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Ryobi straight router bits, set of 4, suck

Ryobi straight router bits, set of 4, suck

617 days ago by CplSteel | 37 comments »

I think cheap tools have a place. I have 2 very nice kitchen knives and a few crap knives; i use them for different things. So i needed a bit to rough out a curve and using a router on a swing arm seemed to make sense, so I picked up these bits. I expected them to leave a rough edge, I expected them to be less than scary sharp, I expected them to do their job just not to be great about it. I was wrong, turns out red oak beat that bit silly. By my math, this bit made 4 36” passes ...

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Ryobi AP 1301 13-inch portable planer: good basic planer for beginning woodworkers

Ryobi AP 1301 13-inch portable planer: good basic planer for beginning woodworkers

1568 days ago by dmoney | 22 comments »

keep in mind:I’ve had this for about a week so here are my opinions so far.This is my first planer. I bought this one reconditioned. It was cheap, only $159 at cporyobi.com. free shipping and no sales tax. It does a good job planing. All I’ve ran thru it is oak and pine. The results are very good, probably because the blades are still new. It has no infeed/outfeed extension. In the pic you can see I made a crude one for myself using a leaf from an old dining room tabl...

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Probably the best $40 I've spent on a tool

Probably the best $40 I've spent on a tool

243 days ago by Jofa | 21 comments »

Hey fellow LJ’s, I found myself in need of a new jigsaw as the old Skil I had been using was just impossible to dial in to make a perfect 90º cut. No matter what I tried, I there would always be an angle on the inside of the cut piece and the metal blade guide started to rust, marking up my stock. I did a little research on some low priced saws (I go low price with pretty much everything) and ended up with the Ryobi JS481L 4.8 amp VS jigsaw. Overall:Very powerful, excellent cu...

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A note for those just getting started ... Don't do it!

A note for those just getting started ... Don't do it!

2281 days ago by RayW | 20 comments »

I learned basic woodworking from an uncle many years ago while helping him remodel his him. I was an enjoyable time for me I loved the smell of the wood shop and was constantly learning. My uncle was a cabinet and furniture maker, with a long waiting list, in his spare time so he had all the equipment you can dream of. Well, it’s 20 years later now and I’m working a desk job in IT and need a hobby that is not at a computer and I remembered the smell of the fresh cut wood. So in...

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A nice joiner at a terrific price

A nice joiner at a terrific price

1968 days ago by ferstler | 19 comments »

This is Ryobi’s second biscuit joiner that I know of. The first was similar to this one and cost the same $99 bucks, but had the stock number JM81. The earlier version was cheaply made, with a plastic base plate and rather clunky controls. This newer version has a metal base plate and the controls are more refined. The fence is adjustable from 0 to 135 degrees and the fence height can be set from 0 to 2 inches. It can easily handle number 0, 10, and 20 biscuits and comes with a detachable ...

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You Get What You Paid For

You Get What You Paid For

1437 days ago by mrg | 18 comments »

Sorry to say that this little sander only gets a two star rating. I have had this sander less than a year and the bearing under the sanding plate has froze. It had such potential. ConsThe loading of sandpaper is not that great. But once you get the paper aligned and under the holders its OK. Loud Dust control not great and shop vac couldn’t be connected to the port. The sander has been used maybe 6 times. The past two days it was being used to sand the planter boxes and benc...

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Ryobi Table Saw - Model RTS20

Ryobi Table Saw - Model RTS20

827 days ago by Trev_Batstone | 16 comments »

I was definately in need of a new table saw, and I looked at various brands at a few retailers before making my decision. Rigid, Dewalt, Laguna and other hi-priced makes were not in my price league, nor did I want a large size saw in my garage workshop. I finally settled for the Ryobi RTS20 model after seeing one on display at Home Depot. I bought one and assembled it yesterday and have already used it several times. My thoughts and comments on this saw are as follows: 1. First of al...

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Fine planer for the money

Fine planer for the money

1962 days ago by ferstler | 14 comments »

Ryobi has recently replaced this discontinued AP1300 model with the AP1301. The new version has two deficiencies, compared to the older-design unit reviewed here. First, the new unit does not have a cutter lock. OK, with good planers a cutter lock may not be necessary, but with a budget model it is not a bad idea. One look at the operation of the lock on the AP1300 shows that it is a very good way, indeed, to make sure that the cutter assembly is not going to shift upward or downward durin...

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Excellent Belt Sander for Moderate Use

Excellent Belt Sander for Moderate Use

582 days ago by HAJIII | 13 comments »

I debated for quite a while before purchasing this sander because of the reviews complaining of drive belt problems, power cord issues, and difficulties in sanding belt alignment. I have had the sander for six months and had none of these problems. I even bought spare drive belts just in case, but I have had no problems with the drive belt. I was concerned with the sanding belt alignment problems mentioned but I found the adjustment quick and reliable. I can switch from one sanding grit to ...

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Ryobi 18v Impact Driver

Ryobi 18v Impact Driver

1740 days ago by JMG | 12 comments »

I bought this impact to replace an old DeWalt driver. I got the driver, a compact drill, 2 compact lithium batteries, and a charger for only $179 instead of a new DeWalt impact with no battery for $279. Sounded like a good deal so I jumped on it even though the Ryobi’s torque didn’t come close to the DeWalt(880 in/lbs for the Ryobi and 1,330 in/lbs for the DeWalt). The Ryobi struggled to drive lags into the old petrified wood of the house I was adding the deck on. It also bogg...

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