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seedsbelize2 02-24-22 09:04 AM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 22419413)
None of the drills quite made it past the "cute" threshold for me, but a few of the impact drivers did. Makita's XDT16, in particular, is pretty damn small, and it's supposed to be one of the best on the market.

I have never understood the popularity of impact drivers. Their traditional use is unsticking tight nuts and bolts. And tightening them. What use does Joe homeowner have for an impact driver!

seedsbelize2 02-24-22 09:07 AM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22419542)
Makita has always made fine products, afaik. I have a Makita 7.2v drill that is about 30 years old and has been abused and still works.
I never bought any electric impact tools because I had air tools and I was old and cheap. Most of the guys who had them bought Snap On or Matco and some of them had DeWalt drills.
The work I did I used 3/8 drive for most power tool stuff. I had a crappy 1/2 drive impact so if I needed big power I would borrow a monster I-R from someone.
One of the guys used his 3/8 Matco electric for wheel nuts. I wondered if that was a good idea.

One of the brake guys got tendonitis in his elbows from using a huge impact gun. Big guy, 6'4", 250 lbs, but using the impact all day. It got so bad he had to take months off, PT, the works. The doctor told him to get a lightweight titanium impact wrench.

I had one of those Makita 7.2 volt. I got tired of buying batteries. It still worked just fine.

seedsbelize2 02-24-22 09:15 AM

And now off to the wood shop.
Sadly, I've traded in my daily ride for a daily walk. The cycling gods have been tough on me for two years now. I hope I don't crack under the pressure.

datlas 02-24-22 09:19 AM

Mrs datlas and I took a long walk in our temporary neighborhood. We braved the 35F temps.


https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...4f7d56979.jpeg

big john 02-24-22 09:34 AM


Originally Posted by phrantic09 (Post 22419641)
Also signed up for this today

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34809666

Recommended rider:
  • Adventure-seeking bicycle owner!

genejockey 02-24-22 09:35 AM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22419835)
Mrs datlas and I took a long walk in our temporary neighborhood. We braved the 35F temps.


https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...4f7d56979.jpeg

"'Come to California', they said. 'It'll be fun warm!' they said"

Eric F 02-24-22 09:36 AM

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Eric F 02-24-22 09:38 AM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22419835)
Mrs datlas and I took a long walk in our temporary neighborhood. We braved the 35F temps.


https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...4f7d56979.jpeg

This weekend, you will say, ďOh. THATís what itís like!Ē

big john 02-24-22 09:43 AM


Originally Posted by seedsbelize2 (Post 22419821)
I had one of those Makita 7.2 volt. I got tired of buying batteries. It still worked just fine.

Yeah I had to buy a couple batteries. The last time they were hard to find and the Snap On guy said he could get one for me so I told him to get it without asking the price. It showed up and was like $50. I should have just bought a new drill but I still have the Makita and use it around the house now.

datlas 02-24-22 09:53 AM


Originally Posted by Eric F (Post 22419872)
This weekend, you will say, ďOh. THATís what itís like!Ē

I hope it warms up enough to allow me to do the full Monty up Mt Baldy by Monday or Tuesday. I am thinking itís not safe today.

My cycling friend is coming over and we have to figure out todayís ride plan. We may drive to Malibu and ride the canyons there. Gibraltar is an option but a bit farther to drive. Or we might slack off and hike the Mt Wilson trail.

WhyFi 02-24-22 10:22 AM


Originally Posted by seedsbelize2 (Post 22419816)
I have never understood the popularity of impact drivers. Their traditional use is unsticking tight nuts and bolts. And tightening them. What use does Joe homeowner have for an impact driver!

Man, you've been under a big rock for a good, long time, ain't ya? They're popular because people that have used them know how handy they are.

Modern impact drivers are probably considerably smaller and lighter than you think - they're smaller and lighter and have a lot more torque than a drill in a similar category. They're used when the torque (or lack thereof) of a drill would fall short or make the job longer and more difficult - driving larger/longer fasteners without pre-drilling a pilot, cutting larger diameter holes with impact-rated bits/hole saws, etc. They're also easier to handle because you don't have to constantly oppose the twisting force, like you would with a drill.

big john 02-24-22 10:39 AM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 22419911)
Man, you've been under a big rock for a good, long time, ain't ya? They're popular because people that have used them know how handy they are.

