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Forum topic by kirbi69 posted 06-25-2014 05:47 AM 2057 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-25-2014 05:47 AM

i recently acquired a set of about 15 ifferent ryobi power tools. including teo drills, two circular saws, a jigsaw, a sawsall, an angle grinder, a vacuum, a radio, two flashlights, a caulk gun, 2 batteries, and a charger for $50

i got this awesome deal from an 80 year old man getting rid of his tools because he is just too old to do any woodworking anymore, hes actualy a security gaurd at my work.

i just wanted to hear peoples opinions/ reveiws on how they like their ryobi tools.

does it make me less of a man that i didnt pay full price for the big yellow or red or blue brad tools?

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#1 posted 06-25-2014 06:18 AM

I think I have almost every Ryobi 18V tool they make, just picked up the Brad nailer which works great! For the price they cannot be beat. I always ask myself why would you spend $300 + for a Dewalt drill that does the exact same thing and has a battery that goes dead just as fast, unless you really like the color Yellow. I have used all the other models and will stay with my green machines, and all the old blue ones of course! Best value for the $.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 06-25-2014 06:37 AM

yeah i just picked up the brad nailer too. i like it and have shit over 5000 nails with it so far. no problems. got it for $40 on ebay new, open box item

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#3 posted 06-25-2014 06:45 AM

Tools are great for the price. I used them working out
of a truck for years and didn’t care if they got ripped off.

The issue is the batteries. They were priced at $40 a pair
for a few years and that made the format attractive. Then
the price went up a lot. The $40/pr batteries were
not impressive for lifespan but I’ve learned some things
about battery care since then.

I gave up on the format. I read up about the lithium
system and it didn’t seem like a good bet for the price.

I reckon you can get rockin’ Ryobi batteries rebuilt with
new cells. The Ni-Cad stuff today is better than it used
to be and Ni-cad is reliable tech.

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#4 posted 06-25-2014 10:17 AM

I have had a bunch of Ryobi tools for over ten years, and they all still work perfectly. I don’t use them professionally, but they’ve gotten their fair share of use.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC

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#5 posted 06-25-2014 01:11 PM

Ryobi cuts corners on everything. There is a definite difference between a $40 drill and a $200 drill. I don’t know of any dewalt drills that cost $300 unless you’re comparing to a combo kit in which case the equivalent in a ryobi would run about $120 or so.

You’re going to find a number of differences, which may or may not matter to you, things like: – Gimmicky features on everything. At one point, home depot was selling a pair of Ryobi scissors for cutting paper, cardboard, etc… with a laser guide mounted on them. Why? I don’t know. – Poor build quality. Too much plastic. – Poor QA. matters more for buying new tools than used, but be well versed in the warranty procedures…. you’ll need it. – Overall weak motors in everything. Not all 18v drills are the same.

Ryobi is a good buy for someone that uses a tool once a month, or a contractor that buys throwaway jobsite tools that are going to be used and abused by newbie apprentices who don’t know what they’re doing.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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#6 posted 06-25-2014 01:40 PM

I have the corded circular saw. I thought it was great for the price – at first. Problem is the sole plate is so thin it ends up with real bow in it, and I am not hard on my tools. Also, the 90 degree position goes way past so you have to constantly check it with a square. Motor is great, but if the saw binds because it won’t run true…I picked up a Makita and love it. I use the Ryobi to cut up pallets now.

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#7 posted 06-25-2014 05:12 PM

Ryobi tools are just another in a long line of throw-away tools. They should give good service for a limited amount of time, but when they breakdown; they were designed to toss; repairs are not cost effective. In fact it may be difficult to find parts for them, but for $50, that’s a good deal.

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#8 posted 06-25-2014 05:18 PM

i like it and have shit over 5000 nails with it

- kirbi69

Sounds painful, and you’re using the tool wrong.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#9 posted 06-25-2014 05:50 PM

I have most of the 18v line and some of the 40v. They are great at some things and not so great at others. I have always said that if I was using them for a living it would be a waste of money to buy them, but for a hobbyist like me, they work just fine. The line has gone through a maturation, and has gotten imensely better since the inception of the Lithium batteries. I would not use or own again the yellow original ni-cad batteries. Get the Lithium and don’t look back. Some of the tools, as mentioned, are ridiculous. The sissors may top the list, followed closely by the tire inflator, and the vacuum. Now some of them are aweome, the yard sprayer, the laminate trimmer, the extendable tree saw and the new drill and driver set.

