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|Well, Craftsman at Sears came out with many cordless 19.2-Volt sets of tools this year, with a product name of C3. I happen to have purchased a 19.2-Volt Cordless drill from them about 2 years ago, and after checking, the batteries are the same! Yay!
My set came with the drill, 2 batteries and a charger, and a nylon carrying case.
One of the problems -well, a mental dilemma, actually- I have been having in trying to figure out which cordless set to buy from Ryobi, is that all of them include a drill. Every one of them. Everyone. I don't need a drill. I have a drill, and I have 2 batteries for it, and it cost $140.
Well, Craftsman read my mind! The came out with a set that didn't include the drill! They also have other sets that include a drill, the smae as mine, pretty much, but with a little LED to light up the work a bit (nice feature!). So, now here was my dilemma... Do I buy a bigger set that includes a drill and has a carrying case that will fit the drill, that comes with 2 batteries (I'll have 4 now), or do I buy just the Trim Saw and the Reciprocating Saw (like a Sawzall by Milwakee) that comes with one battery (I'll have 3) and carry the drill seperately?
The problem is I really need a jigsaw moer than a circular saw (the Trim Saw), but only the bigger sets come with them. I can get a jig saw seperately for only $50 (no battery!), but then the carrying case won't accommodate it, and there won't be any carrying case for it. It'll have to go into the nylon carrying bad for the drill I bought two years ago.
Well, I made my decision. I bought the small set with just the trim saw and the reciprocating saw, 1 battery and charger, and carrying case. I have completed my first project with the trim saw, and hope to attack a small rogue tree with the reciprocating saw sometime soon!
The trim saw cut through the old 1x10 stock with ease... my cut could have been a little straighter, but my workshop wasn't exactly set up for making the cut, so I balanced the wood across the top of the carrying case. Good thing I just needed a piece of wood for some hidden blocking!
All in all I think that the tools are looking good and working fine. I'll let you know how the tree lopping goes.
|Ron wrote: |
The trim saw cut through the old 1x10 stock with ease... my cut could have been a little straighter, .
I thought it had a laser guide????? So how come you didn't cut a perfectly straight line??
I just bought a 8 1/4" slide power miter box that is light as a feather. Light was the primary reason for the purchase. The 12" Dewalt slide compound angle miter box weighs in close to 70 pounds. A back breaker to carry in to a jobsite. AND I am always worried about theft if the site is open to the outside. This new miterbox costs 1/5th the price!! It also has a laser guide. I'll have to try it and let you know how it works.
|I have a 19.2 drill and two batteries. When I saw that the C3 sets were available I was excited and purchased a reciprocating saw. When I got it I soon realized that the batteries fit into the saw but they were not the official batteries that were recommended. The saw runs down the batteries I have so quickly it is not practical to use it. It seems they want you to purchase the C3 batteries as well.|
|I wonder if the batteries are starting to get a little old, or if the drill is perhaps defective and drawing too much current...
I looked at the batteries and didn't see that they were listed as having a higher amp-hour life... in other words they were just regular nicad packs.
I still haven't used my reciprocating saw yet, but I've used the trim saw and it worked really well for a crooked homeowner cut or two.
The day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday), Sears was selling two 19.2V batteries for halfprice.
|TheGuru wrote: |
I just bought a 8 1/4" slide power miter box that is light as a feather. Light was the primary reason for the purchase. The 12" Dewalt slide compound angle miter box weighs in close to 70 pounds. A back breaker to carry in to a jobsite. AND I am always worried about theft if the site is open to the outside. This new miter box costs 1/5th the price!! It also has a laser guide. I'll have to try it and let you know how it works.
Well I tried it out and returned it fast. It Was a Tradesman miter saw sold at the Home Depot. I DO NOT recommend anyone to buy it. It was so far "off" out of the box it would not cut a 90 degree angle. Not even close. The laser didn't line up with the blade, the blade is the worst blade I have ever used, AND you need ear plugs when ever you turn it on. But on the positive side, it IS light as a feather and low priced ($129.00)!! So as long as you don't need to cut anything.... accurately or cleanly, I guess its ok.