18V ONE+Brushless Hammer Drill/Driver Kit Tool Review

By Ashley Basnight
on June 20, 2017

18V ONE+Brushless Hammer Drill/Driver Kit Tool Review

This review is sponsored by the Home Depot as a part of The Home Depot's Pro-Spective Campaign.
 
 It's safe to say; the Ryobi 18V One+ Hammer Drill has got the power! Ryobi hit the nail on the head with this one! (No pun intended)
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

The box comes packed with a P251 brushless hammer drill, P108 4Ah high capacity lithium+ battery, P117 dual chemistry charger, screwdriver bit, auxiliary handle assembly, tool bag and operator’s manual.

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TESTING THE DRILL

First, I will start out by saying I was a little leery of trying this tool. I got the Ryobi ONE+ 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Driver a while back and wasn't 100% pleased with the power on that thing and I was skeptical on whether this hammer drill would be the same way.

I normally use a DEWALT 18V Drill and I normally don't use any other drill that doesn't match up, but I was presently surprised! This 18V ONE+ Hammer Drill is definitely a contender. I now use both this Ryobi Hammer drill and my 18V DEWALT drill hand in hand. So Kudos to you Ryobi!

BATTERY LIFE

This Ryobi Hammer Drill is equipped with a brushless motor that provides 50% longer runtime and it definitely shows! I am always picking up and using my drill during my project builds and its nice when you don't have to worry about switching batteries out until after your done building. Very pleased with the run-time.

DRILL MODES

I did a number of screwing and drilling but the most exciting test for me was seeing how the brushless hammer drill did with drilling holes into a center block/concrete. I was well pleased with the performance. Knowing that the Ryobi Hammer Drill has the power to get through concrete makes me feel that much better about having it around in the shop.

 

To drill the holes I used the Bosch Multi-Purpose Carbide Drill Bits. These bits can be used to drill Tile, Masonry, Wood, Metal and Concrete. I first learned about these at the THD Prospective event in Atlanta and just knew I needed to get some of these and luckily Bosch sent this set over to me! Bits for the win! These bits are the truth and luckily they are sold at your Local Home Depot. Retails for $19.97.

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FAVORITE FEATURES

3 MODES

The Ryobi Hammer Drill comes ready with 3 modes. A drill mode for drilling holes in wood, plastic and metal. A drive mode for driving screws and bolts and a hammer mode for drilling holes in masonry and concrete. It provides a clutch override for quick mode changes from drilling to driving. With these three modes the Hammer Drill has all the options you need to make sure you can get the job done.

 

MAGTRAY Magnetic Holder

This feature is one of my favs because I am always misplacing my bits! This Ryobi hammer drill has a MAGTRAY magnetic holder for convenient storage of screws and bits.

Auxiliary Handle

I found this auxiliary handle super useful when drilling through concrete. It has a depth stop rod included for accuracy while drilling and it is also removable if not needed during a project which I was happy about.

Kit Package

Not that this is really a feature but I love that this hammer drill comes in a kit with the 4Ah high capacity lithium+ battery and the dual chemistry charger. I think it definitely makes the purchase well worth it. 

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HOW COULD IT BE BETTER?

Honestly, there was nothing I could really think of that would improve this Hammer Drill, which means I was super pleased with it. For the price and what you get, I would highly recommend this tool for any builder.

The ONE+ 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Hammer Drill Kit retails for $149.00 at the Home Depot.

FEATURES

  • Brushless motor provides 50% longer runtime and extended tool life when compared to brushed motors
  • Powerful design produces up to 750 in-lbs torque to handle the most demanding drilling and driving applications
  • 24-position clutch and 2-speed gearbox for high speed or high torque performance needs
  • 1/2 in. all-metal, keyless, ratcheting chuck for increased strength and durability
  • Clutch override for quick mode changes
  • Drill mode for drilling holes in wood, plastic and metal
  • Drive mode: for driving screws and bolts
  • Hammer mode: for drilling holes in masonry and concrete
  • LED light illuminates the work area and remains on for a time after trigger is released
  • Belt clip mounts to both sides of drill for convenience
  • Auxiliary handle assembly included for accuracy while drilling
  • New and improved GRIPZONE with microtexture for optimum grip and user comfort
  • MAGTRAY magnetic holder for convenient storage of screws and bits
  • Dual chemistry charger features IntelliPort technology, which conserves energy when not charging battery, protects battery cells and maximizes battery life
  • High capacity 4Ah lithium+ battery features extreme weather performance and an on-board fuel gauge to check your charge

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Battery: 18V
  • Chuck: ½”
  • RPM: 0-375 / 0-1,600 RPM (No Load Speed)
  • BPM: 0-5,600 / 0-24,000
  • Clutch: 24 Positions
  • Weight: 3.2 lbs.

