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Old 04-24-2013, 04:45 AM   #16
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I agree with Dawg that they are excellent tools for the price, and very creative. Ryobi is the only one that I am aware of that uses their 18v batteries as electric starters for items like leaf blowers... very nice not to have to take your back pack blower off to start it.... You may want to look up Kentuckiana Trading if you are looking for power tools, they carry about everything that Home Depot does but for half the price, and it does come with a warranty....I have seen a bunch of Ryobi tools on there

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Old 04-25-2013, 02:12 PM   #17
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I have the 18v setup. The grass trimmer is actually pretty damn effective. I get 25-30 minutes per battery. I have a 2.5 acre lot, and I only need 2 trips to trim it perfectly. Only downside is the replacement cord...hard to wind yourself and the replacement wheels are a bit pricey. Worth it for the convenience, at least for me.

The leaf blower is low power but it's cordless and incredibly easy and convenient. Used for the right stuff it's actually great. My wife really loves the leaf blower.
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:22 PM   #18
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My experience: I got a NiCad One+ kit as a X-mas gift from my parents when we bought our first home & since expanded it. I've also used a set occassionally at work (light use). Over-all they are good DIY tools for the price and amazing variety. This coming from an admitted tool snob.

Batteries: The NiCad's lasted about 18 mos and 2+ years respectively. Moderate use overall. Not great. Don't bother.
The Li-ion batteries have been great! No issues in 4+ years.

Used the heck out of my drill & it has never complained. Work-horse. A bit big & heavy. Chuck has a bit of wobble.

At work we have the green "Auto-shift" drill. What a POS. Way heavy & clunky, Auto-shift rarely works properly (they should just drop the "f" to improve the description)

Recip saw has been used a ton & is showing it. Trigger & blade clamp now getting messed-up. Has more than paid for itself. The new one looks interesting.

Circ saw is what it is as stated above. Not a replacement for a corded, but handy at times for a quick cut or 2.

Impact Wrench (not the driver) has saved me literally days of ratchet time at work. Sweet.

Jig saw I don't really like & wouldn't buy again. Now have a nice old Bosch corded.

Hand-vac is a bit over-priced IMO, but very handy for me.

Dual-mode inflator was the bees-knees for a year or 2, but the high volume side stopped working & no way to get it apart to fix (prob just a split or disconected air hose). Still works to top-up car & bike tires.

Leaf blower is pretty light duty & kills batteries. I only used it to clear my deck or patio quickly before guests come over, but since the hi-volume inflator is dead I now use it to inflate my queen air matress in about 7 seconds flat! Mine came free with the string trimmer.

I love the string trimmer. 1/3'rd acre & I usually take 1 full battery & half of a 2'nd. No cords to drag out, no gas to mix, no tempermental small engine

Hedge trimmer is perfect for me. Quick, easy, plenty powerful for my bushes & shrubs.
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:48 PM   #19
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G'day mate and welcome to the forum. Yes Ryobi is a good brand of tool and should do what you want.
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There's 24 and 40 volt lithium ion batteries and tools from Ryobi too. If you need something a bit more powerful. Pretty cool.
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I just picked up a starter kit and am happy to see I made the right choice for a 'less than experienced' diyer.

The only problem I have noticed so far is that when I am backing out screws, specifically last night, I was taking my cabinet doors off. It was unlocking the bit and it would fall out when I was done. This was not every time, but when reversing and the screw was a little 'stuck' due to being painted over, it would come out, I would move my drill to grab the screw and the bit would fall to the ground. Must have happened 4 or 5 times. Am I missing something here? It was tight in there each time, but is there an actual 'lock' for the bit?

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I've got the impact drill and impact driver

The impact driver the bits lock in place
the drill I haven't used it as a driver yet put it looks as if the chuck holds it in place
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I've got the impact drill and impact driver

The impact driver the bits lock in place
the drill I haven't used it as a driver yet put it looks as if the chuck holds it in place
Exactly, but whenever I reverse screws out it is loosening the chuck on me, and the bit drops out
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This is a silly question, but I'll admit....I've done it

But...

