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BakerWorks

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01-10-2015 01:40 AM

Topic tags/keywords: ryobi brad nailer review

Hi all,

Looking for some advice about tool buying and to see if anyone has any thoughts on a particular tool.

I was hoping to get some insight from you guys about the Ryobi Airstrike brad nailer, have any of you used this? I’ve read some reviews and it seems pretty well received. I work in construction and have the occasional need for a brad nailer, and like the idea of not having to carry around a compressor. My only thought against getting this is that I don’t have any other Ryobi battery operated tools, so it would be a commitment to have to buy the charger and batteries for this.

Any thoughts, reviews, or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

Matt


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txn

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#1 posted 01-10-2015 02:16 AM

In my experience I would never buy anything ryobi I’ve used a couple of their drills and they feel really cheap and don’t have the power/torque that other brands do I know you were asking about the brad nailer but if it’s anything like their other products I wouldn’t waste my money on it.

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stan3443

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#2 posted 01-10-2015 02:45 AM

I have used this for almost 2 years no complaints and would be lost with out it. Just get the big battery if you plan on shooting lots of trim

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Andre

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#3 posted 01-10-2015 04:57 AM

Just finished doing my basement, all Birch moldings and baseboards, fantastic tool, just remember to keep the piston oiled as with all brad nailers. I even use it in the workshop to pin things together. I love the Ryobi tools, for most of use on a limited budget and only need a tool for occasional use why spend double or triple the money to say I own a whatever(dewalt crap) Been using Ryobi for 20 years and have had to buy new batteries ounce ! Anyone that tells you they are crap is full of you know what!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Paul

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#4 posted 01-10-2015 05:23 AM



Hi all,

Looking for some advice about tool buying and to see if anyone has any thoughts on a particular tool.

I was hoping to get some insight from you guys about the Ryobi Airstrike brad nailer, have any of you used this? I ve read some reviews and it seems pretty well received. I work in construction and have the occasional need for a brad nailer, and like the idea of not having to carry around a compressor. My only thought against getting this is that I don t have any other Ryobi battery operated tools, so it would be a commitment to have to buy the charger and batteries for this.

Any thoughts, reviews, or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

Matt

- BakerWorks

You mention “work in construction”. I use a few cordless nail guns and staplers, they have their place. They can’t reproduce the same pull the trigger fire air guns.

I would go insane furring framing waiting for the battery to kick in before each shot. In my professional job I wouldn’t touch it. In my personal home shop it’s not a bad tool.

If you don’t have a ryobi battery or charger I’d stay away from them in any sort of professional environment or one that needs a tool for 8 hours a day.

Paul

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Nickdarr

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#5 posted 01-10-2015 05:25 AM

We bought one to face the exterior of our garage remodel with about 300 sq ft of t&g pine. Worked very well. It has been used in the shop for a number of projects and has worked without issue. Battery life is good. We have several different brands of battery tools and the Ryobi stuff works just as well as the yellow one and the orange one for a lot less money.

-- Darren... Hmmmm, I got nothin.

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MrUnix

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#6 posted 01-10-2015 05:32 AM

Been using Ryobi for 20 years and have had to buy new batteries ounce ! Anyone that tells you they are crap is full of you know what!

Every Ryobi tool I’ve owned crapped out after a very short time. Latest was an angle grinder.. switch went south after about 10 hours use, and a replacement one cost about half what I paid for the whole tool. I’m sure there are those who love Ryobi and swear by them.. I just swear at them. YMMV.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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dawsonbob

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#7 posted 01-10-2015 08:05 PM

Almost all the hand power tools I rely on are Bosch. There are, however, tools I’ve bought for light or occasional use or because of budget constraints. Many of those are Ryobi, many purchased used on CL. I’ve had no problems with Ryobi whatsoever; I’m still waiting for one to crap out on me, but it hasn’t happened so far.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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Andre

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#8 posted 01-11-2015 02:54 AM

  • Latest was an angle grinder.. switch went south after about 10 hours use,*

Reminds me of my little brother, buys them yellow grinders by the doz. but he uses them to grind concrete! like he says just another disposable tool, tried blue crap tools but they usually didn’t make it through a day! All depends on the use and the user, some people have a hard time using a screwdriver!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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waho6o9

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#9 posted 01-11-2015 03:03 AM

Don’t be surprised if a new model comes out and yours is

obsolete in a few years.

BTW

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ajw1978

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#10 posted 02-14-2015 11:01 PM

I just bought the Craftsman version (made by the same company in the same factory to similar specs) and I love it. I was actually going to buy the Ryboi version, but was already so invested in the C3 line that I didn’t want another set of batteries and charger. I love it. If I ever start doing heavy-duty, elaborate projects, I’ll get a pancake set. But for now, it does everything I need just fine.

-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.

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pmayer

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#11 posted 02-14-2015 11:35 PM

The tool has surprising power and is made quite well for its price point. Here are a few thoughts on this nail gun as well as the Hitachi gas powered gun which might be a good option for you as well.

http://www.wwgoa.com/the-case-for-cordless-nail-guns/

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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#12 posted 02-15-2015 01:17 AM

I have not owned the gun, but intend on purchasing a cordless gun in the near future and researched them a bit. With me, I dont have any ryobi in my tools which means needing to buy 1 or 2 batteries and a battery charger. By the time I add up those extra cost I may as well be looking at the other options near the price range. Like dewalt makes one, senco makes one, hitatchi I think has the gas cylinder, etc… just weigh out your different options before commiting to the ryobi at around 200.00 counting battery and charger.

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runswithscissors

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#13 posted 02-15-2015 02:54 AM

I have a Ryobi drill and impact driver, plus the lithium batteries (large capacity version—in fact, they date to the period before Ryobi came out with their compact batteries). I use them a lot (not professionally, however), and abuse them. They have held up better than my old Makitas, which I finally moved on after they sat in a drawer for a few years. Admittedly, the Ryobi batteries are 18 volt, and the Makitas only 12 volt. I have had NiCad and NMH batteries (both Makitas and Ryobis) go bad in a relatively short period of time. My 18 volt lithiums must be going on their 5th year or even more by this time. Still hold a charge well, and put out all the power I need.

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