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Home Depot has the Ryobi 18-Volt P855 Combo Kit for $49 with free shipping. Includes an 18-volt two speed drill, dual-filter hand vacuum, and flashlight. Excellent user reviews.
$71 Retail: $100

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    zzyzx Ben's cred: 104
    Posted 7:54 pm PDT 03/20/13

    If this is a combo deal, where's the coat and flies?

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    kendunn Ben's cred: 93
    Posted 8:18 pm PDT 03/20/13

    I've owned about every brand of cordless tool there is, and Ryobi was the worst, even worse than the Craftsman they make for Sears.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3584
    Posted 8:28 pm PDT 03/20/13

    Uhh, Roybi and Sears cordless tools are practically identical, made by same company, same factory. Minor differences include the color scheme, plastic shapes and colors, and Sears moving to 19.2V packs.

    They're a good value for casual homeowner type uses, and nothing else competes at same price point, but of course you can pay more and get something higher quality. At least it's not nearly as bad as the junk at Habor Freight.

    Main problem with it is it comes with the slow semi-trickle 10 hr charger that doesn't shut off, cooking the batteries if you leave them charging too long.

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    btc909 Ben's cred: 436
    Posted 8:45 pm PDT 03/20/13

    NiCAD trash. Guaranteed to have a dead battery when you need it.

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    enyaw Ben's cred: 2
    Posted 10:26 pm PDT 03/20/13

    The batteries died after a year of casual use. Now I have a total of 6 tools that I can't use. Stay away from cordless tools with the exception of a drill/screw driver. I buy all corded tools now and have only 1 cordless screw driver.

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    kendunn Ben's cred: 93
    Posted 4:21 am PDT 03/21/13

    Dave-I know they are made by the same people, and they also make Milwaukee which is top shelf and Ridgid which is middle of the road. Remember Chevy made both the Corvette and the Cobalt. I have had Craftsman and they did OK, nothing special, but the Ryobi batteries were dead in just a few months, just like someone else posted.

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    superchevy Ben's cred: 11
    Posted 5:55 am PDT 03/21/13

    The Dewalt XRP Nicads are outstanding. Properly maintained, they will last years. My oldest is 6 years and still lasts well. Lithium batteries have a shelf life of 2-3 years from their date of manufacture, then they degrade no matter how much you've used them.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3584
    Posted 5:58 am PDT 03/21/13

    Two primary causes of short lived batteries:

    1) Overcharging - a real issue on this set since it uses the dumb charger, no logic to switch it to a trickle mode or turn off.

    2) Overdischarging - running the pack down below 0V on the weakest cell and then putting a reverse charge into it through further use will damage it right away.

    I suspect the quality of both the Craftsman and Ryobi packs are lower today than years ago, but there are still people who manage to get a few years use out of them. IMO it's all relative, if you're a contractor recharging a couple times a day or more, obviously it's not the right tool while someone who only uses a drill every other weekend may not want to tie as much money up in one, or just use a corded for tougher jobs.

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    kendunn Ben's cred: 93
    Posted 8:06 am PDT 03/21/13

    As I stated, I have had Dewalt Li Ion, Nicad, Porter Cable Li Ion, Milwaukee Li Ion 28V and Nicad in 18, Craftsman in 19 and 12, Ryobi in nicad, plus others I am sure I don't remember, and never had a complaint on any except the Ryobi.

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    nextel2010 Ben's cred: 113
    Posted 2:43 pm PDT 03/21/13

    I have had a set of DeWalt NiCad 14.4v XRP's for several years (since 2005) now. One is going strong, the other one lost about 2.4 volts (2 dead cells) but still usable. I bought one DeWalt Li-on battery which retrofits the tools in that set, and that battery is a heavy duty beast. It's better than the Makita LXT 18v Li-on batteries, which I have had since 2008 (which incidentally, are still going very strong). If the Li-ons degraded, they don't show it much. Except for the price, I'm really happy with them.

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    iconmaker Ben's cred: 7
    Posted 2:58 pm PDT 03/22/13

    I have a Ryobi deal with a circ saw, a drill and I have had it for about 5 years- it is great!!! I probably could use some new batteries but I usually have one charging the other in the tool. Best inexpensive set up I ever got. I would buy another. They used to have a nice 18 volt portable vaccum (not like the one shown) it was stolen from me and I replaced it with a similar DeWalt (about 4x the price) The Dewalt operates cord and cordless- excellent as well

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    iconmaker Ben's cred: 7
    Posted 3:00 pm PDT 03/22/13

    One thing I cannot figure out- most people check out the comments for useful information- when I check it is generally just a bunch of rodeo cowboy that have no clue what they are talking about- and trying to be funny. Don't waste my/our time please. Post helpful information.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3584
    Posted 4:59 pm PDT 03/22/13

    ^ welcome to the internet Razz

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    kendunn Ben's cred: 93
    Posted 7:22 pm PDT 03/22/13

    iconmaker wrote:
    One thing I cannot figure out- most people check out the comments for useful information- when I check it is generally just a bunch of rodeo cowboy that have no clue what they are talking about- and trying to be funny. Don't waste my/our time please. Post helpful information.


    Yes they do, but not this time, everyone here that had something to say was trying to be helpful.....until your post.

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    zzyzx Ben's cred: 104
    Posted 7:34 am PDT 03/23/13

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