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Ha, funny you should say that about the squeaking. I did notice the same on all of my Metabo drills.

They are excellent drills in my opinion though and they have the added bonus that the centrotec fits on them. Also the latest model I got - the SB 18 LTX BL Q I - has a very impressive trigger. By far the most sensitive trigger I have ever encountered in any drill. You can literally drive a screw in with 1 rpm in the fastest setting without any trouble. For some reason it seems much easier to dose especially in the lower regions as the SB 18 LTX BL Quick I had before.

Too bad for me they just released a new 3 speed model (which goes up to 3800 rpm) two weeks after I got my new one. Ha :)
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Yes, that ability to gently drive a screw is probably a reprogramming of the electronic speed/torque control.
It is great to have. I am not sure about the three speed drill. SB = SchlagBohrer = Percussion drill. It does add weight and noise. I prefer BS  [big grin].
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Other Tools & Accessories / Re: Bosch to Compete Against Saw Stop
« Last post by Dovetail65 on Today at 01:29 AM »
The above comments that mention the KKK weren't meant to imply that Gass or Sawstop were bigots. The KKK comment was an analogy.


The analogy was that the KKK and its members have committed acts that numerous people consider morally reprehensible, and some people chose not to support businesses that are owned by, or support, the KKK because of this.

Steve Gass, the founder of Sawstop, after patenting "his" technology, tried to use lawsuits against manufacturers, and have legislation passed, to try force and coerce, manufacturers and the public to purchase "his" technology, even when those manufacturers and individuals may not want to, and people also find this morally reprehensible, and may choose not to purchase Sawstop saws, or other items that contain Technology from Gass because of this.

Thanks RIP, you can read! I appreciate it.

My lord of course not, where does it say I ever called them bigots or anything else. It was an extreme example  I thought I had to use to make people understand the point. A couple guys said oh yeah 100% we should not care about the owners views since the tool is so good. I had to try to put a stop to that train of thought ASAP. I feel the  owners actions are important in a purchase decision and should be for everyone. Even if we have to purchase products some may consider not quite as good as the company with the owners we philosophically oppose might sell.


I'll get into a little on why I don't like the Sawstop owners, but come on, everyone knows the story. He is a control freak that tried to use the rationale of safety when it was and is really all about money. Just say, "I wanted to change the law so I could make more money" and I would respect the guy a whole lot more. And this isn't even personal, its the business actions I base my statements on. The court case and its proceedings and the interviews and articles over the years are what made me feel the way I do. I am sure the guy is fine to go drink a beer with as most people are if you don't get into their business dealings and political or religious backgrounds.
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The above comments that mention the KKK weren't meant to imply that Gass or Sawstop were bigots. The KKK comment was an analogy.


The analogy was that the KKK and its members have committed acts that numerous people consider morally reprehensible, and some people chose not to support businesses that are owned by, or support, the KKK because of this.

Steve Gass, the founder of Sawstop, after patenting "his" technology, tried to use lawsuits against manufacturers, and have legislation passed, to try force and coerce, manufacturers and the public to purchase "his" technology, even when those manufacturers and individuals may not want to, and people also find this morally reprehensible, and may choose not to purchase Sawstop saws, or other items that contain Technology from Gass because of this.
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Hand Tools / Re: Chisel strategies
« Last post by derekcohen on Today at 12:24 AM »
Buck Brothers!  I still have a couple of those for when I do site work and have to do something stupid and ill advised.  And a Buck Brothers plane blade was also how I first started practicing my sharpening skills...Those blades are thin enough to be cabinet shims.

@derekcohen
Are you currently hollow grinding your chisels at 30 degrees on the wheel, and then doing the sideways freehand sharpening on the stones for a microbevel at the same 30 degrees?  I think I read that in one of your articles, but I know you have updated your techniques over time.
  The reason I ask is that I bought a Tormek a few weeks ago but have not had time to try it out and have no experience with hollow grinding.
   I have a set of the lower priced Fujikawas that I initially ground at a straight 25 degree bevel with no microbevel, and one in particular kept chipping.  I thought it was maybe my lack of skill, but I am going to try using the Tormek and change to the 30 degrees and see if it helps.  I also recently purchased a few of the Veritas chisels and want to try and get it figured out before doing anything to them.  I do have a few Home Depot buck brothers and will probably practice on those first.

