New Work Tools

Porter Cable 18V to 20V battery adaptor.

Been about a month ago, I’m trying to get caught up on stuff I haven’t had time or energy to post.

Got an adaptor to run my lithium 20v max Porter Cable batteries on my 18v (lithium, not the older NiCad ) PC tools.

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All assembled with a 2Ah battery and its not any(or much) bulkier than the original 18v 6 Ah.


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This was my test to see if it works, and how the quality was…

The tools work flawlessly, no issues I could see in a 10 minute test anyway.


I do actually still have 4 working 18v batteries for these tools, 2 in 6Ah and 2 in 2Ah. Not bad after a decade of use.. But they’re getting tired, don’t hold up as long anymore. I could have them rebuilt rather cheaply, but I wanted to try this, its simpler and easier(probably still cheaper). This thing was $21. Its nice cast/molded plastic, well made.(I expected 3D printed to be honest… surprised me its not!) This one is actually a 3 in one, takes Stanley, Black+Decker, and Porter Cable 20v batteries. (all of which interchange on PC 20v tools anyway, or nearly so with small mods IIRC.)


Works so well, I’m going to go ahead, as I can, and get the ones needed to cross all, or almost all my tools. I’m running Kobalt and PC 20v for work, Kobalt and PC 18v in my garage, and Craftsman in my home wood shop… And they get interchanged a bit too. I have more Craftsman 20V batteries than any other, but Kobalt batteries are the cheapest to buy, so I’ll get those crossed to my PC and Craftstman tools.. Or maybe just get what I need to use Kobalt batteries on everything if needed, then only buy the Kobalt batteries unless the Craftsman are on sale(both Porter Cable lines are no longer made/available anywhere). Ill figure it out.. lol.

Got the sucker here BTW, for anyone interested.
https://www.ebay.com/str/xtools99

Categories: Automotive Work, Construction, Cordless Tools, Customized, Modifications, New Work Tools, old tools, Remodeling, Reviews

Ryobi Jobsite Table Saw

In other news, we’re finally far enough into trim and finish work at work that the table saw he bought isn’t needed.

And since he has a big cabinet saw in his shop, he asked if I wanted the job saw, unless he gets another flip house, he won’t need it.

My cabinet saw is in my basement, and too hard to get sheet goods to, so I’ve thought of a jobsite saw in the garage before. I said yes fast! 

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 (ironically since I’ve given away 3 free found or scrounged jobsite or small bench saws in the last 15 years… all too big or too heavy for my uses. Last one this size was solid cast iron.. great tool but I couldn’t more it around. )

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This is the cheapest saw he could get 3 years ago. Ryobi tools are definitely low end entry level these days. But this sucker has been an amazingly precise saw, very little run out, and a surprisingly precise fence. I’m not sure I’d want to do fine cabinetry or exotic trim work with it, but it’s a great all around saw, especially for it’s class/price.

Categories: Construction, New Gear, New Work Tools, Remodeling, Reviews, Saws, Usage Reviews, Woodshop, Woodwork, Work Tools, Work/Job

Craftsman 4V power screwdriver

Picked this up last weekend on sale, I was curious,  and for $35, figured it was a small risk.

It’s the old concept of a power screwdriver,  remember those from the 90s? Even in the early 2000s when cordless tools were gaining ground and power those things were still basically useless.

Somewhere I have one thats about 9v, that came with my big 18v Dewalt drill, circa 2006. That drill was a power house, a monster at driving screws for construction… The screwdriver,  not so much. Not exactly useless… But then the tool itself was too big to really be handy.

Batteries and motors sure have come a long ways! 

This thing is only 4V, but it has a surprising amount of torque,  and so far great run time IMO for its size.

Built in battery,  an oddity these days,  came with a wall wart w/cord that charges it. 

My main idea was for automotive work,  where you can have lots of little screws, a slow pain by hand, but an impact driver is overkill, or won’t fit.

So far I’ve had great fun with it installing a bunch of door knobs and latch plates at work,  removing and installing cabinet hinges, and even driving some small 1.25″ construction screws(amazingly well even without pilot holes!) .

Finally a compact power screwdriver that works as needed! Its a keeper!

One nifty feature, is the onboard rotating bit storage.  Has a little door that covers it. Came with bits in it! Little magnet on top next to it to hold screws or bits is actually kinda handy too.

Wish my big 20v impact drivers had that bit storage magazine!  Thinking they could do it in brushless tools and still be pretty compact.

Categories: Automotive Work, Construction, Cordless Tools, Craftsman, New Work Tools, Remodeling, Reviews, Work Tools

New At Work Pocket Tools 2.0

Well, I’ll be damned!

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If youll remember my last pson thus topic, what i was really needing then was one of these that included an R2/S2 bit.

This one is as yoh can see 9 in 1, including an R2!
I honestly don’t count the socket sizes except maybe the 1/4″ so it 6 in 1 or 7 in 1 for me.

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Cool setup with short and long double bits.

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Same size as the Stanley, thankfully not any bigger. It is a touch heavier, but I had it on me, same pocket as the Stanley is usually in, all day yesterday and never knew the difference.

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The Stanley has been performing perfectly fine for over a month, almost two actually, so i really didn’t need this change. But on principal of being what id wanted before, I went ahead and snagged it.

Cant really lose, it was almost as cheap(low cost) @$10.

