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Not power tools but ordered same time. Knipex adjustable wrench. Already been useful and only had 3 days. Force is 10x when gripping, so can actually use them on round objects. But the larger were ideal for securing 27mm bolts on pipe clamps(dust extraction). Normal adjustable is a little too bulky to fit in between nuts.


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7 or 8 years ago I bought a Hitachi brushless drill (actually on my kitchen counter right now)
good unit.
Have a couple new batteries for it and an extra charger..

A few years ago Hitachi changed their name to a specific North America branding Called Metabo
100% Hitachi, just a different name.

Thought I'd see if I could use my extra batteries in something new,, well I stumbled on this brand new brushless impact driver 'factory sealed in box' for $68
tool only version

Has 1832 In./lbs of torque// various speeds & modes ect..



If anything, could be a great gift (y)
 
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I had bought a 18 volt Milwaukee Fuel Sawzall right before I got laid off from the electrical trade followed by several health issues that haven’t allowed me to really work since. I had a Ridgid permanent magnet motor 5th Gen and a Brushless Ridgid Sawzall as well which my family and I have been using up to this point. They worked fine and had plenty of power for big cuts but the front end ends up vibrating off after awhile. They are also pretty heavy and don’t have any hook to let you rest them on something. We rented a boomlift to clear out a lot of overhanging branches that were growing into dangerous locations. Some of the work had to be done with a Stihl gas chainsaw, but that Milwaukee Sawzall was very useful for the rest. With the price of gas now, using that thing when possible instead of a gas chainsaw saves some money.
 

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I use a recip saw also for limb cutting, I rarely bother with my electric pole saw as it is corded. Having to deal with cords takes up a lot of time rolling them out and putting them away and getting hung up on things along with not having to worry about accidentally cutting the cord which I did with a corded hedge trimmer one time.
I think the one issue with using a recip saw is blades. Finding the right blade at a decent price and not wearing them out too quickly can help save on gas for sure but a chain saw doesn't use even close to a gallon of gas to cut a large branch while a wood cutting blade can cost more than a gallon of gas and if it is used really hard it can basically overheat the blade and cause the teeth to become more brittle and wear out. As long as you are cutting softer and smaller woods the blades should last well, but harder and thicker woods may dull a blade
 

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I have a push drill that works well for drilling holes and I think a screwdriver that is a push type also that isn't that easy to use sometimes. I remember the days prior to cordless screwdrivers where your arm got very strong screwing things in and out by hand. I was always taking things apart then and got to where I could do it quickly.
 

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AH, Good deal Chance!!!

Years ago I borrowed a drop spreader from a neighbor, and proceeded to fertilize my lawn. I pushed it on one direction, moved it over and pulled it in the other direction, moved it over and pushed it... repeat. I made nice straight rows.

A couple of weeks later I noted that I had nice neat, varying rows of 6 inch grass, and 3-4 inch grass!

I laughed when I discovered that a drop spreader only drops in the pushing direction. I guess my lawn was starving for some nutrition, because the difference was dramatic.
 

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AH, Good deal Chance!!!

Years ago I borrowed a drop spreader from a neighbor, and proceeded to fertilize my lawn. I pushed it on one direction, moved it over and pulled it in the other direction, moved it over and pushed it... repeat. I made nice straight rows.

A couple of weeks later I noted that I had nice neat, varying rows of 6 inch grass, and 3-4 inch grass!

I laughed when I discovered that a drop spreader only drops in the pushing direction. I guess my lawn was starving for some nutrition, because the difference was dramatic.

HA! This bag provides twice the listed coverage. 😀
 

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I fertilized my yard with a drop spreader once. Once.
Grass was dark green and grew so fast you could almost watch it.
Cuttin'grass 3 to 4 times a week was not my idea of fun. The last house I bought came with one. I set it out with the trash can. No thanx!

Speaking of cutting grass....
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This dude is cooling me down after cutting the lawn.
 

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For taking off larger branches the Milwaukee 18v or better yet, Makita 36v will take them off in a hurry.

Using a sawzall unit, the ones with an orbital setting work wonders too.
 

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I fertilized my yard with a drop spreader once. Once.
Grass was dark green and grew so fast you could almost watch it.
Cuttin'grass 3 to 4 times a week was not my idea of fun. The last house I bought came with one. I set it out with the trash can. No thanx!

Speaking of cutting grass....
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This dude is cooling me down after cutting the lawn.
I much prefer the 18 volt Ridgid fan. It has fold out hooks that will let you use it while on a ladder. When I was doing electrical work, everyone had to wear safety glasses. Problem was they fog up when it gets hot and you have to get off the ladder to clean them to see again. When it’s hot, this can happen within a minute. Not good for production and trying to keep your job. While everyone else was dealing with this problem, I was always comfortable on top of the ladder getting the work done with the wind blowing at my face and seeing just fine (fan was hooked to backside of ladder aimed up). Just had to make sure nobody stole my ladder.
 

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After much internal debate, I pulled the trigger on a Greenworks 40 volt string trimmer/blower combo pack.
I estimate that I have about 350 feet of edging between the front and back yards combined. I didn't want to run the battery all the way down, so I chose to do the back yard, which took 1/2 of the battery capacity; topped it off, and then the front which also took about 1/2 battery capacity. One half charge only took about 30 minutes to top it off, maybe less.

One thing I noted is that the string reel (the thing that holds the string) is smaller than my plug in electric string trimmer. Meaning that it will have to be swapped out more often. In time I'll know how big a deal that will be.

Granted i only used it once, but I am quite pleased with it. The blower however, has a bit of a high pitched whistle. Not ear piercing, but not a pleasant sound. Come fall, If I use it more, I'll just put in my ear plugs.
 

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Last year I bought a Ryobi 18 volt trimmer for my son to use around his house.
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It is a single twine number without a heck of a lot of giddyups so it is not suited for tough grasses or taking back an over grown fence line. Yet for light duty along some decorative edging it is good at that.
I bought it for the rotating head that turns it into an edger. It has a little wheel to roll on to ensure a true path is achieved without having to hold it awkward like a conventional trimmer. Just roll it back n forth to achieve professional looking results.

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I edged about 150 feet at my house with it in about 15 minutes and had 50% battery left to use the 18 volt blower to clean up.
 
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