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    DeWalt New Tools for 2017 Media Event Coverage
    Pro Tool Reviews



    Published on Sep 22, 2017
    DeWalt showed off a ton of new tools at their #ToughintheSouth media event in Nashville. In addition to enjoying some PBR (Professional Bull Riding, not Pabst Blue Ribbon), we got to see a ton of new tools for 2017.

    Of note on the cordless side was DeWalt's new FlexVolt framing circular saw with 60V 3.0Ah battery, a new FlexVolt track saw, and a concrete nailer that runs on 20V batteries—and nothing else (no gas).

    They showed off a new 2 x 20V DeWalt lawnmower, a brand new tape measure, a cordless FlexVolt mixer for mortar and paint, and a jobsite mesh WiFi system that should perk up the ears of commercial builders.

    Finally, their Tool Connect system got several updates with expanded tools, software, and tracking devices—including an adapter that makes your "dumb" tools smarter.

    For more info please visit https://www.protoolreviews.com
     
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    Gravely Pro Stance Review
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    Published on Oct 2, 2017
     
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    Gas Powered Earth Auger Unbox and Demonstration
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    Published on Oct 2, 2017
    Predator® - item#63022
    Take a look at what shows up in the box. Plus a test to see just how long it takes to drill a hole in hard clay.

    Truck Crane Video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0f5L-...

    This one-person gas powered auger powerhead makes it easy to quickly dig holes for fence posts, signs, landscaping and soil sampling. This gas auger takes the back-breaking work out of outdoor construction and lets you make consistently even post holes in most types of soil. Comes complete with a 6 in. diameter x 31 in. long auger bit Power through tough soil with 45 ft. lbs. of torque and fast drilling speeds up to 320 RPM Oil lubricated spur gear with double gear reduction Easy-view fuel tank Weighs just 20 lbs.
     
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    Harbor Freight Welder worth it for a 100 bucks?
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    Published on Oct 3, 2017
    Is this your first welder? This no frills welder does weld, but how well....

    For just a little more money you can get a lot more out of a machine. Below are a few of my recommendations for entry level welders that will blow the Harbor Freight away.

    Under $200
    Amico DC dual voltage 160amp wire feed & Stick: http://amzn.to/2xUw94e Gets stellar user ratings

    Under $400
    Hobart Mig capable 115V DC welder: http://amzn.to/2yFh8RA

    Auto Darkening Helmet under $50
    Adjustable shades: http://amzn.to/2xcENrn


    Final Thoughts:
    For $100 you will have new tool gleam on your face for a while. It will leave you wanting if you decide you like welding or decide you want good looking/strong welds on thin or thicker than 1/8" material. Used, name brand machines will make you just as happy and give you better results. So check your local classifieds by typing in WELDER for a few weeks and if you can't find a Lincoln, Miller, or Name Brand that is fully functioning for $50-150; buy the HF unit.

    PROS:
    -Price
    -Actually Works and makes 2 pieces of steel 1
    -Long power cord
    -Instantly makes you a Man

    CONS:
    -AC output (way more spatter and dirtier welds than DC)
    -90amps is overrated (feels closer to 60amps)
    -Little to no voltage control
    -Short welding lead(this will aggravate you)
    -Narrow ground clamp
    -Wire feed is noisy and not steady(results in poor weld puddle control)
    -Minuscule to No resale value if you decide to move up
    -Overall very very cheaply built (but you knew that)
     
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    Hitachi 18V Cordless Framing Nailer Review - NR1890DR NR1890DC
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    Published on Oct 6, 2017
    There's no question that cordless pneumatic nailers are making a huge splash in the construction industry. They're especially helpful for punch lists and smaller jobs. What about a battery powered cordless framing nailer, however? The Hitachi 18V cordless framing nailer is only the second product that we're aware of that brings a battery-only framing nailer to the construction and remodeling market.

    Instead of using a flywheel like DeWalt, Hitachi opted for a compressed air and piston system that pre-loads the nailer for each shot. That keeps the battery from running constantly and provides a level of consistency.

    Other things we like include the rafter hook, push-button actuation mode (sequential or bump-fire), and the fact that it comes with Hitachi's compact 3.0Ah battery that has as much power and run-time as their former pack–but in half the package.

