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Topic # 100673 16-Apr-2012 14:15 Send private message

Does anyone have the Ryobi One+ tools? I am thinking of picking up the starter kit in the near future, but would be interested in a users point of view as far as performance goes and battery life, e.g. how long before the Circular Saw goes before the battery needs charging. 

If you aren't sure what I am talking about, this is the kit:

http://www.ryobi.com.au/Products/ONEplus/Kits/CLK184003 




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  Reply # 610043 16-Apr-2012 14:23 Send private message

Yeah, I have had Ryobi One+ tools for over 5 years now.  As time has gone by, the original NiCd batteries have all died, so I have replaced them with Lithium Ion versions, which are far superior, but of course more expensive.

If you buy the fast charger kit with 2.4AHr (I think) battery, it will power the circular saw for quite a while, depending on how thick/wet the wood is that you are cutting through.  Be aware though that the circular saw being a smaller than usual blade can not quite go deep enough to cut through a standard 50mm thick piece of timber (you have to turn it onto the other side and finish the job).  It almost makes it, but not quite.  For cutting up plywood or chipboard though, it is brilliant.

The smaller 2-speed drill only has 1.4AHr batteries, so they don't last anywhere near so long, but are still useful, depending on what you are doing.

I have:

-  3-speed hammer drill
-  2-speed drill
-  Circular saw
-  Chainsaw
-  Torch
-  Radio

and find all of these to be excellent for use around the farm.





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  Reply # 610044 16-Apr-2012 14:23 Send private message

Have that very kit, has lasted me 5 years so far

Things to note:

Battery life is very good
Sabre saw is awesome
Torch is average

Drill is mostly good, lasts a long time, with a lot of torque. But slows down as it gets nearer the end of it's life. Mine actually started smoking once. But a quick trip to the freezer to cool the bearings down has seen it recover.

Circular saw is fine for small jobs. Not quite large enough to cut through a 4x2 though. You have to cut one side, then spin the saw round basically.


All in all, a great purchase for $400 odd dollars. The quick charger is great. There are some extra tools which are worth getting too.

- The impact driver
- The jigsaw

Good purchase, although if you wanted to do trade/lots of handywork the Bosch, Makita or Milwaukee series of powertools will clean the floor with the Ryobi series





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  Reply # 610045 16-Apr-2012 14:24 Send private message

Whoops, forgot to mention, I replaced the batteries/charger too. Since they both died.

The new charger also charges the 14.4v series of Ryobi tools, and takes less than an hour to charge




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  Reply # 610049 16-Apr-2012 14:29 Send private message

Thanks for the good info, I'm not a trade person, just have lots of home renovations to do and having to run out to the garage to use my corded drop saw  can be a pain, as can constantly swapping over cords. Just looking for something that has good performance and portability at a good price, so no need to spend about $1000 on a Makita kit or such like.  Just have to get over my back injury before I can carry on. 




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  Reply # 610079 16-Apr-2012 15:36 Send private message

I didn't buy a kit I bought just the tools I wanted and a pair of nicads and a charger. Reason being I have a nice makita drill and saw no use for a torch or reciprocating saw. I really like the tools but I'm wishing I had the Li-Ion batteries as the circular saw flattens the NiCads pretty fast, and while it doesn't quite cut 50mm as mentioned it's perfect for dressed timber which is 40mm.

I like the blade on the saw so much I'm trying to find something similar for my mains powered saw, it cuts very cleanly and does a super thin cut. After using it the other saw feels crude and rough.

I have;
Circular Saw
Jigsaw
finishing sander

All very good. I'm waiting for the Jobplus to be available (like the rennovator tool advertised on TV) and am considering a hedge trimmer (which would get me another charger and a L-Ion battery as well).

Warning though, this stuff is addictive, you will want to keep adding to it.

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  Reply # 610118 16-Apr-2012 17:06 Send private message

Haha totally agree with wanting to add to it

I should add, I haven't experienced the nicad batteries, I bought the original 5-piece Li-ion kit.

I reckon they'll be fine for your needs, with mine over 5 years:
- Renovated a kitchen
- Added/removed a wal in teh house
- Renovated the bathroom
- Built a 35M long fence
- Built a large pergola
- Cut various trees with the sabre saw




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  Reply # 620222 5-May-2012 18:57 Send private message

I have the Li ion set, F'ing love it. It was an Xmas present and it just runs great hasnt come across anything that stops it.

Will be getting a couple of the 2.4ah batteries in the near future!