WARRANTY

Ryobi offers a 3 YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY on this tool.

I acknowledge that the Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in the The Home Depot Pro-Spective Campaign. As a part of the program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purposes of promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own. My post complies with the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

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Dremel 4300 Rotary Kit Tool Review

By Ashley Basnight
on June 15, 2017
2 comments

Dremel 4300 Rotary Kit Tool Review

This review is sponsored by the Home Depot as a part of The Home Depot's Pro-Spective Campaign. There are some affiliate links in this post, meaning I get a small commission if you purchase through these links, at no cost to you. Click Here to read my full disclosure.

The Dremel 4300 is the perfect addition to my shop and I loving having it around!

WHATS INCLUDED

The 4300 Series 1.8 Amp Corded Variable Speed Rotary Tool kit comes packed with a 407 EZ drum mandrel, 408-1/2 in. 60-grit sanding (3 pieces), 432 1/2 in. 120-grit sanding (4 pieces), 445 1/2 in. 240 grit sanding (3 pieces), EZ402 EZ lock mandrel, EZ411 EZ lock sanding disc - coarse (3 pieces), EZ412 EZ lock sanding disc - medium (3 pieces), EZ413 EZ lock sanding disc - fine (3 pieces), ez456 metal 1-1/2 in. Cut-Off Wheel (3 pieces), 107 1/8 in. engraving HS cutter, 191 1/8 in. high speed cutter, 561 spiral bit, 8193 5/8 in. aluminum oxide, 84922 3/16 in. silicon carbide, 932 3/8 in. aluminum oxide, 401 screw mandrel, 403 brush wheel, 414 felt polishing wheel (2 pieces), 421 polishing compound, 429 felt polishing wheel (2 pieces), 428 carbon brush wheel, 150 1/8 in. drill bit, 403 bristle brush, pivot light, shield, sanding / grinding guide, garden tool sharpener and cutting guide

TESTING THE DREMEL

I found it kind of hard to review this Dremel 4300 because I was getting so caught up with all the attachments and having WAAAY to much fun with this thing, but this Dremel was pretty straight forward, easy to use, comfortable in my hand and in my opinion, a well made product. The Dremel has a slim, ergonomic body design that provides a comfortable 360-degree grip zone no matter how you hold it for extended ease of use. The noise level of the Dremel isn't too bad either. I was well pleased with this tool.

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FAVORITE FEAUTURES

THREE-JAW CHUCK

So this was my first time using a Dremel but the Dremel 4300 is the first Dremel rotary tool that allows tool-less and collet-less accessory changes with the inclusion of the three-jaw chuck. The chuck is compatible with all Dremel accessory shank sizes for fast and convenient accessory changes without ever using a wrench. I personally would prefer the chuck over a collet, so well done Dremel. I am a fan of the change.

VARIABLE SPEED

I'm so glad this Dremel has variable speed; it definitely came in handy when I was sanding a smaller project and I'm sure it will be useful in the future. The speed control dial at the bottom of the Dremel was very easy to operate to switch between speeds.

ATTACHMENTS/PIECES

So the fact that this Dremel comes with over 40 attachments/pieces just makes me excited about how many things I can get accomplished with this thing. Before I could finish one project I was thinking of 5 other things to do with this baby. It also comes with a pretty sweet carrying case.

HOW COULD IT BE BETTER?

CORDLESS

Maybe I have been a little spoiled with all of the new cordless tools I have been getting but if this Dremel was cordless I think it would put the icing on the cake. It's already a great tool but I would love if this thing could be detached from it's ugly cord brother! HA!

   

The Dremel 4300 Series Rotary Tool Kit retails for $119.00 at the Home Depot.

 

   

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SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES

WARRANTY 

The Dremel Rotary Tool Kit is protected by a two-year warranty.

