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  • I am going down the Ryobi One+ route. What tools should I plan for?

    So I have as you know, or at least I hope you know, decided to take my old Drill Master 18v stuff and send it to the recyclers. There were a couple of reasons for this, no small part though was the Ryobi One+ system tools that seem to be pretty popular.

    Since my work is a bit more mixed I am not all woodworking tools here, so far I have...

    3/8" VSR drill
    orbital sander
    1/2" hi torque impact wrench
    and...
    10" chainsaw.

    I would like to build a cordless tools workstation but don't want to have to redo it.

    So the question is. what tools are worth having cordless that I should plan for?
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  • #2
    Three handier than I thought tools are: Soldering station. I like that I can take it and do things where there is no electricity or would require a looong extension cord:

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/RYOBI-ON...3100/305124211


    These two are very handy for me and I use them more than I thought I would: 18V crown stapler is easer for me to use than a manual one. Love it. Fixed a lot of upholstery for LOML and for chairs in our church. The 18V glue gun is great too since I am not limited by extension cords. I did some work on my car with this and I didn't have to get an extension cord out.

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/RYOBI-ON...P307/316787668

    There are dozens of tools and some have different version. These are my "out of the ordinary" battery tools and I am well satisfied with them.

    Of course my most used tools are the IMPACT driver (screwdriver) that drives 4 in screws without a problem.
    Hank Lee

    Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!

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    • #3
      Mine are almost all from the '90s. Take your pick from the picture below. The most used one is the impact driver, probably due to my weakening grip due to advancing age. Second most used is the 3/8" VSR drill. Third would be one of the flashlights. The others get used occasionally, but one other is a really good tool. The caulking gun is a wizard design. It is very precise in product delivery and it automatically pulls the plunger when the trigger is released. It will actually push the plunger through the product tube if you forget to puncture the seal (VOE). I have had none of these tools fail in all the years I've owned them. My first LiOn One+ battery pack lasted 13 years. The demolition saw is a good tool and the right angle drill is very useful in tight spaces. I've only used the rotozip type tool a couple of times, but it worked as well as a corded one. Number 22 rubber crutch tips work as battery post contact covers for outside work.
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        How are those hung? Can you take a closeup pic? It looks like from here you have some sort of wrist straps on them... I think I like the idea of hanging them like that. I can put cupholders under my clamshell cabinets and hang these things if I could figure out how to attach them... Means less fuss with a cordless tool station as well...

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        How are those hung? Can you take a closeup pic? It looks like from here you have some sort of wrist straps on them... I think I like the idea of hanging them like that. I can put cupholders under my clamshell cabinets and hang these things if I could figure out how to attach them... Means less fuss with a cordless tool station as well...

    • #4
      Forgot the inflator. Great tool for the garage or the trunk. I also have the 22" hedge trimmer. It works great with all of the bushes I have to trim. The rest of my OPE is Ryobi's 40 volt line. They also work great.
      Last edited by Jim Frye; 01-05-2023, 02:44 PM.
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      • dbhost

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        Oooh, cordless hedge trimmer! That's good. I hate dragging the extension cord all over the yard! Not going to bother with the inflator. I have a 12v one already for my road tools.
        Last edited by dbhost; 01-06-2023, 04:49 PM.

    • #5
      I don't know if this is my most used One+ tool but it is hands down my favorite. Rather than putting weed killer on the entire lawn, I can go out and individually murder dandelions, clover, and other weeds. It's easy to clean and no pumping. 2 gallons is too big for my uses though and I'd buy a 1 gallon or smaller if I were to do it again.

      Ryobi One+ Sprayer

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      • Jim Frye
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        almost bought one of these to make into a mower mounted lawn sprayer to apply lawn food. I need a 4 gal. tank and never went through with it.

    • #6
      I started with things that were hard for old hands. I replaced my Makita 9V stick crown stapler first, then added a PEX crimp ring tool because the manual one I had was hard to operate in tight spaces, followed that by replacing my Wagner power (D batteries) caulking gun and then added a work light that was a freebie with the batteries. I added the 1 gal sprayer for pretreating the siding before a power wash and it was great to use. Can't imagine what I'll add next?

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      • #7
        My shop radio is also a One+ unit. I also have a One+ fan. It gets used a lot too.
        Jim Frye
        The Nut in the Cellar.
        ”Sawdust Is Man Glitter”

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        • #8
          Usually most people prefer the biggest of anything, Ryobi has made some things smaller, one being the small sawzall and the other being a cut-off tool as seen here:
          https://www.homedepot.com/p/RYOBI-ON...S02K/314003910

          I have the small cut-off tool and it sure seemed too small to be used much, but it sure has come in handy for me in many situations. I keep it close by instead of in the shop with all the tools. It has been handy with bolts that are too long, bands, fence fixing, nails sticking out. I have only had it about 6 to 7 months and it has been used far more than I would have thought.

