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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 03:14 PM

I am going to check out Rigid today at Home Depot. CPO has a PC combo (driver and Circular saw) package on sale for $80.00. Hard to beat that price.

I agree that the cordless drill/driver is the best use of these tools. The worklights also seem fine. I have not been impressed by the 18v saw or the vacuum in comparison to the corded models.

That said, I have experimented with cutting sheet goods with my corded circular saw and it always seems to wander quite a bit. This means for me, more waste, as I have to cut the boards wider to account for the wandering before final cutting on the table saw. This seems to be a standard problem, solved by the purchase of a track saw system (Festool or Dewalt).

Using the 18v circular saw is slower (especially when the batteries give out after a few minutes), but a lot easier to control. I am confident in making my cuts as little as 1/8” wider than needed as opposed to a couple of inches with the corded saw.

I have heard really nice things about Festool and Dewalt track saws, but either one would sit around the shop for months and months w/o any use. I want to get a good quality dovetail jig amongst other upgrades and would rather spend the money on those than on a track saw.

I will check this out today, but do either Rigid, Dewalt, or PC offer a corded adapter for their tools? Ryobi does not. An adapter would seem to offer the best of both worlds.

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