Ryobi one + 18 Volt P 523 scrollsaw

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10-01-2016 07:08 PM

Do you have experience with a Ryobi one + 18 Volt P 523 scrollsaw. I’m curious about the build quality and how powerful this saw is?


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#1 posted 10-01-2016 08:53 PM

This saw is NOT what most woodworkers mean when they say “scroll saw.” It is a hand held “jig saw.” Some jig saws have a “scrolling” feature which allows the blade/shaft to be rotated in relation to the body of the saw while in use. This can sometimes make it easier to use to make complex cuts. This saw DOES NOT have that feature according to the online documentation. Battery powered tools vary significantly in both quality of performance and amount of time in use per charge. I have several Ryobi One+ tools which I like (drill, impact driver, circular saw) and others which seem less useable.

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#2 posted 10-01-2016 09:01 PM

I did used the wrong word !! I called it a scroll saw but that had to be jigsaw. Sorry


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#3 posted 10-01-2016 09:59 PM

Dutchy I love my Ryobi drills and many of their other tools have for many years.
The one thing I’ve come to notice about any jig saw is the base.
If you’re going to be cutting any metals make sure it has the stiffer base out near the front not the sheet metal ones, they bend and get out of shape with hard abuse but in wood should be no problems..

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#4 posted 10-02-2016 05:08 AM

Dutchy, of all the Ryobi One+ 18V tools you had to pick the Jigsaw. I virtually have everyone of their 18V tools, EXCEPT for the jigsaw (and caulking gun).

Now, all I have to do is buy a battery (or two) to be able to use them…

Just joking (about the battery). I currently have a heavy Triton jigsaw that should be replaced (only because of it’s weight), however, I don’t use a scroll saw enough to justify it at the moment.

If you do get one, I’d be interested in your opinion.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#5 posted 10-12-2016 02:18 PM

Last week I bought the Ryobi jig saw RJ 18 JS This is the same as the American P523. The saw is sawing better than I had thought. I had to pay E 95,—(about USA $ 105) A lot of money (for this machine). But the benefit of not needing a power cord was the reason to buy the Ryobi. I have already a couple of 18V batteries. This machine isn’t a great build I think but the futere will tell the truth about the quality, and as already said he is sawing better than I have thought.


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#6 posted 10-12-2016 05:32 PM

I have a bunch of the Ryobi 18v tools and all of the 40v. The jig saw is ok…..if you don’t have power it is awesome….if you have power buy a Bosch with the hollow ground bits and you will never regret it.
I bought the Ryobi for some projects we were doing at a hunting cabin… was awesome…since then I have rarely used it. Some of the Ryobi 18v tools are awesome….others not so much…

-- Mike

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