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    Default Harbor Freight Angle Grinder

    Okay, the thread title was a ruse.
    Sshhhhhhhh!!!
    This is the actual secret "Man's Thread" where we can talk about guns, cars, tools, beer, etc.......
    We will NOT be discussing curtains, cats or wine, and when
    we need snacks, we'll pilfer 'em from the decoy "man thread".
    I almost made the title "Harbor Freight Coupons", but then realized
    the word "coupon" would attract every woman within 25,000 miles.

    So I'm in the market for a new cordless drill/impact kit.
    I'm leaning towards a Makita brushless set.
    I currently have a Milwaukee, but the impact crapped out and
    since I can't find the receipt, Milwaukee won't honor the warranty.
    So me and Milwaukee are now divorced.
    What brand of cordless do you prefer?

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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Angle Grinder

    Quote Originally Posted by Huckleberry View Post
    Okay, the thread title was a ruse.
    Sshhhhhhhh!!!
    This is the actual secret "Man's Thread" where we can talk about guns, cars, tools, beer, etc.......
    We will NOT be discussing curtains, cats or wine, and when
    we need snacks, we'll pilfer 'em from the decoy "man thread".
    I almost made the title "Harbor Freight Coupons", but then realized
    the word "coupon" would attract every woman within 25,000 miles.

    So I'm in the market for a new cordless drill/impact kit.
    I'm leaning towards a Makita brushless set.
    I currently have a Milwaukee, but the impact crapped out and
    since I can't find the receipt, Milwaukee won't honor the warranty.
    So me and Milwaukee are now divorced.
    What brand of cordless do you prefer?
    stihl or craftsman
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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Angle Grinder

    I am a Carpenter Field foreman/ service tech for a fire/water mitigation and restoration company. I have been running Makita for 10 years with zero issues. I have not made the transition to brushless.

    Let me know what you think if you go for it.
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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Angle Grinder

    Bosch, Porter Cable, DeWalt
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    i've heard Ryobi is the only company that has kept the battery design the same, no planned obsolescence.
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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Angle Grinder

    My old cordless died about two years ago. I saw a review for a new model in Fine Woodworking. Then I saw the same model on sale (about 40% off) at the local tool vendor, so I bought it and have been very pleased.

    It's a Bosch 18V Li-ion. It charges quickly and holds a charge for months in between uses.
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    Almost all the power tools that I've bought in the last couple of years have been Ridgid from Home Depot. You can't beat a lifetime unlimited warranty that includes batteries for cordless tool sets. The warranty is registered online so you don't have to worry about losing receipts.

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    I like the thread title, the "vimin" will never find us here!
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    What the...?!!

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    M18.......
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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Angle Grinder

    I actually own a harbor freight angle grinder... So now I'm like...
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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Angle Grinder

    I dont really have a recommendation but my old line of work used to put me in contact with contractors and they always seem to have Makita power tools. One even had makita posters up on his shop wall.. I remember because they always had a Makita girl on them..

    In case u guys have never seen a Makita girl before...

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    Harbor Freight is a manly man's store and it is the stinkiest store I have been in a cross between rubber tires and tar they put on roof smell. I've only been in the store a couple of times...bought my tool box there.

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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Angle Grinder

    Oh yeah power tools I like Black and Decker...

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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Angle Grinder

    I quit home yuck in school and switched to woodworking class. I've made some furniture in my younger days.

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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Angle Grinder

    I'm great at demo work too. Took out tile in a bathroom, knocked out a wall in my home, took popcorn of the ceiling and gave it a smooth finish.

    There is something about beating the stuffing out of an inanimate object with a hammer or tearing something down or out to help get your frustrations out.

    Was great at the demo work but had to hire in help to put things back together.... I'm more of a smash and bash gal.

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    I don't have any experience with the hammer drills, as I don't really need one... I've heard they are great for driving long screws in decking. They are irritatingly noisy for everything else.

    I bought a really nice Hitachi Lith ion drill a while back, and had both batteries crap out on it in about a year, with very little use at all. Replacement batteries were going to be a bunch... maybe seventy dollars each? Can't remember exactly, but it was way too much.

    I went back to the old standby deWalt, NiCad 18V. It's been rockin along for a couple of years now, and it's been boringly reliable. I can get the hammer drill for that battery system if I want, for about 70 bucks, I think...

    I've heard good things about Bosch, and I have quite a few other tools by PorterCable, just not a drill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lightbearer View Post
    I am a Carpenter Field foreman/ service tech for a fire/water mitigation and restoration company. I have been running Makita for 10 years with zero issues. I have not made the transition to brushless.

    Let me know what you think if you go for it.
    I picked up a Milwaukee brushless kit a little over
    four years ago, which has a five-year warranty.
    It's the best cordless kit I've ever had.......until.......
    about eight months ago the impact started malfunctioning.
    It would quit working intermittently, and gradually got worse.
    If you removed the battery and put it back in, it would resume functioning.
    Then it developed a new problem.
    It wouldn't change direction unless you
    removed the battery and put it back in.
    That's when I finally sent it in for servicing.

    A few days later they sent an email
    saying my warranty claim was denied
    because I didn't have proof of purchase
    and the serial number was unreadable.
    They offered to repair it for $118.
    At that point I'm pretty ticked, and basically
    swore off Milwaukee products, but I've
    still got a perfectly good drill, charger,
    and two good batteries, however I need an impact.

    Well, rather than spending $450 on the Makita kit
    I've been eyeing, I found this on HD dot com for $99,
    which will make my kit complete again, plus give me
    another (albeit smaller) battery, charger, and bag.
    So I'm going to buy it with the caveat that it
    is the last Milwaukee product I will ever buy.
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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Angle Grinder

    Quote Originally Posted by Huckleberry View Post
    I picked up a Milwaukee brushless kit a little over
    four years ago, which has a five-year warranty.
    It's the best cordless kit I've ever had.......until.......
    .
    I've used friend's Milwuakees and Dewaults drills. I think they are better. When I started with Makita I bought it because of the torque the drill had with it. The compact drill came with more bang for the buck so I went with it and built my kit from it. I have 7 batteries now. It would be hard for me to justify switching at this point.

    I have not had any issues, but if I could justify getting another kit from one of those brands I mentioned I would.
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    Default Re: Harbor Freight Angle Grinder

    Makita makes good drills as well. I have one that is over 10 years old and is still going strong.
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