    For more info please visit https://www.protoolreviews.com
     
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    Dump Trailer Review and Tips
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    Published on Oct 6, 2017
    A Dump trailer is the ultimate trailer. After owning one you will wonder how you ever got along without it! Mine is made by Great Northern - a local Oregon business. My sister and her husband are part owners in Great Northern Trailers - that being said - I don't think a nicer dump trailer exists anywhere! If you are shopping for a trailer you ought to give them a look. They make trailers of all sorts, and they are top of the line. http://www.gntrailers.com

    Many thanks to all of you - have a great weekend.
     
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    Acme tools 15% off with code "explore" on any one item
     
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    Milwaukee M18 FUEL Hackzall Reciprocating Saw Review | 2719-20
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    Published on Oct 9, 2017
    Little Vibration! - Milwaukee Tool upped their game on the M18 Hackzall by creating the new M18 FUEL Hackzall. If you are not familiar with the Hackzall, it is a one-handed reciprocating saw lightly based off Milwaukee Tools Sawzall, but more compact. The new FUEL Hackzall the first brushless, 18V one-handed recip saw on the market. Milwaukee makes an M12 FUEL version, but the extra power and durability of the M18 is a very welcomed addition to the platform.

    The Product Manager for the M18 FUEL Hackzall knocked this product out of the park. If you work in plumbing, electrical, remodeling, or even a DIY person, this saw will most likely complete all the jobs you will ask of it and more. This Hackzall is small, but very powerful and sets the bar very high for other companies to keep up with Milwaukee Tool in this area. No one has a compact sized, one-handed reciprocating saw with this little vibration. Other manufacturers have added different options to try to pull users to their platform, but none of them compete with the FUEL Hackzall when it comes to power and vibration.

    The Milwaukee FUEL Hackzall has a 7/8” stroke length, 3,000 strokes per minute and weighs in at 4 pounds. With a battery, it is just a touch over 16" and is very comfortable and easy to use. Milwaukee claims that the Hackzall, when equipped with an M18 XC5.0 battery pack, the tool can deliver about 180 cuts in 2x4spf and over 220 cuts in ¾” EMT. In our testing, we were cutting a large variety of materials from wood to metal and we found the tool could easily last a full day for many who use this tool regularly on the jobsite.

    M18 FUEL Hackzall Specs

    7/8” Stroke Length
    3000 Strokes Per Minute
    Pivoting Shoe
    LED light
    Quik-LOK Blade Clamp
    Length: 16.3” (14.03” bare tool)
    Weight: 5.57 lbs (4.07 lbs bare tool)
    5 year warranty
    Pure Comfort

    We run across a lot of people who try to tell us a saw is a saw, it cuts items. While we cannot argue that, there are so many variables that come into play when using one, especially a reciprocating saw. Vibration is one area that can fatigue the user very fast and Milwaukee Tool has been a leader in vibration dampening on both the Sawzall and Hackzall models. On the Hackzall, a dual gear counter-balance mechanism and pivoting shoe provides smoother cuts, increased control, and less user fatigue. Even without cutting, you can set a few of the brands on a table, place a blade in them, pick them up and pull the trigger. As soon as the saws start to run, many will shake in your hands. The Milwaukee M18 Hackzall will be smooth. You can see it time and time again in our YouTube video.

    If you are looking for a nice, comfortable reciprocating saw that has power and is more compact than a Sawzall, the new FUEL Hackzall is worth a look. Try to find a place that has a few on display and try them out. I guaranty you will be able to feel the difference between brands in the store and that will follow through while cutting.
     
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    VIVTECH: Milwaukee M18 HACKZALL
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    Published on Oct 7, 2017
    Hey guys video on the M18 Hackzall from Milwaukee tool. Specs of the tool

    M18 FUEL Hackzall One-Handed Reciprocating Saw (2719-21)

    Stroke Length: 7/8”
    SPM 3000
    Pivoting Shoe: Yes
    LED: Yes
    Quik-LOK Blade Clamp: Yes
    5 year warranty
     
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    So you're thinking about a Zero Turn Mower....Thoughts/ tips on Lawn Care, GoPro on a mower?
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    Published on Oct 12, 2017
    Visit Stoney Ridge Farmer's Amazon Store: https://www.amazon.com/shop/stoneyrid...
    Today I'll talk to you a bit about zero turn mowers. These time saving machines are indespensable on our farm and may be something you are interested in purchasing for yourself...so come on along and watch me strap a GoPro to the deck of my lawn mower! Good times..hope yall enjoy!
     
