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alittleoff

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12-25-2017 09:44 PM

I treated my self to a new ryobi tool set , or i might say I’ve got one ordered. I was looking for a battery operated pin nailer when I ran across a 5 tool set at HD for 199.00 I believe it was. The Nailers are running about that themselfs. I’ve never used ryobi and hope they’re pretty good tools. I got a drill, nailer, flashlight, sawsall, skillsaw, 2 batteries an charger. Sounds like a harbor frieght deal. Sure hope it’s not, or last a little longer than theirs usually does. I can use the drill but the rest of the tools I’ve already got, but who knows when one will break. Anyway if your looking for a deal I think it’s a pretty good one.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-18-Volt-ONE-Lithium-Ion-Cordless-Combo-Kit-with-Brad-Nailer-5-Tool-P1882/206349864?cm_mmc=Shopping|THD|google|&mid=sXhADCnEW|dt_mtid_8903tb925190_pcrid_195274179091_pkw__pmt__product_206349864_slid_&gclid=CjwKCAiA4ILSBRA0EiwAsuuBLaABG_xM7zW4S56C40s0ZyDd7bUGCzAWVHtu5hYLlJFtOswYOcJWtBoCFV4QAvD_BwE


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dbw

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#1 posted 01-05-2018 01:13 PM

In my opinion Ryobi is a (small) step up from HF. It wouldn’t surprise me if they were both made in the same factory.

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lndfilwiz

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#2 posted 01-05-2018 02:51 PM

I have almost all the Ryobi 18V tools and have had good luck with them. Only tool I have I didn’t like was the paint sprayer. I have 2 drills that I use continually when I am doing projects. I have enough batteries that I keep charged that I just swap them out if one goes dead. I also have the string trimmer. pole saw and blower I use all summer.

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TheFridge

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#3 posted 01-05-2018 03:12 PM

Their tools are a huge step up that will last years if you take it easy. HF stuff usually dies whether or not because of dirt cheap materials even if you are gentle.

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ChefHDAN

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#4 posted 01-05-2018 03:48 PM

I used Ryobi for a bit before going to other brands. It really depends on how you’ll use them, I kept finding myself needing batteries each year and that the cost of a black Friday or Christmas kit sale was cheaper than buying more batteries. I was very happy for many years with the Ryobi then a Dewalt was actually given to me and I eventually donated the Ryobi battery tools to the schools engineering department where they cannibalized them for DC motors.
Besides the drills and drivers though I won’t buy any other tools with batteries (knock wood) most all of my work is done in my shop or house so I’m better of with a corded tool that will last until I blow it up.

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#5 posted 01-05-2018 05:22 PM

Have almost all Ryobi and love them! My favorites are the corner sander and the bradnailer, which I got on sale couple of years ago. For the price verse quality it is a no brainer if using for home and hobby!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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AZWoody

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#6 posted 01-05-2018 06:26 PM

I have loved my Ryobi tools. My only complaint has been battery life.
I’m in a pretty harsh climate so I think the heat is what kills them so fast. I just wish they didn’t charge so much for them.
Their tools are priced as economy but the batteries used to be priced like they were Milwaukees. At least they have come down in price.

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#7 posted 01-05-2018 06:58 PM

I love my Ryobi Tools and have used them for years and now they have better battery’s that still work with the older tools I really love them as I don’t need new tools just better battery’s.
We needed some yard tools so when I bought them I could have just bought the tool with out battery but wanting to up grade them got the newer better battery’s with the yard tools and so now all my drills and sanders and small router all have what they need to get the job done.

The one thing you need to remember with the Ryobi battery’s, they make 3 or more different size battery’s as the yard tools and such uses more power, but are way heavy.
The smaller batterys work just great in the drill where at my work table the heavy battery’s aren’t needed.

I also like that I can hit the pawn shops and yard sales and get these older tool for really cheap and hardly used.
For my modeling I don’t need the big heavy duty 20v tools been looking for a 12v much easier for me and my arthritic hands.
Just my $.02

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MrUnix

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#8 posted 01-05-2018 07:11 PM

Only Ryobi I got is an angle grinder… which I have to replace the switch on every year or so – dirt cheap parts involved; plastic gears, bushings instead of bearings, etc… there is a reason why they are cheap. For cordless, I’ll just stick to my old Makitas that I just can’t seem to kill (and you can get on CL for cheaper than the Ryobi stuff).

Cheers,
Brad

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#9 posted 01-05-2018 08:01 PM

As a 30 year contractor, my thoughts about Ryobi tools was that they are ok tools for homeowners but when I needed a small chop saw that was portable so I thought I would give Ryobi’s cordless chop saw a try, It is not a very powerful saw but it worked fine for a large hardwood floor patch job that I had to move all over a large floor for several days of work.I followed up with a Ryobi cordless pin nailer that is lighter and smaller than my larger Dewalt cordless nailers, I find myself using it when I don’t want to turn on my compressor in my shop. All said and done these tools have fared very well for what I needed them for but I don’t think they would be tools that would hold up to being used every day in use in a contracting business.

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Ripper70

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#10 posted 01-05-2018 08:12 PM

I inherited a few Ryobi tools from my dad. The old blue drill, flashlight and palm sander. They still work great. When I decided to add tools to my arsenal, I went with Ryobi and haven’t been disappointed. I added their impact driver, and even bought the edge trimmer that works with the same 18v battery. The batteries charge quickly and last plenty long with full power until they die.

I did try the 18v Cordless Reciprocating Saw but wasn’t crazy about it so I returned it. HD sells the two-pack, 18v high capacity batteries for $99 bucks. A pretty good value, IMHO. I doubt they’d hold up as well as Makita tools in a professional environment, but for the home user or weekend warrior, they work well.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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ArtMann

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#11 posted 01-06-2018 04:02 PM

For 10 years, I have owned a Ryobi set that includes a reciprocating (think Sawzall) saw, a drill, an impact driver, a flashlight and a circular saw. I am a serious do-it-yourselfer who has worked on several habitat for Humanity houses and done structural renovations on other houses. Here is my review. The impact driver and drill have been beat mercilessly And are still going. The reciprocating saw has been very useful in places where an extension cord couldn’t go but I still prefer a corded Sawzall if power is available. The flashlight bulb broke the first week. It is not constructed for hard use. The circular saw is also good for places with no power but I wouldn’t use it to build a house. It is more suited for cutting plywood than 2 inch lumber or hardwoods. Both original batteries failed long ago but I bought new Li Ion replacements and they are much, much better. All in all, I have been pleased with the durability and usability of the set.

Most recently, I bought a Ryobi battery operated chain saw with battery because I needed a battery and the price was the same for both. I use the little saw to prune and to cut up salvaged fire wood while camping. It is very slow but is better than a bow saw.

I also own a more expensive drill and impact drive combo. They are better balanced and feel better in my hand. However, they are not any more useful.

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alittleoff

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#12 posted 01-06-2018 05:41 PM

The pin nailer is really the only tool I wanted. My air compressors are loud and I hate having to turn them on and listen to the noise just to make a few joints with a pin nailer. I have a small HF compressor but it sounds like a jack hammer on steriods, works great but it’s loud. I’ll use the drill, but I usually use bosh for all my work. I looked and couldn’t find a nailer made by bosh before I bought the Ryboi, so thought I’d give it a try.
Gerald


As a 30 year contractor, my thoughts about Ryobi tools was that they are ok tools for homeowners but when I needed a small chop saw that was portable so I thought I would give Ryobi s cordless chop saw a try, It is not a very powerful saw but it worked fine for a large hardwood floor patch job that I had to move all over a large floor for several days of work.I followed up with a Ryobi cordless pin nailer that is lighter and smaller than my larger Dewalt cordless nailers, I find myself using it when I don t want to turn on my compressor in my shop. All said and done these tools have fared very well for what I needed them for but I don t think they would be tools that would hold up to being used every day in use in a contracting business.

- a1Jim


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#13 posted 01-06-2018 05:48 PM

I too, have had Ryobi for a 10 years or so. The new generation of batteries make the tools run better and longer. I would not judge the performance of the tool based on the old yellow batteies or even the thinner style Lithium…...I only use the high capacity “thicker” batteries. I started with them by getting them as a gift. Being a tool snob, I was disappointed, but being as they were given to me by my wife, I kept them and began to use them.

While I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt the Milwaukee and DeWalt make finer tools, they also come at a much higher price, and I can have two or three Ryobi for the price of one Milwaukee. Having said that, in the 10+ years that I have had Ryobi, I did have an old blue drill die on me after it was 8 or 9 years old (which gave me an excuse to buy a newer one) I have about 40 of their different tools, and now I have most of their 40v outdoor tools. Which I love…and would not trade for the DeWalt 40v system! ( BTW if you like the 18v chainsaw…try the 40 volt! )

They such a wide variety of tools, it is awesome. For Xmas I got the transfer pump that is both 18v and electircal, which is handy for me here at my work. We have a storage shed, it is about 300 feet from the house. It does not have electrical in it. I have a three light set of lights that are wired together installed in the rafters that takes an 18volt battery that plugs in at eye level to lights it up very well….they have an awesome weed sprayer…on and on.

I also keep in mind that I am a homeowner and NOT a contractor….I do not use them for a living….if I was, I am certain I would not use Ryobi. As a homeowner, I love them!
Just my .02…

-- Mike

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jgred

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#14 posted 01-06-2018 05:52 PM

I have and still use the Mikita 18v stuff. I recently picked up an awesome ryobi led light gawwd its bright. I also picked up a 7 1/4” circular saw and the 18 guage brad nailer. For my use they are great – plenty of power on the saw.

I get my batteries on eBay, mostly the larger ones – they are less than half the price OEM.

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dad2jj82

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#15 posted 01-06-2018 07:04 PM

I started out with the drill and driver combo. I have used those quite a bit a lot in fact. I have dropped the drill off of the top of my car at 25 mph. It still works great.Ive owned them for probably 5+ years. Ive since bought the cordless nailer, weed whip.Those work fine as well. I recently bought the cordless router and circular saw. I really don’t see how buying things that cost twice as much could be better than my drill and driver. I leave the batteries outside in an unheated michigan garage. While these may be bottom of the price range they work just fine. They work as good as my festoon domino or ct36 did.I see no reason to over pay for a name when lesser names work just as well.

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