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    Looking to buy some tools need help=).

    Im going to buy some tools a impact driver i think thsts for screws and things right? So i dont gotta use screw drivers my wrist doesnt handle things well to much manual scrapping i guess lol. Im also gona get a sawzall for ac ends i hacksawed them off and my wrist hurts. A angle grinder for ac compressors. What brands and blades do you guys use? Im looking for brands that arent expensive should i go with cordless or ones with cords? Thanks.



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    I’d recommend looking for used. I bought a used Milwaukee sawzall on Craigslist for $40 a few years back. Great investment. Came with the old metal box. As far as blades, Diablo are the best that I’ve used but, generally, I buy harbor freight.

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    My recommendation would be Ryobi cordless. They all use the same battery and they have been very reliable for me. I understand people recommending Bosch and Milwaukee and Makita and Dewalt, and they are all very good. Ryobi is relatively inexpensive and very easy to find (Home Depot) and has tons of tools that all run on the same battery. I used the angle grinder yesterday to cut up some metal, the impact driver is the best (relax guys, I am not saying it is the best made, I am saying it is comfortable and strong and reliable), the drill is also very good, the hammer drill amazed me at how much work it could do on one battery installing windows with tapcons. The circular saw is also fairly long lasting on a full charged lithium battery. Sawzall works fine. You could do a lot worse.

    For what it is worth, unless you are homeless under a bridge, I would steer away from the Harbor Freight cordless tools. Yes, they are cheap, and I used to buy the drills, but the tools aren't as comfortable to use and batteries do not play as nicely together as I would prefer. At least when I was using them.

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    You can go both ways. They both have their ups and downs. But if your ganna use it for scrapping, go with a cheap brand. Dont spend $100s on a power tool to just wreck it for $5 worth of scrap.

    Cordless is nice when your in the field working. But batterys die fast and you have to charge them bla bla bla, they seem to have less power than corded tools.

    Corded tools have more power and dont have to deal with batterys. but the stupid cord is usually in the way, or you have to get out a extention cord, run it to where you working and bla bla bla. Or you can cut threw the cord. Then you have a cordless tool LOL.

    Best blades for a sawzall i would say are 8in Morse Fire and rescue blades. They are a bit thicker than normal blades so they dont bend so easy.... Who has time to change blades when your cutting someone from a wrecked or burning car....
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    If you're taking apart things like computers with small screws, just go pick up either a used drill or a cheap new one and some phillips bits. It's all you really need. My "screw gun" is an old Black and Decker drill I bought for $3 at a garage sale. You don't need much....
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    Congrats on upping your game! I also second the recommendation to use the search function better

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    definately go cordless with matching batteries.

    i prefer dewalt 20v. ryobi is good for its price

    dewalt 12 is great for stuff that doesnt need a lot of power. lightweight and comfortable to use. i use it to install lights, switches, and receptacles. probably do awesome on computers
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    I have had years of service from my cordless porter cable set , I use 5h3 standard batt with the impact and screw gun but sprung for the extended life batt for using the sawzaw , all batteries can work with the set . Not the cheapest but far from the most expensive . I’m relatively rough with my tools and I haven’t broke these yet . I second smoking man on the diablo blades for the sawzaw .gltu
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    Thanks guys. Much apreciated also didnt think of wrist bracer lol.

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    I've been using Dewalt 20v cordless 1/4" impacts for years, lightweight, long battery life, no issues ever !!! Most any of the name brand cordless tools with the lithium batteries should be good.

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    Quality tools at a good price is a recipe for success in my opinion. Shopping pawn shops, auctions, bankrupsies, and estate sales will provide you with tools to do the job. Box loads of tools can be bought for penny's on the dollar using this strategy. Many individuals are devoted to specific brands, but there are only three main producers of the brand name products. Buying thru these outlets would ensure a fair price for any tool that is corded. Box loads of power tools are sold for less than $ 2.00 each at auction At this price brand name does not matter. When purchasing cordless tools I always look for the Makita or DeWalt brands because of the power to battery life ratio and the availability of parts or batteries in the future. I do not feel guilty paying for new cordless tools when they are on sale

    For hand tools the focus should be on lifetime warranties. Craftsman, Masterforce, and several others offer a life time warranty.

    The recommendation that is offered is to go to auctions first followed by pawn shops. For cordless tools, invest in the brand names. This advice comes from someone whose family will sell all my tools for $ 2.00 a box load to bury.
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    I think i would recommend buying new if you're buying cordless. I've been buying DeWalt for the last 15 - 20 years. The quality is good but i've found that the tool tends to wear out just about the same time that the batteries wear out.

    You could buy new batteries and keep the tool running but you're just as well off to buy the whole works new. The cost is about the same when you catch the cordless tools on sale.

    It's kinda like most of the value is in the batteries. The tool is mostly worthless when the batteries die.

    I've been using an 18volt Dewalt for electronics breakdowns. It's great for a lot of other jobs but it's a bit bulky & overpowered for that particular purpose. You'd be better off with something smaller,lighter, and easier to handle if you were buying a cordless drill just for that particular purpose.

    JMHO / YMMV

    Edited to add: You are probably better off not to consider warranties when buying a tool. It seems that the vast majority of manufacturers talk a good game but won't pony up when it comes time to make good on their promise.

    Instead ... buy a good used tool. Chances are that it probably isn't going to break or wear out if it's already been in use for a number of years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hills View Post
    I think i would recommend buying new if you're buying cordless. I've been buying DeWalt for the last 15 - 20 years. The quality is good but i've found that the tool tends to wear out just about the same time that the batteries wear out.

    You could buy new batteries and keep the tool running but you're just as well off to buy the whole works new. The cost is about the same when you catch the cordless tools on sale.

    It's kinda like most of the value is in the batteries. The tool is mostly worthless when the batteries die.

    I've been using an 18volt Dewalt for electronics breakdowns. It's great for a lot of other jobs but it's a bit bulky & overpowered for that particular purpose. You'd be better off with something smaller,lighter, and easier to handle if you were buying a cordless drill just for that particular purpose.

    JMHO / YMMV

    Edited to add: You are probably better off not to consider warranties when buying a tool. It seems that the vast majority of manufacturers talk a good game but won't pony up when it comes time to make good on their promise.

    Instead ... buy a good used tool. Chances are that it probably isn't going to break or wear out if it's already been in use for a number of years.
    Cool ill look around. Also when im cutting compressors my vice is to small how big of a vice am i going to need to buy? Ac compressors not the fridge ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patriot76 View Post
    Quality tools at a good price is a recipe for success in my opinion. Shopping pawn shops, auctions, bankrupsies, and estate sales will provide you with tools to do the job. Box loads of tools can be bought for penny's on the dollar using this strategy. Many individuals are devoted to specific brands, but there are only three main producers of the brand name products. Buying thru these outlets would ensure a fair price for any tool that is corded. Box loads of power tools are sold for less than $ 2.00 each at auction At this price brand name does not matter. When purchasing cordless tools I always look for the Makita or DeWalt brands because of the power to battery life ratio and the availability of parts or batteries in the future. I do not feel guilty paying for new cordless tools when they are on sale

    For hand tools the focus should be on lifetime warranties. Craftsman, Masterforce, and several others offer a life time warranty.

    The recommendation that is offered is to go to auctions first followed by pawn shops. For cordless tools, invest in the brand names. This advice comes from someone whose family will sell all my tools for $ 2.00 a box load to bury.
    lol sell all ur tools for 2$ a load thats terrible and funny to=).

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