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Old 06-10-2019, 08:44 PM   #21
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First-off, couple things we need to get straight. The batteries can be backwards compatible, just get adapters. Dewalt sells adapters and third party vendors make adapters for other brands. And some brands of lithium power tools work with the old batteries and vice versa like ryobi or ridgid.

When I switched from nicd to lithium with my makita stuff I bought some adapters to use my old nicd tools with the new batteries. Then when I was ready to get lithium tools I relegated the nicd tools with adapters to my shed at home with a couple generic batteries.

Second, the batteries aren't even brand exclusive anymore, you can get adapters for using different brand batteries with different brand tools.


I have all cordless lithium makita stuff. Bandsaw, sawzall, skilsaw, fein tool, angle grinder, small hilti, drill, impact, work lights(which can also take 14v or plug in), and even an 1/8" dremel. I didn't bother to get the lithium version of my jigsaw though, they want like 250$ for one and my old one is in mint shape.



I do keep a corded rigt angle drill which I never use because I do service work and a sawzall on the van for emergencies or when I have to cut A LOT of 4" cast iron, like more than 8-10 cuts.


For those of you who think that plugging in the charger each day and charging all the batteries is as much a hassle as pulling cords around I say BAGH!!!! I have an inverter and charger mounted to the inside wall of my van with a box below to hold extra batteries. When a battery dies I just swap it with a fresh one on the charger. I drive around all day so the inverter doesn't drain my van's battery dead and it can even be left on all weekend just fine


Yes I own like 350$ in batteries but I bought almost all of them like 3 years ago with a bonus and haven't had to replace them since. The trick is to rotate the batteries in the heavily used tools so you don't reuse the same two batteries over and over making them so hot they die quickly. My less often used tools have their own dedicated batteries that don't get sucked dead dead.










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Old 06-10-2019, 09:40 PM   #22
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To each their own. I just prefer the convenience of not having to run cords everywhere I go. Not to mention those jobs I've had to do when there's no power due to a storm.
I don't see a company like Milwaukee, or even Ridgid, screwing the customers over by switching up the battery compatibility relatively soon after releasing high price tools.
Worst case scenario I can just take my batteries into Batteries plus and have them rebuild them. Or send them in to one of the countless rebuilders on eBay. Or buy one of those 3d printed adapters easily found on eBay and Amazon. Or buy some of those aftermarket batteries also easily found online.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm not worried about not being able get batteries in the future. Now if it were some obscure brand that is hard to find then I'd steer clear.
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I hope they will have the option to run the sectional machine in 120 volts like the Milwaukee lite towers. I am assuming this will be an option on this new machine?
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Not for me if it only runs off of battery.


The only battery only tool I own is the ryobi drain auger p4001 and it has limited usage.
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Anyone know where the Milwaukee sectional is manufactured? I emailed Milwaukee and never got a reply.
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Anyone know where the Milwaukee sectional is manufactured? I emailed Milwaukee and never got a reply.



China, like every other crap power tool. They all kind of suck now and they make them as cheap as possible. Long gone are the days when tools were made to last decades and were worth shooting a guy who tried to steal them. Now they're such garbage you don't even bother putting puck locks on the van, you just take pictures and keep receipts hoping someone will steal them so you can get all new.




Makita was the last hold out. I have a couple of the top tier makita cordless tools that were made in japan. Up until recently if you paid top dollar and bought the best model they offered, usually with a metal gearbox, it was made in japan. Not anymore.


RIGHT IN THE MANUAL(at the very end), CHINA!!!!!!







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Yeh I thought as much. $3900 for a Chinese made drain machine.
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Yeh I thought as much. $3900 for a Chinese made drain machine.



I used to work in manufacturing, prototyping and incoming quality control. Don't bash chinese made products because of where they came. Being made in china doesn't have an effect on quality. It is up to the importer/distributor to make proper specifications and to perform quality control.


Do you think that milwaukee or any other brand is mistakenly selling crap? No, they make the prints, they order it, and they know exactly what they are selling. Don't bame china. Blame yourself and those around you for accepting subpar crap. For not paying the premium that good tools deserve.


When we start buying quality, american made tools en masse then the chinese imports will dwindle, right after hell freezes over.










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Yeh I thought as much. $3900 for a Chinese made drain machine.
watch "manufactured landscapes" on amazon prime.
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Yeah, like who has time to watch tv these days
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