I acknowledge that the Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in the The Home Depot Pro-Spective Campaign. As a part of the program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purposes of promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own. My post complies with the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

Father's Day Tool Guide

By Ashley Basnight
on June 02, 2017
74 comments

Father's Day Tool Guide

This review is sponsored by the Home Depot as a part of The Home Depot's Pro-Spective Campaign. 

With Father's day nearing, it was only right that I provided a tool guide on the must-have tools to buy for this up and coming Father's Day.

There are some affiliate links in this post, meaning I get a small commission if you purchase through these links, at no cost to you. Click Here to read my full disclosure.

 

 

Husky 1/4" Drive Gimbal and Universal Socket Set

This socket set provides multi-directional rotation for easy access in hard to reach areas. It pivots on 2 planes giving you access where ratchet's and wrenches cannot. This is the perfect Father's day gift for dads who work in those hard to reach areas.

Retails for $29.97

 

Husky 15in. Tool Bag

This handy dandy tool bag will be a great additive to your dad's shop! This baby hold 30lbs in weight and lots of pockets for all your household tools. At the Home Depot Pro-Spective Tool Event I visited in Atlanta, I got to see how they test their Husky products, specifically their bags! And let's just say this thing will last you a few years.  

Retails for $14.97

 

Milwaukee 25 ft. Premium Magnetic Tape Measure

So I know what you're thinking. There are tons of tape measures out there..so what makes this one special? Well..this tape measure is for sure heavy duty. It features double sided printing with blue print scale for easy reading and transferring of measurements and also has a finger stop feature built in that protects your finger when the blade retracts.  These are features you won't find on just any old tape measure. Make sure your Dad is blessed with the best and get him one today.

Retails for $19.98

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 3M SecureFit 400 Black/Neon Green with Clear Anti-Fog Lenses Safety Glasses

We have to make sure our Dad's are playing it safe with all the work they do, so they definitely need these 3M safety glasses. The Anti-Fog feature is my favorite part, it's hard to even tell I have the glasses on after I've had them on for a while. When I started wearing these I could definitely tell a huge difference from the safety glasses I used to wear. You cant go wrong with these!

Retails for $9.97

3M Pro-Grade Earmuff

It's only right to couple those 3M safety glasses with these 3M Pro-Grade Ear Muffs. Lets not take our Dad's hearing for granted. These safety earmuffs offer both superior comfort and protection. Show your Dad you care by keeping him safe!

Retails for $24.95 

 

 

Milwaukee ONE-KEY TICK Tool and Equipment Tracker

I first saw this product at The Home Depot Pro-Spective Event and thought it was super neat. This is perfect for Dads who have on-site jobs or like to keep track of where their tools are. It allows you to track any item it's attached to through your phone and is durable enough for any weather environment. Make it easier on your old man and help him make sure his tools are accounted for.

Retails for $29.97  Or purchase a 4-Pack for $99.

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Husky 22 in. Connect Rolling System Tool Box

What's better than 3 features in one? This Husky rolling tool box serves as a rolling cart, toolbox and small parts organizer. The rolling cart base has tons of room for hauling power tools. The rolling cart features 7 in. rolling wheels and a strong telescoping handle. The mid tool box is 22 in. W and features a flat lid surface that can double as a work surface. The top pro organizer features 12 removable bins that can hold anything from screws, to nails, etc. Make sure your dad is in season with this cool Husky Rolling System Tool Box.

Retails for $79.97

 

Milwaukee 100 ft. Closed Reel Long Tape Measure

Make sure your Dad can measure for days with this Milwaukee 100ft. long tape! This tape measure has a heavy duty frame and a grime guard that prevents dirt, dust and debris from entering in and causing jams.

Retails for $19.97

 

 

Bosch 100 ft. Laser Measure

This tool is sure to put a smile on your dad's face. This baby measures distance, length and volume of an area with one click of a button. When measuring a room, you hold it up to a wall, press a button and it will calculate the distance. How cool is that?

Retails for $59.97. 

 

3M N95 Sanding and Fiberglass Valved Respirator

Let's not forget to protect our Big man's lungs with this 3M N95 Sanding and Fiberglass Valved Respirator. This mask has a cool flow valve for heat reduction and easier breathing and will complete Dad's safety gear.

5-pack retails for $14.52

 

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and Happy Early Fathers Day!

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DEWALT Bluetooth Radio Charger Tool Review

By Ashley Basnight
on May 30, 2017
5 comments

DEWALT Bluetooth Radio Charger Tool Review

This review is sponsored by the Home Depot as a part of The Home Depot's Pro-Spective Campaign. 

