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

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KevinBlair

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#1 posted 10-26-2012 02:21 AM

NiCad do seem to still be readily available. I have to agree with other posters regarding Ryobi tools as separate from the batteries. The tools are good. I have a corded random orbit sander and the combo kit. When the battery works, the saw makes a smooth, straight cut. I have used the drill/driver for hours on end. I do not know why the batteries are so bad in comparison to PC, Dewalt, etc. They do not seem to me (although I haven’t done extensive research) any cheaper than most of their competition. Perhaps one day a Ryobi rep will post a response??

I am leaning toward the CPO PC drill/saw combo. At $86.00 delivered (it is a recon) I don’t see how I can go wrong, although I understand I can do better. Things got too busy today to get to Home Depot to check out the Rigid options and I want to do that before a final choice.

Regarding the shop made track guide suggested by toolie: does this approach solve the wandering problem? I use a guide (an aluminum one I bought online or a longer piece of 3/4” plywood that I know is straight) clamped to the plywood sheet I am cutting. The track saws “lock” the saw to the guide so it cannot wander. The plans Toolie linked to do not seem to solve this problem???

Lastly: thanks to everyone that has posted!! I have found all of the contributions helpful and perhaps this post will save a few folks the frustration of buying Ryobi and perhaps Ryobi will hear and step up and do something…I may also hit the lottery one day if and when I actually buy a ticket :-)


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