Ryobi has come out with quite a few new tools in the past few years – here’s a look at all of our Ryobi tool coverage.
And you know what? They’re all pretty decent.
There have been plenty of “firsts,” and some surprises, such as Ryobi’s new garage door opener and accessory system. There have been some accessory developments too, such as their new drywall repair kit.
Ryobi positions themselves as an affordable “pro-featured” tool brand, and often targets DIYers, homeowners, and enthusiast users. Lots of professionals use Ryobi tools, others cannot imagine it, calling Ryobi a DIY tool brand.
We have previously asked for your opinions, questions, and hopes about other tool brands, and have now turned out attention to Ryobi. Why? Because of something I heard recently about Ryobi not being a “pro brand.”
Here are the other feedback posts:
- Dear Dewalt, We Want You to Come Out With a [Fill in This Blank] in 2016
- If You Could Ask Milwaukee Tool One Thing, What Would it Be?
- What Could Bosch do to Become Your Favorite Power Tool Brand?
We have talked about Ryobi plenty of times before, but let’s tackle a hard question on its own discussion.
What are your general thoughts about the brand, and what do you want to see them come out with next?
Here’s my take on Ryobi and Ryobi tools:
Yes, Ryobi is more of a consumer brand, but I have seen plenty of pros use them too. Ryobi’s 18V One+ cordless power tool lineup is quite good. There’s plenty of product selection, and a lot of the tools are at least usable.
If I were starting out as a DIYer, woodworker, hobbyist, or just needed some tools for around-the-house jobs, I would absolutely consider Ryobi.
In the same class, there’s Craftsman’s C3 lineup, Porter Cable’s “these are value-priced professional tools” 20V Max lineup, and I suppose Black & Decker’s cordless tools too.
Ryobi continues to add innovations to their lineup, while also offering budget-priced kits seasonally.
It’s one of the best value brands around.
Let’s say you were a handyman, homeowner, or property manager, and you needed to use a drain auger every now and then. Ryobi’s is quite affordable. If you were a plumber, it might be a good idea to step up to Milwaukee’s M12 cordless drain auger. That Ryobi will get the job done, but it might not hold up to a plumber’s more demanding needs. I don’t know for sure, I’m just speculating.
What would I like to see next?
More and better benchtop tools. This is an area that many brands neglect. Show me a decent quality 10″ drill press or disc sander for $150. A lot of brands offer passable tools, but nothing spectacular.
I also want to see more garage storage products. Despite the somewhat higher than expected pricing, I think that the Ryobi ToolBlox storage system might sell well here. I’d buy some.
Something like the BluCave modular storage system might also sell well under Ryobi branding.
DIYers and Pros alike, what do you think about Ryobi tools?
What do you want to see them come out with next?
If I had to move to a new system in this price range, I would consider it. Craftsman doesn’t have as many tools in the C3 system, but they basically give them away sometimes. If you are really to play Sears’ games, I think that you could get a nice set together on the cheap. That would probably sway me towards Craftsman.
I am an electrician, used milwaukee hammer drills. Just cant afford batteries for it, but ryobi hammer drill going on 5 years now. 2 pack of heavy-duty batteries 99 dollars for it and just keeps driving tap cons.
Yep…. The cheapo home owners Ryobi stuff just keeps going…… Shhhhhhh our secret Ryobi kicks ass……….. Otherwise the price will go up.
I got a Ryoboi 6inch hand saw for christmas.wow what good is it if you don’t have battery and charger wirh it!!!!! I would have been happier to pay 250.00 if it came with it.but what good is a tool if you can’t use it.yuck
Many tool packs don’t come with batteries unless you specifically look for them and they always label it “Tool Only” if it doesn’t have a battery. Every brand does it. It’s cheaper than having a new battery with every piece of equipment. No one needs 45 batteries sitting around, when 3-4 is almost always adequate.
Generally the batteries that come with the tool are pretty shitty anyway. But I love the tools and have used them for years. I still have a few that are blue…
The first time I bought a 6 piece Ryobi tool set in January the charger stop working after only 2 weeks. I returned the set and got a new one and after 3 weeks the multi purpose tool stop working, and it was the first time I used it. To top that off the same day the new charger stop working again. Never again will I buy Ryobi brand.
hey man, fair call, my ryobi jigsaw is a piece of junk. having said that i own over 20 other ryobi power tools all of which i have only every had minor problems with (chuck’s broken, thread has gone ect). 95% of my workshop is ryobi, i’ve been using ryobi for over 12 years and love the brand.
Oh yeah Ryobi fine little ole racket u got going there. Battery plays out so gotta go buy more. Chargers go out so gotta go buy more. This is no coincidence either; these shisters engineer there products to last x amount of time so you, the consumer, get to go give them more of your money. It’s the American way – Make America Gouged again.
I agree, Batteries do not last more than one year. The Batteries wether NiCad or Lithium Ion are garbage. They wont last more than one year, sometimes less. I spent over $300 on batteries , and they are all dead after about 1 year. Im not spending another dime on this brand again. The other major brands..Batteries last for atleast 5-6 years or more. Ryobi is a scam, you end spending more money than the Pro Brands! And the performance is ok at best.
Worst part is they stop making the battery. I can’t get one anywhere and RYOBI is no help at all. The machine works fine, but the battery died. I loved it when it works but I only need to use it twice a month. My old gas trimmer I had for 25 years, was sick of trying to get it started, that’s why I liked the battery powered one, but it really sucks when they stop making the battery and force you to replace it every couple of years, it’s bullshit. Guess I’m going back to gas.
Randall James Mcilveene
I have over 40 ryobi tools and have had no issues with the battery life or the tools they might not be as powerful as some other tools in the torque aspect but I haven’t had any issue and have had multiple tools for years and use them on almost a daily use
I agree. Had my Makita stolen and bought ryobi jigsaw to save a few buckets. Huge mistake! Won’t cut straight blade guide keeps failing. It just sits in the bottom of the box now.
Throwing out $700 of Ryobi. Batteries die and Ryobi and Home Depot hide when you look to get any satisfaction. They look great and work great, and then they don’t. An the answer is for you to spend another $125 on a new battery which dies too. Four batteries failed, all less than a year. Garbage.
Sorry to hear about your experience with Ryobi in the US.
I am in Australia and my Ryobi tools all perform well and I am still using some batteries that are over ten years old. The back up here is generally really good and we now have six year warranty if you register the tools with Ryobi Australia.
(i have no affiliation with Ryobi or Bunnings)
My 40 Volt lithium battery failed too after 4 uses of my hedge trimmer (spring and fall), in 1 year 8 months total on 6 small shrubs in front of my house. I rarely use a hedge trimmer, but I need to keep one around for the few times needed. Very frustrating when I go to use it, and the battery is dead. I took it to a friend’s house to try his Ryobi charger, and it showed defective there too. I took it to Home Depot, they told me that even though I’ve only had it a little more than a year and a half, I had to call Ryobi directly. I called during my lunch from work, and they require that you have your tool, charger, and battery in front of you to do testing. Make sure you have those available or they will not help. A lot of time invested, and hoops to jump through, when the product should not have failed prematurely in the first place.
I agree with you David. All of my cordless tools are Ryobi along with most of my corded ones. I bought the new batteries about 9 months ago and two of the four batteries are already toast. The guy at Home Depot said there’s nothing they can do. I’m getting rid of all of them and getting a different brand.
Hague been using Robinson tools for as long as they’ve been available, I started in ‘98 with my business, it’s only handyman and removal dels, but I can use most of the tools for 5 years at least, before they get used up. I’ve also dropped a few, and had a few stolen and had to pay the price for new. The lithium battteries have all lasted very well and I did have one that died about a year and a half into the 3 year warranty, took it to HD and they tested it while I was shopping and I brought it to their location (strip mall warehouse nearby) and received a new one within days in the mail. I now have over a dozen tools and 6 of the 4A batteries, don’t have to charge them for a week, unless I’m doing a lot of screws on a deck or something, and still know a friend who has an original 1/2” drill from his first purchase in the ‘90s, works fine. As much $$$ as I’ve saved on these is well worth the few things that have gone wrong with them. I do buy better corded tools at times, but the Milwaukee hammer drill I bought didn’t last more than 5 years and I used it sparingly.
I think Ryobi is still a great value!
No, its not ! I bought a new drill from Bunnings and after a week it lost power. I can’t afford to buy another one. It frustrate me.
My ryobi battery went rang ryobi filled a form in and they sent new ones
Ps I’m from uk
And battery have 2 year warranty
Nonsense. Bought a ryobi generator. Returned it. No refund or swap offered. Still under guarantee. They returned it after ‘fixing’. Still keeps cutting out after 5 minutes. Stay away from their RG-950
I agree…tools are good…batteries suck…that’s their weak point…I have 5 out of 8…..duds…must be made overseas…stuck with about 7 Ryobi tools…too bad all tools do not have same battery type…should be American or Canadian made
i dont think it makes any different american or Canadian made, batteries are all coming basicly from asia it all depands on the brand what they are willing to spend on good quality product
You are absolutely right.their battery sucks and their customer service even worse.
Just stay away from buying them… you get what you paid for….
Lemuel Jonathan Hammel
I’m a Remodeling working in Des Moines Iowa area and I got all my brushless 7 1/4 inch circular saw, brushless hammer drill kit, brushless 3 speed impact driver, two 3 amp hour hp batteries one 4 amp hour lithium plus battery, the brushless jig saw, and brushless angle Grinder cut off tool, and the job plus multi tool with removable head for only $330.00 before taxes got everything on sale ever at Direct Tools of Home Depot new and the 4 amp hour lithium plus battery and hammer drill are 8 months old but because they make so many items you are more likely to find a lemon out there.
Basically same experience here. Battery troubles, breakdowns, seizing up, string won’t feed on the trimmer after less than a year. Went with Ryobi when I bought my house. Only thing that still works decent is the hammer drill. Took everything else to the junkyard last week. Blower, hedge trimmer, chainsaw, Weedwhacker.
Will never buy Ryobi again
Rather Be Fishing
That’s either bad luck, heavy use in heavy tools, or you bought reconditioned from tools direct. Either that or I’ve just had some very good luck on the Ryobi set I bought. I’m an electrician (commercial and residential), and I’ve been using the same ryobi set and batteries for almost 4 years now. I use the drill more than anything else in the set, the sawsall comes in second, and I use the skillsaw when necessary (I usually use a corded DeWalt skillsaw). Although I do find it possible that they’ve recently reduced their quality, because a co-worker bought a new one+ drill kit, same as mine, but the chuck isn’t wide enough to fit a step up bit into. Only thing bad I can say about Ryobi is how long their batteries hold charge, the skillsaw and sawsall on a fresh battery will last maybe 2 hours, while the drill on a fresh battery will last me 2 days. Also the saws aren’t as strong as DeWalt saws, but they get the job done and still work after 3+ years.
