Members Login
Username 
 
Password 
    Remember Me  
Post Info TOPIC: Electric Power Tools? Any suggestions?


CERTIFIED POST WHORE

Status: Offline
Posts: 15461
Date:
Electric Power Tools? Any suggestions?


Well we're in the era of battery powered everything! The kids are all switching to battery powered ratchets and impacts...

Having purchased a DeWalt set of power tools one Christmas I was surprised with the mini-impact and other stuff... now as I understand they got electric impacting ratchets with no hoses! 

And some are even as powerful as the air tools!

Anyone in here have any advice on electric power tools in terms of ratchets and impacts? Brands? Personal experiences? Prices?



__________________

What is to give light must endure burning -- Viktor Frankl

 

 



UNSTOPPABLE!

Status: Offline
Posts: 5965
Date:

I have Milwukee stuff. I use my 1/4 Milwaukee ratchet several times per day and love it. I never use my 1/4 air ratchet anymore... At some point I'll probably pick up the 3/8 one too.

Last year I was in the market for a chainsaw and was almost ready to pull the trigger on a 2 stroke Echo, but ended up getting the Milwaukee electric one. I'm glad I did, now I never have to worry about gas going stale, pull rope breaking, or carb diaphragms drying out, I just slam a battery in it and push the button. It's quiet too, and the equivalent of a 40cc gas one which is perfect for home use in most cases.

At this point I have 2 Milwaukee drills, an impact driver, the chainsaw, their cordless sawzall, air ratchet, cordless weed whip and pole saw with an assortment of 12v and 18v red lithium batteries and a rapid charger for home and standard one for work. Oh, and almost forgot, I have their nicest radio which I use for Pandora in the garage at home, the sound quality is awesome.

__________________

ukraine-flag-nomonkey-b - QRZ NOW - Ham Radio News



FAR BEYOND DRIVEN

Status: Offline
Posts: 4760
Date:

The "new wave" of electric-power-tools is just that, as passing fad perhaps... They are convenient from a certain POV, but don't doubt that when the battery someday fails, ( and it will fail ) you won't be able to replace it, since the "new model" has a different battery, & won't fit up.

You're also in debt to have to purchase a 2nd battery, so that you can have one always on charge. And pricing here in Oz is quite expensive on this stuff.

The folks I recently worked with were all generally using Milwaukee

I call a "red-flag" on this stuff personally.

I wouldn't bother at all should you already own & use an air-compressor & have air-tools. And an air-compressor re-fills in minutes, whilst a battery takes hours to recharge.

* If it has to be electric, I'd get the "plug-in-the-wall-power-socket" variety every-time...You can get a 20-meter electric extension chord for around $10:00 here in Oz...How much does a battery for the "new wave" electric tools cost ?...And something running on 240-volts or 110-volts is going to crank-out more power than a battery-pack 18-volt system, though they get the job done, at a price...



-- Edited by Rastus on Friday 11th of February 2022 04:40:21 PM

__________________

"Only an alert & knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial & military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods & goals, so that security & liberty may prosper together".    Dwight D.Eisenhower.



CERTIFIED POST WHORE

Status: Offline
Posts: 15461
Date:

PowerStroker wrote:

I have Milwukee stuff. I use my 1/4 Milwaukee ratchet several times per day and love it. I never use my 1/4 air ratchet anymore... At some point I'll probably pick up the 3/8 one too.

Last year I was in the market for a chainsaw and was almost ready to pull the trigger on a 2 stroke Echo, but ended up getting the Milwaukee electric one. I'm glad I did, now I never have to worry about gas going stale, pull rope breaking, or carb diaphragms drying out, I just slam a battery in it and push the button. It's quiet too, and the equivalent of a 40cc gas one which is perfect for home use in most cases.

At this point I have 2 Milwaukee drills, an impact driver, the chainsaw, their cordless sawzall, air ratchet, cordless weed whip and pole saw with an assortment of 12v and 18v red lithium batteries and a rapid charger for home and standard one for work. Oh, and almost forgot, I have their nicest radio which I use for Pandora in the garage at home, the sound quality is awesome.


 

Milwaukee is what the kid uses too... he had them here for a few months and I was rather impressed with the performance! Seemed even a little better than my DeWalt but that might have just been because it had red accents and that ever so cool "red lithium" name! LOL, it sort of makes you think of the "Red Matter" from the Star Trek movie! LOL

I agree 100% on the electric chainsaw too! Had the exact same thing happen where I needed one and with my rebates and card membership points I got a Craftsman electric (wall plug in with extension cord style) for under $50! It's all that I need for cutting up fallen limbs and logs alike! Plus just like you said, I plug it in and no BS... I rather miss the noise, but I'm sure my neighbors don't. There is no doubt a lumber-jack or someone getting up in a tree will want gas powered, but I'm no lumberjack and I'm not cutting down any big trees! I have no doubts my electric one would cut down a small tree... but a big one would be more than it could handle...

Most of my stuff is DeWalt because I purchased with the intention of using it for home repairs and stuff, but I really got to liking the electric mini-impact and was finding myself using it whenever I could. The kid took his to his new job... once I got him certified he was off making the big bucks... there is no loyalty in the business! 



