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Old 01-17-2007, 01:20 AM
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UPDATE: Ryobi 18v Grinder...

OK, so I've had this thing for a month or so and given it a bit of use. I haven't dogged it nor has it been collecting dust. Here are my findings:

PROS:
  • Ryobi 18v Tool
  • Decent Power
  • Decent Battery Life
  • Wrench stored in handle
  • Battery can swivel out of the way 180^
  • Shaft Lock
  • Easy adjust or remove guard
  • Was only $40!
CONS:
  • Heavy--6.5lbs with battery
  • Lawyer Switch
  • Main trigger is too far down the handle towards battery
My main complaint with this grinder is that the trigger is too far down towards the battery. When you try to grind one-handed (as I often do) the grinder tends to pivot around your hand. This is not really a problem if you use the handle also. Another main complaint is the weight. This porker weighs 6.5 pounds with the battery compared to a corded model which weighs about 4.5 pounds including the cord. I weighed 3 different corded grinders and they were all under 4.5lbs (barely). The lawyer switch was easily defeated with a screw as shown in the pic.

The bottom line is that I will be keeping this grinder because of the low price and utility value. (remember that Ryobi has a 30-day "no questions asked" return policy)
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Old 01-17-2007, 10:18 AM
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Where did you get it?
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Old 01-17-2007, 12:38 PM
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Slag, this new & improved line of Ryobi tools are are manufactured for Home Depot.
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Old 01-17-2007, 02:54 PM
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Thanks Cutter:

I've got one of those near my gym and I teach tonight, filling in, so I'll check it out.
Could have used one of them portable grinders when I was removing some wrought iron fencing not long ago.
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Old 01-17-2007, 09:13 PM
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Well get yourself one of the matching impact drivers while you're at it; you'll love it.
And you'll probably have to buy one of the drill/flashilight kits to get the charger & batteries
but you'll be pleased to know that extra batteries are only $20 each, packaged in pairs so you
have to spend $40.
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Marketing will repackage them in three-quarter packs.
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Looks like that corded Ryobi I picked up a while back, with a battery where the cord ought to be.

that switch is the same, and I agree whole-heartedly about being a pita for one handed grinding. but overall I've been impressed with it for the money. I'll pick up the cordless one when I get a chance.
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