I hollow grind all chisels at 30 degrees, and then freehand sharpen on the hollow.

Sharpening any bench chisel at 25 degrees - especially Japanese bench chisels - is asking for a chipped edge when the chisel is used with a mallet. Japanese bench chisels are designed to be hit with a gennou. The impact placed more stress on the blade edge than paring with hand pressure.

Although some frown on the practice of hollow grinding a Japanese chisel, I do this all the time with the Tormek. The wet grind prevents damage to the hard steel, and I have not had any chipping result (as long as the edge is 30 degrees - more if hammering into very hard wood).

Regards from Perth

Derek
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Classifieds / Re: FastFix Chucks
« Last post by Bhend18 on Yesterday at 11:56 PM »
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Classifieds / Re: DeWalt Brushless Drywall Screw Gun
« Last post by Bhend18 on Yesterday at 11:55 PM »
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Ask Festool / Re: Used Kapex
« Last post by Cheese on Yesterday at 10:57 PM »
I would not buy it.  Buy a Dewalt or Bosch.  Search Kapex Motor failure on this site,  buying a Kapex out of warranty is not a good idea.

Hmmmm...well this sounds vaguely familiar as I've editorialized recently about the dramatic change in attitudes from long standing respected members of the FOG ...so once again...a respected member of the FOG turns state evidence...will this never end @TylerC ?

Well of course it won't..........not until Festool Corporate does do-diligence and does the right thing. There are lots of options available.

The right thing could be a product recall...the right thing could be a Kapex product improvement/enhancement...the right thing could also be as simple as a response from Festool Corporate as to their findings on their Kapex investigation and their on-going investigation and what their recommendations are. All these things work and would be cheered by the Festool faithful, however...as of now, radio silence. That pretty much says it all.

Buyer beware.... [crying] [sad] [crying]
http://festoolownersgroup.com/festool-tool-reviews/festool-quality/msg511002/?topicseen#msg511002
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Ask Festool / Re: Used Kapex
« Last post by kevinculle on Yesterday at 10:49 PM »
I bought a used (2009 vintage) Kapex with UG cart and extensions two years ago for about $1,000 less than the then new cost.  I've used it extensively since being careful to feed it from a 20A circuit in my shop, but I've also used it on site on a 15A dedicated circuit.  It's a pleasure to use and especially to transport as compared to competitive saws.  All of the "Kapexgate" motor worries arose subsequent to my purchase, but I figure if I become unlucky I can cover two or three repairs on the used saw savings.  YMMV!
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Festool Tool Reviews / Re: Best blade for Kapex
« Last post by Schultz on Yesterday at 10:41 PM »
I know there will be those who disagree with me I really like the oshlun blades from amazon. I install cabinets and frequently during install cut screws hidden from sight. Often the trim is stapled or nailed together and when you are cutting it you hit nails. I have a dewalt track saw, a hk 55 and a kapex. Using a expensive blade and hitting those things is out of the question. The oshlun blades have given me good service for the last 3 years and I highly recommend them. I always get flawless cuts until they wear out and at around $25 for a blade for the track saw and 56 or so for the kapex much more affordable.
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Other Tools & Accessories / Re: Bosch to Compete Against Saw Stop
« Last post by grbmds on Yesterday at 10:21 PM »
I didn't know that the Sawstop owner was a bigot or maybe I wouldn't have bought the product. I guess that means that people know what each and every company stands for ideologically when buying a tool? I freely admit I don't and, unless they have made a political, racial, or some other statement related to world status, I buy tools because they are great tools or a better value or they just are plain useful to me. I was at the Handworks Tool show last weekend and I can't think of any of the tool makers that I asked about his political or social views. They made great tools and that was the important thing. A guy protecting his patents isn't sufficient for me not buy a great tool. He's just a guy protecting his business interests; in other words, kind of a normal business man trying to remain successful.
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