I don't know about you but music is a MUST in my shop; and this DEWALT Bluetooth Radio/Charger is living up to my standards!

WHATS INCLUDED

The box comes packed with the one DEWALT Bluetooth Radio Charger. Any batteries that go along with the radio/charger must be purchased separately or bought in a bundle. This Bluetooth radio is compatible with all DEWALT 20 volt/60 volt batteries, but is still able to be powered by a connected AC power cord.

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TESTING THE RADIO CHARGER

To test the DEWALT Bluetooth Radio Charger I used the AC power cord, as well as a FLEXVOLT DEWALT battery to see how it held up. This baby definitely is durable. While testing it out, there was an accidental drop test that took place and let's just say this radio will stand the test of time!

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The radio quality was pretty decent. The signal was a lot better outside than inside my shop but nothing too noticeable. I'm not much of a radio person, but for all who like to listen in on podcasts, I think you will be pretty satisfied.

When I unplugged the radio from outlet power, I had the battery in place and there was no interruption in music, which I thought was pretty nice! Especially when your right in the middle of "your song."

 

FAVORITE FEATURES

BLUETOOTH

I love anything with Bluetooth, so I may be a little bias on this part. But compared to other tools/products I’ve used, this Bluetooth radio was by far the fastest Bluetooth linking set up I have experienced. Normally, I have to try and link 2 or 3 times to try and get a connection, but I pulled this baby straight out of the box, powered it on, went to my Bluetooth section on my phone and clicked the Bluetooth link in less than a minute and BOOM she was connected, just like that. So thumbs up DEWALT! As a tech junkie, you guys impressed me.

 

ADDITIONAL OUTLETS

I love that this DEWALT Bluetooth Radio Charger has additional outlets. My shop doesn't have many and the one I do have is buried behind a workbench so plugging and unplugging can be a hassle for me. Having these additional outlets handy definitely makes this radio charger worth having in the shop.

 

USB CHARGER/AUX PORT

Other than bluetooth, audio can also be played by connecting an audio device or mobile phone using a 1/8' (3.5 mm) audio cable to the audio port located inside the storage box. A USB port is also available if you want to charge your phone! This definitely comes in handy for me.

BOTTLE OPENER

How handy is it that the radio charger comes equipped with this bottle opener! This was a very cool additive to this radio charger.

RADIO CONTROLS

I don't know about you but I am girl that loves some bass, so I was happy to see that this radio charger came equipped with controls to adjust the treble and bass. Kudos again to you DEWALT. I also love that there is a mute button, so if someone walks up you can just press one button instead of powering the whole radio off or turning the volume down.

HOW COULD IT BE BETTER?

PLACEMENT OF THE POWER BUTTON

This is something I stumbled over, but nonetheless something that could cause some aggravation. The power button is placed directly in the front of the radio and is easily turned off and on with one easy button press.

When first operating the radio, I found that when I would reach directly over the radio to grab something I would hit the button accidently and it would cut the radio off. I did this three times before I decided to move it somewhere else. Again, no REAL issue, but I think moving the power button elsewhere, or making it harder to press would make this radio better for that reason. P.S My claws come out when I’m in the middle of my song and the music cuts off.

The DEWALT 60-Volt Lithium-Ion Battery Charger/Bluetooth Radio retails for $199.00 at The Home Depot.

FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS

  • Able to be powered by 20V MAX and Flexvolt DEWALT Batteries as well as AC power cord
  • 3 AMP charging of 20V MAX and 60V MAX DEWALT Batteries when unit is plugged into AC power
  • Bluetooth connectivity up to 100 ft
  • 2 Additional AC power outlets
  • Aux & 2.1 AMP USB Charging Ports
  • AVRCP (Audio Video Remote Control Protocol) allows you to control your device from the radio interface
  • 20 Watts Per Channel Woofers, tweeters, and air ports provide full, rich, and clear sound
  • Bottle opener

WARRANTY

Dewalt has a 3 Year  limited warranty, 1 year free service, 90 day money back guarantee on this Bluetooth. radio charger.

  

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Ryobi 18V ONE+ Cordless Brushless Belt Sander Tool Review

By Ashley Basnight
on May 23, 2017
8 comments

Ryobi 18V ONE+ Cordless Brushless Belt Sander Tool Review

This review is sponsored by the Home Depot as a part of The Home Depot's Pro-Spective Campaign. There are some affiliate links in this post, meaning I get a small commission if you purchase through these links, at no cost to you. Click Here to read my full disclosure.
   

