Good morning everyone! Hope everyone is having an awesome weekend and getting things done with your tools!
Today we are going to take a good look at the Ryobi cordless tool combo kits.
The Ryobi Seisakusho Company was founded way back in 1943 and have been producing power tools since 1968. So, I think this company will be around for a long time. Why is that important? Because you don’t want to be the guinea pig for a company that hasn’t been producing products for very long and haven’t worked out their own bugs. As I stated in my about me section, in my younger days, I would look first at price when looking at new tools and I have been bitten before. I cannot stress enough the importance of looking at VALUE and QUALITY. Tools are one of the things in life that you get what you pay for. So, let’s dig into Ryobi the company and then we’ll look at their P883 combo kit.
Ryobi was founded in Japan in 1943 building die cast products. The company’s name changed in 1973 to Ryobi and in 1985 began production in Shelbyville, In. Their partner company, Techtronic Industries, manufactures parts for them and other brands such as Rigid and Craftsman. I like to know that when I’m purchasing a brand that is not as well known as others, that at least their materials are in other well known brands. Ok, now you know where they come from. Let’s look at the P883.
The Ryobi P883 cordless combo kit is a very versatile four tool kit. It is built on their 18 volt lithium-ion, ONE battery platform which means the same battery will work on over 70 tools! That’s awesome! The kit includes a 5-1/2″ circular saw, reciprocating saw, 1/2″ drill, work light, two batteries, charger and carrying bag. That’s a kit you can get things done with! Now let’s break this thing down further and look into each tool.
5-1/2″ Circular Saw
Comes with 5-1/2″ carbide tip blade for general purpose cutting and with the 18 volt ONE battery, it can run for hours on one charge! The base is adjustable so you can do bevel and angle cuts and requires no tools to adjust. The blade is on the left side of the tool. Being right handed myself, I prefer this configuration over the old style circular saws where the blades were on the right hand side and you had to lean over the tool, while running, to see the line you were cutting! How did I live through that?
Great for cutting pretty much anything depending on your blade choice. Cut a piece of pipe, change blades and go trim a tree or something. Equipped with the quick change blade clamp, which I absolutely love. Nothing worse than a lost hex key when you need to change a blade! Comes with two general purpose blades and, like the circular saw, works with the same 18 volt ONE battery for hours!
WOW! You don’t find a lot of 1/2″ heavy duty cordless drills on the market that don’t have a heavy duty price tag! This drill, with the 24 position keyless chuck, can power through about anything with brute force or drive a tiny little screw with precision. Like the other tools, this drill runs on the same batteries and will keep you busy for hours without having to stop what you are doing to change a dang battery!
It’s no TacLight but, wait, it’s better! The work light in this kit has an incredible output of 1000 lumens where a TacLight has 60 lumens on solid beam mode. The work light sits on a solid base and will stay where you put it. It features a swivel head to direct light where you need it and yes, uses the same batteries as the other tools.
Batteries and Charger
By now you have probably realized that I’m pretty impressed with the ONE system Ryobi has created. Not that other manufacturers don’t produce batteries that work in most or all of their tools but the fact that the Ryobi ONE platform works in over 70 of their green and blue series tools. The lithium-ion batteries produce up to 20 percent more runtime, hold a charge 4 times longer and weigh about 45 percent less than their Ni-Cad counterparts and an extra or replacement battery won’t cost you an arm and a leg at a cost around $40 USD. The charger features Ryobi’s patented Intelliport Technology which protects your batteries, maximize battery life and will conserve energy. So if you leave a battery in the charger, it will not overcharge and shorten the life of the battery.
Overall, I’m pretty impressed with the Ryobi Cordless Tool Combo Kit. Sure there are many tools on the market that are in some minds “better” but you just don’t see cordless tools that provide the incredible value for the price.
I hope this article helps your decision when making your next purchase.
What do you think of Ryobi? I would love to hear from you in the comments!