Modern impact drivers are probably considerably smaller and lighter than you think - they're smaller and lighter and have a lot more torque than a drill in a similar category. They're used when the torque (or lack thereof) of a drill would fall short or make the job longer and more difficult - driving larger/longer fasteners without pre-drilling a pilot, cutting larger diameter holes with impact-rated bits/hole saws, etc. They're also easier to handle because you don't have to constantly oppose the twisting force, like you would with a drill.

The newer drills do have enough torque to rip themselves right out of your grip especially if you're using them for nuts and bolts. I borrowed an 18v DeWalt a few times and it has an adjustable clutch which will prevent breaking or stripping screws and drills. Another great feature is the sensitivity of the trigger. You can squeeze a little and get super slow rpm, good for starting screws.

Eric F 02-24-22 10:48 AM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22419887)
I hope it warms up enough to allow me to do the full Monty up Mt Baldy by Monday or Tuesday. I am thinking itís not safe today.

My cycling friend is coming over and we have to figure out todayís ride plan. We may drive to Malibu and ride the canyons there. Gibraltar is an option but a bit farther to drive. Or we might slack off and hike the Mt Wilson trail.

Based on the forecast I'm seeing Monday or Tuesday would be very good days to ride Baldy. You're right about today.

Enjoy the sunshine! :)

LAJ 02-24-22 10:53 AM

I happen to be a Bauer fan from HF. Not brushless, but the 1/2" drill/driver/hammer drill does fine for around the house. Same with the 1/2" and 3/8" drive impact. I also have cordless polisher/buffers, sawzall, pole saw and other sanding tools. The impacts are far smaller than the ones I wore out when I was out in the wild at the shop.

DougRNS 02-24-22 11:03 AM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22419697)
We are in Pasadena and I picked up the borrowed bike. Now I have to wait for it to warm up. Itís currently a cool 37 here which is fine for Pennsylvania but not what I expected in LA.

did you forget to pack your HTFU?

phrantic09 02-24-22 11:26 AM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22419863)
Recommended rider:
  • Adventure-seeking bicycle owner!

pretty much

big john 02-24-22 11:39 AM


Originally Posted by phrantic09 (Post 22419965)
pretty much

From the brief description it sounds awesome! Are you going to race it? It said something about racing if you want and I wasn't sure if it was a timed event or what they meant. Have you done the route before?

phrantic09 02-24-22 11:41 AM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22419982)
From the brief description it sounds awesome! Are you going to race it? It said something about racing if you want and I wasn't sure if it was a timed event or what they meant. Have you done the route before?

Iíve ridden most of the roads except the parts in VT. Itíll be a ton of fun. I wonít race it, Iíll push, but also take my time at the feed stops.

Mojo31 02-24-22 11:51 AM


Originally Posted by LAJ (Post 22419721)
There are no calm heads. Example:

"Lot of people in Ukraine crowding together inside. Only 35% of Ukrainians have been vaccinated. Less than 2% have been boosted."

Id take my chances with the Cov over a cruise missile.

LAJ 02-24-22 12:10 PM


Originally Posted by Mojo31 (Post 22419989)
Id take my chances with the Cov over a cruise missile.

That was my point. Who in the hell would even think of something like that, at a time like that?

We're doomed.

indyfabz 02-24-22 12:10 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22419835)
Mrs datlas and I took a long walk in our temporary neighborhood. We braved the 35F temps.

Currently sleeting back home.

Mojo31 02-24-22 12:25 PM


Originally Posted by LAJ (Post 22420010)
That was my point. Who in the hell would even think of something like that, at a time like that?

We're doomed.

Actually, they might be doomed. Our homes are still standing, so we are good.

indyfabz 02-24-22 12:26 PM


Originally Posted by phrantic09 (Post 22419641)
Also signed up for this today

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34809666

Also pretty sure Iím coming off of the waitlist for Rasputitsa up in the NE Kingdom of VT this spring- itís supposed to be nasty. Iím sure there will be a crash or two.