I am a remodeler and have used ryobi since the mid 90’s and have never had a problem with any ryobi tools.
A few years ago I saw a post at depot store about the switch on my 3 yr old drill could overheat.
Never had problem but sent it in and they surprised me with a new drill.
Older batteries worked ok but lithuum ion’s are way better and have some several years old.
One reason I am loyal to ryobi about is they still use same battery design for old and new.tools.
I have boxes of other brands that change battery design every time they redesign tool.
I just recently used my ryobi 18v sawsall to trim trees in my yard.
Even felled two 10 inch cyprus trees and stripped limbs on trees and shrubs and it worked perfectly.
I have never had a charger or battery failure and every old blue ryobi is still being used.
I have over 20 ryobi tools and can use any all day with only 2 batteries or charge.
For 4 years I have used one lithium charger and same 2 batteries for work and another set for home
They have been fantastic for my needs at home and work and have paid for themselves many times over.
I do a lot of jobs and never use a corded tool.
I probably have $2000 invested in Ryobi tools/products, and several hundred more in batteries. One issue, with one tool, and I quickly realized that was my fault and not the tool… All the talk about batteries not lasting a year, but no apparent realization that Ryobi has a 3-year L-warranty on their batteries also! I have NO complaints and don’t know if other companies that back their products like Ryobi does… try being responsible and register your product, then exercise your rights under the warranty agreements… seems pretty simple. In fact, some of these complaints took longer to write/post than the warranty registration would have! Just a thought.
The screwgun keeps loosening and dropping the bit has this been fixed or is there a fix for this
Same thing for me too. I’m a handyman by trade now and depend on my ryobi tools. I’m dead in the water today and losing money because ryobis chargers are absoloute garbage.
I’m livid. 500 bucks worth of tools and 300 in batteries yet the 3 chargers I’ve purchased cant seem to last longer than a damned month. Fire the engineers that make this crap snd nite someone to revamp the chargers. That or put them out of business. Unacceptable!
We are just once in a while in need of a drill or screwdriver.
Sure enough, the battery became junk.
Do you think I could find a replacement battery for my seldom used tool?
Nope, discontinued battery.
So, I asked if my good drill was junk?
Yes, we can’t help.
What a great company.
If it is a Ryobi 18v tool (18v Jobsite, Ryobi Blue, One+, HP, Brushless etc) ANY 18v battery will work. Exceptions are that some tools cannot accommodate the bigger extreme batteries, but they accept all the other sizes.
The NiCd and NiMH are not sold by any tool major power tool Brand anymore, it is all lithium, so they would be discontinued.
Ryobi whole shtick is that any Ryobi 18v tool can use any Ryobi 18v battery. If you have an older charger, that would need to be upgraded, the older chargers will not charge lithium batteries. Newer chargers will charge both NiCd and lithium.
Buy a new battery. If you only occasionally use the drill, the 1.5/2.0 Ah battery will do
I’m just a home handy man/wood worker, but I find RYOBI value for money and good quality. The only thing I would ask them to address is to make a better fence set up for the table saw. With the cordless drill I have, the batteries have lasted 8 years now
I know I am late to the party, but I concur. I have at least a dozen batteries. The oldest date to 2012 or 2013. Others are date 2018-2020. Last summer, one of my older batteries quit taking a charge, every other battery I have still works. I have three different Ryobi chargers, the quick green one and two black ones. My batteries charge on all of them. On one occasion a battery wouldn’t charge so I tried it on a different charger and it charged just fine. Now it works on all of the chargers.
I have at least twenty 18 volt tools and only one has failed, a hybrid leaf blower and it may have been dropped a few times that could have caused the failure.
Ryobi is owned by Techtronics, same company who now owns Milwaukee. Made in China !
What’s your point?
TTI acquired Milwaukee Tool 16-1/2 years ago, and if I recall correctly TTI’s partial Ryobi ownership goes back 20 years and their relationship with Home Depot 18 years.
I have a cordless circular saw that I used to do two small jobs. One cutting some 3/4″ hardwood flooring, the other cross cutting some 5/4″ decking boards. With the blade depth set shallow, and cutting slowly, smoke started pouring out of the saw. The saw is burnt out. I am very disappointed in the product. It is my first time using Ryobi power tools, I thought they were good products. I have had a Makita circular saw for maybe 20 years, and it still works fine. I figured the Ryobi cordless saw would be very convenient and would be dependable. It burnt up in the middle of a project and I didn’t have another circular saw with me. I am not impressed with the product at all.
I would buy them over Craftsman or Portercable for cordless for sure, but the only products of theirs that really tempts me at this point is the garage door opener and their nail guns now that they have been reviewed as better than the Milwaukee. Being a part of TTI helps. I think the biggest hurdle from them as far as perception for quality is that they are still on the stem cell battery packs while virtually all other quality lineups have switched to slide ins. Ironically this has been their biggest boon I think in their existing user base, as they are still compatible with legacy blue and yellow tools.
My first cordless set was Ryobi blue and yellow, and the batteries failed to keep a charge very quickly, and so I was left a little sour and have moved on since to Ridgid and Bosch primarily.
Craftsman C3 tools are just rebadged TTI Ryobi tools for the most part.
I had craftsman, they suck after a year. My milwaukee sucked
after 2. My Ryobi one going on 5 years. Still got warranty on it. I love it best buy. Besides everything now is made in China.
A guy at the pawn shop just told me that the batteries with the stem or post are obsolete and ryobi stopped making them. True? I hope not because I did some scrounging and got a standard drill battery and 2 new intellaport chargers today. $40
No that is not true. The NiCad battery packs are not sold anymore, but the Li-ion ones aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
That is not entirely true neither there are plenty of spots out there where the ni/ cads can still be bought brand new …the thing that makes me laugh about how many of you have bought the lithium hustle gook line and sinker is how vastly superior ni /cad batterries are to lithium…but instead of actually learning and educating yourselves about the tools you use most out there have limited their knowledge to where the on switch or trigger is and writing very impressive reviews scolding various companies for having sub standard products (seems that is what qualifies one as an expert or pro these days )5and then running out to throw those same companies some more of your hard earned cash for another “these things are junk “batteries…the problem is in most cases your complete and utter lack of even a rudimentary understanding of how batteries function and through this ignorance your misuse and failure to properly maintain your batteries… and when they fail you will blame every one in the world for this travesty and crime against humanity…except yourself…with a basic knowledge of battery function and a basic understanding of how to maintain your batteries.ni/cads can last literally forever…of course there are always minimal instances of random cell failure that can’t have been foreseen
But in the right hands ni/cads will sail far past lithium batteries In the longevity race…there are no/cad batteries right now at this very won orbiting satellites that have been functioning perfectly for fifty years and they ain’t pushing a tjree inch deck screw for sure…but even the almighty lithium thrown away and left for dead unnecessarily most of the time…what’s hilarious is even after reading this most wont even have their curiosity piqued and instead of looking into it will continue to fatten corporate coffers buying battery after battery…and a lot of those bafoons actually can call themselves professionals and keep a straight face
Blake … you have piqued my curiosity and I’ll do a bit of fact checking on your statements, which on the surface, seem just a little bit far-fetched. However, I admit that it was extremely difficult to read (and from there actually understand) what you’re saying because you didn’t use any punctuation – except for two capital letters.
My experience with NiCad and Lithium-ion batteries suggests that the latter are the go, and that in general, Japanese-made cells perform better than those made in other countries. I do read and apply manufacturers’ recommendations about battery maintenance and I accept that you get what you pay for.
Would you be so kind as to pass on your wisdom on how to properly maintain batteries, and other relevant “facts”, so that the vast majority of us might also achieve longer battery life for our tools.
For now, though, I’m happy with the battery life I’ve experienced with NiCad and Lithium-ion batteries by simply following usage/maintenance recommendations provided by Makita, Panasonic and Ryobi.
Maybe it’s just bad carma and lack of punctuation that’s messing with your batteries. I’ve been using the three amp batteries with drills, circular saws, impact driver and work light for nine months on a construction site in Texas, and couldn’t be happier….oh yeah, remember knowledge and experience would be the criteria for making these kinds of comments…and since I’ve been in construction for over 45 years, and have seen a few things, I think I might know.
These tools work good and the batteries provide ample power, simply stated….
People fail to realize the lithium battery has a threshold circuit causing it not to recharge after it reaches too low of voltage(and heat kills a lithium batteries everything/leaving tools in the sun or closed environment, nickel cadmium batteries didn’t have this handicap. Just drain them completely once in awhile…
I run all my Ryobi batteries completely down. I have 6 that I keep on rotation charge. Been using some for about 3 years, they stay in a Ford van in 100 plus degree Mississippi heat. They are well worth the $40 each average cost. Hey when the die, I throw them away and buy 2 more. I use them everyday on most jobs of handyman work doing painting, electrical, plumbing, wood repairs etc.
In my mind, the biggest thing holding Ryobi back is their battery technology. Granted, I only have experience with their P102 1.3Ah lithium batteries, and not their newer Lithium+ line, but my P102 takes 45 minutes for a complete charge when starting at empty. That’s an unacceptably long amount of time, seeing that a Makita BL1840 4Ah battery takes the same amount of time, while offering 3X the capacity. The M18 5Ah battery charges in an hour on the newer rapid charger, and the M18 1.5Ah batteries charge in 20-25 minutes, which gives a closer comparison to Ryobi’s P102 battery.
In addition to that, the Ryobi tools aren’t as efficient with power usage, offering less work per unit of energy storage. So for demanding all-day jobs, pro users will need to carry around a tool box full of batteries to match the same work output in the same amount of time that other platforms offer.
I’m not trying to bash Ryobi though – they offer a great quality of tool for the price point they’re at, and really open up the market for DIYers like myself to get their hands on affordable tools. There’s just definitely a compromise in performance that goes along with the price break.
If you were to upgrade to the Ryobi 4.0Ah batteries and their rapid charger, you wouldn’t be displeased with their battery technology.
That’s good to know. Do you have approximate charge times for the 4Ah batteries offhand?
Next time I run one down, I’ll time how long it takes to charge and update here.
