Originally Posted by jeepers29
I myself used to be a ryobi tool guy, but have converted to the rigid tools which offer a lifetime warranty on both the tools and the batteries. I found that the ryobis just did not last that long before the batteries started dying.
Rigid is a good choice. I would characterize Ryobi as Rigid’s ugly sister. Rigid seems to have slightly better specifications, and slightly higher prices. Have you used the warranty? Is it straight forward or do they make you jump through hoops? I have been a Ryobi guy for ~20 years. In that time, I have smoked two drills, and a small, (4.5”?) circular saw. The batteries however… Let’s just say that the old NiCad batteries don’t hold a candle to lithium. Even they have improved since they were new.
Used Ryobi tools are cheap, and plentiful, especially the blue ones. The drills, and saw cost me on the order of $20/ea. to replace. Since I am an obsessive shopper, I have ended up with so many cheap Ryobi tools that I give them away to friends.
Rigid, Milwaukee and Ryobi are all made by the same company. Rigid and Ryobi look very similar. Except one is orange the other is bright green, or is it yellow?
I don't know much about the Rigid products. I am a bit confused about the difference between Lithium, Hyper Lithium, and Hyper Octane, (Bluetooth) batteries. The largest Rigid battery
, on the Canadian Home Depot web page, seems to be a 6 Ahr battery
, (the Bluetooth one) though it is out of stock. Ryobi has a 6 and a 9 Ahr battery
. I don't understand it, but the 9 Ahr battery is priced less than the 6 Ahr one, ($158 vs. $119 Cdn). Ryobi's battery situation is no less confusing.
The range of Ryobi tools is huge! I have a battery powered lawn mower and chain saw. The brushless chain saw eats batteries, but boy does it cut wood! I could go on, but you get the idea.