Categories: Construction, EDC, New Gear, New Work Tools, Remodeling, Work Tools, Work/Job

New Summer Boots.

My Justin safety toe work boots got to be too hot and heavy for summer, especially with the heavier socks to pad the safety toe(why on earth the safetty toe edge can be felt as a hard 1/8″ step inside the boot is beyond me!! )

So I sprung for a pair of the 5″ Warthogs from Duluth Trading.
I have to be honest, I was a bit underwhelmed at first.

Felt cheap. Like, felt like $10 walmart shoes type cheap. Super light and stiff materials.

But I reminded myself that lighter build, and thinner material’s don’t automatically mean junk. The stitching itself looked good, and the leather does feel good, like real, nice leather.

Remembering that i wanted light and cool, I ignored first impression and wore them.

(Also reminded myself that my $10 Walmart shoes actually hold up really well to hard work wear, regardless of how cheap they feel!)

The insoles sucked. Super hard, less than 1/4″ thick, like stiff styrofoam, no cushion at all… not sure what is up in their thinking there. So I stuck in a set of aftermarket SoftSole(I think) thin memory foam instead.

Anyway, after 2 days in the boots, I loved them! They are light and easy to wear. There was like 1 day of break in on the leather, and 3 days to loosen the outsoles a little..

Super comfortable, they wear like an old favorite sneaker, but are durable like a boot.

Good traction. Only a little mud so far, but they grip it. Its a softer rubber not like concrete so I have high hopes for wet concrete/rocks/light ice this fall.
They are waterproof like advertised. In the rain, wet grass, puddles etc. Haven’t stood in more than 2″ of water for more than a couple minutes yet, but I’m sure they’d take it ok.

Going on about a month and a half now of all day every day wear. I spend a lot of time on my knees sitting on my feet, they’re flexible and don’t gouge me. They haven’t got a frey or tear, no noticeable wear from it.

Underfoot support is good. Could be better but they make up for it in flexibility. Lots of time crouching/squatting is hard on your feet, and these leave me with very little aching. The same as or better than the $250 Justins!

Side to side ankle support is almost nill at 5″ and soft leather… but I prefer the range of motion anyway.

At first I thought $60 was too much. Now I’m sure I’d pay the full $130 regular price for another pair. If they come back in stock, I will!

Like I said, they were on clearance. I took a couple weeks to make sure they’d work out, and missed getting a pair for when these wear out; the way I wear boots into the ground, and as durable as these are so far, a spare pair could mean a decade covered for summer boots…


Thinking about getting a pair of their slip on boots… styled like the popular Aussie boot, with the elastic only at the sides/top.

But I have a hard time laceing and tieing boots comfortably every day… The perfect tension is hard to get, and important to keep my feet from hurting a lot from the start… No control with elastic so I’m not sure about that yet.

Categories: Alaska-Life, Boots, Clothes, Field gear, New Gear, New Work Tools, Outdoors, Reviews, Uncategorized

New At Work Pocket Tools.

New for the work carry this summer.

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I LOVE my slim compact Kobalt screwdrivers. Takes 1 bit, holds 3 in the handle. Slim and light.
But also deathly slow, and a bit fiddly with gloves on, to change bits.
Broke down and got a cheap 6 in 1. (4 drivers, 2 nut drivers… the later of which I will rarely if ever use) Cheapest, lightest one they had. Its bulky, but actually not too heavy. Stanley, like $3.
Dont like the special double ended bits, cant just use any old 1.5″ 1/4″ drive bit. And No R2 bit.
Will see how long it lasts. If I can do ok on the bits, I might take the handle to the bandsaw and slim it down.

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Anyone know where I can get the fancy double ended 5/16″ hex bit it takes, or the 1/4″, in a R2/P2, or R2/1/4″ flat even, let me know.
The cutters were the cheapest also, but are good and solid. Didn’t feel like paying $22 for Chanellock. This was $10.
The ones I have are great for my auto wiring/electronic projects, and are pretty heavy duty, even good for average home wiring. But for construction site use where you cut romex, and things other than wire, I needed a set with the shorter jaw/high torque pivot location. Thankfully not much bigger than the others, and about the same weight
The old and new

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I got gloves again too. Been wearing deerskin learher of the same brand last season, and so far this one… But we’re doing vapor barrier now, and black death is impossible to remove from leather gloves, worse than it is from your hands. And those leather suckers are $22 a pair. (Yes, I won’t buy side cutters that’ll last a decade for $22, but I will pay that for gloves that last about 7 months. Yes, I know I’m odd. ) these are almost as comfortable after a day or two, and probably almost as durable. I just cry less when theyre ruined.

(for those that don’t know, black death is the slang term for a non hardening, non setting, forever sticky acoustical and vapor barier sealant and adheasive. It never dries or sets, and is tacky like tar. Its impossible to get off you once you get it on you. Gasoline or paint thinner will eat it. In my experience even then its hard to get off. )

Also grabbed one of these little guys. Figured why not, @ $0.97

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So, its interesting. The big yellow Stanley takes a 1/4″ bit on one end only, on the other it is 5/16″.

In this little Stanley, the bits are Smaller than 1/4″. BUT it looks like the tool is molded at the ends to take 1/4″ bits. Except it doesnt quote fit a [img] g4″ bit. The smaller bits are gripped further into the handle though. Strange.

Categories: Construction, EDC, New Gear, New Work Tools, Remodeling, Work Tools, Work/Job

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