 

WHATS INCLUDED

The box comes packed with three items. A P450 belt sander, dust bag and 80-grit sandpaper belt.

TESTING THE SANDER

I purchased the corded brushless sander a while back, so I was very interested to see if there was much of a difference between the two. It was very evident right off the back that the Ryobi Cordless Brushless Belt  Sander definitely was neck in neck to the corded sander, in regards to power, with an added plus of not having the hassle of the cord. I would definitely recommend this Ryobi Belt Sander over the corded if your not sanding everyday. 
  
One thing I noticed when using the Ryobi Belt Sander was that the belt tracking can send the belt into the housing (plastic casing) and cut through it, so I had to make sure I was aware of how far I was tracking the belt; had no issues after that.
 
 
BATTERY LIFE
It seems as if the Ryobi Cordless Brushless Belt  Sander drains the battery a little faster than some of the other Ryobi tools I've used. Sanding is usually a labor-intensive job that lasts a while for me, so if you plan on using this tool, have your batteries on deck; ready to roll. This wasn't a huge deal for me because I have a lot of Ryobi batteries, but for someone who doesn't this may pose as an issue. If you don't already have a Ryobi battery, I would recommend getting the 18V Compact LITHIUM+ Battery or RYOBI One+ 18-Volt High Capacity Lithium Battery to use with this.
  
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DUST COLLECTION
The Ryobi Cordless Brushless Belt Sander comes with a little dust collection bag, and it doesn't do too bad of a job but I think another alternative for dust collection would probably be best for this sander.
  
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FAVORITE FEATURES

BRUSHLESS MOTOR

Ryobi's brushless motor technology allows the tool to produce speeds up to 850 FPM allowing real cordless convenience. The amperage is a little higher on this Ryobi sander, so its giving more torque with the motor.

BELT REMOVAL

The Ryobi Cordless Brushless Belt  Sander  is equipped with a plastic lever on the side for easy belt removal. A new one can be installed in seconds meaning no loss of productivity.

5 POSITION POMMEL (HANDLE)

The Ryobi Cordless Brushless Belt  Sander  can be moved in 5 different positions, I found this to be very helpful for comfort, especially when sanding for long periods of time. One of the things I like the most is that you can get to the very edge of something when the handle is adjusted all the way up. So for those sanding floors, this would be very helpful when trying to sand spots right up against a wall.

LOCK ON SWITCH

Although this is a standard feature on similar brushless sanders, its nice to know the Ryobi Cordless Brushless Belt  Sander has this feature. When sanding for long periods of time, this lock on switch comes in handy. Having to hold the on switch just causes finger cramping after a while, so this tool really helps maximize user control and convenience while you work. Once locked in, a quick press of the on button will stop the sander.

HOW COULD IT BE BETTER?

VARIABLE SPEED

Whether or not variable speed would really make a difference with this tool is still an unanswered question for me but I'd rather have it and not need it than not have it and need it. I hear that Ridgid's model has variable speed. 

 

The Ryobi ONE 18V Cordless Brushless Belt Sander retails for $129.00 at the Home Depot.

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FEATURES

  • Brushless motor provides corded performance with cordless convenience
  • Pommel handle adjusts to 5 different positions for added versatility and comfort
  • Up to 850 FPM (feet-per-minute) for true corded performance
  • Remove up to 325 g of material per charge
  • Tool-free belt tracking maximizes user control and convenience
  • Ability to hook up to a wet/dry vacuum hose (not included) for dust collection
  • Lock-on switch reduces user fatigue
  • Front-mounted motor for even weight-distribution
  • GRIPZONE overmold with micro-texture for optimum grip and user comfort
  • Includes: P450 belt sander, dust bag and 80-grit sandpaper belt

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Battery: 18 Volt
  • Belt: 3 x 18 in.
  • Belt Speed: up to 850 FPM
  • Tool Weight: 7.6 lbs.

WARRANTY

Ryobi offers a 3 YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY on this tool, which in my opinion is a good amount of time. 

