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Offline James Watriss

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Impact driver... Please?
« on: May 31, 2011, 11:14 AM »
My Makita's still alive, but batteries are killing me, they're so expensive.

Really drooling over the protool impact, which obviously is NAINA.

Can't Festool just rebrand the protool impact and get it over here already?

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Offline jmbfestool

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Re: Impact driver... Please?
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2011, 11:59 AM »
Yay!  Another person who has battery problems with Makita!  Hey only 1 person (Mat D on FOG)  I know out of MANY I know in person and 1 or 2 on fog who have had battery/charger problems with Makita and your just adding to the many list!


Talking about it on this topic
http://festoolownersgroup.com/other-tool-reviews/makita-18-volt-lxt-lithium-ion-combo-drill-and-impact/msg155418/#msg155418


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Offline James Watriss

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Re: Impact driver... Please?
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2011, 01:43 PM »
To be fair, it's an old school NiMh powered unit.

Batteries are still expensive though.

That said, having read that thread I'll steer clear of the new Makitas...

Offline Mat D

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Re: Impact driver... Please?
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2011, 02:03 PM »
Tis true, I am the only one who is so far on the same batteries and charger on two sets.... I'm like some urban legend?
I bet they'll pack up now! hehe

Noticed Axminster are doing a branded battery for Makita..

38736-0

£49.96 Inc VAT here in the UK....

As and when I indulge in one I'll report back...

Offline Nigel

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Re: Impact driver... Please?
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2011, 02:53 PM »
   Add another to the list.Never had any problems with any Makita tool!I've had the 18v LXT 2 or 3 years,been really good.I've still got an old NiMh that still works[just] must be 7 years old.All other Makitas have been rock solid.

I didn't know so many folks had problems with LXT.

Maybe it's a volume thing I mean they must be the biggest sellers of 18v lithium by far?So stands to reason there are more problems overall.I don't know just I've always rated Makita....

Offline Brice Burrell

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Re: Impact driver... Please?
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2011, 03:28 PM »
My Makita's still alive, but batteries are killing me, they're so expensive.

Really drooling over the protool impact, which obviously is NAINA.

Can't Festool just rebrand the protool impact and get it over here already?

I talked with Christian about rebranding some of the Protool tools and he said they're looking into that idea.  Also, there was a Festool impact prototype making the rounds a years ago.  I bet we see one sooner or later, hopefully sooner.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
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Offline Wonderwino

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Re: Impact driver... Please?
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2011, 04:28 PM »
 [crying] I gave up waiting on Festool and bought a little Bosch 12v.  It works great for what I'm using it for.
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Offline Ken Nagrod

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Re: Impact driver... Please?
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2011, 04:43 PM »
[crying] I gave up waiting on Festool and bought a little Bosch 12v.  It works great for what I'm using it for.

Alex,

I just got word a team was dispatched from Lebanon HQ to rough you up. Have fun!  [thumbs up] [thumbs up]

Offline fdengel

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Re: Impact driver... Please?
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2011, 07:28 AM »
I've had one of the Ryobi impact drivers since before I'd owned any of the Festools.

I don't really see a need to replace that particular tool; not something I use all that frequently, and the one I have works great when I do use it...

On the other hand, I've been surpised by Festool offerings before in unexpected ways...

 8)


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Offline Wonderwino

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Re: Impact driver... Please?
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2011, 09:17 AM »
[crying] I gave up waiting on Festool and bought a little Bosch 12v.  It works great for what I'm using it for.

Alex,

I just got word a team was dispatched from Lebanon HQ to rough you up. Have fun!  [thumbs up] [thumbs up]

  They could bring me back in the fold if they talk nice and bear green gifts. 
Water separates the people of the world; wine unites them.

Offline justinmcf

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Re: Impact driver... Please?
« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2011, 05:25 PM »
hi james.

i have just found this thread.

with regards to the protool.

protool do have an impact wrench.
they do not have an impact driver.

i have tested the impact wrench over a one week period and it failed miserably for onsite construction work.
if you are a steel framer, just maybe you would use this tool, with  5/16 and  3/8 socket bits for screwing tech screws.

i have built a few steel framed houses and the one thing i require is my impact driver to be light.
the protool impact wrench is 2.3kg or 5lbs.
this tool is no light weight.

i do agree that the protool range should be made available in the u.s.
protool have an awesome range of tools for heavy duty construction work.
like festool, dust extraction is an integral part of the system.
i have been purchasing protools just as long as i have been purchasing festools (11 years).
and they have never let me down.

i would love to see a protool reciprocating saw (sawzall).
and an impact driver.
i am sure we will see some new toys in the not too distant future.

justin.

Offline GhostFist

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Re: Impact driver... Please?
« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2011, 08:17 PM »
You mean YOU'll see some new toys