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Old 10-03-2012, 08:02 PM   #31
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This seems a good deal, right?
http://www.reconditionedtools.com/fa...ce-low-to-high

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Old 10-03-2012, 08:17 PM   #32
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Buy what fits your budget. I have a Porter Cable set now which I like. I believe it is not the same set since I bought it for $89 on sale at a local Lowes. At any rate, it does what I need it to do. I encourage you to not overthink this.
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:27 AM   #33
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Saying avg h/o should buy craftsman because its for occasional use is crap.
Who wants to do a crappy job, occasionally?
Buy the best tool you can afford, and do the best job you can. Period.

I have porter cable drill, impact driver and flashlight. 18v lion , t batteries two bits and a charger. I got it for 129 in Maryland on vaca and I live in NY where it's much more expensive.

It does a great job, never dies. Drives well over 100 2" deck screws and drills forever.
Just to clarify, NOWHERE did I say craftsman does a crappy job nor did I mean to infer that they did. I am a huge believer in =if something is working for you
then that is what you should use= it doesn't matter if it's a tool or methodology if it is working for you and you are happy with it then it is right. I don't care if you buy the cheapest no name brands you can find, or you buy the most expensive if it works for you then by all means go for it.
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:04 PM   #34
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the point myself and the other pros are trying to make is that you want to be efficient.. buying cheap tools that your going to fight with all day trying to complete a task isnt efficient.

many of us have been through it either starting out not being able to afford quality tools or working for cheap ass contractors who have garbage gear. when you have good gear the task becomes much easier. ive been doing it professionally for 10 years both as employee and contractor with roughly $40,000 invested in tools.. some were a good investment other items were garbage
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:41 PM   #35
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OK, so to finalize....
I went to HD today, and I saw a Ryobi set at $179 (Lithium Ion, drill, recip saw, circular saw and a light)
It's maybe stupid, but I feel I have more tools for the money ...compared to the Ridgid set for the same price but only with the drill and the impact drive

I will buy the Ryobi impact drive when I will need it.....
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Good choice and thanks for letting us know
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Thanks

On top of that, I've read a lot of bad reviews about the Porter Cable batteries

1 more question: the Ryobi impact driver reconditionned at CPO is more expensive than a brand new one at HD....Did I miss something?
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Most likely different models.
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Thanks for the update.....I think you will like the range of tools available for Ryobi.....

You want to keep an eye out for other deals that include a battery and the tool...the bundle will in many cases be cheaper than buying them individually.

On your recip saw...is it a sazall or jig saw? If it's not a sazall....you got to have one of those....trust me on that one....

Also....the right angle drill is real handy for tight places....and drilling studs to run wire.

The light is 'ok'....assuming you have more than one battery....it sucks when you need the drill and light....and have only one battery.
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I was at HD yesterday and by chance ran into a sales rep.

Asked him if any changes were coming and he said "new and improved" lithium ion batteries were coming out in about 3 weeks and that ni-cad batteries will be phased out.

to confuse the consumer, existing lithium batteries with gray casings will be switched to black casings (current ni-cad batteries come in black) and newer batteries will have gray casings.

according to him it will hold 40 percent more charge (same size) so you may want to hold off on buying extra batteries until that time. he said the pricing will be about the same.

btw, i am not sure if anyone mentioned it but RIDGID and Ryobi are both manufactured by TTI
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Here is the kit I am looking at:
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...4#.UG96vVEt29w

Honestly, I don't really need the light but it always come with it....so, no choice !!!
I think the impact driver will be more useful......I will buy later probably

Some of you are aware of some coupons for HomeDepot?
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On top of that, I've read a lot of bad reviews about the Porter Cable batteries
The only batteries I have ever had a problem with is the Craftsman. Ive used / owned Dewalt, Milwaukee, Porter Cable, Makita and Skil and only the Craftsman have been poor on battery life.
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I was at HD yesterday and by chance ran into a sales rep.

Asked him if any changes were coming and he said "new and improved" lithium ion batteries were coming out in about 3 weeks and that ni-cad batteries will be phased out.

to confuse the consumer, existing lithium batteries with gray casings will be switched to black casings (current ni-cad batteries come in black) and newer batteries will have gray casings.

according to him it will hold 40 percent more charge (same size) so you may want to hold off on buying extra batteries until that time. he said the pricing will be about the same.

btw, i am not sure if anyone mentioned it but RIDGID and Ryobi are both manufactured by TTI
Do you mean I should wait to buy the set or only wait to buy extra batteries?
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French Guy.....you are really, really over thinking this. It's not unlike buying a car. 50% will tell you Chevrolet is junk, and 50% will tell you Ford is junk. You cannot get an unbiased answer here. Follow your gut and buy the set already!!
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If I did not need the tools right away, I would wait for the Black Friday specials.

Perhaps by then newer Ryobi batteries will be included in their kits.

In the end, don't think too much over different brands as most of them are made by handful of manufacturers....

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