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Ryobi Cordless 18V ONE+ Palm Router Tool Review

By Ashley Basnight
on May 11, 2017
13 comments

Ryobi Cordless 18V ONE+ Palm Router Tool Review

This review is sponsored by the Home Depot as a part of The Home Depot's Pro-Spective Campaign. 

I was chosen along with several other bloggers to be apart of Home Depots Pro-Spective Campaign for the upcoming year and I am excited to be sharing my first review for the Ryobi Cordless 18V ONE+ Palm Router.

In my experience, routers have always been powerful tools, so I was definitely excited to get my hands on this bad boy to see what it could do, and to no surprise this little thing has definitely got some power behind her.

WHATS INCLUDED

 The box comes packed with two items. The Ryobi 18V ONE+ Palm Router (Bare Tool) and a collet wrench. So YES, you do have to purchase a battery separately to operate this tool, unless you're a Ryobi user (like me) and have plenty lying around.  

 

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TESTING THE ROUTER

 I couldn't have this Palm Router without getting the 15-Piece Router Bit Set. This set offers an assortment of bits ideal for decorative edging, trimming and joining. This set makes the palm router seem much more worth it.
 To test the Palm Router, I used 3 bits. An edging bit, trimming bit and a joining bit. Just to see how each bit worked with the router.
The Ryobi router has one speed operating at 29,000 PM. The router gave out  plenty of power when cutting through pine but I don't know that the router really lives up to the 600 linear feat. in one charge spec. , but it is fairly close. Overall, I was very pleased with the functioning of the tool and am certain that I will get much use out of it.
 

SWITCHING OUT BITS

Switching out the bits was a fairly easy process. Check out this short video on how to install/remove a bit.

FAVORITE FEATURES 

DEPTH ADJUSTMENT

The Palm Router is equipped with a quick release lever for easy depth adjustment. In my experience this feature makes depth adjustment much easier compared to other tools I have used. It also has micro-adjustment for precise depth control. This dual adjustment method gives the user an option to either roughly adjust to a depth quickly or adjust accurately with the micro-adjustment.

LED LIGHT

The Palm Router comes equipped with an LED light that illuminates your workspace while cutting. It isn't entirely bright but in my experience it does help.

CORDLESS

I think just about everyone loves a cordless tool, but it is one of my main reasons for loving this palm router. Luckily, the bare tool works with all 18V batteries. My recommended battery is the 18V Compact LITHIUM+ Battery because it gives an equal balance of power and weight. Be sure to check out RYOBI Tools for current online specials, they have specials often.

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HOW COULD IT BE BETTER?

Variable Speed

If I were using a really wide cutting head, it would be helpful to have variable speeds but being that this trim router isn't necessarily made for using wide cutting heads it makes not having variable speed acceptable, but of course it would be preferred, as I'm sure not having variable speed would pose more of a problem with higher quality wood.

Router Fence

So I saw this on the Ridgid compact router, but Ridgid has a little router fence that's included with their  corded compact router that helps guide you when routing. I think that would be a cool thing to incorporate/include with this Ryobi palm router.

 

The Ryobi Cordless 18V ONE+ Palm Router retails for $69.00 at the Home Depot.

    FEATURES

    • Battery : 18V
    • Bulb: LED
    • Collet Size: 1/4"
    • Speed: 29,000 RPM (No-Load Speed)
    • Tool Weight: 2.8 lbs

    SPECIFICATIONS

    • Cuts over 600 linear ft. per charge
    • Up to 29,000 RPM
    • Features Micro-adjustment for precise depth control
    • Die-cast base for maximum durability

    WARRANTY

    Ryobi offers a 3 YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY on this tool, which in my opinion is a good amount of time. 

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    Hi, I'm Ashley and I am a engineer by day and a woodworking/DIY machine by night. I have a new found love for DIY and woodworking and I look forward to sharing my journey with you! Click my photo to learn more!

    From the Blog

    EntryWay Storage Chest

    EntryWay Storage Chest

    June 17, 2017

    I love partnering with fellow builders and today I'm presenting a build by Mandi of HoneySuckle & Sawdust!. She built this...

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    DIY Coffee Table Round-Up

    DIY Coffee Table Round-Up

    June 12, 2017

    Coffee Tables seem to be a very popular build within the woodworking community! So I wanted to round up some of...

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    Rustic V Wall Decor

    Rustic V Wall Decor

    May 30, 2017

    As some of you know, I was chosen to be one of Weaber Lumber’s Winter Brand Reps, and I have...

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