping off completely. I really wanted to keep it and move on. Couldn't do it though and back to the store it went. Hopefully today I'll be able to find another in a different store. I plan on doing review later on these drills if anyone's interested. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Useless your hand hewing timber frames a carriage maker's plane wouldn't be any more useful then a regular No. 5. Unless I was a collector, I couldn't justify the increase in cost. Now a rabbeting block plane or shoulder plane are definetly useful making/cleaning up rabbets and tenons. Dados too can be cut with a scribed line and shoulder plane of the right size.
  10. +1 for the VCST fence. I got it at home on my 1980's G1023 TS. Definitely one of the best, if not the best, TS fences I've ever used. Completely adjustable, top-notch quality, excellent customer service and its American made. I even contemplated bringing to work... The only issues I've seen with it, is a problem when locking the fence down. Easy fix though, just don't over tighten bolts for the handle and cam.
  11. A couple of guys at my shop have them. I've picked them (drill/driver) up a few times when my gear wasn't in reach. They do the job. I like that the drill has a magnet on the base to hold screws and such, pretty handy really. They seem to hold up well too. Good selection of accessories with that line up also. Unfortunately the lime green screams cheap, so there's not much of a resale value. I also find the drills I've used with the post style batteries (not sure if they've upgraded to the M18/newer Dewalt style batteries) to be heavy and unwieldy. If you're on a budget or don't want to spend a lot on a drill set Ryobi will get the job done.
  12. Just a thought. If created the book with rabbets or dados to create recesses for bolt and hinges and essential put veneer, a skin ( 1/4 thickness?)over the dados/ hardware. You could hide everything that way.
  13. Working in production shops will suck the creative life right out of you. But, this is a huge one, there are extremely valuable lessons to be learned in this type of environment. Learning how to be efficient, reading plans, troubleshooting skills, the experience/knowledge of other employees, learning how to make/use various jigs... The list goes on and on and on. But again it just depends on the shop (Guy 1 or 2). If you could go back to school, why not, you'll make more with a degree and of course the girls. If I could go to a WW school it would be North Benett St. in Boston. A close second would be the College of the Redwoods , it's hard to beat Northern California.
  14. Well thanks for the heads up. Maybe one day....*sigh I did! That's what lead me to the Miter Stitches. Blokkz seem somewhat larger, which could be a hinderance in some applications, albeit few and far between. I don't know the more I think about it... I think need both.
  15. What?!?!?! That's insanity. Correct me if I'm wrong but they were $40 for 8. I should of invested in those, I could of retired early.