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

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#1 posted 10-27-2012 01:41 PM

Hi mIps, not a dumb contribution to the discussion in any way.

I actually have this type of guide for my plunge router and use it to make dados. I just haven’t had good luck making straight cuts with my circular saw. I found that the 18v saw worked great with a standard straight edge and this seemed like a good solution; until the batteries started to show as a real weakness.

I am going to make a guide for my corded circular saw and give it a try. I may even opt to buy a new corded circular saw. The one I have is a B&D from sometime around 1984 when we bought our first house in Chicago.

Things have sort of morphed into separate topics: 1) how to use a circular saw to break down sheet goods in the most economical and efficient manner and 2) batteries for cordless tools.

it does seem that other companies (Dewalt, PC, Makita, Milwaukee) make better batteries than Ryobi. The mystery is why Ryobi batteries are not equal to the overall quality of their actual tools. As noted by many others, the convenience of the uncorded tools, especially drill/drivers is really nice to have for doing all kinds of work. I find the 18v saw easier to use and control as well as offering somewhat similar convenience as the drill/drivers. I wil say in Ryobi’s favor that it is only the saw that has given me frustration, not the drill/driver. I have not used Ryobi lawn or other tools with their batteries so cannot comment on them.

I have decided to buy the PC combo kit (driver/saw) from CPO. For $80.00 it seems like a good bet. I will continue to use the Ryobi drill/driver and the PC will replace a craftsman drill/driver that has worked fine, but the battery is starting to go. We’ll see how the PC 18v saw works. I will also build the guide for my circular saw. One way or the other, I will find a method of breaking down the sheets of plywood and someday get these kitchen cabinets built!

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