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    Here's my delimna: I have quite a few ryobi 18v tools including an old "5 pack" blue set and a new green li ion set. I've had the green set for 15 mos and yesterday my li ion battery(1 of 2) died. Off ebay I can get a ryobi 18v green impact driver with 2 green li ion batteries shipping and all for $200 or I can get a refurb RIGID 18v "5 pack" for $249. I hope/wonder/expect the Lifetime Service Agreement will apply to this item since its sold by Home Depot. It seems that even though I'm only a homeowner, that the rigid is better built by some distance. Any advice from you Rigid techies?

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    Re: Refurb Rigid vs Ryobi

    Ryobi has a 2 year warranty on batteries, try making a claim on that.

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      Re: Refurb Rigid vs Ryobi

      Sorry but the Lifetime Service Agreement does not cover refurbished tools even though they may be sold by Home Depot.
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        Re: Refurb Rigid vs Ryobi

        I've looked on the ryobi web site and can't find any mention of a 2 yr warranty on their batteries. All I can find is a one year warranty. Also thanks for all the input, it really helps.

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          Re: Refurb Rigid vs Ryobi

          Badger Dave,

          Given that the LSA doesn't cover reconditioned tools, which way would you go? Ryobi or Rigid given the dollar values above. I understand the rigid is better built, is their li ion batteries better as well?

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            Re: Refurb Rigid vs Ryobi

            Originally posted by billyalexander View Post
            I've looked on the ryobi web site and can't find any mention of a 2 yr warranty on their batteries. All I can find is a one year warranty. Also thanks for all the input, it really helps.
            The only box I had is a One+ spiral saw that says 2 years. I am 99% sure that the NiCad batteries are 2 years as well (at least earlier this year). I would call Ryobi customer service at 1-800-525-2579 and ask. The worst that can happen is they say no.

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              Re: Refurb Rigid vs Ryobi

              Originally posted by billyalexander View Post
              Given that the LSA doesn't cover reconditioned tools, which way would you go? Ryobi or Rigid given the dollar values above. I understand the rigid is better built, is their li ion batteries better as well?
              I would suggest that since you got a few Ryobi tools and only 1 defective Lithium battery (that should be covered under warranty), I would just add the Ryobi impact tool-only $69 after confirmation of battery replacement. Ryobi is making a name for itself with it products especially since the new Lithium batteries fit their older products (blue) and provide comparable performance to more expensive tools.

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              • #8
                Re: Refurb Rigid vs Ryobi

                Originally posted by reConx View Post
                Ryobi is making a name for itself with it products especially since the new Lithium batteries fit their older products (blue) and provide comparable performance to more expensive tools.
                The electrician and carpenter where I work both use Ryobi cordless drills. I even saw a Ryobi drill in one of the pictures in the professional plumbing forum this evening.

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                  Re: Refurb Rigid vs Ryobi

                  Originally posted by billyalexander View Post
                  Badger Dave,

                  Given that the LSA doesn't cover reconditioned tools, which way would you go? Ryobi or Rigid given the dollar values above. I understand the rigid is better built, is their li ion batteries better as well?
                  You have to keep in mind that the definition of quality can vary from person to person. In my world, Ryobi tools are considered low quality and I wouldn't have any in my shop. YRMV.
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                    Re: Refurb Rigid vs Ryobi

                    Ryobi tools have a bad reputation becasue of their price/Home Depot availability, everyone uses them they just dont admit it.... kind of like porn on the internet! Everybody looks at it or else it wouldnt have such a foot hold in society... no one will admit it though!!!

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