Mine, which came with the impact wrench (love that thing!) takes about 45 mins to go from too low to be happy using it, to full. A hour tops from flat dead. This is using the rapid charger of course. It really is quite impressive.
Honestly I am not a ryobi hater but why would anyone wanna do that????everything I own is makita and I will Run the gambit with you any time any place with your upgraded charger and “high capacity ryobi batteries with my subcompact makita line and 3AH batteries and leave that ryobi with any attest you wanna put in it choking on the sidelines…then I’ll drop my makita of a two story roof and go down and grab it and go straight back to work …once a week… on a six to seven day a week schedule …for three or four years …….retire that set to the house for another five years of light use … and that is why I pay the extra money for a truly professional grade tool …my twelve year old wanted a droll and impact tonwork on his skateboard…I bought him the ryobi set…he loves that “how can anyone take me seriously when I’m painted this color green”paint scheme…I’d rather spend bigger money than waste ANy money and of your looking for a tool that is as free of issues and lasts as long as you can reasonably expect any to…you simply won’t find that in anything ryobi makes
Please relax a bit …
I’m in civil and use nothing but ryobi droped in to 2 meter holes full of mud and water pull em out and straight to use even had one come out the tool box at 100 km found it got to sight and worked straight away nothing but good things to say used makita droped it in a trench once and she dead
Thanks for the info. Any word with Ryobi’s P107 batteries? They come with their 6-tool Ultimate Combo kit.
tl;dr – own the 6 piece kit (as spare tools), think the batteries are great, most Ryobi tools are a great value proposition, but wouldn’t give up my Bosch tools.
I own the 6-tool combo kit. I bought it on special last year during the Father’s Day promos when I was visiting family, needed to do some remodel work, and would have spent almost as much renting. The batteries charge quite quickly (in the ballpark of 30 minutes), such that my experience is this: I have not yet, in the course of normal work, been able to discharge a battery before the second battery has recharged. The on-board charge meter is handy, too.
As far as the combo kits go, I’d encourage you to maybe stay away from the 6 piece:
– The impact driver is quite good (but the new 3 speed bare tool one is way better).
– The drill, circ saw, and reciprocating saw are all entirely passable tools.
– The included light is crap, using an incandescent bulb (bummer since their LED work light is fantastic).
– The oscillating multi-tool is, sadly, lousy. How lousy? Despite the fact that it’s cordless, I will go to the trouble of running power to the job to use my corded Bosch MX30-EC every time. It’s worth it just to be able to have any feeling in my arms below the elbows once the job’s done. Also, no tool-less blade change = fail.
Admittedly, I’m comparing a top of the line Bosch tool to a Ryobi kit tool, but my thinking is this: if you HAVE to have a multi-tool to the point where you need the bigger kit, then you HAVE to have a multi-tool that works well enough to be used.
All of that being said, I don’t regret buying the Ryobi stuff, I got my money’s worth (and then some) in just one week’s worth of work. For less frequently used tools, I will often buy Ryobi instead of spending 2x money for another piece in my Bosch 18v or 12v systems.
Thanks! The six-piece set ($250) adds the impact driver as well as the oscillating tool to the four-piece set ($129), so it isn’t such a huge waste. And yeah, I’d heard the light sucks (I don’t think you can even buy an LED bulb to replace the incandescent.)
But there are all those other tools in the system, like the leaf blowers, the string trimmers, the buffer, etc. etc.
To be honest, I’d buy the 4 piece and the new 3-speed impact driver ($79) and put the $50 dollars toward a better oscillating tool. I can’t even begin to describe the gulf between the Ryobi and a real one like a Bosch or Fein.
Sounds like a good idea. Maybe Ryobi will offer another oscillating tool model someday. They have five different leaf blowers, for crissakes.
You can get an LED replacement for the crummy original bulb. Search for Ryobi LED on Amazon or eBay and you will find lots of them. I wish Ryobi put that bulb in at the factory, as it is brighter and gives far more battery life. I think you can get bulbs in different brightness levels, so you can match it to your needs.
The kits are cheap, most of the tools included in the kits look and feel like toys. I was considering the four tool kit, but decided I would be better off spending a bit more money and buying better models of just the tools I needed. I haven’t had any issues with any of the Ryobi batteries. but remember that you shouldn’t run any Li battery too low, that is what kills them.
I love the Ryobi tools I have bought. I replaced a Makita cordless drill with a Ryobi. My Ryobi is much more powerful, lighter, and more compact, AND the battery lasts much longer on a charge
I will say one thing for Ryobi battery technology, I have as yet not had a One+ lithium battery fail and I still have the original 2.4ah lithium batteries that came with the drill kit I purchased around 8 years ago. I now have 3 x5ah batteries, 1x 4ah, 3 x2.4ah 1×2.5ah and one 1.5ah. I agree, it would be nice if they charged faster, but I have enough batteries to be able keep working while a battery charges, and to be honest, even using the angle grinder, you get a fair bit of work time from a 5ah battery. I use my Ryobi tools for trade use, (shh, don’t tell anyone), and as yet have not had any fail, other than the inflator that died and was replaced under warranty. I have just about every tool in the one+ range and other than the chainsaw, (the original one) and the hand vac, they all perform really well. If I was to start again, I may consider Milwaukee as the price difference is closing somewhat, but that would be more for jobsite vanity as the Ryobi tools really do everything I need them to and in some cases even better than the competition.
Ryobi does not have 5ah batteries inthe 18v line. Please correct me if I’m wrong.
I believe that the US only has up to 4ah, but Australia has 5ah that were released a year or so after the 4ah.
Just got off eBay Australia… $144 AU for a 2-pack of the 5amp batteries !!! That’s $110 USD.. and free shipping.. !!!
This is an excellent point probably a huge majority of the people on this forum complaining about Ryobi batteries have one or two or maybe even three low to mid capacity batteries and run them slap into to the dirt because they were too cheap to go out and buy enough batteries with enough capacity so that any one or two batteries is not getting its head knocked off on a daily basis
Get the heavy duty battery. It changes the tool. For a 2 pack 99 dollars. Compared to 1 fpr 99for rigid milwaukee and dewault.
The larger Ryobi batteries are amazing. I must have drilled easily over 300 screws with one charge building my deck, fence and strapping my house down.
The small batteries are basically for inside the house small jobs.
I will never buy another brand of tool.
I use all 3ma now. No problems generally, I keep 6 on charge.
I had bought tools two very different shops and two very different field operations. When portable power tools were all corded, brand loyalty was more a thing that related to a specific type of tool more than an across-the-board predilection. Maybe we picked Porter Cable for routers and planers, Bosch for rotohammers and jigsaws, Milwaukee for HoleHawgs and Sawzalls and so on. We know that cordless changed that. Faced with buying lots of batteries (we bought one batch of Makita BL1830’s in a batch of 100) – you wanted to try to stick with one brand – rather than cherry pick. So maybe you did not have anything to say against Ryobi – but bought Makita because they seemed to have more of what we wanted (for one business anyway) than others. We did the same for another business with Milwaukee instead of Makita.
So why not Ryobi? I think prejudice – aided and abetted by their apparent marketing strategy has positioned them as a handyman’s brand. I think many also feel that way about buying cordless tools with the Ridgid, Craftsman and Porter Cable names on them. No hard facts here – but just first impressions. When I see a worker on a residential jobsite using a Chicago Electric (Harbor Freight) tool my prejudicial self thinks “amateur” – or perhaps low-end – low quality work – but of course I may be way off base. When I was faced with a tool buying decision – I always thought about cost/benefit ratios, productivity, reliability (warranties are slim consolation if the tool fails in the middle of a job), availability of service (we used a few different service centers) and spare parts, the tool’s fitness for the job – and the manufacture’s reputation as it might (only maybe) relate to QA/QC in manufacturing. My prejudices may also have kicked in with my asking myself “how would our customers think of us if we arrived with a batch of brand X tools. “ We always took pride in our work, maintained a neat and clean jobsite, had our trucks regularly cleaned and repaired (bodywork was regularly attended to) and also wanted the tools that we used to contribute to the quality of our work. Over several years, when I brought a new lead carpenter on they got a choice of a Lie Nielsen or Veritas block plane as a reminder of the high quality work expected of them. A new master plumber got a set of Knipex plier wrenches. So with all that in mind – I was not seeking out what I perceived as a possibly good – but lower-end brand.
“So why not Ryobi? I think prejudice – aided and abetted by their apparent marketing strategy has positioned them as a handyman’s brand. I think many also feel that way about buying cordless tools with the Ridgid, Craftsman and Porter Cable names on them. ”
^BAM! You nailed it Fred. I don’t use my power tools in my profession but I still ended up buying Makita just because of quality of the brand. If I were a richer man I probably would have bought Festool. If I were a richer man still I probably would have bought delicious Mafell. I tend to think of Ryobi as nice but a tier down from Dewalt, Milwaukee, Makita, and Bosch.
In the scheme of things – over my nearly 50 years of working – Mafell and Festool/Protool were relatively recent entrants – at least to the US market. I actually had longer term familiarity with European brands like AEG, Bosch, Fein, Lamello, Metabo and Virutex. As you point out in the phrase “if I were a richer man” – sometimes the top-of-the-line is too rich for your needs and pocketbook.
As an example – some years ago timber framing became all the rage for some high end houses in our territory. We were asked to undertake a project and had one additional one or two on the horizon. We engaged a few folks who had experience – and looked to tool up with a Mafell chain mortiser , big circular saw and 12 inch planer. I think the combined cost was over $10,000. We bought the 3 tools from Makita for about $4000 as I recall. I’m sure nowhere near as good but we could not justify the Mafell cost based on the number of jobs we had booked. As it turned out – timber framing work seemed to dry up with the housing downturn – and the Makita tools which got the original jobs done sat idle for quite a while not making us money – but having much less of a residual cost (we capitalized major tool purchases) than what the Mafell tools would have had.
At one time I would agree. But there made in china now.
