I think I want a battery operated reciprocating saw for Christmas. Do you have
any positive or negative recommendations? Porter Cable got some good reviews
from Consumer Reports recently. A friend has a Ryobi.
If I get one, what kind of blade is used for cutting Hardiplank?
Years ago I bought a Ryobi 18 volt "kit". It came with a drill, small
5 1/4" (I think) circular saw, flashlight, 2 batteries, charger, and
reciprocating saw. I am VERY impressed with everything but the
circular saw. It really uses up the batteries and just barely cuts
thru a 2x4. The drill, recip saw and flashlight seem to go on forever.
I didn't think I would use the flashlight when I bought the kit, but
it turns out I use it alot in the garage and while camping. I dropped
the drill from about 16 ft and cracked the case, but you would never
know it, it still works great.
Altho I am not using these in any commercial venture, I do use them
often and would suggest them to others. Pro's may have a different
take on Ryobi. But you can't beat the price.
They make all kinds of blades to cut different woods and metals. I am
not sure which blade you would use.
On Fri, 11 Dec 2009 08:16:04 -0500, mcp6453 wrote:
Porter Cable has been bought out by B&D to eliminate the competition and
has greatly reduced the quality of their equipment. It is still a little
better than B&D, but not by much. To me it is a tossup between Porter Cable
and Ryobi. Both are DIY home owner brands and will not be terrible.
Personally, if I wanted one to get the job done right I would stick to
Milwaukee, Bosh, Hilti, Hitachi. I don't trust Dewalt since B&D took them
over. I had their cordless set and I had 3 brand new hammerdrills in just
under a year. The locking chuck did not lock. The clutch is designed to
drive deck screws through the decking on setting 1. The motor burned up in
one of them. It was a blessing when the set was stolen out of my truck! I
now own Milwaukee and am MUCH more satisfied with it.
How much cuttting do you plan on doing and how fast do you want to go,
certain tools and jobs 120v plug in is the only way to go. I have the
Ryobi circular saw, it cuts with a charged battery but drains fast and
I only consider it for light and quick work and its slower than 120v
tools, concrete board for a full job will slow you down alot and cost
you time and money You might cut 75-80% slower than 120v and not get
many cuts per charge. Milwaukee makes a sawsall that lasts, Ryobi is
good but lighter duty and life expectancy, and you pay alot less for
it. It all depends on what use you have planned for it over the next
I have an 18 volt Dewalt and am very
pleased with it. I even use it with a
"wet wood" blade for trimming small tree
limbs, etc. I do like the easy blade
change lever, but I guess other brands
have that. I agree that, if you have
other battery tool, you probably want
the same brand so you can share
My buddy has a bunch of 18V Ryobi tools (which my first take on
was ... "what junk")
but the recip saw is decent and since I convinced him to get the Li-
ion batteries it will really do some work.
Just like Paslode nailer over a pneumatic.....if you're not going to
be a TON of cuts, a battery powered recip is fine as is an 18v Ryobi.
If you really need some power...the "new" MIlwaukee Super Sawzall
(11amp?) puts my wimpy old Sawzall to same. And the PC TigerClaw
"swivel monster" is pretty good for tight places.
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