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Power Tools & General Tools Recommendations & Advice

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by Nightglow, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. Marvt74

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 20, 2004

    Posts: 14,442

    Location: Higher Walton

    Yes, i have the same thing and for the same purpose (although my blower is Dewalt). It's great.
     
  2. Marvt74

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 20, 2004

    Posts: 14,442

    Location: Higher Walton

    I'm having a bad year for tools. In April my drill died just out of warranty, and at the weekend my Evolution mitre saw died about 3 weeks out of warranty.

    It was working perfectly and then, i was cutting about 4 feather edge boards stacked, and they must've twisted slightly as they jammed the blade and that was it, machine dead. What was odd is i'd have expected a burning smell if the motor had burnt out, but there's nothing.

    Anyone think i might have any luck replacing the carbon brushes, or is there a way to check them? At £20 it seems a pricey stab in the dark.

    Given they're only around £150 to buy, i'm not sure if it's worth trying to persue any other repairs.
     
  3. SoliD

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 25, 2004

    Posts: 14,845

    Location: Portsmouth

    Picked up a Dewalt Multi Tool the other day (https://www.powertoolworld.co.uk/de...scillating-multi-tool-body-only-in-tstak-case) with the plan to use it to do a number of decorating items, been using it this week to great effect, sanding back my window sills in prep for fresh paint, cutting out some old ropey silicon sealant, and then coming to my rescue when fitting a new sink plughole, where the old plughole had been cut to fit the pipework which I didn't realise until it was in there, so out the multi tool came to cut off 4 threads on the underside of the plug.

    This thing has been great and really useful. Got some more cutting jobs planned for the weekend to try out some more of the attachments. Highly recommended for the more casual DIYer, good jack of all trades power tool.
     
  4. Wizzfizz

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 13, 2003

    Posts: 10,470

    Location: Left of the middle

    Yeah, the Dewalt multi is great, it's probably my best and most used power tool
     
  5. b0rn2sk8

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 9, 2003

    Posts: 5,840

    Agreed, its very much my get out of jail tool. I got mine from tool station for £200 with a 4ah battery and charger and the full accessory kit.
     
  6. DXP55

    Mobster

    Joined: Aug 5, 2013

    Posts: 4,337

    Location: Shropshire

    I knackered my B&D Pro angle grinder a few years back - it hit something and stopped dead -no smoke or anything - Just went out and bought a DeWalt. Mind you I couldn't fault that B&D grinder
    Didn't your Saw come with a spare set of brushes ? Have you done a google about your saw - might find a solution.

    Try this https://www.mlive.com/homeandgarden/2012/06/stan_harrison_miter_saw_wont_w.html
     
  7. Marvt74

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 20, 2004

    Posts: 14,442

    Location: Higher Walton

    I feel it might've come with some spare brushes but i had no idea what they were at the time and they most likely got thrown out.

    Thanks will take a look at that. It's tricky to know what to do, given how cheap they are to buy, looks like the same model comes out around £110 on the outlet store when they're available, so maybe i'm better just grabbing one of those.
     
  8. JRJ

    Hitman

    Joined: Oct 21, 2010

    Posts: 875

    Try taking them out and measuring, new brushes are only a couple of quid online if you can measure and get the right size.
     
  9. JRJ

    Hitman

    Joined: Oct 21, 2010

    Posts: 875

    Never realised how much I'd use one until I got it, probably my most useful tool.
     
  10. SoliD

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 25, 2004

    Posts: 14,845

    Location: Portsmouth

    I bought it on a bit of a whim and didn't expect to use it as much as I have already. It flies through so many jobs. Picking the right attachment is the hardest part :D
     
  11. NVP

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Sep 6, 2007

    Posts: 7,565

    Guys, my Karcher K5 Dirt Blaster lance appears to have died part way through cleaning the patio haha

    It's the 145bar, old fitting one. I'm struggling to find a genuine replacement. Any ideas?
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  12. RichL

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 2, 2003

    Posts: 1,597

    I need to get a (Makita) impact driver to help with boarding the loft and some outdoor projects. Do people generally find the extra settings on the more premium models (e.g. DTD171) very useful?

    Bit torn between a single mode brushless (e.g. DTD153) and the higher end models. My other gear is Makita.
     
  13. fish

    Hitman

    Joined: Sep 28, 2003

    Posts: 655

    Location: Loughborough

    I have a DTD154 and that will drive 250mm bolts into sleepers but that's the purpose i bought it for. A friend of mine has one of the less powerful ones and for general purpose its fine, depends on the price difference and what you think you will use it for. The more powerful ones help if you are driving large screws (>100mm) into wood without a pilot hole otherwise i have seen little difference for many tasks.
     
  14. Marvt74

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 20, 2004

    Posts: 14,442

    Location: Higher Walton

    Well i almost looked foolish, i checked the brushes and they're perfectly fine. Replaced the Fuse and it now works fine.

    Can't believe i almost gave up on it!
     
  15. JRJ

    Hitman

    Joined: Oct 21, 2010

    Posts: 875

    Talk to me about compressors please guys?

    I was planning on getting a Dewalt 18v Brad nailer to do a whole house worth of skirting and architrave but the prices seem to be creeping higher and higher, now I was planning on purchasing a compressor for the garage in the future anyway but I'm now thinking of getting it sooner and looking into an air nailer and hose? Also a HVLP sprayer to do base coats on fresh plaster.

    I know nothing about compressors any recommendations?
     
  16. DXP55

    Mobster

    Joined: Aug 5, 2013

    Posts: 4,337

    Location: Shropshire

    When we moved into this bungalow I had a few walls to knock down and fences to fix so I used the Air chisel to take bricks out and air nailer to fix fences - I had a Machine mart compressor with 25lt tank and it wasn't enough -50 lt would have been much better - a few minutes work and compressor fired up again.
    Mate over the road does spraying and he started with 25lt -then 50lt V twin and now has two very large gas bottles connected up as well - Not only is it output you need but enough air in reserve and bigger bore hoses for the tools.-- V twin and 50lt minimum
    My tank rusted through after 30 yrs so now I have one of those small portable ones and it wont top a tyre up without starting up for each wheel.
     
  17. JRJ

    Hitman

    Joined: Oct 21, 2010

    Posts: 875

  18. DXP55

    Mobster

    Joined: Aug 5, 2013

    Posts: 4,337

    Location: Shropshire

    I looked at that model but it was the same size as my old one and I needed more room so bought the portable one - I only need one for pumping tyres up these days.
    One thing I have found is don't buy cheap fittings -pay the extra and get quality - Buy a large bore hose and fittings and bin the curly one or just use it to run the air duster or pump up tyres.

    ps - if that had been that price when I was looking I would have gone for it.
     
  19. JRJ

    Hitman

    Joined: Oct 21, 2010

    Posts: 875

    @DXP55 that's great thanks, going to do some more research, by all accounts SGS do great black Friday deals if I can wait.
     
  20. DXP55

    Mobster

    Joined: Aug 5, 2013

    Posts: 4,337

    Location: Shropshire

    The problem with black Friday deals is you wait till they come along - see the one you want at £20 off then scroll down and it's out of stock along with all the others you might have picked.:rolleyes: