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Forum topic by JustJoe posted 190 days ago 1181 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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190 days ago

If you’re like me, when someone says Ryobi you think of the company putting out such gadgets as the BS903 (currently sold at Toys-R-Us as “Baby’s First Bandsaw” ) or the RTS10 – an absolute failure as a tablesaw, but a surprisingly good vegetable and soft-meat slicer if you’ve got an industrial-themed kitchen.

Well did you know they once made a resaw bandsaw with a 3” blade? I didn’t either. I was reading a magazine article from 25 years ago and they showed the Ryobi BS-360NR. For only $2500 (Approximately $3300 in today’s $$) you got a 3” blade, 120v/14amp motor, 12.25” throat depth and a 12.25” cutting depth. According to the article it also had a steel frame, cast iron table, and cast iron wheels and could handle a 1/2”-3” blade.

So there you have it. Your first history lesson of the 2014. Next time you pick up your blue plastic cordless Ryobi screwdriver/nosehair-clipper combo set you can look back with pride at what was once a proud little tool company. Isn’t history fun?

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#1 posted 190 days ago

It makes you wonder if in 25 years LN planes with have bubble gum handles and come with a bag of pre popped pop corn.

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#2 posted 190 days ago

Oh no, LN will go the way of Hummell figurines and baseball cards. They’ll go fully robot/CNC and open a dozen factories and crank them out by the bajillions, each one with a signed certificate of authenticity (with hologram) saying something like #2264/100000. You’ll have the limited edition holiday planes (I’m looking forward to the 12-days of Christmas set of a dozen thumb planes) and the ultra-limited editions (only 2500 made) with the extra laser engraving or pinstripe. There will be a frenzied black-market for the “error” tools, like where a plane cutter went through the machine upside down and got stamped on the back side instead of the front. And then when everyone on the planet, not just woodworkers, is hoarding LN planes the bottom will drop out when CNN or FOX does a small article about a new company – Nee Lielson who is entering the hand-tool market with one-of-a-kind planes hand-made by buddhist monks….

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#3 posted 190 days ago

Oh, joy! The first history lesson of 2014! I had no idea that they ever made anything like that: a massive potato peeler/resaw combo. I do know that, being very poor, some Ryobi tools have found their way into my workspace. I picked up the worlds worst — and probably most dangerous — tablesaw for only $30 on Craig’s List,in brand new condition. Got a miter saw for $40, too. Wonder why they were so cheap? They both seem to work…kinda. The only Ryobi tool I bought new was a jigsaw, based on a review here on LumberJocks: it works just fine (compared to my buddy’s B&D). I’m waiting for them all to die, so I can replace them with better stuff. The problem is, they just won’t cooperate.
Well, until they do croak, they’ll keep on turning out cut wood for me. I know Ryobi has a bad name, but I’ve grown rather fond of them. Happy new year to all!

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#4 posted 190 days ago

They still make professional stuff for the Asian market.

I have a 6” beam planer by Ryobi and it’s every bit as
well made as a Makita or Hitachi.

Ryobi makes commercial printing equipment too.

They probably make or used to make machines like
this one too:

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Vincent Nocito

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#5 posted 190 days ago

I own a Rypbo JM100 biscuit joiner that is over 20 years old and still going strong. It came in a heavy metal storage box and was not all plastic and cheaply done. Once upon a time, they did indeed make real tools.

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#6 posted 190 days ago

If I remember correctly the Ryobi AP10 was the first lunch box planer, a nice little machine for the day, back in the ‘80’s sometime. It certainly filled a need, as the market exploded w/ competitors shortly thereafter.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#7 posted 190 days ago

Ryobi and Chicago tools get a bad wrap. I have a few and found them to be a decent tool as long as you don’t require extreme precision. Things like a portable belt sander, biscuit joiner, powered hand planer, and grinding tools. They also make some decent hand tools for cheap.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#8 posted 190 days ago

There’s also some Black and Decker badged RASs that are made by Dewalt.

-- Steve, Webster Groves, MO "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

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#9 posted 190 days ago

I don’t own any Ryobi woodworking power tools, but I do own some of their 40V cordless yard tools and they are good performers.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#10 posted 190 days ago

Is it just me, or does a 14 amp 120v motor seem vastly underpowered for 12” of resaw and a 3” blade?

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#11 posted 190 days ago

Here’s mine. This baby has done a fine job of resawing for me over the years, but I don’t use it much any more. I bought it new in the 1980’s for something over $1500 as I recall. It might even have been as much as $1700. I originally bought it to saw spruce for musical instrument tops, and it pretty well paid for itself doing that. It has plenty of power, but you’d better be wearing ear protection. The motor could put a B747 engine to shame. The 3” stellite tipped blade is thin and cuts very well, but they are a little spendy and getting hard to find. The saw is still in perfect condition. Anybody want to buy it?

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Of all the tools I own, my favorite is a good sharp pocket knife. - My Dad

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#12 posted 190 days ago

I’d grab it if you weren’t a thousand miles north of me. That’s just too far to be dragging a bandsaw behind a Vespa.

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#13 posted 190 days ago

First miter saw was a ryobi 10 inch.Worked great was only saw on market I think back in early 90s that would cut 4×4 . Did lots of decks with it.

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#14 posted 190 days ago

Not anxious to sell it anyway. It’s nice to have around just in case.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Of all the tools I own, my favorite is a good sharp pocket knife. - My Dad

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#15 posted 190 days ago

Bob,why would you even consider selling it,could you find another one like it?

-- Ken from Ontario

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