__________________

What is to give light must endure burning -- Viktor Frankl

 

 



CERTIFIED POST WHORE

Status: Offline
Posts: 15461
Date:

Rastus wrote:

The "new wave" of electric-power-tools is just that, as passing fad perhaps... They are convenient from a certain POV, but don't doubt that when the battery someday fails, ( and it will fail ) you won't be able to replace it, since the "new model" has a different battery, & won't fit up.

You're also in debt to have to purchase a 2nd battery, so that you can have one always on charge. And pricing here in Oz is quite expensive on this stuff.

The folks I recently worked with were all generally using Milwaukee

I call a "red-flag" on this stuff personally.

I wouldn't bother at all should you already own & use an air-compressor & have air-tools. And an air-compressor re-fills in minutes, whilst a battery takes hours to recharge.

* If it has to be electric, I'd get the "plug-in-the-wall-power-socket" variety every-time...You can get a 20-meter electric extension chord for around $10:00 here in Oz...How much does a battery for the "new wave" electric tools cost ?...And something running on 240-volts or 110-volts is going to crank-out more power than a battery-pack 18-volt system, though they get the job done, at a price...

 


 

You have to understand how nice it is not to have an air hose in your way all the time... plus not having to worry about it hanging off the side of the car, or in some tight spots the air hose making it even tighter! Battery powered works nice for the small and medium bolts, but no doubt for the heavy stuff you'll be busting out the air impact! 

Seems most of the auto guys are going with the Milwaukee. You're right about battery styles changing and charging times however they have improved... if you keep a few batteries you'd probably be good to go all day. 

Last night I was pricing some stuff and it ain't cheap for the good stuff! I think I was feeling about the same as you after the sticker shock and decided to just purchase an extra battery for my existing Dewalt stuff ($50) and a used SnapOn air FAR72B knuckle buster stick for $85.

I'm also on the fence about a new pair of SnapOn Diagnal cutters (On sale for $56), some over priced SnapOn air motor oil ($19) and a replacement 16mm Snap On 3/8 swivel ($60). 

Don't know if I'm ready yet to spend upwards of $300-$500 for an electric ratchet, but I think I'd go with the Milwaukee brand and slowly make the switch since the ratchet batteries are a different style anyway.



__________________

What is to give light must endure burning -- Viktor Frankl

 

 



FAR BEYOND DRIVEN

Status: Offline
Posts: 4760
Date:

Check-out "Stahl-Wille" tools...They are easily the best in the world imo...

With the over-inflated US-of-A dollar at the moment, you could be buying the best tools in the world at about 1/2 the price of Snap-On.


www.stahlwille-americas.com/en/downloads/printed-catalogues/

__________________

"Only an alert & knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial & military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods & goals, so that security & liberty may prosper together".    Dwight D.Eisenhower.



CERTIFIED POST WHORE

Status: Offline
Posts: 15461
Date:

I downloaded their catalog.. I'll take a look... I swear the design of their "spanners" are almost the same as the ones found in the US issue tool kits found near the spare tire on late model W126 560 Mercedes-Benz. 

Speaking of "spanner" wrenches, I needed to get a new SAE 1/2 Snap-On wrench, as I've been using this worn craftsman for years now... look at what I bought

goldsnapon.jpg

 

It was just a few bucks more than a used one with some serious pitting so I figured what the hell! lol

It's going to be a conversation piece I know it! And I'm actually going to hang that with my chrome set of Snap-On wrenches on the wall, and use it like any other wrench! LOL

 



Attachments
__________________

What is to give light must endure burning -- Viktor Frankl

 

 



CERTIFIED POST WHORE

Status: Offline
Posts: 15461
Date:

Also seen some nice Air Cat ratchets but man, they are pretty expesive too! $300+ dollars! 

I know PowerStroker was saying they make good air tools, but WOW... they aren't cheap either!

Here is to hoping my FAR72B does not need a rebuild when it arrives...



__________________

What is to give light must endure burning -- Viktor Frankl

 

 



FAR BEYOND DRIVEN

Status: Offline
Posts: 4760
Date:

Snap-on are great tools, just grossly, way-over-priced IMO...But their warranty is OK, as long as you're still buying-stuff from the Snap-On man when his truck arrives lol !

Stahl-Wille by contrast don't offer a warranty ( well maybe a limited one on some stuff ), since their tools are designed to bend, rather than break when over-stressed. So they're safety oriented...

Stahl-Wille also offer top-end spanners & stuff for the aero-space-industry, that are likely even more expensive than Snap-On, so be careful where/what you read in the catalog.

You can only appreciate just how excellent a Stahl-Wille spanner is over anything else once you have one in your hand, & start using them...Especially the larger-sized items of say 36mm & above, where their comfort & super-light-weight really shine.

All that said, every company makes a "dud" somewhere, but I've yet to find a dud yet with Stahl-Wille.

Since I have both Snap-On & Stahl-Wille tools, I can honestly say that Stahl-Wille shits all-over anything as far as spanners go. They're super comfortable, & are designed that you can go to your maximum-effort, without the tool hurting your hands. Snap-On by design does not allow for this, though they look great. Snap-On does have the edge imo where sockets are concerned. They are strong & last really well. That said, I only use single-hex sockets, so they last, & can take punishment for a long time.

__________________

"Only an alert & knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial & military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods & goals, so that security & liberty may prosper together".    Dwight D.Eisenhower.

Page 1 of 1  sorted by
 
Quick Reply

Please log in to post quick replies.



Create your own FREE Forum
Report Abuse
Powered by ActiveBoard