In the 90’s ryobi produced a rechargeable weed wacker that was beyond awesome….it hung/stored on the charger and was IMO better and easier than any gas one, I loved it….they only made ot for about 4 years and went to 18V version, which is tepid at best. But that weed wacker convinced me to try out there 18v line. Now the new 40v line has undergone some changes and is much better… you have to be careful and do some investigating to see which unit is the best, because the nasty ones are still readily for sale, but I have a blower which is very close to gas powered power, a weed wacker that you can add tools to like a tree trimmer, hedge trimmer and a edger. My issue with ryobi is that they let you hang out there and buy some nasty things while they redo them…...

I have 5 drills, and have only one issue and I had abused this thing mercilessly. All in all I am pleased with the line. Just keep in mind this is not a Milwalkee or Dewalt and don’t throw it around or use it battery after battery without allowing to cool…..but also keep in mind you can own two of these for the price of one Dewalt too….

I am and have always been kind of a “tool snob”, I will not own anything HF that has a motor, I don’t like grizzly, I don’t like ryobi DP’s or BS… etc etc….but for some reason I don’t mind owning these….

-- Mike

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#10 posted 06-25-2014 06:29 PM

I got a set of Ryobi tools several years ago for Christmas from my wife and son- drill, sander, light, circular saw. Love them and have had good service out of them. The batteries are on their last legs. I plug/unplug the charger until the red light comes on and charge them. Two of the five now won’t charge. Recently, I got a Ryobi grass trimmer with the 18V Lithium battery plus it will run on a cord. Love it. Used the Li battery in my drill yesterday and it works great. I’m thinking of buying the two-pack of the Li batteries which would be cheaper than rebuilding all five batteries; may keep two of the best and recycle the others. BTW, the drill is two speed- great for drilling and driving screws. My corded Crapsman drill won’t drive screws worth anything- no torque! So far I have had a good experience with Ryobi.

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#11 posted 06-25-2014 06:46 PM

Don’t use hole saws with a ryobi. It will kill it quick. For general around the house use it works great. I’d still take my 100$ dewalt over the ryobi. My dewalt have lasted years longer than the 2 ryobi so had, but I used the hell out of it. Which it wasn’t made for.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#12 posted 06-26-2014 04:45 AM

I don’t know of any brand or color of tools that is superior across their entire line. Okay, I know, Festool, but they’re not in my universe.

I have no use for Ryobi routers. But I have an 18v. drill and 18 v. impact driver, and use them both hard. The lithium batteries have to be on their 3rd or 4th year, and are still going strong. My only complaint about the drill is that the chuck sometimes slips when subjected to a lot of torque. (Does anybody make a chuck that doesn’t do this?)

Another Ryobi tool I respect is the BT3100 TS. Not a true portable, because the stand was not a folder, but in performance it was the equal of the old Rockwell contractor’s saw I had for many years. In fact, it replaced the Rockwell. It’s the only 10” saw I know of that could cut a 4×4 in one pass, and not struggle in doing it. I would pick it over most of the other job saws with universal motors. Of course, like many of those, it had that stupid little sheet metal throat plate. Only sold it because I decided to move on to a used Unisaw

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#13 posted 06-26-2014 07:39 AM

Hi kirbi,
if I was in your position I wouldn’t even give it a thought comparing my acquisition to “top-name” brands.
You have got yourself one absolutely fantastic bargain most of us would jump upon.
Embrace your new tools and use them well.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#14 posted 06-27-2014 01:52 AM

While not shop type hand tools, I’ve recently purchased a Ryobi 4-cycle string weed cutter along with a brush cutter[metal blade] and cultivator[rototiller] interchangeable attachments.
I’ve had them for about 6 months now and have used them extensively under “Heavy Duty” conditions to push the “jungle” back and keep it back.
I was a bit wary about them when I bought them.
The H.D. 90 day return policy made trying them worth it.
Now, I swear by them.
I’m convinced that Ryobi power tools can be very good tools.

-- Every mighty oak is nothing more than a nut that has stood it's ground.

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#15 posted 06-28-2014 12:45 AM

i like it and have shit over 5000 nails with it

- kirbi69

Sounds painful, and you re using the tool wrong.

- BinghamtonEd

I laughed til I had tears running down my face at this comment. Keep em comin!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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