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Old 02-12-2013, 06:33 PM   #16
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I find this thread fun to read in light of the fact I've been working in my basement using my Grandfather's 50+ year old Craftsman power tools that still work as well as they did day one.

Of course that doesn't help this thread, since it's pretty obvious they don't make them like they used to!
You do have to take "they dont make them like they used to into account". Companies get bought and sold and their products change accordingly.

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Old 02-12-2013, 09:00 PM   #17
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No mention of the bosch corded jig saw. I only have a black an decker to compare it to, but what a beautiful tool. I recently bought two of those Milwaukee cordless 12 volt drills. One is already in the shop under warranty. The second one the trigger is jambing up and will go in after i get my first one back. In all fairness I am abusing the heck of of them. In terms of cordless, the lighter the better, no brand loyalty.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:28 PM   #18
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No mention of the bosch corded jig saw. I only have a black an decker to compare it to, but what a beautiful tool. I recently bought two of those Milwaukee cordless 12 volt drills. One is already in the shop under warranty. The second one the trigger is jambing up and will go in after i get my first one back. In all fairness I am abusing the heck of of them. In terms of cordless, the lighter the better, no brand loyalty.

read my first post.. already mentioned the jigsaw
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You do have to take "they dont make them like they used to into account". Companies get bought and sold and their products change accordingly.
That's true, but the difference in these old tools is amazing. Solid metal bodies, powerful motors, and after 50+ years of use and abuse they still work just fine. The only plastic on them is the belt sander has a huge plastic knob for a front handle, and it's the size of a door knob.

Only thing I had to replace were the power cords, which were dry rotted and did not have a ground wire (which I attached to the metal bodies).

But what's really cool for me is when I use these tools, I can smell a faint, "woodsy" smell which is how my Grandfather's workshop used to smell. Brings back a lot of memories.
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:37 AM   #20
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what are the opinions here about the ryobi series of tools?
i have a circular saw, ad miter saw, and a drill from them for about 5 years and the only thing that has died on me is the batteries and eventually the charger.
the drill bits however seem really cheaply made. break almost instantly for something as simply drilling thru a 2x4
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:19 PM   #21
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I always go with Milwaukee.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:53 PM   #22
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i've run ridgid everything and everything for the past 2 years and has worked flawlessly. i have a 5pc cordless, table saw, cordless nailer, shop vacs, etc etc and i plan to buy more
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My preference:

Corded : Milwaukee or Makita
Cordless: Dewalt or Ridgid
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I'm pretty much building an entire house with my Milwaukee Li-Ion tools. The little driver has it rough, having fallen several times from 10' up, onto everything from soft dirt to concrete. It's also been rained on a couple times. I use the circular saw all the time, and the drill and reciprocating saw less often. I have 5 of the very expensive batteries, and have never used them all in one day.

I have several old corded Milwaukee drills that won't quit. I also have a Bosch jig saw that is great. My very old Makita belt sander has been on the job for 35 years now. More recently, I bought a Ridgid table saw, and a Ridgid 12" sliding miter saw. Both are performing very well. I like the rolling stand that Ridgid makes for the miter saw. Mine is an older model I got on craigslist cheap. Easy to set up, and big wheels for rough ground.

I have a number of nailers, too. My big Hitachi is a great framer. I have a Freeman strap nailer for metal connectors. If you ever build a house, these are a must if there are a lot of metal connectors. I also have a Freeman siding nailer and a Hitachi finish nailer, but haven't used them much yet.

I generally only buy pro-level tools; working with underpowered junk is just too frustrating.
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your right mush.. theirs nothing more frustrtaing than fighting with a tool trying to complete a task .. clearing a jamb in a nailer once a day ok.. if its more than 3 x then it goes in for service or replaced
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As noted above, there are many puts and takes from each of the different brands and because of that I went with the product selection of Ryobi.

They have the most products that can run off their 18v lithium battery and I haven't had any complaints thus far. Well...besides the fact that I have to drive two towns over to HomeDepot because Lowe's doesn't carry Ryobi.

I have quite a few of their 18v products and for a "weekend warrior" they work great! (with a battery rotation)

Good luck with your decision - let us know what you choose!
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As noted above, there are many puts and takes from each of the different brands and because of that I went with the product selection of Ryobi.

They have the most products that can run off their 18v lithium battery and I haven't had any complaints thus far. Well...besides the fact that I have to drive two towns over to HomeDepot because Lowe's doesn't carry Ryobi.

I have quite a few of their 18v products and for a "weekend warrior" they work great! (with a battery rotation)

Good luck with your decision - let us know what you choose!
I realized I need to try to refrain from buying tools. I thought maybe I could use a recip saw for something but was told it wouldnt work so I didnt buy anything. I dont have the money to be dropping on tools that I might not need that much.

My last thought was Ryobi actually. I dont make my money doing construction and dont have to work on stuff that often, so why spend a bunch of money on tools? Ryobi would probably get me through what I need to do so why not save money.
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Personally, I think the Ryobi set it perfect. I would recommend pushing 1-2 spare batteries so if you do find yourself in the middle of a big project, you can have a battery cycle setup.

The other great thing is that the batteries are the only expensive part of the tools, therefore you can buy yourself one of the 50+ tools much cheaper than if you were to buy a "plug-in" version of it.

I personally have the following Ryobi tools and have very little to complain about.
Drill - I've had absolutely no issues with this at all
Circular Saw w/ Laser - Only used this for small jobs, but would imagine it could suck down the battery quickly
Corner-Cat Finish Sander - This sander is perfect for small jobs, but don't expect it to be able to refinish anything beyond a chair or end table.

There are a few additional tools that I anticipate buying within the next few years, like the paint sprayer, random orbital sander and hand vac.

If you want to see all the options, you can visit this site.
http://www.ryobitools.com/catalog/18v_oneplus

(I don't work for Ryobi and have no affiliation with them, I just enjoy their products)
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after looking at the list of ryobi tools.. i wouldnt exactly consider they have 50 different tools.. 1/2 of what they show is nothig more than the older nicad version of their lithium lineup. and hardly compares to makitas 50 cordless tools..
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I think your decision makes sense for your situation Arsinek. For thwe most part the difference in tools is durability. The best tools are worth repairing not only because of the investment, but because the rest of the tool will last and work well during lit's lifespan--typically a lot longer than cheaper tools which usually use lower grade components. Ryobi makes tools that work great for situations like yours. While I always have a tool I'm looking forward to getting, I realized a while back I really want the time to be using it for a project I want to build...

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