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  Reply # 620265 5-May-2012 20:33 Send private message

Kelsey: I have the Li ion set, F'ing love it. It was an Xmas present and it just runs great hasnt come across anything that stops it.

Will be getting a couple of the 2.4ah batteries in the near future!

I saw them in Bunnings last weekend @ $147.  This is the same price that they have been for at least 3 years.  In that time the exchange rate has strengthened a lot, so I think Bunnings are creaming the profits, now they are the sole distributor of these products in NZ.

That said though, I love the tools, and will probably add to them over time as others have said.

For pruning trees, you can't beat the electric chainsaw that is available.  It beats the pants off a sabre saw for this job, and with a 2.4AHr Lithium-Ion battery, you can do some serious chopping before it runs out.

If the tree is too big, I just start up my Stihl with 20" bar Cool







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  Reply # 620266 5-May-2012 20:36 Send private message

grant_k:
Kelsey: I have the Li ion set, F'ing love it. It was an Xmas present and it just runs great hasnt come across anything that stops it.

Will be getting a couple of the 2.4ah batteries in the near future!

I saw them in Bunnings last weekend @ $147.  This is the same price that they have been for at least 3 years.  In that time the exchange rate has strengthened a lot, so I think Bunnings are creaming the profits, now they are the sole distributor of these products in NZ.

That said though, I love the tools, and will probably add to them over time as others have said.

For pruning trees, you can't beat the electric chainsaw that is available.  It beats the pants off a sabre saw for this job, and with a 2.4AHr Lithium-Ion battery, you can do some serious chopping before it runs out.

If the tree is too big, I just start up my Stihl with 20" bar Cool


Was that $147 for the four piece set? 




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  Reply # 620270 5-May-2012 20:53 Send private message

semigeek: Was that $147 for the four piece set? 

Unfortunately no.  $147 just for the 2.4AHr Li-Ion battery!

I only have one of these due to the price.  Also have a couple of 1.4AHr which are fine for lighter work.





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  Reply # 620287 5-May-2012 22:23 Send private message

I got 2 2nd hand Li-Ion 2.4AH batteries off trademe for $130 which isn't bad. One of them cuts off a bit soon but still better than the Nicads.

I wanted the Chainsaw but they tell me it was withdrawn from NZ because it didn't comply with our safety rules due to not having the correct type of chain break. I wonder what happens If I look for one on e-bay.

I also see they are bringing out a plunge cutting renovator style tool, might have to get one of those.

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  Reply # 620293 5-May-2012 22:45 Send private message

Dugimodo: I got 2 2nd hand Li-Ion 2.4AH batteries off trademe for $130 which isn't bad. One of them cuts off a bit soon but still better than the Nicads.

I wanted the Chainsaw but they tell me it was withdrawn from NZ because it didn't comply with our safety rules due to not having the correct type of chain break. I wonder what happens If I look for one on e-bay.

I also see they are bringing out a plunge cutting renovator style tool, might have to get one of those.


Would be fine from Ebay, but shipping would be a killer

once you get it shipped in, would be easier/same price just getting a petrol version




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  Reply # 620295 5-May-2012 22:54 Send private message

Easier yes, but I don't want a petrol chainsaw. I don't use one often, just a bit of pruning occasionally etc. If I had a fire I would buy a proper chainsaw. I used to have a 28CC 2stroke chainsaw, more trouble than it's worth even though it ran fine. I don't want the hassle of mixing and storing 2 stroke, starting the thing, and putting up with the noise, just to trim the occasional branch.

Maybe I'll see what's available in another brand or a corded electric model.

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  Reply # 620303 6-May-2012 00:14 Send private message

Im interested in the One Plus range, like the OP, but have a few questions.
Gathering by the comments about the 1.4Ahr batteries, the 2.4Ahr Li-ion batteries would be insane, right?
How do you home users actually make use of the impact drill? I struggle to see the point, maybe someone can point it out to me!
Has anyone got tried the drill's hammer function with brick or concrete? Is it any good, or is there really no substitute for a corded drill in this area?

My first set of power tools - Black&Decker, Ozitio and other crap is starting to flake out, so I see the need for something awesome

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  Reply # 620341 6-May-2012 09:40 Send private message

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My first set of power tools - Black&Decker, Ozitio and other crap is starting to flake out, so I see the need for something awesome

Ryobi isn't 'awesome'. But then, are you prepared to pay 'awesome' prices?

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