I had their hammer drill and after using the hammer portion once the soft
metal chuck lost it's grip and was essentially unusable. Otherwise, not bad
for average home use. MUCH better than HF (my son's 18v wouldn't replace
the outlets in one room without needing a charge). Rigid is a big step up.
Or check out some pawn shops for some OLD Porter Cable, older Dewalt,
Milwaukee, Hilti, etc., if on a budget. Just make sure you know the price
of new. One pawn shop in town sells used at new or nearly new prices. A
$250 scaffolding (those small yellow ones on wheels and fully adjustable)
was priced at $299 and was in filthy shape. I've seen some at $150 on sale.
If you only used it once you should have returned it...I bought a brand new
Baker for 200 bucks delivered....Pawn shops are a rip off...If you are gonna
buy used you should buy directly from the owner...
Pawn shops are only a rip off if you are foolish. The price on items
is often arbitrary and meaningless. Offer less than you want to pay
and work up from there. I recently bought a tool that was marked $350.
I got it for $125 after starting at $80.
The one comment I might add is beware their rebates. I got burned on one
(yeah, I know, one is hardly a representative sampling) but this is the
fault of an unethical rebate processing company, not Ryobi. Nevertheless -
I'll never buy another Ryobi tool that has a rebate.
I send the rebate in 2-3 weeks before deadline. A couple months later the
rebate company sends my rebate form back saying the rebate claim form
arrived too late. Never mind that that postmark on the envelope clearly
showed it arriving on time. I went to Home Depot and complained, and the
lady there picked up the phone and called the rebate company asking wtf?
They (home depot people) then made copies of everything and resubmitted the
rebate for me. Home Depot gets an A+ for customer service, the rebate
company should get fired. I figured they just randomly reject rebates,
saying that they were late entries, and pocket the rebate money they should
have paid out to the customer.
A couple of months later a get a rebate check for one dollar, not the entire
rebate amount. At that point I give up, vowing never again to buy anything
that has a rebate. It just isn't worth it.
What rebate company (or what city and state)?
The rebate forums at Fatwallet.com ("Deal Discussion") and
SlickDeals.net ("Rebate Tracking") have lots of information and tell
what processing companies are good and bad and what to do when the
company makes a mistake. Some of the people there are real experts
who've made thousands of submissions (one person received over $1,000
in rebate checks in one day, none of them for a large amount). I
wouldn't have given up but would have done a credit card chargeback
(in writing, to the special address for billing errors) if neither
Ryobi or Home Depot had come through (because court clerks tell people
who file lawsuits to name as the plaintiff the seller that advertised
the offer). It also doesn't hurt to file complaints at www.BBB.org.
Yes, they are. They are reasonably priced. They are serviceable. They
have a decent warranty. They are made reasonably good. They just don't
last as long as others under hard use. And, tool for tool may not have the
additional bells and whistles of a similar tool from another manufacturer
that costs more. That is my humble opinion after owning them. I have one
of their table saws, a laser, a drill, and other "stuff". I would describe
their stuff as "for light duty and occasional use."
How should we know. Why don't you pick up the phone and stop using
google groups and find out. (just trying to fit in)..:0) How's that..?
Am I cool now...oh. wait (here's more) I should have known, he's
using a 'dell' computer...LOL...
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