And those sir are the winning words of the day!!!as a twenty year old flooring installer i stepped into the industry with fairly decent flooring specific tools and brand spanking new blue and yellow ryobi five piece combo set and felt pretty proud of myself wasn’t even dissuaded by the harassment I endured from the older guys at the store I subed for…or on the job sites… The ryobi kit was what I could afford at the time and I didn’t see a thing g in the world wrong with it …until I did …the first to fail was the reciprocator saw(the least used tool for me in those days )jigsaw went next after ten or so minutes of second use …the real eye opener though happened the day I was sharing the site with an old wood worker installing a hand carved wall hanging that was hewed from some kind of crazy African hardwood that he swore would actually throw sparks it was so hard and being before the time that cordless impacts flooded onto every job site in the land,he had an old makita (new then)cordless hammer drill set on standard drill setting and with the driving of one of the four inch specialty screws the difference between his drill and mine was instantly clear…his had a solid ,smooth and low hum to it ,while my ryobi sort of sounded embarrassingly similar to my old four cylinder ford ranger with some challenges in the muffler department …loud and rough,loose ,with a constant rattling behind all of that when in use…and then I used his makita under the pretense of “ive been thinking of switching to those guys ,can I check your drill out ?” I was dumbfounded by the obvious quality difference between these two tools and I broke myself that week to replace my three most used ryobi tools (drill ,stapler and circular saw)and an extra battery for each with the corresponding Makita models and have never looked back…I have five sons and one daughter and when they have each gotten to the age that they had a hobby that required tools,I have bought Ryobi stuff for them because that’s how I see that brand …not quite a child’s toy …but not much above that …occasionally convenience has me pick up a ryobi impact that has been left laying on the work table in the garage rather than walk out to the “definitely Not a four cylinder ford ranger with challenges in the muffler department)to grab one of my Makita’s….And yeah ,it turns the screw ,and I walk back to the stairs with my hand still vibrating and my ears ringing ….skill in your craft and pride in an uncompromising standard of quality is the starting point for a master craftsman and for most this goes hand in tool belt with having the absolute best tools and equipment that your money can buy to help accomplish this standard…the professional grade stamp on a tool is more than just a reasonable justification for higher prices and it isn’t a status symbol either…it’s part of our “pride package “and part of how we represent and sell ourselves to the next potential “calls us for everything they need from here on out “client…ryobi tools have their place for sure they fill a niche that is occupied by mostly round the housers ,amateurs ,beginners and very very occasionally an actual professional who actually thinks themselves cleverly frugal for using a product line that gets the job done and is considerably cheaper than pretty much everything else ….and they may have had minimal or no issues in their particular field using these tools daily …but building a business into an heirloom cannot always have as one of its main pieces of its business model the philosophy of having the lowest possible overhead and having this cause them to say “we’ll I reckon these things are ok…no reason to spend the extra cash”because when it’s bid time and they show up in a two tone 15 passenger, gutted out van throwing smoke in the wind …thinking “yep …it’s a beater but it’s a paid for beater “…and just as they’re leaving I pull in behind ‘em in my professionally decaled and lettered custom f250 ,matching 16 foot box trailer behind and jump out wearing a company uniform with a personalized company letter head estimate book ,company pens and the best business cards you can buy and an attitude for success that has brought me this far ,and practically forces a feeling of confidence on the homeowner…and my makita sub compact 18 volt impact in my belt holster just in case I need it for anything when inside…well all I can say is I’m getting that job and I’m not gonna even think about what two tone 15 passenger just said they could get it done for …I’m gonna use my knowledge,experience and the visual signs of my obvious success in this industry to get this job for exactly what I think it’s worth and that’s gonna happen nine out of ten times (some folks insist on being victimized by their own propensity to think that significantly less expensive means anything other than significantly lower quality almost every time )the absolute best work quality possible is a must but an image that says dedicated,highly professional and damn good at your job and can provide the absolute best quality of work is what nails the job for you with a brand new client…I would not dream of walking into a meeting with a potential new client with a ryobi tool on my side …wouldn’t disrespect my company’s image in such a manner ….worked too damn hard for too damn long for that …won’t even have anyone working for me walk on my site with them either my trailer is stocked with enough makita to outfit eight guys so leave that green crap at the house with your wives…we go to work around here …it’s all in fun but seriously…leave it at the house
Balls ……….. nuthin’ wrong with cheaper tools, they do the job and it is the skill of the tradesman that makes a great job, not fancy tools, they might help
The neon green doesn’t help either…..I am probably preferential to Bosch’s color scheme over Dewalt or Milwaukee, more than any other reason as well.
Agree, good color for a cycling top or scuba diving fins, but power tools! I’m told the change to fluro has been a great success for them, something about brand awareness, but I sure don’t like it.
Best colour ever, it attracts me directly to the tools.
I am not a fan of the vomit green color or the battery style. The last thing I want to be seen using at a jobsite is a nicad tool.
I have all Ryobi cordless tools. Batter was the biggest factor(had the Nicad starter set of tools, just needed batteries) but as it turns out, they are holding up pretty well.
I have 2 co-workers that are die hard NiCad Dewalt users, their batteries die in 10-20 mins, they grab another one, it dies, and so on! I can use my Ryobi Impact driver all day, they have to change batteries 3-4 times. One of them swears by the Nicads, says they last longer than Lithiums?!?!
I had Ryobis first version of the cordless SDS+ hammer drill and burned it up because I was drilling 3/4 12in holes when it was meant to be an anchor 1/4 4in type of SDS+ bit tool. They replaced it on warranty with the new SDS+ drill and it has a chisel setting, its a sure life saver, even my bosses Hilties dont have the chisel setting for 8 times the price!!.. They did take away the torqe/stability handle, makes it much harder to use bigger SDS bits.
All in all, im satisfyed with my Ryobi set.
I bought into the craftsman c3 line starting about 10 years ago. They aren’t bad tools especially with the new lithium ion batteries that make them like new tools. The difference really has been night and day. I wouldn’t say I regret this choice because at the time they were definitely better than the Ryobi line in my opinion but I do find myself a little frustrated seeing Ryobi constantly adding new tools and features to their line while it feels craftsman has stagnated lately. Plus seeing how poorly Sears is doing makes me nervous about the future of the line.
Lately we have added a couple Ryobi tools to the collection as needed and have been pleased with both the quality and the cheaper price for essentially the same tool as C3. Maybe it’s time to think about trying to sell off my C3 tools I have before Sears kills their value. Let’s just say green tools to my eyes have never looked like a better value than right now.
My dad bought the Ryobi drill/impact driver kit for $100. We redid a deck and my old 18V Dewalt drill battery seemed to last longer. When it comes time for me as a DIYer/woodworker I’m not sure what to do. As much as I’d like to get a Dewalt/Milwaukee/Makita level drill and impact driver, I could get the Ryobi set and buy new batteries or even another set in a few years when kit batteries will be better.
I’ll probably switch to Ryobi just for the cordless nail gun that’s so much cheaper than other brands. It’s annoying firing up the compressor, dragging out the hose and gun to shoot <10 nails.
<10 nails, isn't that what a hammer is for?
No. I am an older guy. When I was a teenager all nailing was done by hand. Hand nailing trim nails is caveman compared to gun nailing. Ryobi’s brad nailer is a godsend.
Ensure to buy the larger batteries, the small ones will not hold a charge long enough.
Usually the small batteries come with the tool, spend more and get the large capacity batteries, you will not be disappointed.
I was looking for a cordless nailer.
I have both Milwaukee and Dewalt battery products. All prices without battery. Dewalt 16 Ga $349. Milwaukee M18 15-18 Ga $329-349 with no battery. Ryobi 18 Ga $119 16 Ga $179.
After watching reviews, I went with the Ryobi. If I did this for a living, I would have paid the extra $200 and bought a Dewalt or Milwaukee, not for the performance but just for not having another battery to charge. But since I am just replacing baseboards, casings and crown molding in the house, its pretty hard to beat $170 all in for Nailer, Battery and Charger.
I recently purchased the same 18ga cordless Brad nailer after diligent research – I wouldn’t spring for the dewalt or Milwaukee equivalent even though I prefer those brands, the Ryobi version reviews well (better than Milwaukee’s, actually) and the price is unbeatable. It’s a nuisance to have to maintain another line of batteries but it would be simply foolish to spend more money on am inferior product in the name of brand loyalty.
I’m a bit ryobi fan. As a diy guy they’ve never really let me down and I don’t have to care what other people think of my tool choices at all. They’ve saved me money and the variety of tools can’t be beat. I also love that they’ve kept the battery design so i’m confident i can keep using my tools and batteries for a long time.
As for what I’d like to see from them:
1. A new oscillating multi tool. I had to buy one to get my new oven installed and the current multi-head one leaves a little to be desired. None of the Rigid attachments seem that useful or desirable over a stand alone tool. Plus not having to make it compatible with the different heads could bring down the price.
2. Cordless framing and pin nailers.
3. More 2 battery outdoor tools like Makita has. Ryobi has dabbled in this with their lawnmower but i’d like to to have the 40v chainsaw in a 2x18v version since i’m not really interested in buying another battery platform.
YES! 2X18V for the lawn mower would be great too, also the string trimmer. I’ve got six 4.0 AH Lion + batteries. Would have no trouble keeping outdoor tools going.
Already exists for the mower.
Battery only 2x18v or can get the hybrid with 2x18v or 120v.
Doesn’t exist for the mower.
2×18=36 volts. These are 18 volt mowers, the second battery merely extends the runtime. 36 volts would give you a more powerful motor which in turn would allow a larger blade, perhaps 18 or 20 inches. Why not even four battery ports on the mower, 36 volts plus the backup pair and the hybrid 120 port. I would buy that today, plus a couple more batteries and another charger.
There, that’s what I want: 4×18 36 volt hybrid 20 inch mower.
Reasonably inexpensive one-off tools keep me coming back. The, inflator, right-angle drill, rotary cutter, buffer and angle grinder don’t get used often enough for me to buy heavy duty brands. $100 for a pair of big batteries is a steal too.
To echo another user, I’d like to see more nailers – pin and framing. I’d also like to see a PEX tool (which is a big Milwaukee/ TTI tool anyway).
I do not have experience with Ryobi and I only use my tools for around the house work. They seem very affordable but I’d prefer to spend my money on tools that have a better reputation for reliability and longevity. I recently purchased the Bosch 18v drill/impact kit for $150- which isn’t much more than Ryobi’s kit.
If I had a need for a greater number of cordless tools I think I’d consider them, but my needs are limited and so I would rather spend a bit more on higher quality tools.
I would like to see Ryobi bring over their tool cabinet system.
Hi folks! Does anybody have any comments on these individual Ryobi tools?
P506 Circular Saw
P514 Reciprocating Saw
P236A Impact Driver
P246 JobPlus Base and P570 Multi-tool Head (oscillating multitool)
(2) P107 18V ONE+ Lithium-ion Batteries
Together, they make up the Ultimate Combo kit, and costs $250. That seems like a raging bargain, unless more than one tool sucks, or if just the batteries suck.