Have you ever done D2R2? Sounds like your cup of tea. I did the metric route in 2012. Hardest one-day, supported ride I ever did. Something like close to 8,000' of climbing that year. Didn't help that my Surly LHT was the wrong bike, but it was the only off-road-capable bike I had. Another year I did a combination of the Green River Route to lunch and the metric route on the way back. It's a fun event for a good cause (land preservation) that starts in the town where I attended high school. The food at the start, along the route and at the finish was terrific. You even got a free beer.

D2R2 - The Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnťe - Franklin Land Trust

Last year the 180K route had nearly 13,000' of climbing:

D2R2 2021 (ridewithgps.com)

BTW...I have an supported tour planned for VT this spring. Brattleboro to St. Albans that passes through the NEK near the end and includes Jay Peak from east to west. Rode up that way in 2012 during a supported trip in the state. Very beautiful.

Mojo31 02-24-22 12:28 PM

Ruskies don’t seem too smartski: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world...dRe?li=BBnb7Kz

phrantic09 02-24-22 12:49 PM


Originally Posted by indyfabz (Post 22420030)
Have you ever done D2R2? Sounds like your cup of tea. I did the metric route in 2012. Hardest one-day, supported ride I ever did. Something like close to 8,000' of climbing that year. Didn't help that my Surly LHT was the wrong bike, but it was the only off-road-capable bike I had. Another year I did a combination of the Green River Route to lunch and the metric route on the way back. It's a fun event for a good cause (land preservation) that starts in the town where I attended high school. The food at the start, along the route and at the finish was terrific. You even got a free beer.

D2R2 - The Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnťe - Franklin Land Trust

Last year the 180K route had nearly 13,000' of climbing:

D2R2 2021 (ridewithgps.com)

BTW...I have an supported tour planned for VT this spring. Brattleboro to St. Albans that passes through the NEK near the end and includes Jay Peak from east to west. Rode up that way in 2012 during a supported trip in the state. Very beautiful.

I was looking at D2R2- it looks fun

indyfabz 02-24-22 01:11 PM


Originally Posted by phrantic09 (Post 22420050)
I was looking at D2R2- it looks fun

Note that I think it often (if not always) sells out. Lots of hearty riders. Even saw one really fast couple riding a tandem. Just missed seeing a bear the first year.

The first year we camped the Friday before the event and the Saturday afterwards. (There was a shuttle to a nearby public school for showers.) Rooms in the immediate area are relatively scarce. You have to head down to the Northampton area for more.

It was a homecoming for me. I had not been back to visit campus since 1991. (The town is full of historic houses you can visit.) I even got to see a classmate who was working in alumni relations for the school.

phrantic09 02-24-22 01:51 PM


Originally Posted by indyfabz (Post 22420076)
Note that I think it often (if not always) sells out. Lots of hearty riders. Even saw one really fast couple riding a tandem. Just missed seeing a bear the first year.

The first year we camped the Friday before the event and the Saturday afterwards. (There was a shuttle to a nearby public school for showers.) Rooms in the immediate area are relatively scarce. You have to head down to the Northampton area for more.

It was a homecoming for me. I had not been back to visit campus since 1991. (The town is full of historic houses you can visit.) I even got to see a classmate who was working in alumni relations for the school.

I have to base 99% of the group events I do around my custody calendar so sometime have to skip some of the more fun ones. LikeÖ Tour of the Catskills falls right in the middle of vacation so I wo t do that this year. Hoping I can do the Peacham Fall Fondo, which Ian Boswell puts on, that looks pretty fun.

Mojo31 02-24-22 02:13 PM

Good on ya - kids first. :beer:

indyfabz 02-24-22 02:16 PM


Originally Posted by phrantic09 (Post 22420118)
Hoping I can do the Peacham Fall Fondo, which Ian Boswell puts on, that looks pretty fun.

We rode through Peacham during the 2010 Cycle Vermont trip run by Adventure Cycling. Purdy.

My planned route for this spring has me staying a bit west of there at Stillwater State Park in Groton State Forest for two nights then heading northeast to Brighton. Looks to be a hard day:

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genejockey 02-24-22 05:08 PM

Quiet afternoon. Everyone must be doing Wordle...
Sheer luck.

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