I was in Home Depot over the weekend and saw an end display for new
Ryobi TEK4 products.
What the hell are they doing?
I guess failing at improved quality control and customer service they
have decided to start marketing everything. Cameras, cell phone
chargers, cute flashlightes (yeah, we need more of those in the
The end cap looked like an ad for Harbor Freight or Craftsman.
On the other hand, it's not a bad concept--a range of consumer products
that use the same lithium-ion battery pack. Same idea as modern
cordless power tools but in another area. Whether the market will find
it brilliant or a dud remains to be seen. They really ought to make the
battery and connectors a royalty-free standard though so anybody can get
in the game--I don't think their own products are good enough to grow
Several weeks back when someone posted that HD had the TEK 4 system at
half price (plus free shipping) on their website I jumped on it. Went
straight to the shooting range with the ear muffs. They worked like a
charm. The flashlight is one of the brighter ones that I've owned, not to
mention how compact it is. The tin snips cut flashing with no problem.
Haven't tried the screw gun nor have I tried charging my cell phone with the
universal charger gizmo.
$53 and change. What can you lose?
Dave in Houston
The first Ryobi product that I recall being panned was their bench
top reciprocating spindle sander from the early 90's. Here in
rec.woodworking, it really got blasted. Later, it was reported
that they'd cured the breakage issue (spindle up-down movement
broke), but from then on I saw a lot of anti-Ryobi comments.
Not really. They have migrated toward lower quality and poor customer
support during the past 10-15 years.
My Ryobi 12-5/15" surface planer is a work horse that has handled a
fair amount of 12" wide 8/4 oak as well as thousands of bf of other
hardwoods over a period of about 13 to 15 years.. It's
predecessor,the AP-10 is legendary for performance and durability. I
did replace a sprocket a while back but otherwise a strong performer
with no issues. However, Ryobi has a habit of leaving their customers
high and dry on common replacement parts -- LIKE $%&# PLANER KNIVES!
I was paying around $17 / set for Ryobi knives. After they
discontinued them the aftermarket replacement price was in the $60-75
range. Luckily a Delta 12-1/2" knife is interchangeable or I might
have had to replace the tool as it aged. I have an old Ryobi angle
grinder that just keeps going and going.
The newer routers aren't even throw-aways. They are "throw at the
wall" when the depth changes mid course screws up another piece of
hardwood or a project.
My main point with the original post was the array of stuff displayed
at HD did not appear to be quality merchandise--just stuff. The
camera is aimed at job-site use but you can tell from picking it up
that it is chintzy. A decent WalMart canon would outlast it at less
$. They are entering the Sears/Craftsman market with gimmicks, whiz-
bang and stuff.
On Mon, 22 Feb 2010 08:59:34 -0800, the infamous Evodawg
I picked up a Ryobi kit when I moved up here to OR in '02. I've gone
through 3 batteries (on the 4th now) and the drill motor just keeps on
kickin'. The 6-1/2" saw is a great little unit, but it sucks
batteries like a the Obamites suck money out of the treasury, or like
a Hooverized vampire on steroids. The only problem I've had with it is
the batteries, and I jsut got a new battery made from better cells, so
that problem should be over, too.
I picked up a lightweight contractor's saw (Ryobi BTS10s) for $120.
The fence sucks the big one, but it's good enough for my use on site.
If I have to rip something, I'll use a second clamp to keep the fence
from sliding all over the place.
I've definitely gotten my money's worth out of both sets and can't
complain much. Call me a happy user.
Other than having broken the laser pointer off the first day I used
it, I love my HF 12" SCMS, too.
If you don't like your Ryobi or HF power tools, send 'em to me. If I
like 'em, I might even kick the shipping back to you. <bseg>
"Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt."
-- Clarence Darrow
There's a web site for the BT3000 saw that has some stuff on the other
models and may have articles appropriate to yours. The article on shim
replacement is priceless!
I saw the display on my last outing to HD. While most of the stuff I
wouldn't use, I wouldn't call it junk either. It seemed decent. The
camera is water resistant and if IRC, drop proof at 20 ft. Some of the
stuff is a mystery as to why they made it. I am scratching my head on
the multimeter and MP3 player.
I didn't pay as close of attention to that as I was looking more at
the Milwaukee display of some of their new stuff. I really like the
new right angle drill they have and I would like to bring home the new
miter saw if it wasn't the price of an entry level cabinet saw.
I do own a Ryobi benchtop bandsaw that I use primarily for circles and
it has been fine except for a blade wandering issue that was due to
operator error. It isn't the greatest but it does it's job.
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