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Ryobi AP1301

Ryobi AP1301

01-28-2011 09:28 AM by HobieMan | 5 comments »

I love my planer, again for the price. Mine does have the 4” dust port so it must be a later version. I recently noticed that it is not planing a consistent thickness across the width of the board and I am getting inconsistent snipe, some times worse than others on the same board. It is going off to a service center tomorrow.

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Good starter router, but could do better

Good starter router, but could do better

03-10-2010 05:13 AM by NewPickeringWdWrkr | 6 comments »

As a beginning wood worker on a budget, I have opted for purchasing Ryobi products to fit the bill as the need arises. I’ve been mostly happy with this choice as I find it to be a pretty versatile router. I’ve had it for about a month now. The good:- it takes 1/2 or 1/4” router bits- variable speed that’s easy to adjust- comfortable- powerful enough. I’ve never had it bog down even when a ‘little’ too agressive- micro depth adjustment allows for mo...

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Not a bad little mini-driver but would look for the TEK4 version

Not a bad little mini-driver but would look for the TEK4 version

01-19-2010 05:00 PM by David Craig | 12 comments »

I have been looking for a mini-driver that I could put in my pocket for small tasks around the shop and assembly work. I have the Ridgid 18v cordless for the larger tasks but it is sometimes a pain in the hip (literally) to have on my holster. Since I pre-drill all my holes before adding fasteners, I just needed a light duty driver for screws. This would give me the flexibility of having a drill already prepped with a bit for drilling and another set for driving. I didn’t want to invest...

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 Ryobi 7 1/2 inch CMS

Ryobi 7 1/2 inch CMS

08-03-2011 03:19 AM by tomd | 1 comment »

When I first saw this saw I though how cute, so little. But I knew it was just up my alley. This is not for home repairs or major construction, but is brilliant at cutting small parts. Hook it up to a frued 7 1/2 60tooth blade and you get great smooth cut small parts. I use it for segment turning in cutting the small angles and I also use it in making bandings and fan motifs. If your cutting small parts this is a great saw.

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Strength, reliability, and affordability

Strength, reliability, and affordability

01-30-2008 11:00 PM by Rob McCune | 0 comments »

I bought a set of Ryobi One+ tools a couple of years ago. The reasons I bought the set are several. Affordability was chief among them. I don’t remember how much the set was but it was half what the DeWalt set was while still being 18v. The drill that came with the set was almost the same as the P211 but without the hammer drill feature and the accompanying handle. It was very durable, very dependable, but the trigger switch went out after only a year. I bought a new switch and in...

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Nice scroll saw that has some useful features

Nice scroll saw that has some useful features

12-16-2008 12:26 AM by ferstler | 1 comment »

I do not use this saw much, but I got it on clearance at Home Depot some time ago, and do manage to make the purchase worth the cost from time to time. Yep, it no longer is available there as a new item, but Sears still has the same unit available in its stores (in a different color, of course), and used items might be on hand here and there. Other than more vibration than I like, this saw works OK. I found that by mounting the thing to a heavy bench (which itself is bolted to the shop wa...

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You Get What You Paid For

You Get What You Paid For

05-13-2010 10:23 PM 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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Good Price! Get what you pay for!

Good Price! Get what you pay for!

08-26-2008 04:18 AM by Tooldads_apprentice | 12 comments »

I bought a starter kit, at my local Home Depot, about a year ago and it is great. The package I bought included A Cordless Drill, A Impact Drill, A Circular Saw, A Radio, A Vacuum, A Reciprocating Saw, and A Sander. I have had only a few problems with it, but for my first set of tools, it is a great set. Problems that I have had include the chuck sticking on the Impact Drill. I wish this kit came with another battery and charger, but I went and bought the extra two batteries and charger. I wo...

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Plenty of power, good chuck, a little noisy.

Plenty of power, good chuck, a little noisy.

07-22-2009 04:17 PM by dbhost | 2 comments »

It’s been nearly two years since I purchased my Ryobi D46CK driver drill to replace an old Craftsman drill that had been on long term loan a little too long… The features I liked about this particular drill were the fact that it had a keyless chuck, with a good, predictable chuck. The blow molded case helps with storage and at least TRYING to keep my shop tidy. Power from this drill has been great, after Hurricane Ike I used it with a 1.5” long shaft (18”) spade ...

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Ryobi Right-Angle Drill

Ryobi Right-Angle Drill

11-24-2008 08:07 PM by ferstler | 0 comments »

I used this drill in conjunction with a Ridgid right-angle impact driver (also reviewed previously) to install some crown moldings on kitchen cabinets that I installed some years back. My wife and an interior designer she hired made the suggestion and I always follow my wife’s suggestions. The drill was used to help secure hidden backer boards to the cabinet top edges. I had already attached the backers to the moldings out in my workshop. The Ryobi unit worked just fine in that tight...

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