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No Batteries Required

No Batteries Required

03-24-2013 01:58 AM by cutworm | 10 comments »

If you have power handy in your shop this little drill is great. The clutch has 24 settings for driving screws and it has good torque for driving at slow speeds. I have power right at my bench so it works great for me. About the only thing it lacks is a high-low speed switch. I paid $20 for a reconditioned one and will be using it most of the time instead of my battery drill. Best of all – No more dead batteries in the middle of a project.

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An awesome sander at an awesome price.

An awesome sander at an awesome price.

08-27-2012 01:52 PM by Cole Tallerman | 9 comments »

Now I am not one to have much faith in Ryobi tools at all, but when I saw this sander unopened at a yard sale for $25 I just had to pick it up. I am sure happy I did. This sander is great for sanding any types of curves weather inside or out. The sander comes with 5 different sized rubber fittings that hold sleeves up to 2 inches. The quill stroke on this machine is 5/8”. I was surprised and pleased to find a heavy cast iron top on a Ryobi tool. This thing also has LOTS OF POWER. I ran ...

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A good saw...while it lasted :-(

A good saw...while it lasted :-(

06-14-2008 05:29 AM by Mark Shymanski | 8 comments »

Hello all, One of the great things about renovations is that it is really easy to rationalize a new tool purchase (or two so far). As part of the ongoing ceiling installation Jenn and I decided to buy not only the Dewalt drill, which I’ve already reviewed, but this circular saw. I did not do any research into which tool would be the best as this was more of an impulse purchase just to get the ceiling up… Some specs: 7 1/4 inch blade 5/8 arbor weight (from the manual) 11 lb...

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You need this if you sand inside curves

You need this if you sand inside curves

11-24-2008 09:38 PM by ferstler | 7 comments »

This device is no longer in production, but used models might show up here and there. It had a list price of $99 when it was available new, and I lucked out and got the last display model at my local Home Depot for sixty-seven bucks. The top is cast iron, the rotational speed is 2000 rpm, and the oscillating range is 5/8 inch. The motor draws 3.5 amps and the weight is 49 pounds. The metal spindle is 1/2 inches in size and while it will hold a sanding sleeve that diameter you also have fou...

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A fine little press for hobby-scale work

A fine little press for hobby-scale work

11-24-2008 11:22 PM by ferstler | 7 comments »

I own a Ridgid 15-inch drill press that is terrific for larger-scale projects. (I’d write a review here, but somebody else has already done that with decent skill, although I did post some comments on that review entry.) However, the Ridgid is overkill for some smaller operations, and so I also have the illustrated 10-inch Ryobi mounted on a bench for lightweight stuff. When I purchased it several years back it cost $99 bucks, which is a credit to Chinese production economies. Unfortuna...

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A pleasant surprise from the Home Depot

A pleasant surprise from the Home Depot

06-16-2013 08:10 AM by Chris Hudak | 7 comments »

It all started when my father in law gave his Craftsman radial arm saw. I am am his favorite son in law after all (my wife is an only child.) Well I soon found out that life is too short to mess with with a Craftsman radial arm saw. When I finally got the thing aligned and running the blade would slow down and jam in the wood and it would be out of alignment all over again. Not wishing to inflict this pain on another human being I took the dang thing to the dump. The man working there seemed...

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work smarter not harder

work smarter not harder

03-01-2008 07:08 AM by Partridge | 6 comments »

Hello, Lumber JocksNot real sure how to format a tool review, but here I go.RYOBI 18v Impact DriverI needed a tool to screw in a lot of 1 5/8 dry wall screws. The job was the inside of my shop, putting up chipboard (OSB). I started off with a Bosch drill drive and it was working alright but I could see it taking a long time, besides it was starting to work my wrist and arms when pushing up tight on the screw to get it in place or to keep it from stripping. That’s not Bosch’s fault, that’s...

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A good impact driver for the money

A good impact driver for the money

12-05-2008 08:08 PM by ferstler | 6 comments »

I own two of these (one for each hand; OK, that is a joke), and you can see both in the photo. I obtained one a few years back and picked up the other a few months ago when I was feeling flush. I do not feel so bad about buying two of the things, since together they cost about the same as one such unit from any number of more upscale manufacturers. These are 18-volt jobs and they are part of the Ryobi One + battery-powered tool catalog collection. This means you can buy the driver without ...

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Good saw, with modifications!

Good saw, with modifications!

04-25-2010 06:06 AM by msdameng | 6 comments »

Straight out of the box you will be dissapointed with this saw. Some of the major flaws are very pronounced vibration above the 1200 spm speed, the blower is not nearly strong enough, the knob to tighten the tilt on the tabletop is made of of soft rubber and will bust if overtightened, also if you plan on using the holddown foot it is almost impossible to get it tight enough to not twist if the piece of wood you’re cutting actually tries to pull up against it. However, I have found th...

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Easy to use and does what it's supposed to do.

Easy to use and does what it's supposed to do.

05-20-2013 08:24 PM by Bill1974 | 5 comments »

I have had this biscuit joiner the (JM82) for a few months and it has worked well. It’s easy to adjust and handle. It seem a little more powerful than a porta cable one that I had used, it get up to full speed quicker than the PC. The case is nice, but the bag location is a little awkward. It would also be nice if there were a better way to store extra biscuits in it. Additionally the cord gets bent pretty tight when put in the case, just past the strain relief on the unit, I cu...

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