Over at HD, Ryobi is holding a new promotion where you can buy 2 qualifying cordless tools and get a starter kit for free. The starter kit comes with a One+ 18 volt battery and charger, and has a retail value of ~$59.
The promo ends April 26th, 2017.
This promotion seems to be aimed at users looking to make their first Ryobi One+ 18V tool purchase, but there’s no reason not to capitalize on this deal if you have already bought into the lineup, especially if you are looking for another charger or compact battery.
The free battery is their 1.3Ah Lithium-ion battery, not their 1.5Ah Lithium+ battery. Note also that the basic Lithium-ion batteries doesn’t have an onboard battery meter. For that you’d have to step up to Ryobi’s 18V Lithium+ batteries.
There are 25 qualifying Ryobi One+ 18V tools and batteries. Here’s the list, organized by tool type:
Batteries & Chargers
- Compact Lithium-Ion Battery (2-Pack)
- Compact Lithium+ Battery
- Compact Lithium+ Battery (2-Pack)
- High Capacity Lithium-Ion Battery
- High Capacity Lithium+ Battery
- High Capacity Lithium+ Battery (2-Pack)
- 6-Port Super Charger
- 7-1/4 in. Miter Saw (Tool-Only)
- Orbital Jig Saw (Tool-Only)
- JobPlus Base with Multi-tool Attachment (Tool-Only)
- Cordless Reciprocating Saw
- Cordless Circular Saw (Tool Only)
- 15-Gauge AirStrike Cordless Angled Nailer (Tool-Only)
- 16-Gauge AirStrike Cordless Straight Nailer (Tool-Only)
- 18-Gauge AirStrike Cordless Brad Nailer (Tool-Only)
- 18-Gauge AirStrike Cordless Narrow Crown Stapler (Tool-Only)
Drills and Drivers
- 3-Speed 1/4 in. Impact Driver (Tool Only)
- 1/4 in. Cordless Quietstrike Pulse Driver
- 3/8 in. Right Angle Drill (Tool-Only)
- 1/2 in. Cordless 3-Speed Impact Wrench (Tool-Only)
- 1/2 in. Cordless SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer Drill
- 1/2 in. Hammer Drill
- Dual Power 20-Watt LED Work Light (Tool Only)
- Hybrid Stereo with Bluetooth Wireless Technology
- Hybrid LED Cable Light
The promotion should work both in store and on the Home Depot website. On the website you need to add all three items (the starter kit and both qualifying tools) to your basket, and it’ll automatically deduct the value of the charger.
Buy Now (via Home Depot)
Buy Now (Starter Kit)
Again the promotion ends April 26th, 2017.
Ryobi isn’t the first name you think of when you think of professional tools, but we’ve heard from some contractors that think highly of the brand.
Your own mileage may vary with several of the qualifying tools in the list, but if you are looking for recommendations for tools to choose, I don’t think you can go wrong with the work light — which also has been discounted to $59 from $69. Check out our review of the Ryobi cordless LED work light.
Although I haven’t tried the AirStrike nailers, many people consider them to be one of the best deals in cordless nail guns out, even comparing them to more premium offerings like Milwaukee’s M18 Fuel nailers.
Do you have any Ryobi 18 volt tool recommendations from the above list?
I’ve been hearing some decent things about the Airstrike brad nailer and the angled finish nailer – even when compared to other more premium brands. Some say that there is much less recoil with the Ryobi. If I were buying in bulk (as I once did) I’d want to learn more about their longevity and performance ( e.g. nail setting in various woods and propensity for jamming.)
Not on the list is Ryobi’s P750 transfer pump that I spotted in the plumbing aisle at HD. It sells for $99.98 and is a bit less ( 5.4 gpm) capable than the 2771-20 Milwaukee 8gpm pump which sells for $179. But the Ryobi comes with a power supply to convert it to AC use – probably a nice feature
Home Depot was clearing out ryobi pressure washers . Got a gas powered ryobi 3100 psi 2.5 gpm . Honda powered . It looks like a good one . Once the snow melts I’ll be using it lots
FWIW , many of the box store Pressure washers while paired with a HQ engine like the Honda, are paired with a short life Axial cam pumps, which replacement pumps are about $100.
Many of the pumps even with proper startup (connected to turned on water hose, before the engine) recommended maintenance and storage. Will wear out and fail after 25 hours of use or 3-4 years.
