I dont mean for specific tools but in general. With many of these brands now offering dozens of tools that use the same battery brand loyalty now makes sense from a logistics standpoint. What brands ecosystem do you buy into?
- Other (specify)
I’ve got a good Dewalt collection and been impressed with most everything, batteries are physically deteriorating (plastic) from age and still working, I’d continue to add to it before abandoning for another brand
When the 20v system came out I did punt all my 18v stuff as there’s a big performance difference
Whats the difference between the XR and the Atomic DeWalt stuff?
Oh shit , Amazon sells a brand of tools called DCK
Perfect for guys like @Belt-Fed
And @rjburk , he is also a dck
I have all the tools in the poll except Milwaukee. My dewalt stuff is kinda old and batteries went a few years back, i bought chinese knockoff batteries on amazon for 10 to 15 bucks each and they have worked fine. besides the originals are made in chine.
Being made in China use to be bad now it just depends on who made it to what specs in China. Milwaukee is madd in China as is Ridgid and Ryobi. I think a company named TTI owns all those brands but they employ some Americans still and there are quite a few assembly plants in the U.S. along with places to handle warranty stuff.
DeWalt in terms of manufacturing and production does seem to have more of a presence in America. They are pretty spread out too and have plants in China(I think) , Mexico, the U.S. , etc
I have a gut feeling that as China raises wages (which they are) and automated production gets cheaper we will see a shift back to American made stuff but it wont like it was. Wont really effect us too much outside of not supporting China
Plug in tool brands are many for me. But battery? Yeah, that’s different. When the mill was buying my tools they were most happy buying Milwaukee for me. But they go obsolete in a few years and for my personal use I need parts long after Milwaukee no longer had parts to sell. So I swapped to Makita. I had a 9.6v NiCad driver/drill of theirs for decades and when I got rid of it I could still get parts for it. The reason I got rid of it? I needed fresh rechargeables and just didn’t want to buy anymore old tech’ NiCads. I also swapped to Li-Ion batteries which are so much better.
My most recent tool was one of their chainsaws that uses 2 18v batteries. OK, many years ago (>50) I had the displeasure of using a plug in 110v chainsaw and it was the pits. The Makita has an 18" bar and is a capable saw. It’s not my gas powered saws, but unlike gas I don’t need hearing protection and no big production. I just grab it and go. The bar oil tank is kept full and the batteries are always topped off also. It isn’t a production saw but for what it is… well, I like it!
I have a handful of Makita 18V tools and have had great results with them
Well, I got a big set of Ryobi from Home Depot . Because it was a good price cause it was a bundle.
It also came free with an assistant named Flo
I am converting to communism guys , I joined the red army
Someone broke into my Ridgid packout boxes and stole some tools so I switched things up by getting a Jobsite backpack. Moved some of my tools to the trunk of my car also.
Snagged the impact and charger for a really good price, I paid about the same price for it as I would have a Ridgid , seemed like a no brainer.
Paint your tools lipstick pink and put lgbt stickers on them, should stop the theft issue
congrats on the tools
I live in Oregon that will attract the thieves
That hex driver impact busts lug nuts loose. I am surprised the torque didnt snap the 1/4" socket adapter.
Lug nuts with a 1/4" adapter?
What are they on?
The lug nuts are off my car they are torqued down to about 100 ft lbs. The impact driver had a 1/2" socket adapter ( the shaft of it being 1/4")
Its a torque wrenches job but this driver seems to handle it pretty well, ripped the lug nut right off
I need to quit just skiming some of these post . I read that as you were switching to communist guys and had to reread it