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Summary
The RYOBI 18V ONE+ System features over 300 innovative products, giving you ultimate versatility and selection to get the job done. With advanced lithium technology, RYOBI powers through drilling, cutting, fastening, lighting, plumbing, or cooling on your projects or trimming, edging, mowing or clearing in the yard, ONE+ gives power to do more.

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I give this tool system 9 out of 10 acorns.

Affordable, effective, and convenient.

I find the Ryobi 18v ONE+ system of tools to be the right balance of traits for my homeowner/homesteader based needs. I run Ryobi chainsaws, drills, circular saws, impact wrenches and more at home. Parts are plentiful and cheap in case you push the limits of what the tool should be able to handle (as I do sometimes). I have only had one battery stop charging after roughly five years but was able to be 'reset' with some ingenuity. Sales happen frequently for both the tool and the batteries which is a plus. They are regularly coming out with new products that are on the 18v line that help build out a toolbox of portable electric equipment.

A lot of people think that Milwaukee or Dewalt are the only options on the market that are quality and I think they might be surprised how effective Ryobi is for a non-trade use. I think where a lot of people go wrong is that some of the Ryobi tools need a bigger battery to run effectively over the small ones that come with most tools.  I have found the tool is limited by the size battery, not the other way around. Get yourself a pair of the 4.0Ah at a minimum to be able to run most of the stuff well. Keep your eyes out for the deals for a pair of batteries and a 'free' tool. I slowly have grown my collection from those opportunities.

I would recommend this product to everyone.
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Several years ago I decided to go all in Ryobi as well. Limited budget versatility appealed to me, and I've even added the 40v stuff to my collection. The 20" pushmower w/bagger is excellent for keeping around the gardens mulched and tidy!

A couple battery issues thru the years, but replacement cost for those are minimal with this brand and the tools still work fine for a homesteader/part-time handyman and mechanic, for what it's worth.


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I give this tool system 9 out of 10 acorns.  It would be 10 but the past two I've gotten have had either bad batteries or chargers which were replaced for free at Home Depot and everything worked out fine.

I think they were first with the "one battery for all their tools" idea.  I picked them about 15 years ago (blue tools) and have been with them ever since.  Sales, especially around Christmas, are usually the only way I get new batteries and tools.  I even got a vacuum cleaner and it's what I use for the whole house.  
 
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I imagine being limited to 18V has some efficiency downsides.

I have some Ryobi too, that I've inherited or got really cheap. It's fine, the same as all my other stuff. You can tell from the weight of the tool and the torque, it's not in the same league as DeWalt or Milwaukee. BTW Milwaukee was bought by China.
 
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I too have been using Ryobis since the "blue tool" era. With those lousy NiCd batteries - ugh! But when they introduced lithiums, the 4Ah jobs with the fuel gauge, things changed. Sawzalls and angle grinders etc. became useful.

I have four of the 4Ah batts, well over 10 years old, and they keep on going. So the quality is there.

One caution with the high-amperage "blue tools" is that the spring contacts in the tools become weak. I nearly toasted two big batteries with a blue sawzall -- the arcing started to deform them (and I was too task-focused to notice the smell). I had to file the casings because of melted plastic. But the batts seem to have bounced back.

I am now in a position to build a parallel set of Makita 18V tools. There is no question of the substantial difference in the power and durability of these professional grade tools.

And yet my Ryobis keep plugging along for lighter work, and for some jobs they are more appropriate (and handier) than my Makita "main battle tanks." I would say they punch above their weight.
 
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if only there was a safety button delete on the sawzall. I have to wrap electrical tape around the safety switch button on regular basis when it's used a lot. its annoyingly awkward to thumb it down while pulling the trigger when trying to make straight and accurate cuts.  beware of the older green nail gun it is nearly impossible to find the correct wire nails for it.  the 40 volt 1" cutting capacity hedge clipper on clearance at the big orange store is the cats meow. but overall they are very helpful time saving tools looking forward one day to getting 1/4" and 3/8 ratchets and the super powerful 1/2" impact. the wish list can go on and on. wonder if there would be willing patrons on a go fund me excursion? LOL, LOL
 
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bruce Fine wrote:if only there was a safety button delete on the sawzall. I have to wrap electrical tape around the safety switch button on regular basis when it's used a lot. its annoyingly awkward to thumb it down while pulling the trigger when trying to make straight and accurate cuts.  


Yeah, I have an old one that has a small screw holding the safety in the "go" position. Overkill - this is not a nuclear missile launch system.
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If you guys want to give a review that will show up in the Gear Review Grid, make a reply in the thread that starts with -->                 I give this tool system X out of 10 acorns
 
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Apologies, we're clearly offside.

I guess we should repost these comments elsewhere.
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I give this system 7 out of 10 acorns.

The top-shelf battery systems rate very high in my experience.

But I have seen lots of quirks in the "green" tool line. They do seem to be continuously improving. FWIW, none of the green tools has failed me, just annoyed me by cutting in and out during a job (internal protection system). These are medium/consumer duty tools overall. My 2c.
 
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lots of ryobi power tools 1/2 off today at big orange store in Knoxville mostly pole saws and hedge clippers. and more at least couple dozen in the clearance end cap sections.
 
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"I give this tool system 9 out of 10 acorns"  mostly becouse i'm jealous. My brother went green 10 or 12 years ago. He now has a complete tool set that all use the same batterys and chargers. I have 6 diffrent battery/charger systems, two that are orphans.  I really want 1 of those staple brad nailures.  Used it at his house helping repair some upholstery.  Light duty, yes, work for years in home shop, yes. Tom
 
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"I give this tool system 8 out of 10 acorns"


The backwards compatibility makes these tools amazing.
Dewalt and Milwaukee have orphaned otherwise good tools by not doing this.
I get most of mine from the pawn shop, with few disappointments so far.
I have a few Milwaukee tools that I dont use anymore because multiple batteries failed,and it was cheaper to buy into the green than get new ones.
I had bought the Milwaukee after buying and returning a Ryobi kit that was pure trash, but the green has improved a crazy amount since then.

I do need to upgrade my reciprocating saw to the brushless series, the model I have really struggles to get things done.

I covet their nailers, but the idea of getting their air compressor and trying to use that with the air tools I already have is very tempting.

 
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"7/10 acorns"

Ryobi is what I have at home. It's one of those deals where once you have 2 tools, you are stuck. Otherwise I would probably get something a little more powerful. I do like the tools though, and the price is lower than the tools I wish I had. I have the 2 drills, 2 sawzalls, a 90mph blower and the weed wacker.
 
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