The Power Tools Thread

That's a fridge?!
Just an insulated box but for someone who already hauls around a Makpac stack it's probably great for keeping stuff a bit cooler, being Makita it should be decent. Or it's an easy way to get your lunch stolen maybe, if someone sees a Makpac and assumes there's an expensive tool inside. :LOL:
 
If only Makpac wasn't brittle flimsy shit.
 
If only Makpac wasn't brittle flimsy shit.
This is true, although I think they gain strength when stacked.

I have a few but only really use the one with my circular saw inside as I can fit all of the clamps, speed square, tape measure, batteries, etc. in the one box and take it around to the garage where I do most of my messy woodworking jobs. Plus it contains the dust well.

I haven't ordered the PDC01 yet, I could save money if I gambled on a 20% eBay discount code coming up in the next couple of weeks instead of the 15% that's running now. :hmm:
 
So…. I’m getting some basic shit so I can do things. Started with the Worx hammer drill/driver for the all important ceiling light installations. Next I believe I’ll get the cordless jigsaw as I’ll need to cut holes for a sink and cook top for my kitchen counters I’m putting in this weekend. Not looking forward to it, as my DIY skills are „make it done.“ and that’s it.
 
Not looking forward to it, as my DIY skills are „make it done.“ and that’s it.
Well the way I see it, if a power tool lets you do a better job within the limit of your patience then it was good value. I have limited patience in some situations so I got tools that help reduce the frustration.

Speaking of which, I hate having to go inside and grab another battery or being without a spare. As soon as the price of the XConnect XGT 40V adapter dropped slightly while the 15% discount is still in effect, I jumped on it and bought the PDC01 (which comes with an 18V x2 adapter included), a single 18V adapter and a 40V XGT adapter. The way I see it, as the product has been discontinued (and not replaced with an 18V equivalent) it should still keep its value if I find I don't use it enough.
 
Well the way I see it, if a power tool lets you do a better job within the limit of your patience then it was good value. I have limited patience in some situations so I got tools that help reduce the frustration.
Amen to that!

Thinking about getting a pressure washer for the driveway, terrace and whatever else I can think of. The German default is Kärcher, but I’m sort of thinking AVA because of some nice reviews by people as well as a 20y warranty (if you service the thing every 5y and register it all, fair enough).
 
I hadn't heard of AVA before, Kärcher is the default over here too. Never heard of a 20 year warranty either, I imagine in that time you'd replace the entire machine like Trigger's broom or maybe the warranty doesn't cover 'consumables'. Call me cynical :p . Looks like they've only been around for 8 years, so I'd honestly dis-count the warranty and just focus on the performance.

My Kärcher K2 was playing up the last time I used it, which was annoying. I was watching this video about battery pressure washers last night, potentially a good use for the Makita battery pack if I get a version of the little handheld one that uses those batteries or the bigger Makita. Pressure on the Makita isn't amazing, half that of the K2. Worse on the little handheld ones but for the Mazda it's more about effectively removing dust, snow foam and soap rather than blasting the paint off.

Warning: slightly annoying English person

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTb-mxh6ugc
Edit: I really wish Evolution had continued developing their Evo System and introduced an electric motor for either battery or mains use. The price still isn't bad but I don't want a petrol powered washer.
 
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petrol powered washer.
the what now? insane.
battery pressure washers
yeah... I am all for battery tools, but with a pressure washer I'm pulling a hose behind me anyway, right? So might as well put a power cord on it, I don't mind.
Looks like they've only been around for 8 years, so I'd honestly dis-count the warranty and just focus on the performance.
that is a good point, yeah. and I honestly assume that the 5-year service (each of which extends the warranty another 5y up to 20y total) you have to do (yourself or by an AVA associate) includes replacing anything that may be considered a consumable (like certain seals and stuff like that) or excludes things that will never survive 20 years anyway (like the plastic attachments and stuff).
 
I accidentally a socket set. These things happen when you work in a store that sells lots of red shiny things.

