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Posted on Ryobi batteries really are worthless, should I get Porter-Cable, DeWalt?

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#1 posted 10-25-2012 01:57 PM

Thanks guys! It looks like almost anything other than Ryobi will be an improvement. I am going to check out CPO. The life-time warranty from Rigid sounds good, but it seems PC and Dewalt are fine.

I understand the Festool recommendation, but I think that is overkill for my level of use.

Like NWBUSA, my primary use of the circular saw is to break down sheet goods. I have a corded saw, but I find it harder to control than the smaller 18v saw. I can keep the 18v saw tight to the guide and get a near perfect cut. I know I could get the Festool or Dewalt track saw, but that takes us back into the overkill for a home/hobby level.

There are a lot of negative reviews of the Ryobi batteries, including their Li-ion ones. I didn’t do any real research before buying the Ryobi combo kit on sale a Christmas or two ago for something like $89.00. I think I have gotten my $89.00 worth and will keep using the drill, worklight, and even the vacuum that came with the kit.

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