If you got it for a song and a dance less of an issue, HD clearance can be incredible or just meh, you never know.
From what I read online . About 20 percent of the units are not very good . With most of the rest of the reviews being very positive . I’m hoping I got a good one
I’m a home user, so maybe not what you’re looking for, but I love the brad nailer. It’s the only Ryobi battery powered tool I own, the rest is Makita.
I’ve never had a problem sinking the brads into plywood (up to 3/4″ Oak-faced or 18mm BB veneer core) or softwood (mostly Douglas fir). I’ve yet to have cause to put a brad nail into hardwood with it. I wouldn’t try it with Hard Maple, but I would expect it to work fine in Poplar or other paint-grade woods you’d expect to use brad-nails with. With the depth set to max it will seat under the surface of plywood.
I wanted to think the Milwaukee nailer would be better, but it is one of the exceptions. The Ryobi doesn’t have recoil, and it doesn’t lock up to protect the motor when it gets to warm like the Milwaukee does. And then of course their is the cost difference which is quite significant.
Most of the tools beign offered here are their latest and greatest, not old crap usually in a combo kit.
Beyond your recommendations I will toss these out there
-JobPlus Base with Multi-tool Attachment
Uses the same heads as the JobMax from Rigid, so you can interchange and use the same base. Decent multitool, great for the price, freaking awesome when you get to change the heads out.
-3-Speed 1/4 in. Impact Driver
Higher end model, better LED light (stays on after you release the trigger) really nice option for the money
-1/4 in. Cordless Quietstrike Pulse Driver
Quiet impulse driver. A little larger than the rigid, but just as strong as the normal impact driver, if you want a quiet driver, totally worth checking out
-1/2 in. Hammer Drill
Awesome drill for the money. 600in/lbs all metal wratching chuck, even runs my ice auger for ice fishing! Great bargin.
-1/2 in. Cordless 3-Speed Impact Wrench
Very nice for the $$$ again, 300ft/lbs 3 speed, great impact overall.
-Cordless Reciprocating Saw
New design, stronger than the compact ones they had before, longer run time too. I’ve got this and one of the older ones, and this one is the better option by far.
Question – is it buy ANY two or buy one each from , for example, category A and Category B?
FWIW – I use the 18 ga brad nailer all the time and love it. I’ve trimmed multiple houses and dozens of small projects without issue. I supplement it with a 16ga Dewalt, but find myself reaching for the Ryobi. With this deal, I would consider the crown stapler or the 15 ga.
Also, I recently bought the work light and its a beast. Highly recommend it!
There are no categories in the actual deal.
I am the one who created the categories — it actually helped me make sure I got all the tools in the article correctly. And I figured it might be more understandable than a random list.
So no if you want to buy two nailers you are good.
I’ll throw my 2 cents in about the 18g nailer. I mostly work as a remodeling contractor with some new home building. I use it for all sorts of applications I never though I would have, very convenient for temporarily pinning things up before final fastening. I wouldn’t try it for serious hardwood, but I have used it for trimming very large finished basements and it’s been a champ. No problems sinking 2″ nails through mdf/pine/poplar trim into framing.
One of, if not the best, tools I bought last year.(and that includes some m18 stuff)
Same here I use the 18 GA nailer all the time. Once I learned it’s quirks it usually works like a champ and is definitely worth the money
Tempting. I like that some of the eligible tools don’t seem to be offered in kits, e.g. quiet strike driver. Has anyone used that and the Ridgid version side by side? I’m not sure which one I want…
I’ll answer my own question since they had the Ridgid stealth force on display and the salesperson let me test the quiet strike. The Ridgid seemed way faster but had way more “kickback” on the pulses. The Ryobi was maybe a little quieter, had less features (one mode) but seemed more controllable. Still not sure what I want though.
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It would be great if they offered to exchange their useless P-1xx NiCad batteries for the Lithium ones.
I have a few of these tools
I highly recommend the 3 speed impact driver. I’ve been teaching the kids how to use power tools and the ability to thurn the power down makes it less intimidating for the kids, easier for them to control, and makes stripping threads or twisting off a bolt or screw far less likely. I havent really pushed its limits yet but so far it seems to have as much or more power than the DeWalt 18V I had. The 3 LED lights cast less shadows than a single one and can be used as a light without the bit turning. Something to note is that it has a bit more power when using the lithium +. batteries.