I have owned the Drill/Driver & Impact Driver ( known here in NZ by the model#s RCD1802 & RID1801) for a bit over a year. Have used extensively on a never ending home renovation.
The impact is incredible , performance only marginally behind the trade brands. It has never let me down.
The drill/driver is nothing special. Only reason I have it is because it made more sense to buy the combo kit instead of just the impact . There is a lot more play in the chuck than I would like. Have been some minor issues with the clutch jamming, which can be sorted by loosening off the chuck! The numbers on the clutch have all worn off. For light duty work it gets the job done. As part of a kit I am happy with it but would never purchase it as a bare tool.
I have the older versions of all these tools except the oscillating tool.
The oscillating tools is very handy, very versatile. I mostly cut dry wall, for outlet box sized holes, it also does a great job on ceiling tiles for nice clean cuts.
The circular saw? Its cordless, so its not very powerful but does simple jobs.
The sawsall, id put it up against any higher priced sawsalls.
The other tools are great. My old impact driver will take off lug nuts from my van but not strong enough to put them back on overly tight, hand tightening them is preferred for me anyways.
My drill has been dropped, abused and left in the rain and never quits.The only complaint is the ion batteries are temperature sensitive and won’t charge out in the cold.
I would turn handsprings (and cartwheels) if Ryobi were to untether themselves from HomeDepot, and offer their tools for sale at more retailers. It’s anti-competitive in the extreme, and forces me to buy at HomeDepot, which I deplore. I know I can get them at Amazon too, but it’s all the same price. There’s no difference. I’d also love it if I could get the ENTIRE lineup of tools here in Canada, as our HomeDespot (not a spelling mistake) offers only a slice of what’s available. There’s no rotary hammer available in Canada, and a host of other tools. There’s already a third party glue gun that works with their battery, so why not a Ryobi-branded version of a cordless glue gun?
There’s absolutely NOTHING wrong with Ryobi, I’m a full-time handyman, and I love their 4.0a lithium+ batteries. The run time is fantastic, they charge quickly and they’re rugged enough for me. I’d also love to see the ToolBlox storage set for sale in North America. Phew. That’s a lot of requests. How about it, Ryobi?
This is a good point as well. I go to Lowe’s instead of Home Depot normally, but I am wary of brands that are have specific store exlusivity agreements.
Likewise for Lowe’s. I much prefer them to HomeDespot. Better selection, more helpful staff, and even the quality of their lumber is higher than the junk at HomeDespot.
It’s always interesting how much this can vary by region. Last city I lived in, Lowes was far better. At our new place Home Depot is great, with higher quality stuff, and the local Lowes is just a constant pain-in-the-ass.
If you look at the TTI site – they acquired rights to the Ryobi brand for use in North America in August 2000 and then entered into the long term deal with Home Depot in March 2001
Oh, and a cordless One+ 23 gauge pin nailer would be beyond awesome. Makita makes one. Why not Ryobi???
See now, you got me all fired up…How about:
-A cordless (and corded) Track Saw? Wouldn’t that be sweet?
-a better, more power-efficient version of their wet/dry vacuum. I use it everyday, it’s great, but it chews through even a 4.0ah battery fairly fast.
I started with Dewalt 14v then 18v and now 20v for drills and saws. I wish they made the variety of tools that Ryobi does at a reasonable price. I now have a Ryobi cordless chainsaw, polesaw, buffer, inflator, handvac and am thinking of adding the cordless string grass trimmer and blower. Ryobi’s cordless selection is fantastic. The inflator is worth buying even if that is your only Ryobi.
I’m just going to cop to it:
I could never buy a chartreuse colored anything. Maybe especially a chartreuse colored tool.
There, I said it.
Nate the carpenter
I use ryobi daily and have over 20 of the one plus tools. I will say this about their tools, the combo deals come with poor quality tools as the stand alone models have more features. This is why the impact driver and drill with charger, battery go on sale for 99 bucks. And the 3 speed, led lighted impact runs 79 with no charger or battery. Ryobi has served me well. (Full time home renovator)
not quite off topic but certainly related… Sears seems to have quietly dropped the C3 lawn tools (string trimmer, blower, hedge trimmer, and chain saw) for a newer 24volt max lineup. Anyone know why or if that 24volt max line is foreshadowing any other craftsman/roybi moves? Craftsman’s original 2014 40volt line was rebranded from Roybi but then they switched OEMs to Black and Decker for 2015 to press t making Gen1 incompatible with Gen2.
I noticed that as well. I’m not sure who makes the 24v line but Sears seems to be moving toward Stanley Black&Decker.
Craftsman Pro has been replaced with DeWalt
The Bolt-On is just a rebadged Matrix
The 40v lawn tools are Black & Decker
The C3 line might be up next for a makeover
An air conditioned vest and helmet. Batteries and compressor in a backpack.
Portable AirCond in a shop.
Power strip with battery backup/ charging. Battery supplies power when power is out, charges when power is on.
Would love to see more accesories for garage door opener, more out of the box thinking like that in other areas.
Shop vac that does other things that suck or blow.
Ryobi didn’t screw their existing user base by changing to slide ins(dewalt). Nothing wrong with the pods as long as the battery tech keeps up.
Ryobi keeps adding useful tools under their line. Guess targeting the diy market let’s them do that where the professional brands have to be more cautious about looking gimmicky or diy.
Just bought the garage door opener will post in the forum when I’ve got it installed.
For those of us who like to know what’s inside.
A look inside a Ryobi 1.3Ah 18V lithium battery pack.
I want them to come out with an 18 ga brad nailer, but painted yellow and with DeWalt written on it.
I have owned a lot of Ryobi 18v tools, right from the beginning of the one plus range and have not had one fail.
In the 2.5 years since I swapped over to Milwaukee I have had a battery, a charger and a rotary hammer fail, albeit all replaced under warranty.
I still have the Ryobi inflator and a P300 stapler/nailer and would happily own more of their range except for the anti-competetive sole distributor deal with Bunnins here in Australia. This has allowed them to continually and slowly up the pricing so that it close to that of the pro brands. hence my swapping to Milwaukee.
Ryobi are definitely one of the more innovative brands and they produce a line of solid tools. and as stated above I would happily own more of them if they were priced more sensibly here.
Typo, Meant ” Bunnings here in Australia.
If you want a chuckle, here is a link,
Completely agree about the deal with Bunnings. Not good at all and clearly inflated prices for Ryobi. The major brands are the same or only slightly higher in price. AEG, also exclusive to Bunnings, are very high priced. Last time I looked, everything Milwaukee was significantly lower in price than their AEG offerings.
Here’s a recent situation I faced when I purchased a cordless angle grinder:
-Ryobi 18v one+ angle grinder for $115 and 18V 5.0Ah Battery And Charger Kit for $185 from Bunnings ($300 in total).
-Metabo 18v 125mm W18LTX angle grinder with charger and the new 6.2ah LiHD battery, from Adelaide tools (in store, via their website, or via ebay), with free delivery for $299.
I obviously went with Metabo. The grinder is also made in Germany and the battery is amazing and probably the best you can currently find in Australia.
Soon I will need an 18v hammer drill; a brushless Ryobi one+ is available for $159 from Bunnings, or the new Metabo 18v brushless SB18LTXBL is available for $165 from a number of Australian stores.
I could go on…
Dan, we sure could go on forever about it ha ha!
There was one benefit to Bunnies jacking their prices up. It made me a profit on a lot of the Ryobi gear I sold off!
AEG is well over priced as you stated and a lot of it is barely disguised previous gen Milwaukee, have a look at the jigsaw and grinder for example.
Another example like yours; Late last year I picked up a new Milwaukee 125mm grinder HD18AG125-0 on special for $89 plus shipping from Power Tool Specialists in Melbourne.
There is just no logical reason to buy into the Ryobi line here whatsoever.
That’s a good deal with the Milwaukee Glenn, nice find.
Last time I purchased Ryobi (~4 years ago, corded multi tool) it was only slightly higher than Ozito. Bunnings still certainly have low prices on Ozito (the power-x range especially) and I would be interested to know how they compare to Ryobi in quality.
In a way I am grateful for the high Ryobi prices, because it meant I ended up buying something better.
The reason I went to Milwaukee is that they had some specific tools that I needed for work, that and using my bosses red tools. And I am glad I did.
You cant go wrong with Metabo and the pricing is pretty sharp too.
Yes that grinder was a bargain find, they are @ $140 now.
The Ozito is rebadged Einhell Power Exchange. Appears to be pretty decent. I was thinking about buying the gardening tools myself. Only thing putting me off is the trimmer doesn’t use line, it uses replaceable nylon blades.
As well as Adelaide Tools and Power Tool Specialists other good places for sharp pricing and specials ; C&L Tool Centre, Sydney Tools, Just Tools and on sometimes Get Tools Direct. Sydney Tools also have a price match (beat it by 11%) which I have used on a few occasions. You can find it to the right of the pic on the tool selected.
Thanks for the info Glenn.
I also need a few gardening tools (pole pruner, edger, blower) and Ryobi seems to have a great range, far wider than the competitors, but the price is too high.
I ended up getting a Metabo 18v blower and have started considering a Victa tornado with a few of it’s attachments.
I would like to see an Air Strike stapler that shoots 1/2 wide staples for upholstery.
Ryobi is hit or miss for me. I recently purchased a 40V-X Expand-it String Trimmer and couldn’t be happier. Can’t say the same for the circular saw I purchased a couple months ago. The reviews online were positive and the price was right, however when I opened the box, I found the shoe was extremely flexible and couldn’t be locked at 0 degrees. Took that sucker back and got myself a Porter Cable.
mike aka Fazzman
I dont have any Ryobi stuff currently but will soon enough hopefully. I have a bunch of PC 20v stuff its fine for my needs.
The new Ryobi garage door opener seems pretty awesome,the module idea is really nice. Airstrike nailer is on my list as well as several other Ryobi tools,they have a very vast lineup and from what ive tried of theirs thru friends and such they get it done just fine.
Why pay more if you dont need to. Not every tool junkie is a pro carpenter. For me its metal working which none of the power tool companies really cater to except for grinders and such.
“For me its metal working which none of the power tool companies really cater to except for grinders and such.”
This statement surprises me. Not knowing specifically what metal working tools would expect in cordless, Makita’s 18v LXT lineup includes:
– 5 Angle Grinders GA508, GA408, GA504, GA404, GA402
– 2 Bandsaws PB181, PB180
– Nibbler JN161
– Shear JS161
– Die Grinder GD800
Even a hooded and unhooded fan cooled jacket with material specifically resistant to metal sparks FJ301, FJ300.
