Re: Ryobi vs DeWalt cordless review

Welcome to Ryobi. Many people cant get Ryobi products fixed. I myself have to travel over an hour to someone who will fix a ryobi product. I bought a ryobi weedwacker one time from lowes. It broke and no-one would fix it. I went to lowes, bought a new one, took out the parts I needed and returned it. Serves them right for selling garbage.
Sam

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Is that where that old saying "Two wrongs makes a right" comes from?
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I have a Ryobi 18v drill that's at least five years old and the batteries still hold a charge. It doesn't get used every day, but it's done it's share. I guess they don't make 'em like they useta, or I'm the guy that got the good one.
Lionel

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My Ryobi set is 2 years old. The batteries (and everything else) are good as new. You are right about the circular saw being too small, but otherwise I love them. I haven't found a situation where they weren't powerful enough.
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Have the Ryobi 14.4 drill/saw combo, and the 9.6 drill/radio combo. Happy with them both.
My Ryobi weedwhacker is going on 7 years and still doing it's thing in a long growing season (9 months/year).
I realize they are not the best, but my own experience has been good value for the money.
Rich S.
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I have a Ryobi 14.4 drill. It is about 7 years old and still going strong.
I also have a Ryobi rechargeable weed cutter that is about the same age. It still holds a good charge.
I think Ryobi is a great overall value. Many magazine reviews agree.
Rob

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I have a Ryobi set (complete with 3 batteries). I have been using the tools quite heavily for over a year now -- no problems with the tools or the batteries.

I will have to disagree there -- I actually prefer the small blade, especially for things like cutting out part of an existing deck board.

I don't even use the 18V drill unit. Most of the time, my 9.6V Dewalt is the tool of choice (smaller, lighter).
I would certainly get more Ryobi tools based on my experience to date.
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I have a 14.4 Ryobi drill. Has worked flawlessly for 5 years. I did have one of the original 2 batteries die after about 3 years of use. Bought 2 more on Ebay for the price of one at HD. Both still going strong. Just built a new fence and had no problem driving 3 1/2 screws countersunk into 4x4s. Also have Ryobi weedwacker with edger attachment. Mechanically it has been going strong about 7 years with very little maintenance. It gets used year round since I live in Central Florida. Only complaint is the wheel on the edger wouldn't stay tight so height kept changing (JB Weld fixed that problem).

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I've had a DeWalt 18v for several years now, and I'm still on my first set of batteries. After several other brands, I was absolutely sold on the DeWalt.
At an auction, several months ago, I ended up with two, brand new Black and Decker Ranger (6v.) Cordless Drills. I tried giving them away to some relatives, ("I'd don't want those toys!") but with no takers. They set in their boxes for a couple of months. One day, in a very tight spot that my DeWalt just wouldn't fit, I chucked up a phillips bit in one of those "toys" and was astounded at the ease that it sank those screws.
Bottom line, both of those "toy" cordless drills now reside on my workbench, one chucked with a phillips bit and the other chucked with a square drive bit. For intermittent home use, they are invaluable.
I sure haven't thrown that DeWalt away, but it receives much less use now.
James...
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