Well over half of the emails sent to me are on the subject of tools. I have no objections to responding to them but I thought it would be beneficial to start a video library of sorts to briefly touch on what I think of a particular tool or set of tools. These won’t be in depth tool reviews as I know very few people are interested in that kind of thing and I really don’t want to go over all the details. Instead I’ll just focus on the things I like about the tool, things I don’t like about the tool, and would I buy it again. I have a huge list of “episodes” that can be made and plan on releasing one per week. Hopefully this will be helpful to some people.
Ryobi 18v Cordless Tools
Specifications found here: https://www.ryobitools.com/power-tools/products/list/family/one-plus
I did not purchase these tools out of pocket but I did not get them for free. I received this set in June 2014 as payment for work done with a third party company who has a business relationship with Ryobi.
What I like:
- The kit is convenient. But I suppose that is something that every battery powered tool kit has in common.
- I haven’t had any major issues with the 18ga brad nailer. It’s my favorite tool of the bunch. It has jammed a couple times but so has every other nail gun I’ve used. Not a problem, clear the jam and continue.
- The oscillating multi-tool has a really handy feature to remove the tool head and rotate it 360 degrees in 90 degree increments.
- The 6 bay charger is something that I wish all tool companies would offer. I really like the convenience of it.
- The larger, extended use batteries last a while. Even when using the circular saw.
What I don’t like:
- The reciprocating saw has an anti vibration handle but I’m not sure it does anything. Much more vibration is felt using this tool than my older corded Black & Decker reciprocating saw.
- The two original batteries feel like they are losing their charge more frequently than I remember and have noticeably less power than my larger batteries when used in the impact.
- The circular saw laser is not accurate at all. I have no clue if this is adjustable but I really don’t care if it is. I’ve never payed much attention to a laser on any circular saw.
- The jigsaw base wiggles no matter how tightly it is secured. With the same blade, the cut quality isn’t as good as my Bosch corded jigsaw. But because I never use a jigsaw for finished cuts I always reach for the more convenient of the two, the battery powered one.
Would I buy my Ryobi 18V tools again?
An overall thumbs up or thumbs down regarding this kit is hard to say for me to say. In my experience, even with the dislikes stated above (except for the battery loosing it’s life after a year and 3 months), all of the tools still complete the task they are being used for. Would I buy them again? That’s a two sided answer, yes and…maybe. I acquired the tools as payment for work I did for a third party company that has a business relationship with Ryobi. My bill for the work done was less than the retail value of all these tools so when they were offered as payment it made sense for me to accept the offer. So knowing what I know now, yes I would repeat that particular deal if I had to go back in time and do it over as at that time I didn’t have the shop budget to purchase a new set and since then I’ve used them quite a bit. BUT…would I purchase them outright? That’s where the maybe comes into play. If I am in the position to invest the amount of money needed for all of these tools on a brand new cordless tool set I can’t sit here and tell you that these are the ones I would buy. If I were in that position I know I would to go to a store where I could interact with and test a few different options and choose from that experience. Because I did not do that I can’t say say yes or no to these being the tools I would choose. I know that’s not the direct answer you’re probably looking for but for this particular situation it simply is what it is. Hopefully the information provided, other than my final decision, is able to be of value to someone.