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Wonder if putting a Milwaukee socket on a Makita impact is legal.
 
Makita has a new inflator. The old DMP180 does 8.3 bars and 12 liters per minute. The new DMP181 does 11.1 bars and 22 liters respectively. IMO a no-brainer unless size is important to you because it's a bit bulkier. My DMP180 just got old and wrinkly.

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Also I got to witness someone trying to cut a simple 2x4 with an Einhell circular saw fitted with a 3Ah with about half a charge in it according to the LEDs. I'm not giving up my Makita gear just yet, let's just say.
 
Yet they still chose to leave a trigger on it, which baffles me. I'm happy with my DeWalt XR inflator, it works perfectly on Makita batteries.
 
Also I got to witness someone trying to cut a simple 2x4 with an Einhell circular saw fitted with a 3Ah with about half a charge in it according to the LEDs. I'm not giving up my Makita gear just yet, let's just say.
Yeah the cheaper saws are not great (ask me how I know). Coupled with the fact that the blades are pretty shit and go blunt super quickly, and you end up shit a pretty sad experience. I’ll have to exchange the blade on mine to something semi proper, to see how much of that is actually due to the crappy blade rather than the saw…
 
Yeah the cheaper saws are not great (ask me how I know). Coupled with the fact that the blades are pretty shit and go blunt super quickly, and you end up shit a pretty sad experience. I’ll have to exchange the blade on mine to something semi proper, to see how much of that is actually due to the crappy blade rather than the saw…

The blade does a lot. A bigger battery with more grunt also helps. Going from 4 to 6 Ah on my battered old Makita worked wonders.
 
Yet they still chose to leave a trigger on it, which baffles me.

If you leave it unattended and let it stop when its done, it’ll leak back out backwards through the pump and the tire will be flat when you finally remember and get back to it.
 
If you leave it unattended and let it stop when its done, it’ll leak back out backwards through the pump and the tire will be flat when you finally remember and get back to it.
That's happen precisely zero times for me, partly because it's so loud you can't miss it stopping and partly because I'm there for a particular purpose. While there probably is a small amount of leak back, there doesn't have to be if there's a decent one-way valve inside, I've never noticed it on the DeWilt. Certainly not a good enough excuse to get you to sit there and hold a trigger for minutes at a time.

The DeWart is also powerful enough that topping back up 1psi takes mere seconds if it had leaked a small amount, even on the Freelander or the Discovery.
 
I used a cheap off-brand inflator once where the trigger was an on/off toggle switch. Leave it running and it'll happily go brrrr until it figures it's done, at which point it shuts off and then starts leaking backwards.

Obviously a better quality inflator could have one-way valves and the like.
 
I used a cheap off-brand inflator once where the trigger was an on/off toggle switch. Leave it running and it'll happily go brrrr until it figures it's done, at which point it shuts off and then starts leaking backwards.
I have a Ring branded one around here somewhere that did have an LCD with an auto-off feature, somewhere along the line something burnt out inside so it's now just on or off. Strange fault, presumably there's a normally-on relay that gets triggered by the logic circuitry.
 
I have a Ring branded one around here somewhere that did have an LCD with an auto-off feature, somewhere along the line something burnt out inside so it's now just on or off. Strange fault, presumably there's a normally-on relay that gets triggered by the logic circuitry.
Also have a Ring, the RTC1000.

Can pump up a flat in 2 to 3mins.
 
Steve Ramsey, "Wood Working for Mere Mortals" posted a series of AI_generated images on Instagram, representing the evolution of a woodworking Youtuber, and it made me chuckle.

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The transition to nicer power tools...
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"Integrating CNC into [their] workflow"
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Oh oh...dabbling in resin pours, and "YouTuber Thumbnail Face"...
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So...many...sponsorships/ads...
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New shop tour!
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"With the new team, we quickly outgrow that shop...new shop tour again!"
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Inevitable "I bought every _____ on Wish/AliExpress/Temu" videos with unrelated clickbait-y thumbnails
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The inevitable burnout and/or apology video...
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