In a cordless power tool industry that’s struggling to bring new battery systems to market, Ryobi’s taking a slightly different tack: they’re keeping their batteries the same, shooting instead to make it easier and more cost-effective for you to cut the cord on all your power tools.
Ryobi offers all tools in the “One+” series in both a “kit” form (with batteries and a charger) and in a “bare tool” form for use with your existing Ryobi 18V batteries/charger. The “One+” concept is simple: you can start out with one existing 18V Ryobi tool — or purchase a tool in “kit” form — then add to your collection inexpensively by purchasing “bare tools” to use with your exisitng accessories.
Combo kits are also available, though Ryobi encourages you to “roll your own” from their complete One+ line, which includes (among others):
- numerous drill/drivers and hammerdrills
- a right angle “close quarters” drill
- a laminate trimmer
- a 5-1/2″ circular saw (w/laser)
- a 10″ chain saw
- a variable-speed orbital jigsaw
- a variable-speed reciprocating saw
- a rotary cutter
- an 8-1/4″ miter saw
- a caulk & adhesive gun
- a finish sander
- a nailer/stapler
- a flashlight
- a handheld wet/dry vac
Pricing on the “bare” tools and batteries is quite reasonable. For example, a single One+ system battery sells for $24.99, and a 1/2″ variable speed cordless hammer drill sells for $49.97. Ryobi offers a number of combo kits ranging from the “starter kit plus” (drill, flashlight, circ saw, and sander) up to “the works” (drill, circ saw, recip saw, jig saw, chain saw, wet/dry vac, flashlight, and accessories).
If you’re considering jumping on the One+ bandwagon, Home Depot should be your first stop as they’re now the exclusive Ryobi source. Your local store should have a variety of One+ tools in stock for you to check out in person.