The products are made and available. It is just a matter of knowing they are available and then following they and buying them.
Btw. I just purchased the unhooded cool jacket, FJ300 and the new 6 mode, TD170 Impact Driver in Black w/6.0amp batteries. The Impact is sweet, extremely powerful and has two ‘smart’ auto shifting drive modes.
I see you can get that TD170 in fluro green so your friends think it’s a Ryobi
I came across a couple of their Toolblox sets at the DirectTool outlet in Commerce, GA. Really liked the look and feel, but good God it was expensive.
I would like to see an adaptor that connects to the 18 volt one batteries to power down the 18 volt to 12 volts in the form of a 12 volt cigarette lighter receptacle to use 12 volt car orientated items. this can also have usb ports as well
then with a 12 volt to 110 volt inverter (like 150watt) power small 110 volt household items like laptops, fluorescent/led lights etc.
I saw that Ryobi Cabinet system for sales at a Direct Tools outlet store here in Pennsylvania. It seemed very high quality and bigger than I thought. I wonder why they don’t sell these in Home Depot when clearly they are for sale other places in the U.S.
Really? As far as I knew, Ryobi decided against bringing it to the USA in any capacity.
Yep. He is correct. I saw them at the Direct Tools Outlet in Foley, AL.
I don’t think Ryobi had anything to do with that. My understanding is that Direct Tools Outlet is a liquidation reseller. They buy what they want from wherever they want and sell it for lower cost than it would be for you or I to import a couple pieces from Australia or wherever.
Why Ryobi? Because for the average DIYer, the tools are ore than adequate, some pretty darn good, and the price is right. I have a 3-4 yr old DeWalt Impact driver that was top of the line when I got it. $150 for the bare tool, if I remember right. Got it when I still worked construction, and it served me well, but will be replaced with a Ryobi when the time comes. Don’t do construction anymore, just occasionally, plus home projects. For $80, I can get a replacement Ryobi that has will far outperform my current DW. I got the 3 speed Ryobi 1/2 drive impact wrench, and if the impact driver is anything like it, it will be a great tool. The impact wrench definitely makes use of the + batteries, though. With the standard batteries, it has less power. Also, it seems like Ryobi likes to bundle their older tolls in the kits, their premium tools seem to be stand alone or add ons. And back to the why Ryobi? The quality for price ratio is good, plus I can remodel, prune some trees, do a little yard work, and even air up a low tire, all with the same battery platform. Oh, and the hybrid rapid charger is the way to go. With it, I have always had a fresh battery ready before the other was dead. Not so with the standard charger..
Ryobi has great selection, availability, and great price as well. I have their 40V tools, and I am quite happy with the performance.
I did damage restoration which meant a lot of demo work.
I have the 6 piece set.
Reciprocating saw- good saw. Only a few times did I need to use my co workers coreded Bosch
Impact driver – I personally never found anything it couldn’t handle.
Drill- I was using my co workers ridged to drill a few holes. It took FOREVER and ended up breaking the bit. I switched to the ryobi and blazed through the remaining holes
Multi tool- only good for light light work. It’s also really freaking loud! You will need hearing protection for sure when using this guy.
Circ saw – this thing is extremely wimpy. Not good for cutting much of anything. I barely ever used it for this reason.
Flashight- I dropped it many ah times and it always worked. Its not super bright and it does get hot. But for what it is, I got no comaints
Ryobis little radio is fantastic as well. I have the old non blu tooth version. It’s currently sitting on top of my fridge and gets daily use. It was plenty loud enough for small job sites and got good radio reception most everywhere.
I have 4 of the compact one+ batteries and a rapid charger. Using the saw contently I could never burn through the batteries faster then I could charge them.
While I’m a huge ryobi fan. I do also have millwaukee 12v drill and impact diver. They are so light and compact that they are easier to use for extended lengths of time. When I’m removing screws from overhead I want as light of tool as possible.
My first power drill was Ryobi, I still have it and it still works just fine. I’ve since upgraded to Ridgid, mainly due to the lifetime warranty. Frankly, the only reason I upgraded away from Ryobi was the warranty. I hated that the old Ni-Cd batteries in my Ryobi set stopped holding a charge. Obviously this was not a failing of Ryobi but a failing of the technology. When I found out that Ridgid’s lifetime warranty includes free batteries for life, I was sold. I am satisfied with my Ridgid tools thus far, but the lineup of the “prosumer” brand is rather limited.
That said, I have purchased a few Ryobi 18v landscaping tools over the past few years which have performed quite well. The 18v lineup is so extensive, you can probably find a few tools here and there that will suit you — without breaking the bank.
I’ve bought them to use in our shop and for personal use as well. If you’re earning money with tools it might be worth it to run “pro” brands, they are lighter and usually more powerful and precise. For diy or if you have a bunch of rarely use tools, ryobi makes much more sence. The commitment to batteries means you can pick tools up at swap meets for $10. I have noticed that not one of my ryobi drill has a straight chuck though.
The wide imexpencive line up is what seals the deal for my personal use. I have all my gardening tools from ryobi already and will buy the mower when my gas one dies. Also the 6 piece set did dip down to $199 for Black Friday. I’m mad I don’t buy a second one.
Really, I only want two things
1. better recip saw
Mine starts to get REALLY toasty after cutting up 2-3 pallets
2. BIGGER batteries! Wheres the 5AH and 2.5AH the UK get?
Other than that I dont have a single tool from Ryobi that hasnt wow’d me with its price/performance ratio
This is a long one, skip to the end for my prediction.
I have had Ryobi One+ tools for about 12 or more years. When I first bought a set, the “Super Set” was a drill, recip saw, circular saw, hand vac, flashlight, and a sander. I wore out the bushings on the recip saw, the circular saw was useless with the NiCad batteries (it’s a new animal on Lithium), the sander I never used, the hand vac I’ve hardly used (like a Dustbuster only doesn’t hold as much). At the time there was a promotion to get a free tool, I think I got a right angle drill as there was no impact at the time, I don’t use it often but when I need it, nothing else will do. The drill I still have and use sometimes. Over the years I picked up another drill, two impacts, jig saw, radio that sucks, hybrid LED worklight (needs a low setting), replaced the recip saw with a green one, was given another blue recip saw. I also replaced all the original batteries with six 4.0 Lith+ and got a supercharger.
My only real beef is with the batteries, the NiCads were fine for two years, exactly two years. As long as you knew what to expect you could make an informed decision. The Lithium+ 4.0 batteries I have now need to be constantly charged, If I take one out of the charger it will be dead in two days. It happens to all of them, some are six months old, some are 1 1/2 years old, and some 2 1/2 years old. I have a supercharger so maybe that’s what’s causing the problem. When I use a fully charged battery it works fine and as long as I think it should.
My other beef is the way they bring out new tools. Yes there is a plethora to choose from, but that’s just it, they get an idea and SHAZZAM! the new Pxxx is at HD the next week. Then over the next three to six months reviews come in and they test it themselves for usability and features that could make it better and SHAZZAM! again, the Pzzz sits on the shelf next to the old one. Or the Pxxx goes into Fathers Day Special kits for cheap. Example: the P720 work light, a nice super bright light but that’s all it is, super bright. Remember you read it here first, by Christmas 2016 (maybe Fathers Day ’17) there will be a P820 with a redesigned switch, mount, and a low power. Makita has one, how hard can it be to put low beams on a light?
Ryobi should introduce the saw guide they sell in France and make track saw technology truly affordable in the USA. The trackguide is plastic with a with the guiding rail fitting in the saw base. The saw is a basic circular saw. Not high tech but good enough for the diy’er.
It’s interesting that all of the comments are about Ryobi and battery technology. My experience with the brand goes back to the days when the Ryobi color was blue and everyone’s cordless tools were not much better than toys. Ryobi brought out the first portable planer which I think revolutionized woodworking by being affordable and easy to maintain. I still have the corded jigsaw that came with the special promotion when it was introduced, and it remains my standard for a good power tool.
I next got Ryobi’s portable 6″ joiner, which did super finishwork despite its router level whine. The 10″ miter saw (before the era of slides and multi-tilts) was also very reliable and accurate. I still use it regularly with a Morse specialty blade to cut structural aluminum.
During those blue years, Ryobi used to be an innovator in the so-called bench tool category and I think they deserve more recognition and credit for those clever ideas we now see in lots of other brands. Remember the drill press designed for woodworking? The portable contractor level tablesaw? The mini-plate joiner? The drum size shop vacuum, etc.? All excellent designs and worthy of professional work.
But somewhere along the way, the color changed to Pokemon green, and the bench/contractor/specialty tools disappeared. The concept of Ryobi’s cordless system is okay but its their bigger tools that I miss. I suppose, for a manufacturer, there is lots more money in battery systems for plastic tools, and much much less in well-built tools that last a lifetime. But I think it’s quality, not quantity, that really builds a brand.
Based on what I’ve read on the Ryobi corporate site, Ryobi started business in Japan during WWII. The tool business did not begin until 1968. Then starting in Y2k. Ryobi started selling off its tool business – presumably to TTI. So while there is a connection between to old Ryobi tools and the new ones – it not 100%. I believe that some of the earlier Ryobi tools were actually made in the USA – and it wasn’t until 1994 that Ryobi founded Ryobi Dalian Machinery Co., Ltd. in China to manufacture power tools
My history with Ryobi goes back to late 80s when they had a “tradeline” range that was equal to any of the major tool manufacturers and apart from the 4″ grinder that died from all the hard work it did and the 9v cordless drill that was not worth replacing the battery, all the other tools are still being used and work fine.
I still have a soft spot for Ryobi, but agree that there is a perception that “Real Tradies” don’t use them.
I’d like to see their tools stop looking like super soakers. I feel like I look like an 8 year old pretending to do something cool every time I touch one of their tools. Maybe look a bit more professional or adult oriented? Not sure why they went from blue/yellow to neon green.
Otherwise, top choice for a low budget. Until you pick up something from Bosch or Milwaukee or DeWalt. Then you magically seem to find more $$ in your wallet.
I have quite a few power tools from when Ryobi stuff was dark blue and they do look more “trade” oriented. For some reason I am quite attracted to the green, but I do feel a bit self conscious on the job site as it is so noticeably “Ryobi”. That said, I have more than twice the range of tools I would have if I was paying for Milwaukee, (some not even available in other brands), and all my Ryobi tools do the job and have not failed as yet.
