Okay, I know everybody has their opinion on Ryobi 18v cordless tools... I've
had the "six-pack" for two flawless years.
(drill, CMS, spin saw, recip saw, circ saw, flashlight, 3 batts, charger,
rolling bench/storage case)
The only thing missing was a jigsaw. I don't use a jigsaw very often and my
crappy old B&D has done the job for years. Now it won't hold a blade.
Knowing that the Ryobi 18v jigsaw was $169 (Canadian) I figured I'd cough up
a couple more bucks for a corded Bosch. Did some price shopping and ended up
at HD... no stock on the Bosch I wanted but low and behold, the 18v Ryobi
was on sale... $70 off with 1 batt and charger.
I figured the jigsaw was a bit of a score and I wanted an extra battery and
charger anyway. Then I come across 18v batteries 1 for $34.95 or 2 for
$59.95 (regular price) so I bought 2. Last month they were $109 each!
This is part of the Ryobi One+ System at HD... you can buy just the battery,
just the tool, just the charger etc. It's still cheaper to buy a combo kit
but it's a good way to add on to your collection and it's cheaper than
eBayers parting out kits. The going rate for a battery is $35US+shipping.
New stuff available (at least I think it's new)
18v Impact, 18v Brad Nailer/Stapler, 18v 3-speed hammer drill
No longer available (as far as I know)
18v 8.25" Mitre Saw... not sure why, I love this saw! It cuts 6"x3/4" boards
all day, it came with a decent thin kerf 40T carbide blade and was damn
accurate right out of the box. I probably use mine more than any other tool
I own (including my 10" CMS).
I wouldn't pay a dime for some Ryobi products but today's 18v purchases are
a gloat in my mind!