Did a bit of unplanned shopping today. Had to pick up a book for some hints on redoing a set of stairs this week. New oak treads, risers, double rails with 24 spindles on each side and open (that’s right open) beneath! No kneewall, or partial boxing in to allow myself to run the spindles down to a diagonal piece… just drywall to box in the existing supports…. but I digress.
So while I was searching for that book…. I’ve been hankering for a new drill, rather an impact driver, after all these months of using my 14.4 volt Hitachi to attach metal studs, my right forearm is knotted like a thick rope, and about as limber as a rock. A lighter impact driver (like Dad’s been using) seems to be in order. The new Makita LiIon ones look pretty sweet, but at a hefty price. The 18V was listed at $324 retail. Between $200 and $300+ online. Sears had a set, 19.2 Drill and Impact Driver (NiCad) for about $100, but I wasn’t sure about that, I’m looking to loose the bulk, and wouldn’t you know it, but today I found one Makita kit, – Driver, 2 batteries and charger for A bit over $200, the drill itself was $199. The batteries were virtually free!
Not to mention I’ve got a bump in power, a 25% drop in weight, and 75% speed increase on recharge! Oh Dad’s gonna be jealous. Lets hope my arm notices the difference and decides to “thank me.”
I also picked up a new cordless bradnailer (with 2 batteries!) My old one either walked off the job, or was left at the last one… which is fine with me (more or less) as it was on it’s last legs, and you can’t get new batteries for it anymore. I almost got one of those new “quart size” personal compressor tanks (CO 2 bottle) but after 3 refills, the battery option just made more sense. I only use one of these for a few hours a week. Lugging around a compressor of any size just doesn’t make sense.
A new smaller Shopvac came home with me as well. Now the big one doesn’t have to try to squeeze up the cellar stairs.
Also spent a bit of the weekend clearing out space in the shop. Made enough room to actually walk around and film the shop tour. (Editing is currently underway). Nothing like being able to use my digital camera to make movies. Thankfully my Mac comes with just about everything I need to get that job done rather painlessly. I think I”ll get a real video recorder, or “hire” a cameraman if I’m going to make a habit of these. Fun weekend in all though… ok, now back to the cutting room…