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Forum topic by jenncartist posted 12-22-2015 02:09 AM 551 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jenncartist

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12-22-2015 02:09 AM

I am borrowing the aforementioned tool from a friend for the purpose of taking apart pallets. I am an artist, and am trying my hand at reclaimed pallet wood as an art medium. Anywho, I blasted through one of my pallets with relative ease for a newb, but starting on the next one, the bugger is dead as a doornail. It took me about 20 minutes tops to slice through the thing, nails and all, using a metal/wood blade. Is it common for these batteries not to last that long? The first pallet was made of oak I believe, because the wood was VERY STURDY!! I guess I just need to know if this is common or if I broke it lol.


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#1 posted 12-22-2015 02:13 AM

Wrong tool for what you are trying to do… as you have noticed. A corded reciprocating saw or circular saw is what you need, or get/build a pallet buster:

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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builtinbkyn

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#2 posted 12-22-2015 02:20 AM

You probably got what life that battery has out of it for what you did. Do you have the charger?

I had one cordless sawsall in about the ten or so I’ve owned and well obviously didn’t think much of the cordless. You might be better off with a hammer and a pry bar.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#3 posted 12-22-2015 11:16 AM

It depends on how old the battery is and how it’s been looked after. If not looked after properly, work time per charge will decrease very quickly. Twenty minutes of hard work isn’t too bad for the average Ryobi battery. I agree with previous posts that you would be better off using a different tool for the job.

-- Marc- http://www.thediyhubby.com/drill-press-reviews/

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jenncartist

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#4 posted 12-22-2015 03:56 PM

Yeah, I got the sawzall idea from pallet-busting how-tos online. But you are correct . . . something with a cord and, thus, uninterrupted power, would be best for this sort of thing. But when you don’t have much in the way of power tools and a friend is willing to loan you theirs, you take what you can get. Thanks!

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#5 posted 12-22-2015 05:08 PM

The Ryobi Ni-Cad batteries are pretty much useless, I have a few and I don’t know why I keep them. I use the largest Lithium batteries and the runtime is so much better you would swear it’s not the same tool. The lithium batteries are $99 for two which is a little much but so worth it once you experience the difference.

A good blade also helps too

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#6 posted 12-22-2015 07:11 PM

friends don’t let friends buy or borrow any Ryobi tool…...

-- .. heyoka ..

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builtinbkyn

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#7 posted 12-22-2015 07:53 PM

I have a little Rayobi trimmer/router I like very much. Came with a wide base with two handles. Great for edge trimming. But yeah, most Rayobi stuff is sketchy.


friends don t let friends buy or borrow any Ryobi tool…...

- verdesardog


-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#8 posted 12-23-2015 06:01 PM

I posted the problem I had with the Ryobi Li batteries and HD on another thread. Conclusion: I will not buy Ryobi anymore.

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#9 posted 12-23-2015 06:34 PM

I posted the problem I had with the Ryobi Li batteries and HD on another thread. Conclusion: I will not buy Ryobi anymore.
- Knothead62

I won’t buy Li-ion batteries, regardless of who makes them :)

NiCD’s have almost twice the service life (or more), wider operational range, and are dirt cheap.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: And NiCD’s aren’t known for catching fire or exploding!

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#10 posted 12-23-2015 09:07 PM



I posted the problem I had with the Ryobi Li batteries and HD on another thread. Conclusion: I will not buy Ryobi anymore.
- Knothead62

I won t buy Li-ion batteries, regardless of who makes them :)

NiCD s have almost twice the service life (or more), wider operational range, and are dirt cheap.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: And NiCD s aren t known for catching fire or exploding!

- MrUnix

???? the Li ion batteries for my Makita are over 5 years old, have never caught fire and have outlasted many NiCad’s. They live in central AZ so see temperatures of over 100 degrees in summer and way below freezing in winter.

-- .. heyoka ..

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#11 posted 12-23-2015 09:27 PM

???? the Li ion batteries for my Makita are over 5 years old, have never caught fire and have outlasted many NiCad s. They live in central AZ so see temperatures of over 100 degrees in summer and way below freezing in winter.
- verdesardog

Age really has nothing to do with it… it depends on usage. NiCD has roughly twice the charge/discharge life of Li-ion batteries – or more. Not single charge life (Li-Ion has a higher charge density than NiCD so will last longer per charge), but the number of times you can charge/discharge them before they are pretty much toast. And Li-Ion is extremely temperature sensitive when charging/discharging – which is why they have all sorts of electronics in them to prevent overheating (which can result in fire or explosion). Also why they are restricted for transport on airplanes. Each has advantages/disadvantages and it depends greatly on how you use them. For me, twice the service life and extremely low price makes NiCD more attractive for what I use them for. YMMV.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#12 posted 12-23-2015 09:56 PM

I have the same saw and use it primarily for branch busting. My wife loves the NiCad batteries because it means I will only spend about 20 mins with the saw before I have to move on to something else and wait for a recharge. I purchased a Li-ion battery about 6 months ago for that saw and now get to use it about four times as long. I bought all my Ryobi stuff when I was a newbie. Aside from another Li-ion battery, I probably wouldn’t buy any more Ryobi tools.

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