The 3 speed 1/2 inch impact has most of the same benefits, and has more power with the lithium + batteries as well. Power seems to be more than the old DW 18 volt compact but less than the full size high powered version, and is sized in between, as well. More than enough to do the lug nuts on my 3/4 ton truck but not a whole lot extra.
I’m very happy with the SDS rotary hammer as well. It does seem to run on the warm side which makes me think it needs a little break to cool off every now and then. It does have impressive power for its size, though.
I have 2 drills, the starter one which is far from impressive, and the better one, listed above. It seems well made but for HD use spend the extra for the hammer drill and get a better chuck and transmission. The entry level drill has a poor chuck, or at least mine does. Hard to get tight enough to not slip, sometimes seems to work loose in use.
In general, all the Ryobi LED lights seem to be great for the money. Bright and long battery life, at reasonable prices.
The Jobplus works well, with good performance, but doesn’t have toolless blade change. As a bonus, the Ridgid Jobmax heads all fit on it, as well.
Really, the tools on the list seem to be Ryobis better ones, which is a good thing. Their entry level tools can be cheap and chintzy, but their better ones are quite good.
I had originally purchased the Ryobi crown stapler and was very impressed with it. I then went out and purchased the whole kit. One problem….Their batteries are horrendous. I now have 6 batteries and all either don’t charge or won’t hold a charge. So to me they are garbage. I have 8 cordless tools I can’t ever use. I say spend the extra money and go DeWalt or Milwaukee.
I have 6 18v lithium batteries at home that are all dead and will not recharge. I got 2 replacements from Home Depot and 4 from Ryobi customer warrentee. They now tell me to take charger and tools to a local service center (40 miles away) I will never buy Ryobi again. Go Cobalt or Dewalt. There is reason why Ryobi is cheap.
What’s HD/ Ryobi’s position on battery replacement?
I have one or two Lithium that won’t charge, but I wouldn’t be able to prove date of purchase, which is suspect is more than two years old.
Ryobi’s 1/2 impact has been nothing short of awesome when paired with a 4.0 battery. The 18ga nailer is also awesome when you understand how it works. I am way more inclined to work on a project if i don’t have to drag out the pancake compressor and a hose and make LOTS of noise.
Lots of complains here about batteries which is true. If you use a 1.3 ah battery on a high drain device you’ll kill the battery a LOT quicker.
I think i’m gonna get the recip saw(broke my blue one last month) and the quiet pulse impact.
Any lithium batteries I have ever had go bad were the compact ones. I had 3 go bad In 3 years but I think 2 were my fault. I ran them down and forgot to charge them right away. I ‘remembered’ them about a week later, and they wouldn’t take charge. Not long after, I had another go bad. 2 were under warranty, and Home Depot swapped them for new ones. The lady there who did the warranty claim told me it is best to charge them as soon as practical when they run down and not to use the standard lithium batteries on high drain tools, but use the lithium+ instead. Since following her advice I have had zero battery problems in the last 6+ months. In the future I think I will only buy the lithium+ batteries (and probably the 4AH) so I don’t have to worry which battery I use where.
A trick on the ryobi batteries- if you trickle charge them they’ll come back to life some times if its not completly and utterly dead.
Insert and remove the battery quickly about 10 times. Usually it gives it just enough juice to start the charge. Sometimes it takes a couples times.
Also make sure you number your batteries to help aide in charging timing.
Wow! That cable like looks freaking awesome! 110v/18v it didnt see it saying how long the cords are… looks awesome for someone who might loose power frequently. Make them regular use lights them when the power is out pop in a battery and BOOM let there be light
You use your own extension cord to plug it in. It has pringz recessed into the back of the light.
Maybe you didnt read my question. I asked “how long the cords are?”
Cords being plural I’m pretty clearly talking about the cords that connect the three separate heads to the base unit.
Upon further review it says 10′ of cord per head.
Thanks for the post, Benjamen. I have been looking at the Ryobi recip saw for a while, but this made me decide. Today I went and I got it and the worklight, which will be a big help. Thanks for the good review of that, too. I don’t need the extra battery and charger, but it doesn’t hurt to have it, either. I have plenty of Ryobi batteries. Good info on the best way to keep them healthy or revive them, thanks to Jerry and Pete.
I’ll chime in on the 18-gauge nailgun, too. It is a great tool for my use, which includes some diy and some woodworking, lately building shop furniture.