Weekend upgrade

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Blog entry by scottb posted 05-14-2007 05:20 AM 1040 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Did a bit of unplanned shopping today. Had to pick up a book for some hints on redoing a set of stairs this week. New oak treads, risers, double rails with 24 spindles on each side and open (that’s right open) beneath! No kneewall, or partial boxing in to allow myself to run the spindles down to a diagonal piece… just drywall to box in the existing supports…. but I digress.

So while I was searching for that book…. I’ve been hankering for a new drill, rather an impact driver, after all these months of using my 14.4 volt Hitachi to attach metal studs, my right forearm is knotted like a thick rope, and about as limber as a rock. A lighter impact driver (like Dad’s been using) seems to be in order. The new Makita LiIon ones look pretty sweet, but at a hefty price. The 18V was listed at $324 retail. Between $200 and $300+ online. Sears had a set, 19.2 Drill and Impact Driver (NiCad) for about $100, but I wasn’t sure about that, I’m looking to loose the bulk, and wouldn’t you know it, but today I found one Makita kit, – Driver, 2 batteries and charger for A bit over $200, the drill itself was $199. The batteries were virtually free!

Not to mention I’ve got a bump in power, a 25% drop in weight, and 75% speed increase on recharge! Oh Dad’s gonna be jealous. Lets hope my arm notices the difference and decides to “thank me.”

I also picked up a new cordless bradnailer (with 2 batteries!) My old one either walked off the job, or was left at the last one… which is fine with me (more or less) as it was on it’s last legs, and you can’t get new batteries for it anymore. I almost got one of those new “quart size” personal compressor tanks (CO 2 bottle) but after 3 refills, the battery option just made more sense. I only use one of these for a few hours a week. Lugging around a compressor of any size just doesn’t make sense.

A new smaller Shopvac came home with me as well. Now the big one doesn’t have to try to squeeze up the cellar stairs.

Also spent a bit of the weekend clearing out space in the shop. Made enough room to actually walk around and film the shop tour. (Editing is currently underway). Nothing like being able to use my digital camera to make movies. Thankfully my Mac comes with just about everything I need to get that job done rather painlessly. I think I”ll get a real video recorder, or “hire” a cameraman if I’m going to make a habit of these. Fun weekend in all though… ok, now back to the cutting room…

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#1 posted 05-14-2007 05:29 AM

Decisions…desicisions…desicions, isn’t if fun! Nothing like shopping for new tools.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#2 posted 05-14-2007 05:32 AM

Mmmmm…. Tools…. Congrats, Scott. I bet you will be creating reasons to use them. I know I would. Looking forward to the shop tour so we can see your new stuff.

I played with a LiIon impact driver at a tool show once. It wasn’t the Makita but it was empowering to drive a quarter inch screw through angle iron like it was a piece of plastic.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#3 posted 05-14-2007 05:34 AM

Sounds like a good weekend.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 05-14-2007 05:40 AM

Not only is that Makita nice and little, the 18V battery is half the size of a NiCad… this driver is also quieter than Dad’s Ryobi – he essentially bought that one as a throwaway, and now that he needs a new battery, maybe he will.

At least my “old drill” has plenty of life in it, and can retire to the basement shop permanently, and live a much, much longer life than otherwise….

Also, the Nailer, came with a “free” 18V drill. Upgrades and freebies galore!

Did you ever agonize over getting this or that… and end up comprimising, only to feel like you didn’t get exactly what you wanted? Today was (uncharacteristically) NOT one of those days. I got the lot. Yipee!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#5 posted 05-14-2007 05:49 AM

It sounds to me like you were in paradise today. ;)

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 05-14-2007 05:57 AM

Scottb wrote: “Did you ever agonize over getting this or that… and end up comprimising, only to feel like you didn’t get exactly what you wanted?”

How many times I cannot tell you….

-- John

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#7 posted 05-14-2007 05:46 PM

quite the Mother’s Day present you got yourself :)
Sounds like it was a lot of fun – with good results.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#8 posted 05-14-2007 06:19 PM

Scott, I wish I had known that you were looking for an impact. I have a Makita 9v. that is much smaller than your 18v. and as of yet have I ever ran out of battery by using both and I have used it to build metal stud walls all day. I also use it for running decking screws and I haven’t ever ran out of battery because of the two batteries and it’s quick charge. The small size is what I like about it.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#9 posted 05-15-2007 12:25 AM

Smaller than the 18? I didn’t see any lesser options at either of the big boxes near me. Might have saved me a couple bucks, but after using this one all day, I don’t regret the purchase. It’s quieter at arms length than Dads Ryobi is across the room!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#10 posted 05-15-2007 12:47 AM

Scott, I recently bought the Makita ion 18v driver, love it. Love the light weight, the power and the super speed fan cooled charger. I think you made an excellent choice.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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