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    Cordless Reciprocating Saw Head 2 Head Testing
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    Published on Oct 10, 2017
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    http://www.toolboxbuzz.com/cordless-t...


    In our latest head-to-head, we invited tool manufacturers to send us their top-of-the-line cordless reciprocating saw that utilizes a single battery in the 18 to 22 volt arena. There are other larger voltage reciprocating saws out there (Makita has a 36V, which takes two 18V packs), and DEWALT has the 60V FlexVolt version), but we wanted to keep the group of tools at least in the same general voltage category.
     
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    Got a Black+Decker 20v MAX pole saw today! The 20v MAX lithium battery set up for Dewalt/Black+Decker looks like a winner and it will be around for a while.
    And it's been around long enough that big 2.5 and 4.0 AH aftermarket batteries are cheap on ebay.

    Been wanting a pole saw but I wasn't crazy about spending $400+ for a gas powered Stihl I was only going to use once and a while. And even used Stihl's cost plenty.
    This bugger was $70 free shipping and has really good reviews on a lot of websites so I gave it a go. I have 3 20v batteries and 2 chargers already.
    I walked around the yard for about 1/2 hour today cutting off annoying branches and I'm impressed! It cuts really well and is easy to use. This isn't something you are going to want to reef on but it does the job.

    It will be great cutting shooting lanes for my hunting blind up at the cabin and keeping my quad trails open.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]

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    https://www.amazon.com/BLACK-DECKER...352&sr=8-3&keywords=black+decker+20v+pole+saw
     
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    Pole sawed for about an hour today, this thing is freaking cool! . . aarock.gif
    Trimmed all the branches reaching over the yard and cut all the branches around the power line leading to the house.
    I did a lot of cutting on all different size branches and the battery never slowed down. This tool is a winner!


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    Sawzall Basics and Tips
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    Published on Oct 17, 2017
    Learn the basics of operating a sawzall. There aren't a lot of magic tricks here...just good solid applications that you can use over and over and over!!
    Get the Essential Craftsman T shirt Here https://goo.gl/5YqRrR

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    Stihl HSA 25 First Look/Overview
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    Published on Oct 1, 2017
    Too cute not to buy. Also a little bitching
     
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    RIDGID STEALTH FORCE Brushless Pulse Driver (R86036K)
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    Published on Oct 20, 2017
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    Echo PB-2520 Hand Held Blower Unboxing and First Impressions
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    Published on Oct 20, 2017
    http://www.lawncarebusinesssuccess.com

    In this video I do a unboxing and first impressions of the new Echo PB-2520 hand held blower that Echo USA launched this week at the 2017 GIE expo. Echo sent this unit to me a few months ago as part of the UAG program to take a look at and use prior to launch and this video was filmed when I first received the unit. This unit has a 70db noise rating.

    http://www.echo-usa.com
    http://www.echomeansbusiness.com

    Check out the Lawn Care Business Success Podcast with a new episode available every tuesday morning @ 12am PST on iTunes, Stitcher radio, Google play music and other podcast players.

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    I Bought A New Mower ► Scag Vride 2!! The Buying Experience
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    Published on Oct 26, 2017
    Most products you see on me, the trailer or the house are on my amazon page:

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    Quick follow up on the B&D Pole Saw. The standard B&D 1.5 amp hour 20v battery is good enough for their drills and impact drivers but if you are going to use big high draw tools like the pole saw I strongly suggest you get 1 or 2 of the aftermarket 4 amp hour batteries that are common and cheap on ebay.

    I got this one right here, chinese VANON brand and it will literally run the saw all day and then I put it on the slow charger overnight. The seller is good too I get the battery in a few days shipped from Illinois.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-4-0Ah-Li-ion-20V-Battery-for-Black-Decker-LB2X4020-LBXR20-CHH2220-LBX20/122561765708?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

    I also got one of these 2 amp hour batteries for my impact driver. Once again cheap and lasts longer than original B&D batteries.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/For-Black-...-0Ah-20V-Max-Lithium-Ion-Battery/122628891689

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    Milwaukee M12 3/8" Crown Stapler
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    Published on Nov 1, 2017
    Milwaukee has come out with their Milwaukee M12 3/8” Crown Stapler, this stapler spans the gap between a hand stapler
    and a hamper tacker. At $99.00 Milwaukee was able to replace an arduous hand tool, and make it easier to use, faster and
    still keep it small enough to fit in your tool bags.

