On a previous post about HF junk tools, Edwin P--- responded in
part with the following comment.
"If you want low end, check out brands like
Ryobi. Most of there stuff is serviceable at least. "
I was/am considering buying a Ryobi scroll saw (for new hobby use).
I have never owned a Ryobi anything. After reading this comment, I
am now reconsidering.
I'd appreciate comments from others who are familiar with Ryobi
equipment before I invest in something that I won't be satisfied
I bought a Ryobi riding mower several yiears ago. Abused it terribly
by mulching mown hay, etc. Surprisingly, it only lasted 3 years.
Don't know who builds them but that mower was MTD under the hood. The
same mower, identical except for paint, was also badged as a Yard Man.
I've had several Ryobi tools: a 9.6V cordless drill that's still going
strong after 9 years (my son has it now), a 9" bandsaw that cut out many
solid guitar bodies, an oscillating drum sander, and one each of the 10"
and 12" drill presses. All have served me well.
To give a little more information, the correct answer is "it depends".
Ryobi is far from the best tool around, but they are OK for the guy that is
going to use a tool once every six months for a simple job. It is not what
I'd recommend for a pro or serious hobbyist that wants perfection and
If you are planning on scroll sawing Christmas decorations for a Cub Scout
project, by all means, get the Ryobi. If you plan to make artistic
renderings and intarsia work, get a DeWalt at a minimum and there will be a
difference. If this is a serious hobby, go for the better tool.
Read the Delta review here for a timely comment
FWIW, I bought one of the combos Home Depot had on a super sale the day
after Thanksgiving -- so I've used it for a couple of months. It works,
but it's nothing special. The circular saw is pretty weak, the drill
is ok -- on a par with what Harbor Freight sells for about half as much,
but the radio is quite good.
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I bought the same Black Friday package, it seems. To me the saw and the
drill seem fine, the light is so-so, and the radio is junk.
I also bought the compound miter saw just b4 Christmas. To me it seems
OK, but I have nothing with which to compare it.
I have purchased plenty of Ryobi power tools. Typically I buy Ryobi
if it is something that I will be using occassionally and I want
something that is decent quality but I don't want to spend the amount
of money that professional grade requires. They are definately a big
step over harbor freight and Black and Decker but they are not on par
with Milwaukee, Makita, etc. If I were in the market for a new scroll
saw, I would consider Ryobi.
FWIW, I have a Ryobi cordless hammer-drill and I only used the hammer
feature once. I now have a drill that doesn't work. The chuck was so
cheap (soft) that one use of the hammer feature destroyed the teeth on
the mount and the chuck is loose, but no getting it off short of
torching it is out of the question. I now have a DeWalt kit and the
clutch is trash. On setting #1 it will drive a deck screw through a 2x4
if you have a long enough bit! Very tempted to go out an buy a Milwaukee.
OTOH, I have use other corded power tools (not owned) and they seem to
hold up fine in average home owner use.
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