          Ever have a good tool and had the thought, should I get the ???? or do I need to get it out to use it just once? Well, this little tool is the handy one, and it is the first thing I think of when I need to cut a bolt or nail off, and small enough to fit in areas that the long battery powered angle grinders can't get into easily. This is one fine compact cut off tool.
          Hank Lee

          Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!

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          • capncarl
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            I have a King Authur Merlin ll 2” angle grinder that I like for small stuff. When I bought it as a set it had a good assortment of grinders and flapper wheels. My favorite were the 2” fiberglass reinforced cut off disks. They were just like the 4 1/2, 5 and 6” disks that I used on my other angle grinders, just smaller. The price for me to replace the larger size disks were .50 to $1. each. I burned through the Merlin ll disks in about 30 seconds each cutting off a 1/4” bolt. No problem, I’ll just order more. STICKER SHOCK, they are $6.49 each. Several years later I still haven’t replaced the 2” disk.

        • #9
          I have the 18 ga brad nailer and the 23 ga pin nailer. They have pretty much replaced my old, but durable and still useful Central Pneumatics of the same guage. I don't use nailers often enough to keep the air compressor at the ready. It's handy when I'm making a quick one-off jig or fixture to grab either Ryobi and "kapoink kapoink" a few quick fasteners. Downside of the 18 ga is it's a bit heavy. That's a tradeoff for not having to drag a hose around or have a small portable compressor for projects outside the shop.

          I have the blue version of the trim router. A 1/8" radius round over pretty much lives in it, but it's handy for many other simple tasks where a larger, corded router is too bulky.

          I'm contemplating one of the hot glue guns and the multi-tool.
          Brian

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          • #10
            So the herd of batteries. 2 @ 6a/h HP, 2 @ 4a/h HP, 1 @ 2a/h HP, 2 @ 1.5a/h.

            The ones under 6 a/h wre all included as part of package deals / sales where the battery and charger being included were actually cheaper than the bare tool. (They screwed up and sent me 2 4a/h batteries instead of 1...)

            The 6a/h were bought on Amazon for half the price of Home Depot, sold by Ryobi fulfilled by Amazon so something to think about...

            As a refresher, the tools I have so far are...

            3/8 VSR driver / drill
            1/2" Hi Torque impact wrench
            5" orbital sander
            10" chainsaw.

            I think I am going to go with a battery / charging station, and hang my tools in a method similar to Jim Frye once I figure out HOW...
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            • #11
              I have the charging station and really like it. There is a feature about it that some don't like but it doesn't bother me: When you load two or three or even 6, it does not charge all at the same Time. It only charges one at a time and then moves on to the next one. Since I have about 15 batteries, (two 6Ah, eight 4Ah, five 2Ah) I never have to wait on one to be charged to use it, SO, I have no problem with the charger just charging one at a time and moving on to the next after one is re-charged. (BTW, I have purchased only 6 batteries over the past 10 years, the rest came with a tool.)
              Hank Lee

              Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!

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              • #12
                Originally posted by leehljp View Post
                I have the charging station and really like it. There is a feature about it that some don't like but it doesn't bother me: When you load two or three or even 6, it does not charge all at the same Time. It only charges one at a time and then moves on to the next one. Since I have about 15 batteries, (two 6Ah, eight 4Ah, five 2Ah) I never have to wait on one to be charged to use it, SO, I have no problem with the charger just charging one at a time and moving on to the next after one is re-charged. (BTW, I have purchased only 6 batteries over the past 10 years, the rest came with a tool.)
                That is good info to have. There are several multi battery charging stations. Which one do you have?

                I'd post links but for some reason Home Depot site doesn't let me do that...

                I am between the 6 battery fast charger, or the 6 battery dual chemistry charger. I don't think I need the dual chemistry though. Aren't they all Lithium Ion now?
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              • #13
                Thanks Loring. The second in the list you posted looks like maybe what I want. Although the third that does 2 batteries at the same time is interesting. For now I have 2 single battery chargers. Probably use them as is for now...
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                • #14
                  I have this one: https://www.homedepot.com/p/RYOBI-ON...P135/206892719

                  I just saw something that I did not see when I bought mine 2+ years ago and that is to not let the batteries stay in the charger after they. are charged. The "intelliport" reading used to say that it was Ok to leave them in.
                  Hank Lee

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