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Old 10-03-2012, 09:36 AM   #16
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can you recommend a cordless saw?


no its not a misprint. i bought a black and decker drill in February, and it kept letting go of the bit, so i returned it and purchased the Craftsman drill in a double package with the oscillating multi-tool. I bought it i believe in early march, and used it in the first trailer i bought, and ive used it several times in my new trailer, and it keeps its charge well. Its every bit of two weeks in between charges. of course right now im not doing anything heavy, just stuff like taking down shelves, removing cabinet doors, changing out cabinet hardware, changing doorknobs, and tightening miscellaneous screws around the house. the heavy stuff is coming in the rest of this month, and i guess we will see which drill holds up better, the Craftsman or the Ryobi.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:03 AM   #17
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" go to any job site" aside from drivers and drills you won't see a lot of cordless tools. Roof framers may have a saw up there for a few cuts, so they don't get tangled in cord. Judging a tool for DIYer's casual use, even on "big" chore, by what pros use all day long is like judging home first aid kit by Hospital Emergency room.

Judging an entire line because the only one you used was no good is not very reliable, you're probably not going to buy that brand again. The reverse is true too. One person may have a "Notorious Undependable Mark X" that no one else trusts, but have no problems.

Ironically, I did a kwik Google, several independent tests, Consumer Report, PM, etc had Craftsman drills in top rankings, a couple at #1.
Its just like a Chevy vs Ford argument.

First, i hope you got at least an 18 volt kit, Ryobi makes an in vehicle charger for that. $40. ( maybe for others) Don't let the batteries run all the way down when using, recharge when they start to get noticably weak, they will last a lot longer, take a higher charge and hold it longer.

If you do need new battery or a spare, consider the higher priced, twice as much for full size, lithium battery. It takes two Ryobi NiCads to weed eat my yard, just one of "half size" lithiums does it with some juice left over. The "Plus 1" charger works on both types, has a built in tester, and trickle charge.

If you do need new battery have yours rebuilt, or buy rebuilt. Cheaper than new and most re-builders routinely increase milliamp-hours, giving longer charge life. Pro'lly have to send battery to Big D, Humid H, or Bosie-Shreve.
Local HD may have service.

The flashlights are pretty handy, rotating light, heavy battery holds it in position.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:51 AM   #18
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yeah i bought the 18v kit, it came with two normal lithium batteries, but if the tools prove good i will buy the double-sized lithium. I like the flashlight because it so bright and the rotating head, because i need to do alot of work inside cabinets, and that flashlight should brighten it up a lot in there.
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Sorry did not intend to imply 1 brand was better or worse all I meant was to try to match the tool to the work, heavy load-heavy tool. And I guess I did a poor job. And when I said job site I should have clarified remodels or medium sized sites because that is what i'm familiar with. And yes with-in the last few years there are a lot go cordless tools on site.
Back to topic it sounds like you have chosen a good tool for what you want to do. No matter what brand or what anyone else says if you have something and it is working for you, and you are happy with it, then it is right.
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Sorry, Tool, did not intend to imply that you were Brand snob, or idiot. "match the tool to the work"
I started out in Dad's cabinet shop, at 12, doing some real work on actual jobs I mean, he started giving me real tools instead of toy ones when mot kids get they toy ones. When i went out on my own I did additions, foundation to roof. Inside and out. Then as I matured, went into just remodels. then as I got older i went into cabinet/furniture shop, lighter materials, tools were machines not carry around. Benches for heavy stuff. As I got old I did furniture and antique repair, smaller machines lighter tools, much lighter materials, especially worm eaten antiques with delicate moldings. Now finally getting around to own home projects, using many 'lower end" brands, even some from that place down by the docks, that gives away flashlights and tape measures, whose motto should be "Where the customer is quality control."
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thanks for all of the advice. The reciprocating saw worked perfect, it took maybe two minutes to cut out the old floor, and then put down the new one with screws. I replaced the parquet that my dad put in it originally and now its perfect. Renters signed the lease today.
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