RYOBI 18.v Cordless "SIX PACK" SPC18
A review by John Cupp
Well all my duck friendly boat
builders, craftsmen, weekend woodworkers and just plain old
curious carpenter types, your chance at getting a great deal
on 18 volt tools is coming to a close. I promised that I would
find tools that worked great and were not going to break the
bank. The Ryobi Six Pack fits the bill to a tee, I did my part.
Remember those huge displays of RYOBI SIX PACKS at the front
of most Home Depot Stores that we all have been curious about?
I broke down and got one. I know, even though I already have
a 9.6 Makita drill that came in the metal box with three extra
batteries (that’s many, many years old). A friend convinced
me to buy the Makita just so he could listen to his portable
radio above the noise of my small Honda generator (they also
have come a long way). To top it all off when the flooring in
my shop was laid down using square drive screws, my neighbor
(who helped with most the work) only used one battery on his
18.Volt RYOBI drill battery pack while I went through three
on the Makita. I would not have minded but he actually did 95%
of all the work And I was completely “taxed out”
and laid in bed for three days wishing someone would shoot me.
My neighbor Jose is a professional carpenter and runs his weed
eater around my house and is always asking if he can help because
of my back. After that job he told me that I should buy the
Well folks, Ryobi just took $100 off the Six
Pack’s already fair price of $399. Some home Depot stores
are also giving away free coupons for the vacuum and other products
while still remaining at $299. It includes an 81/4” cordless
compound miter saw, a 5-1/2” circular saw, one of those
new speed saws that cut smooth holes if you have a steady hand,
a very cool cordless drill, a useful reciprocating saw and a
very bright light. With the exception of the light all the tools
eat wood with the best out there. The light is actually very
powerful and where I live it will have every game warden in
the county zeroing in on law abiding me (ouch! those lightning
bolts were too close for comfort). So me being Mr. Curious I
went to HD and walked around the store and received sticker
shock at the individual tool prices. $299 Is a great price for
all of these wonderful tools and best of all is not intimidating
to my wife (hey! I‘m not stupid, guys!).
I unboxed the unit with my wife patiently watching
and charged each battery as per instructions. Another outstanding
feature, the high capacity, long running batteries are fully
charged in only one hour! While waiting on the
batteries I tested the circular saw for blade run out and end
play but what struck me was they are not built like toys. They
are built for cutting wood. When I build that "Bigger Boat"
the “SIX PACK” 18 volt set has a place already picked
for storage in my onboard workshop. The miter saw is in fine
working order and works great with the product rollers I just
bought at Home Depot. It carries an 8¼” saw blade
that cuts precisely and the circular saw works very well with
it's diminutive 5½” blade. As it just happens I
installed a new front door (not by myself). This 18 volt power
house miter saw is more than willing and able to accomplish
the work. Except my wife now wants a bay window and all the
alloy windows removed. Do I see a pattern here? Hmmm.
But wait where is that Big Six Pack Locker? As
luck would have it we made a few good purchases of Melamine
stock. It was cull stock that supposedly was cut to fit at the
HD store. They sell cull stock for much less because it was
cut incorrectly. My wife is a flower gardener who cannot get
accustomed to the small growing season at the 4500 foot elevation
where we live. PROBLEM SOLVED! She planned and built a wonderful
indoor lighted plant starter stand using the Six Pack. It happened
to be where my reloading bench was, but I figured when my larger
shop is built I'll have my reloading space back. But until then
I’ll praise her talent at using the new convenient power
tools. I fear, my webfooted friends, that the property rights
for the Six Pack have seemingly transferred to her without missing
a beat. She even likes the new fast cutting saw for making small
holes and told me it worked great with the Melamine. I just
might have to call my attorney if things get any worse. The
more I think about it I might just buy one for her because at
the current price and volume being sold it would be cheaper
than my attorney. Plus any gal that can design and build her
own project without my help is a keeper, maybe she doesn’t
like the way I do things? One thing is sure, work is much faster
when you don’t have to hunt down an electric outlet.
HOLD THE PRESSES!!! Please buy
your Six Pack as soon as you can, the opportunity will never
come again. This little bit of behind the scenes information
will make you realize why the Six Pack is falling from the Ryobi
Product line. If you don’t take and run with this once
in a lifetime deal you will be kicking yourself in the butt
for a very long time!
GOES PORTABLE WITH AN EXPANDED PRODUCT LINE
by---David Thiel, Senior Editor, and Michael Rabkin, Associate
a presentation with the feel of someone being thrown to the
lions, representatives from Ridgid Inc. recently met with a
group of editors in Chicago to unveil an expanded product line
aimed at some of the best-known brands in power tools—namely
Bosch, Porter-Cable, DeWalt, Makita and Milwaukee.
The tools showed to us include corded and cordless drills, hammer
drills, reciprocating saws, circular saws, random-orbit sanders,
jigsaws and angle grinders. The new line of tools is a result
of two years of research and development by Emerson Professional
Tools (parent company of Ridgid) and One World Technologies
(a subsidiary of TechTronic Industries Co. Ltd., which is the
parent company of Ryobi Tools).
But don't think these new tools are just dressed-up Ryobi tools.
Ryobi makes a good line of tools for the home and do-it-yourself
woodworker, but the products we saw are professional quality
tools (though I know a lot of do-it-yourselfers that will be
spending money on them as well). Ridgid's tools will be available
at The Home Depot, as well as a variety of other retail locations,
beginning Oct. 1. Below are just a couple of the ones we saw.
We'll be testing them as they become available and let you know
how they perform, so be sure to keep reading the magazine.
A HOT SIX PACK TO GO,
GOING AND SOON TO BE GONE!!!
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