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ChrisWhitley 03-19-2012 01:05 PM

Advice on 18v cordless tool set?
Hey all - hoping for some advice from those that have been there...

Ryobi 18v cordless kit; drill/driver, circular saw, sawzall, etc. ~8 years old. On 2nd set of batteries ~4 years old. I am a 'weekend warrior'. Set can get lots of use for a while, then sit untouched for while.

Its been a great set, but batteries no longer hold a charge. Just bought a new charger (from recommendation of tool guy at HD), but it did not do the trick. So...

Am concerned the tools themselves may now be worn-out. Don't want to throw away $60 on a 3rd set of batteries only to find tools are finished. Am not opposed to keeping the new charger and getting new batteries if they will add life to the set.

Any experiences from y'all? What would you do?

Your thoughts are much appreciated!

ktkelly 03-19-2012 02:03 PM

No doubt it's the batteries.

I would take the charger back as I'll bet that's not the problem.

Get the batteries, charge them up, use them. Charge them only when they are nearly dead. Do not leave them on the charger.

<*(((>< 03-19-2012 02:14 PM

For your use you described I would only purchase lithium ion batteries thy will last longer than nickel cadmium batteries with infrequent use.

princelake 03-19-2012 06:07 PM

pick up a ridgid combo kit, lifetime warranty

woodworkbykirk 03-19-2012 06:17 PM

the batteries are toast, not neccesarily the tool itself though they may need new brushes in the motor. its definitely not the charger, either a ill informed hd staffer telling you that.. or they do know and are simply cheating you out of your money. try some new batteries first

rigid does have the warrenty however their cordless gear is hit or miss. of the 3 cordless rigid tools ive owned.. ive had 2 batteries go bad very early in their life. but ive never had that problem with makita or bosch

ratherbefishing 03-19-2012 10:47 PM

Sounds to me like you need batteries. I'm not a Ryobi fan, but if you still like the tools, there may still be some life in them. Try a battery. Battery Depot has good prices on 'em, IME.

cibula11 03-20-2012 10:20 AM

I bought a craftsman combo set (drill and impact driver) for $100. They've been great. I forgot to take the batteries inside this winter, which I'm sure isn't helping the life span.

My brother owns a dewalt impact driver and says it's the best driver he's had.

ktkelly 03-20-2012 11:44 AM


Originally Posted by cibula11 (Post 881377)
My brother owns a dewalt impact driver and says it's the best driver he's had.

Brother is right.

I've owned a DeWalt 18v VSR hammer drill for years. Used very heavily, day after day, on construction sites drilling literally thousands of holes in a variety of sizes (1/4" to 2+")

Only issue was a broken trigger, after some 10/12 years, which was a $45.00 fix.

PaliBob 03-20-2012 02:49 PM

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If your new charger is the ItelliPort Charger, then it will charge Ryobi Li-Ions.
Since you have all those Ryobi tools, it would be cheaper to just buy some new Ryobi Li-Ion batteries.

woodworkbykirk 03-20-2012 06:34 PM

bob is right. i believe ryobi has designed their lith ion batteries to be compatible with the older 18v nicad models. its something milwaukee came up with then dewalt copied along with ryobi

PaliBob 03-20-2012 07:05 PM

From what I see the new Ryobi Li-Ion Batteries are compatible, as long as you have the new charger.

Doc Holliday 03-20-2012 07:49 PM

MAKITA!!! It'll drive Dewalt backwards.

woodworkbykirk 03-21-2012 05:23 PM

doc your sorta on the right track.. makita will drive over it, then back over it get on its way and laugh at it

makita cordless hands down, just about every trade publication that reviews tools rates makita in the top 3 every time, being beaten by panasonic or festool

princelake 03-21-2012 06:29 PM

i bought a makita 5 pc kit 2 years ago. what a pile of junk! after about 6-7months everything was falling apart and batteries werent holding a charge for long. i sold the kit and bought the ridgid x3 kit and its been getting beaten ever since. i have to say the makita tools are wayyyy more comfortable to use and feel great in your hand and evey light compared to other brands especially the x3 ridgid kit. not long after i got my x3 kit the x4s came out and i was pissed. they fixed the bricks they called tools. i took the lifetime warranty over comfort but now i want the x4s haha

woodworkbykirk 03-21-2012 09:07 PM

the problem with the rigid cordless gear is that they keep having problems with the earlier lines.. as soon as they re-engineer something the older stuff is no longer available which makes it harder to get parts or batteries if you have an older model.

the other major companies keep making the older stuff but make minor adjustements to them so everything in the line is compatible. you probably just had a bad batch of makita or arent the type who takes care of your gear. ill take makita over rigid cordless any day

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