I use mine all the time. Of course it is too feeble for more than a few
2x4s or an occasional cut plywood cut, but I do that frequently and it is
much easier than pulling out a corded saw.
One battery? You can do better on Ebay, especially if you don't need the
charger. Of course, there is no risk at HD.
I purchased an 18V Ryobi drill/driver a year or so ago. I'm not impressed,
the batteries just don't seem to hold their charge very long. The 10 year
old 12V Ryobi that I replaced with it would run 10 times longer on a charge.
Sears has their corded 7 1/2 in circular (professional, 28060) laser track
saw on sale now for $89. I purchased one about a week ago. I've only used it
once but am in love with it.
Rob Mills ~
I got the 14.4v drill and saw combo with two batteries, case,
and charger for $99. You'll only get about 5 minutes work out
of each battery for the circular saw, but it cuts nicely and
is easy to use. Figure on replacing batteries at 2 years.
That's when mine started dying. I picked up an Ebay replacement
pack for $25 + $10 s/h and it's full power again.
I love the drill, complete with 2 levels, and use it weekly
if not daily.
All told, I'd do it again.
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I just got rid of my Ryobi cordless saw and bought a Milwaukee cordless. The
reason I got rid of the Ryobi is that it was very underpowered and could not
cut a full sheet of 3/4 plywood without at least two battery changes. Ditto
for the Ryobi recip saw, limited run times vs battery charges. I guess the
Ryobi stuff is ok for the very occasional user but when you are in the
middle of a project and have to wait for a new battery charge, it just plain
gets frustrating. BTW, no problems with the Milwaukee saws with their 2.4AH
I paid $89 about a year and a half ago.
I would have been ahead of the game if I'd just thrown the cash into the
The saw itself does hold attraction via price and mobility but it's total
battery hog -- and that makes it next to worthless (except as an
awkwardly-sized paper weight). Even with a better blade than the stock one
installed, it would take two fully-charged batteries to rip just 8-feet of
3/4" borg-quality plywood.
Sounds like my 18V Ryobi drill, you just get started on a project and it's
time to swap batteries again. My old 12V one would go pretty steady for best
part of a day. I don't know what Roybi did or didn't do but they are signing
their own death warrant by putting out merchandise like that. RM ~
I never thought much of battery operated anything as far as tools go except
for drills. Drills tend to work well and long when battery operated. It
has been documented that higher voltage battery operated tools tend to not
last as long as lower voltage units, all things being equal. Heat being the
enemy of any battery tends to build more and last longer in battery packs
with more cells.
I still have my old (10 + years) 12V Ryobi and one battery that still works
and still holds a charge much better than the new 18V one and even has more
My pride and joy is an aprox 15-20 year old Black and Decker corded
professional 3/8 drill/driver that retailed at over $200 when new. It has
manual 2 speed gear change (with real metal gears) and is variable speed. It
will bury a screw in anything or break it off. RM ~
I bought one of those 18 volt Ryobi combo packs (Drill, Circular saw,
Recripocating saw) and have used it extensively for three years. If you
plan to infrequent cuts of small amount the convenience is great. For
larger projects, the corded saw is necessary.
My Ryobi batteries have done better than the Makita that I owned
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