When you're taking the screws out, you have one hand on the handle/trigger...needless to say. Where is the other hand?

I've been known to grab the drill a little too far forward and hold the chuck (apparently) just enough to loosen it up while reversing. Ya don't notice it while driving forward because it can only get so tight.

Just a thought.
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I just got a super deal on the 6pc one + set including the reciprocating and circular saws. I got the high capacity lithium + battery that reviews indicate make the saws infinitely more useful and even a little more powerful than the 2 included batteries that work better with the other tools. Reviews also indicated that you should replace the blades they come with. My question; having never purchased saw blades what do I want for general use such as cutting wood as part of some remodeling type projects and perhaps the occasional PVC pipe? I included pictures of the included blades sorry the reciprocating saw blades don't have any markings, but the fine toothed one is pretty flexible and generally feels cheap and dull.
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This is a silly question, but I'll admit....I've done it

But...

When you're taking the screws out, you have one hand on the handle/trigger...needless to say. Where is the other hand?

I've been known to grab the drill a little too far forward and hold the chuck (apparently) just enough to loosen it up while reversing. Ya don't notice it while driving forward because it can only get so tight.

Just a thought.
That is exactly what happens.....I don't do it very often....maybe once every 5 minutes....

We are so used to holding the chuck when we screw in...it's hard to not hold it when un-screwing.....

It's sort of like the stuck accelerator issue...you want to blame the unintended accel on the car...but the real problem is your foot on the gas, not the brake.
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I just got a super deal on the 6pc one + set including the reciprocating and circular saws. I got the high capacity lithium + battery that reviews indicate make the saws infinitely more useful and even a little more powerful than the 2 included batteries that work better with the other tools. Reviews also indicated that you should replace the blades they come with. My question; having never purchased saw blades what do I want for general use such as cutting wood as part of some remodeling type projects and perhaps the occasional PVC pipe? I included pictures of the included blades sorry the reciprocating saw blades don't have any markings, but the fine toothed one is pretty flexible and generally feels cheap and dull.
Chef....those blades are actually pretty decent....

Your not going to be cutting molding with that saw...much less hardwoods for making cabinets....for that, you want a much bigger blade like you would have on a compound miter or table saw....10" or bigger.

But those Ryobi blades to track straight....which is more than you can say for the POS stamped steel blade Craftsman supplies with their skill saw.
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i own a set of these. I have the circular saw, sawzall, drill, flashlight, and jigsaw. I used them for several things in my remodel, from building eight cabinets from scratch, to cutting masonite board for the walls, to cutting 2x4's to drill into the wall studs for extra drywall support. They work well, and the batteries charge quickly and last a long time. The only complaints i have is that it is difficult to seat a blade in the sawzall, but that also might be due to my inexperience; also that the jigsaw is hard to handle, because you have to push the button to pull the trigger and if you have it in the middle of your material, it spazzes out and shakes your material all over creation. Probably wouldnt be so bad if i had a worktable to clamp it to, but im working with sawhorses. Very nice tools.
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That is exactly what happens.....I don't do it very often....maybe once every 5 minutes....

We are so used to holding the chuck when we screw in...it's hard to not hold it when un-screwing.....

It's sort of like the stuck accelerator issue...you want to blame the unintended accel on the car...but the real problem is your foot on the gas, not the brake.
Not to go too far astray here, but I had that happen to me. Got spun around and down a pretty good hill...like around an overpass. The whole time until we hit the tree I was thinking "Why in the he** won't this son-of-a.....(gun ) stop?!?!?!?!?!?!"......after we hit the tree I realized why...when the engine was still racing..... ooops
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I previously had a 6 pc Dewalt kit that was about 6 yrs old. Most of my power tools got wiped out due to hurrican Sandy flooding. The drill and impact driver are running but with problems.

As I was deciding what to get as replacement tools I came across Ryobi and everything I'm reading seems positive for the average DIY'er. Just saw this 6 pc kit 18v Li set on the Ryobi website with a code redeemable for homedepot.com for $269. I think I'm going to go ahead and get this set.

I like everything I've read about Ryobi as far as having a huge product line that accepts the batteries.

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