    The M12 platform was the right place for this tool. It allows the tool to stay small, compact, and portable.
    This tool was designed for the contractor using a stapler all day as a primary tool, but every contractor can benefit from its
    durability, and ease of use.

    Typical Applications for the M12 Stapler

    • Insulation
    • Polyethylene vapor barrier
    • Thermo-Pan® sheeting for return air ducts
    • Cornerbead
    • Crafts
     
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    Milwaukee M18 SDS Plus!
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    This is my new Milwaukee 2712 M18 SDS Plus, rotary hammer drill. This thing is a beast. Only used it one day, but I'm beyond impressed. Truly corded power in a cordless tool. No more generator and cord. grab it and go.
     
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    I used this leaf blower to sweep out my 3-car garage. I wait until the wife unit leaves and it takes 30 seconds. If I used a broom it would take several minutes and more physical work. I only recharge the battery every other month.



     
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    Reviewing the Exmark Vantage 36" Stand On Lawn Mower w/ Alex Lica & Lica Lawn Landscape
    Brian's Lawn Maintenance



    Published on Nov 4, 2017
    Today Alex and I took a few minutes to review the Exmark Vantage 36" lawn mower. This is the unit he owns that makes mowing back yards a breeze.

    Curious if you guys own one of these bad boys or if you are considering picking one up in the future? Leave me a comment below!

    If you guys have any specific questions on the unit, let me know. I will do my best to answer them or ask Alex and get back to you guys.
     
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    Poulan Pro PB301

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    Possibly the most poorly engineered flaw riddled pathetic excuse for a riding lawn mower ever invented.
    But it looks good! . :2 thumbs up:

    By a series of events I was given one of these mowers after the original owner gave up on it and hired a lawn service.
    Yep, free and only about 8 months old. It is that bad. I got it in late September of this year.

    Now I truly like rear engine riding lawn mowers. I used a gold colored Montgomery Wards riding mower for probably 12 years growing up mowing my parents lawn. I wonder what ever happened to that? Probably still running somewhere.
    I like their simple one belt operation. I like their light weight and basic design. I like their agility and tight turning. I have a Troy Bilt 30 inch rear engine riding mower I use at my cabin where I mow over an acre of grass and it's a great machine. Kinda like the old days for me just more comfortable and it actually has safety features.

    This Poulan though, sheeit what a dud!

    Good points:
    It has a proven, solid 10.5 HP Briggs & Stratton engine. It's actually the same engine that's on my Troy Bilt. It's a really nice engine.
    It will mow in reverse. This is nice, my Troy Bilt won't do this.
    It has a nice seat.
    It's a sharp modern looking mower.

    The bad:
    The steering is atrocious. I mean it steers nice and tight when it steers. When I got it the left wheel was flopping around. Took me a while to spot the ridiculous flaw here. I kept looking for a missing part because nobody would build something this stupid, but they did. On the right side there is an upper and lower steering arm directing the wheel, top is connected to the steering crosslink bottom is attached to the steering rack. OK cool.
    On the left side there is only one steering arm on the top connected to the steering crosslink. That's it! The one 1/4 inch nut had come a little loose and the stud and the hole in the steering arm had flopped around and mashed both all out of round. I rigged it with shims and blasted it together with my impact driver to make it work for now. I have figured out a way to fix it with a new crosslink, a hardened bushing and I'll drill out the hole in the steering arm to fit the bushing. I'll do that over the winter.

    The thing is one wheel drive. Seriously? Yep! It will not go up a hill. It will not go around the side of an incline or the inside of a gently sloping ditch. It will not be able to free it's self if you drop the front wheel into a mole hole. It just stops. And that one good wheel just spins.

    The engine is set too far back. I don't know how they managed this but all the weight is in the back. It looks OK but once you are on it the balance is horrible. Even the gas tank and battery is behind the rear axle. It does a wheelie if you let the clutch out just a c-hair too fast.
    A freaking 5 year old boy could grab the cute little yellow front bumper and flip your ass over like a turtle.

    I don't dare look into the mower deck and belt assembly. So far it works but I know, I know there is more fuckery lurking there.

    If you want a riding lawn mower get the Troy Bilt. I love mine it's hard working and fun.

    I never would have thought Husqvarna would build such a bad product as this fecking Poulan. And I'm stuck with it.

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    MAKITA 10" 18Volt X2 36V Dual Bevel, Compound, Sliding Miter Saw
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    Published on Nov 9, 2017
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