What follows is a short exchange that took place recently on
Welsford Builders forum.
Ah yes; I know the feeling well... or should I
say I know the smell of burnt out Ryobi tools well.
Amongst my power tools are brands such as Elu,
Metabo, Makita, Atlas Copco, Fein, Festo, Kango, Hitachi, etc.
Every one of them a joy and pleasure to use- and believe me
they all get used and occasionaly abused. Yes that's right no
De-Walt tools- I still haven't forgiven Black and Decker- who
own De-Walt- for stopping production of the Swiss Elu woodworking
tools. They (Elu) were years ahead of their time.
However I had a job a few years ago to lay some
300m2 of Terracotta tiles around a swimming pool I was building.....
I had wanted to buy a small 5" hand held 'wet saw' and
this job was the perfect excuse. I had a choice between a Makita
and a Ryobi- the sales assistant assured me they were all the
same... "Comes off the same assembly line mate- just different
badging." Yes- stupid me- I actually believed him.
Anyway, from the first cut I knew our working
relationship would be brief - like you - the bloody thing lasted
about 40 cuts; that's no more than 20 minutes work and it was
totally burnt out. Add insult to injury the store claimed 'operator
abuse' and no warranty - just a quote for $184.00 for parts/labour.
The moral of the story: All those nasty rumours
about Ryobi tools being garbage - they're actually true!!
I would have well over $15,000 - in small power
tools, not including workshop equipment; I can honestly say
I have never regretted buying a quality tool no matter how dry
my mouth was and how much I was sweating or shaking as I handed
the cash over. On the other hand the one time in recent years
that I made a tool purchase based on price I was bitterly disappointed
and the Ryobi cost me much more than the $60- odd bucks I 'saved'
on the purchase price.
PS As a matter of interest I finished all the
Terracotta cuts with a dry 'Turbo' diamond blade in my trusty
Atlas Copco 9" grinder. It's done dozens and dozens of
other jobs since and would have to be one of the worlds best
9" grinders. I actually wore out two Hitachi 9" grinders
before I bought the Atlas Copco. You couldn't kill this thing
with a big stick!!
PPS They should lock up (put in jail or gaol if
you prefer) all the people who make, distribute and sell these
cheap crappy tools.... then give them a whole truckload of their
own tools to get out of jail (gaol) with. End of problem. We'd
never see them again!!