I love the neon green. Love it. Not ashamed of my Ryobi tools on the job in the least bit. I have Ryobi and Ridgid battery tools, which meet my needs. I have a $600 Dewalt miter saw for the same reason. Love the neon green.
No one can commit solely to one battery or tool platform. Not if you are a professional.
With the 4ah batteries, Ryobi is finally on par with the big boys.
Next I’d like to see a cordless hot glue gun.
Their drills are the only thing i find lacking. To big of a grip, not enough power, not enough speed.
You mean this one?
For me ryobi has thier place, sure their stuff is not going to match the makita, bosch, milwakee, dewalt etc feature for feature, but you don’t always need all that.
I’ve owned and used several brands as a diy’er, as a professional in light manufacturing i’ve bought and used several brands as well including industrial versions of makita and bosch cordless tools. For example in my plant right now we have a bunch of dewalt cordless drills of various vintages, including some 15-20 yr old nicad 12v. For the work we do, occasional drilling, tapping and screw running just about anything would hold up. It can be tough to find or justify buying batterys for the older tools when frequently the cost to buy a new kit is only a few dollars more. From a completely rational perspective ryobi would be the best choice, it would hold up easily to the demands and no issue with backwards compatabilty with batterys, however as several have pointed out the snob factor. On plant tours and to the employee I’m not providing brand name recognition.
As a diy’er, certain tools I want that ryobi’s price point allows me to get a tool for a project that i wouldn’t otherwise be able to justify. And ryobi has a good size line including landscaping tools that until recently the other guys didn’t have. Sure I’ve got certain tools i want the best i can get, such as an impact driver i use nearly every day, but not for a drywall cut out tool that i need maybe twice a year.
What I’d like to see is ryobi make some camping/tailgate gear, how about cordless blender, coffee pot, lanterns, swamp cooler, hot water heaters etc?
The thing I’d most likely buy is a decent cordless shop vac, like the dewalt or milwakee i’ve used.
Ryobi was one of the first to make a decent wet/dry shop vac.
I have no idea why they discontinued the P3200 and they have never been available in Australia. They regularly go for $150-$200 on ebay used.
I have spoken many times to Ryobi reps and TTI themselves about re-introducing the vac and hopefully at some stage they will do it.
Yes! I have been wanting a cordless blender myself. I know it may sound silly and one of the big reasons many don’t feel that Ryobi is a “serious” pro brand, but all of these more “consumer” based items like inflators and camping lanterns are great additions and what makes the brand so appealing beside the price/quality. An 18v Ryobi blender making margaritas at the next tailgating party would be a hit!
I’d like to see a one + compound mitre saw, cordless plunge saw, maybe both running a twin battery setup. Maybe upgrade their trimmer into a router with different bases like all the other brands have done with their corded routers. I cant believe no one else makes a cordless trimmer/router! Its really handy!
I’m a carpenter/ceiling/dryliner with 25 years experience and I have A LOT of one + stuff, the only tool which is hopeless is the circular saw. The other stuff lasts, can be picked up stupidly cheap, does the job perfectly well and sometimes outperforms the supposedly superior brands! The only one+ things I don’t use are their drills but that’s only because my panasonic kit absolutely refuses to die!
I have had some poor experiences with Ryobi tools. Most recenly, I purchased a Ryobi Phoneworks Moisture Meter at Home Depot. It is a great idea, buying a relatively inexpensive accessory for your smart phone, and use the smartphone as the “brains” behind the accessory. Unfortunately, the R&D Department at Ryobi is way behind in setting up compatibility with newer smart phones. When I talk to them about it, they seem like they could care less. I would recommend sticking with a more professional tool manufacturer, unless you enjoy frustration and grief
I’m barely DIY. I bought a house and got a Father’s Day 18v special… drill, reciprocating saw, circular saw, and flashlight. I also added the upgraded x4 batteries and bought the driver, and weed-wacker.
The drill drives me crazy with the play on the chuck. I have to hand tighten in once for ever 5 holes I make. It doesn’t have a lot of power either which is why I got the driver. The reciprocating saw is nice, I cut down a lot of small trees with it although it runs the batteries fast but I have a ton of batteries. The saw has a lot of sidewise motion to it though and I don’t have the knowledge to tell you if that is the case with more expensive sawsazs. I love the weed-wacker, it is so light. I need the upgraded batteries to make it around the lawn, but that task has turned into a breeze instead of a chore compared to the old gas powered string trimmer I had which was five times the weight. The driver is nice and I have no complaints. The circular saw and flashlight I haven’t used enough to have an opinion. Overall, the Father’s Day special for 100 bucks was an incredible deal for someone who uses the tools a few hours per week on home improvement. I got more than what I paid for, although I’ll happily upgrade to my Dad’s Dewalt tools some day when he slows down. I will also be buying more outdoor Ryobi equipment since I have many batteries.
with in the last year i bought a 2200 STARTING WATT INVERTER GENERATOR – used it twice, for less than 5 hours, it currently does not work,
a 1700 PSI ELECTRIC PRESSURE WASHER – used it half a dozen times for small cleaning, it currently does not work, a 8 AMP JET FAN BLOWER – used it no more than 2 hours total, it currently does not work, a 18V ONE+ STRING TRIMMER/SWEEPER COMBO KIT – used the trimmer once and i have yet to use the blower, fortunately i still have the box for those because i obviously have a major concern about the product quality. I am a homeowner and take very good care of everything i own. i dont understand why 1) these expensive products are breaking on me 2) why i keep buying your brand.. i have dewalt, milwalkee and rigid that i have owned for 10+ years and they all work great still…
Ryobi tools are for the most part really good! My fiancé owns almost every tool they make. I however have a major issue with their corded hand sander! Thisnsander is a major design flaw! The screws vibrate straight through the sandpaper and warp the wood while I’m sanding. I thought it was just a defective sander so returned it and got a new one! Guess what! Same damn issue! I contacted customer service they want me to drive an hour away for warranty and to repair. This isn’t a repair issue it’s a design issue!!! No thanks I’ll save the gas and just buy another manufacturers sander. Annoyed because like I said we have all their tools but the sander is a BIG FAT FAIL!!!
I bought a Ryobi 1800W 210 mm sliding compound mitre saw a couple of years ago.
The plastic lock for bevel cuts failed withing six months., it was a spring loaded plastic piece.
Of course they are discontinued. I got what looked like a suitable part from “ereplacementparts.com 1 x Bevel Knob (M10 X 57 mm) (089100100004)
While not the original part, it works a heck of a lot better than what was originally on the saw, no springs or plastic levers to fail just a knob with a screw
My gripe is about the Ryobi 9-inch Band Saw, model BS901. bought new on 12-25-2003. The blade broke after minimal usage. Bought a “universal” replacement blade at Home Depot, this model was listed as compatible replacement. Original blade length was 59.5 inch length. The aftermarket blade was about 6-inches too long, tool adjustments were not even close to take up slack. Ryobi parts warehouse says this model obsolete and parts not available. So, I have a useless boat anchor and no lake to dump it into. What a lemon!!!!
Don’t buy ryobi as they make shit tools, I have used them in the past and they die fast.
my pressure washer pump just died after minimal work and like my other ryobi tools is a complete piece of shit
I purchased a Ryobi lawnmower in August 2017 from a Home Depot in Delray Beach, Florida. That was my first mistake. 4 months later the mower is not working and since it’s past the 90 day return policy, Home Depot doesn’t want to know anything. I called Ryobi and got more run around. Learn from me and don’t purchase any Ryobi products!!!
I bought a Ryobi orbital sander, it lasted 5 months. Had to pay $20 to ship it to a dealer for service. The tool only cost $50 . They will only pay for the return postage. Not a happy camper. Shouldn’t have bought it in the first place.
I am a diesel mechanic and would like to see a jump starting system that runs off your cordless power tools batteries at 12V and 24v jumpstarts, and can be able to charge at 12v or 24v from your vehicle. auto voltage sensing on charging and jumpstarting would be good too.
I have owned ryobi tools since the 90’s the old yellow and blue ones, still have all of them, and bunch of the new high vis. green ones too. I am an electrician and have built 7 large decks, and helped 3 friends remodel their homes. My friend have all the good rigid and milwaukee and dealt stuff and tell those are professional grade, but I just laugh at them, because I paid less, and my tools put last and out perform, they all had to buy new batteries when the their tools switch to Lithium ion, not with Ryobi ………… The two things I would really, really like to see is 1.) convertor so their 36v and 40 “outdoor” larger tools can adapt and use multiple “plus 1” 18v batteries, and 2nd thing would be a AC to batterie corded adapter. I some cases it is convenient to have your stuff plugged in, and when it is, it would be cool to have that option! I am still a huge fan.
I agree every bit as good as more expensive brands.
Used Ryobi tools for a year. Without exception they suck the rancid sweat off a dead dogs’ maggot-riddled bollocks. Switched to Ozito and haven’t looked back
I would NEVER buy a cordless or anything Ryobi again. I bought an edger and trimmer with 2 24-volt batteries, costing several hundreds dollars.
The Ryobi batteries are horrible, and will not hold a charge after a while. Both of my batteries died, I have tired to get replacements with no luck.
I contacted Ryobi about getting a replacement batteries, only to be told they don’t make those 24-volt batteries anymore. They pretty much told me, too bad, you’re stuck with an expensive Edger and Trimmer that will do nothing.
I find it very sad that a company as big as Ryobi, not even give me an option on what to do. I will never buy another Ryobi tool, and advise co-workers, family and friends to do the same. And companies wonder why they lose business and go out of business.
Same thing happened to me, I’m boycotting Ryobi and Home Depot. They are still selling the 24v Hedge trimmer on line. Very uncool!!!
Right now I’ve had my Ryobi Cordless drill for 2 years and used it to its full potential and it has so far not let me down yet .I expanded and bought the cordless impact gun ,reciprocating saw , and 6″circular saw have only used it a few times but has worked when needed! the batteries so far have survived but am noticing my original batteries are starting to wear down a bit quicker ,but I used the crap out of them with my cordless drill for 2 years now ! I think I got my monies worth as far as DYI home projects ! 🙂
Ryobi tools are crap, never again for me:
Ryobi reciprocating saw has a crappy little plastic tab for releasing blades. When it broke the saw was useless until I could obtain another. A very bad design since the saw working is very dependant on this cheap little plastic tab
Ryobi, battery powered blower/vac: Ceased working after 2 years, and not even much used. Looks like electronics inside failed as power is available at swithes, just not at the motor, i.e. beyond the electronics.
