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Old 01-20-2008, 08:06 PM  
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All my work is DIY around the house and woodworking projects, and I am very happy with my Ryobi tools. I use the One+ 18v cordless system and have several other Ryobi tools that I am very happy with. I don't have the disposable income to get the high end items and, as Toolguy said, for my use Ryobi is great.



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All my work is DIY around the house and woodworking projects, and I am very happy with my Ryobi tools. I use the One+ 18v cordless system and have several other Ryobi tools that I am very happy with. I don't have the disposable income to get the high end items and, as Toolguy said, for my use Ryobi is great.
Actually there are a few guys in the professions who use Ryobi tools. The guy who taught me stairbuilding swore by his 18V Ryobi drill for driving 3" screws in hardwoods. Well... till he tried my DeWalt impact driver . But Ryobi and similar brands are pretty good tools.


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Old 01-21-2008, 06:06 AM  
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"...Well... till he tried my DeWalt impact driver...

Now my DeWalt is one of MY favorite tools....

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Old 01-21-2008, 07:08 AM  
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Actually, I'd like to get some of the Milwaukee V28 tools, or the Bosch 36 volts, but I have to finish a couple more jobs first. But those are way more than most DIY homeowners need.

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Old 01-21-2008, 11:42 AM  
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I have to say I have been quite happy with any Dewalt tools I've used. Also Milwaukee tools. I'm sure any of the "Brand" names are going to give any DIYer a lifetime of use. I haven't got personal experience with them, but everything I have read indicates the Ryobi tools make excelent DIYer tools based on price/performance. Also it sound like the company stands behind them pretty well.

I have an old Dewalt drill/circ saw combo set that needs new batteries, but they keep chugging away. At work we have about a dozen Dewalt drills for around the shop, Dewalt chop saw that sees more time at ppl's homes for remodeling work than actual compay work.

I own a Ridgid table saw. Was their basic model when I bought it, stamped steel side tables rather than the cast iron. Has been a very solid saw. Quiet, little vibration, accurate. I added their mobile caster set. Very quick and easy to roll around the garage/shop.

Look for SOLID worktops on stationary tools. Any tool fence should be extremely ridgid to make sure you don't get deflection when using the tool. Not only does that lead to poor performance, it can be very dangerous.

It all comes back to the saying "You get what you pay for."

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I think the tool brand that you buy depends on what you intend to do with that particular tool, how you need it to perform, and how much money you have to spend.

For example, I use my tablesaw all the time, and I expect it to perform extremely well. I bought a 3HP Delta Unisaw (left tilt) with Biesemeyer fence.

On the other hand, I don't have much use for a circular polisher except for the occasional buffing of the gelcoat on my boat, or buffing the interior surface of my clawfoot tub, so I purchased the Chicago Electric dual speed from Harbor Freight for $30. It may only last 100 hours, but that will take me about 10 years...

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Old 01-20-2009, 07:57 AM  
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I recieved the ridgid 24v combo 2 mo. ago and i'm happy.
The drill does seem a little heavy, my wife got it for my birthday.
So even if they end up being crap i'm stuck with them.

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I looked at some websites that done some individual testing without any interest in any particular tool and Bosch was found to be the best, with Dewalt running a close second and followed by Mikwaukee this was all in the 18volt series now we have 24 and 36V LiIon batteries the best purchase may be the homework. I personally own Dewalt and have had really good service out of it. good luck

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Youse Guys kinda got off the original thread...but I ws just at Harbour Freight this weekend and there's always something I need there. A digital caliper for $10 bucks and other kinds of cr*p but ...their power tools are not up to hard work.
Anyway.. I've been a professional Handyman for 35 years now and I've tried all kinds of tools. I'm a one man operation and a firm believer in "If gas or electricity can do it .. Let it!" In the 35 years I've had Dewalt, Bosch, Mikita, Black & Decker, Ridgid, Milwaukee, Porter Cable and Ryobi *and prob. a few others. To tell you the truth I've had very good luck with the Ryobi cordless 18V line. I can hear somebody sighing out there, but really..for the "cost V. dependability" you can't beat them. To buy the same tool with the DeWalt name on it I'd spend twice the money. I've had a number of DeWalt cordless drills and within a year (on 2 of them) I've had to replace the trigger switch (at $35-$45 each). I must have 10 of theRyobi "One" tools, drills, impact driver, recip.saw, sprial saw,hammer drill, fan (for when I'm up in an attic) angle drill, and about 4 flashlights (they throw that in the combo sets!)lol and the lith-ion batteries are great. I use my tools every day and the only one I was disapointed in was the sprial saw (the bearing screams, but I do cut a lot of drywall with it).
I got one of their "foldup table saws and I don't do much "construction" work I've been ver happy with it. It's accurate, light weight, handles a datto blade and at $249 a pretty good buy.

I don't know what I'd get if I were setting up a "shop" but for cordless or to get the job done, I"m very happy with the Ryobi tools I have.

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The only Ryobi I have owned is there portable table saw and I love it. It folds up nice, has feet levelers and even a dust collector hook up and a bag. It is still light enough not to get a Hernia but has wheels to. I find it has lots of power for what I use it for.



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