Ryobi edge cutter: On my third one, first ones crappy little plastic switch broke, managed to repair it, then trouble with on/off switch being erratic works then doesn’t – endless frustrations. Second one failed in guarantee period, so replaced. Third one still going, but slower. Line feed mechanism a poor design, chews through line because it feeds every time the thing stops or slows down, replaced it with a manual line replacement head.
Ryobi electric lawn mower: Under carriage collapsed within a month, dropped flat on lawn. Opened it up and discovered weld of bracket that holds axle in raised position was so poorly done there was hardly a mark at the place where it was welded on to the axle.
I have a battery powered edge cutter, so bought the blower/vac because I already had an expensive battery and charged (oh, had one 36v lithium-ion battery fail too, fortunately under guarantee), but when the edge cutter goes so does Ryobi. Will go for something decent like Stihl next time. Maybe I can juse the battery ro power a light – get some value out of it. But no more Ryobi for me ever again.
Hey, every now and then you will get a bad apple in the bunch. Thats with anything, tools, tv, computers or a car. I beat on my impact, angle grinder and sawzall ALL the time and have never had Any problems. I own a small landscaping company and other than my lawn mower everythi g else is Royobi. Hedge trimmer, back pack blower and their expandit system is great. Other manufacturers of similar items want over $200 for the same attachment as royobi wants $69.00 for why would I buy anything else. My lawns look as good if not better than the big companies who spend hundreds of dollars on the same equipment I spend 70.00 on
I had a Ryobi cordless self-propelled electric mower (RY 14110A) purchased in 2012. This past May, the battery failed and I replaced it with a new one. Two months later, one of the drive wheels failed. The mower shop told me that it was a very inexpensive part but no longer available, and that obtaining Ryobi replacement parts was a constant problem. I called Ryobi customer service directly, and they confirmed that the part I needed was no longer available. So I have a not-very-old mower with a brand new $80 battery, that needs a only single cheap replacement part. But because of Ryobi’s failure to provide replacement parts, I must now discard and replace the entire mower–a really disgusting waste. I will never buy another Ryobi product!
I’m a plumber and have been using Ryobi for as long as I can remember. To me,it seems , the tools have gotten better. I have a string of lithium batteries that are going on about 5-6 years old and they still hold a good long charge. Maybe not as long as they did when they were new but I’m more than satisfied. I do own a few Milwaukee tools that Ryobi hasn’t come out with. I’ve found that Ryobi is much more affordable to replace and not as appealing on the job to thieves. As of right now I will continue to use Ryobi and I’m more than satisfied with their performance
I planned on converting over to ryobi tools and after purchasing 4 tools I have already have had 4 batteries die in less than a year! Really regret buying these tools
hey folks – those of you complaining about batteries dying prematurely – the thing about lithium ion batteries is that they generally last with full power for 3 years from the moment they are manufactured. So if you buy a battery that has been sitting in a warehouse or store for a few years, well you get the picture. Sadly they don’t come with a manufactured or use by date.
That said, I’ve had a lot of Ryobi one + tools for over 10 years and love them. some of my batteries have lasted 5 years + (but they don’t hold the charge a long as new ones)
This is a real comment. Ryobi kicks ass
I would like to see Ryobi come out with some smaller cordless tools. In particular, their impact drivers are way to large. Some from Makita are small and still have plenty of power.
CKS of Texas
Bought a Ryobi grass trimmer in late March of 2018, and my wife used it lightly through the summer of 2018. In the fall the unit’s clutch was squealing and randomly grabbing the cutting line head when idling at a low speed. Risky, if you are not prepared for a sudden spin of the line. The unit claims a 3 year warranty. Brought it to an Ryobi authorized service center on Jan 18, 2019 for repairs. After some hesitation the service center acknowledge the need for a new clutch and ordered one. It is now 2 months later and there is no new clutch. Basically the 3 year warranty advertised on the packaging is a fraud if service centers and the repair part suppliers do not act in a timely manner. Lousy company, with apparently poor quality products.
Lots of comments. I built my house from the ground up nothing special compared to custom house building standards of today. Every screw put in my house from the foundation to framing and so on was done with a Black and Decker drill Nicad battery and a 12 volt nicad Ryobi drill and never once did I wish I had a Milwaukee. 10 years now have past since I built my place and my 20 year old drills and battery’s are still going strong. The point is new does not always equal better and neither does price. The reason I can retire now is because I have lived well below my means and I don’t let my ego determine what drill I put in my hands. Have I always wanted top brand tools, trucks, boats, etc? Sure, but I have never needed them.
You can be hard as hell on a ryobi tool and it just keeps ticking . But you better have a stockpile of ryobi garbatteries . When you buy new ones take the old ones back with your new receipt but in Red Permanant Marker write DEFECTIVE so home dedouchebags dont put them back on shelf . What pisses me off is Home Dedouchebags playing dumb
Ryobi Grass trimmer RLT36C3325
I bought this machine in 2016. In 2017 the motor burnt out after about 10 minutes use. The motor was replaced, but the same happened again now in 2019. This time the battery also died. It shows as full when in the charger, but it shows as empty in the machine.
I contacted Ryobi customer service who could not help because the warranty had gone out. They told me that even if this had happened before there were nothing wrong with the machine and it was probably user error. I was told “please note you should only be cutting 2cm of grass at a time”.
There is nothing in the user manual about this.
A grass trimmer that can’t handle more than 2 cm grass and for only 10 minutes before both motor and battery burns out?
They seem to be trying to find and fabricate excuses so they don’t have to help their customers.
You sell a RYOBI FOGGER but I can not find any insecticide for it.
I have one in my Home depot cart but will not buy until I can find the insecticide for it. Thank you Fred
Sorry, but we don’t sell anything. Have you looked at the online user manual or contacted Ryobi to see what they recommend?
The reason to go with Makita or DeWalt as a true Pro over Ryobi is simple, warranty, service centers and service reps that take care of our tools when they break or need repair.
As an Equipment manager for a large construction company I can tell you Ryobi is not used here in production construction for that reason and a few others.
No, its not ! I bought a new drill from Bunnings and after a week it lost power. I can’t afford to buy another one. It frustrate me.
You brought it new at Bunnings and it broke after a week? Take it back…
I bought a new drill from Bunnings and after a week it lost power. I can’t afford to buy another one. It frustrate me.
Ryan Todd Mann
I love Ryiobi tools. My whole garage is full of them. I have a Ryiobi miter saw, sawsaw, drills, impact guns, weed eater, leaf blower, etc.
What’s awesome about this?
All of my handheld battery ryiobi tools all run off the same batteries. When I buy a new one I know the battery will work in all my others. So I end up with like 10+ batteries that work in everything I have.
I can move from my drill and quarter inch impact driver on the same batteries I then put in my 300 ft/lb ryiobi impact gun….
That 300 ft/lb impact gun took the castle nut off my Polaris RZR where even my 4′ breaker bar couldn’t… So there’s that. I’ve seen guys take huge 30mm nuts off bull dozers with that 300 ft/lb impact gun.
They are affordable tools that work well.
Even my Chain Saw is a ryiobi, hasn’t failed me yet.
I keep buying them because they all play well together and I can take batteries from the wall and know they’ll work….
Meanwhile my old dewalt stuff has 4 different sets of batteries and I spend more time looking for a battery than I did using the tool…
I keep buying ryiobi because of the one+ line is good and 1 battery type for everything, it’s convenient.
Even if they do come up with a new battery, it’s still the same connection type, just more capacity etc so it works in everything I have too.
I bought a Ryobi drill with a Lithium 18v 1.4 AH battery about a year and a half ago. I use it for occasional home use. I went to use it the other day and the battery was dead after sitting in the charger for a few months. I tried re charging it and it is not taking a charge. What’s up
Ryobi lacks customer service. I recently bought a tool kit and the charger quit working. When I called the poor quality customer service. They claimed they couldn’t help as the charging station was a 18 and the tools were 19. I bet the sold a refurbished charging station with the set and it broke. Ryobi lacks customer service. Horrible I will never buy ryobi again.
I had 2 two of Ryobi tools. One a bolt cutter and the other a grinder. Both cordless. Both stopped working after a year. Bought a new bolt cutter. Soon after that the grinder stopped working. Am now looking to buy a Milwaukee cordless grinder.
Daniel Lee Picklesimer
I have had the the ryobi combo toolsfor the past 3 years now. I have not had any problems whatsoever with the tools. All the batteries are still working just fine , except for one that I left out in the rain still in the tool. That battery quit working but the tool is just fine even though it was under water for 24 hours. Will defiantly continue with RYOBI
I want to use a buy a ryobi cordlessto use with a soil augur attachment, would I be best getting the impact driver rather than the drill?
You might not have a choice if the accessories aren’t impact rates or have larger than 1/4” shafts.
Too bad this isn’t available in the US:
Wondering why I can’t buy the 5andhalf inch circular saw with out buying the kit. I already have the drill and batteries but let me buy the saw. I make wood products and just need a smaller saw. So far I have had no problems with RYOBI . THANKS
Unfortunately, this is the case for a lot of cordless tools. Some are only available in kits, others are only available as bare tools.
DON’T EVER BUY RYOBI, AND EVEN WORSE DON’T EXPECT THEM TO HAVE ANY LEVEL OF INTEGRITY, WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR TOOLS OR COMPANY!
I had a brand new less than 2 month old RYOBI battery and tools in my truck, not even charging and it burnt my new truck up before I sold the truck.
I tried to get a hold of Ryobi multiple times over the phone, emails, social media and everything; and they completely ghosted me about the whole thing. Wouldn’t even replace the tools or anything!
*Luckily I was outside when this happened and heard the truck topper window explode and there was a hose near by to extinguish the fire before it was a total loss!
What? It burnt your truck??
What do any of the *discontinued battery* complaints even mean?
Ryobi has had the same stem pack style 18v battery since the 90s. Any brand new battery from today will fit and work with a tool from then.
If your specific battery model # truly is discontinued, literally buy any other Ryobi 18v battery and it’ll work.
Not to mention the 3 year warranty…..
Wished I would’ve read this before I wasted my money on a power washer. After only 6-7 uses the trigger handle blew out. Only 90 day warranty, the machine is less than 2 yrs old.
DON’T BUY RYOBI !!!
I use Ryobi for about 5 years. l’m a handyman and I used daily. The battery is still a killer.