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#2189 of 2238 Re: likewise using Ryobi cordless [subi4obs]
Nov 02, 2006 (3:27 am)
Too late for me to edit my other message...
Another reason I would get that Ryobi buffer is because I already misplaced the AC adapter/charger for the Chicago Electric buffer! Well, not exactly misplaced or lost.
What happened is this, I put the buffer on a shelf in my shed and put the charger indoors with a bunch of other AC adapters I already had for everything from printers to phones. When I went to use it recently (to try and help with a recent bug&tar removal) I discovered there wasn't anything with the brand name or 18 Volts written on it. Closest match was something like a 20 Volt DC output. I used that to charge the battery and it seemed alright. Thing of it is, I'm still not absolutely sure what goes with it.
At least when you have one specific battery type, along with tools and charger used for that, there's no mistaking what goes with what. ;^)
I, too, would like to hear from anyone with that buffer. Maybe I can find someplace talking about it. I used to go to a Ryobi forum so I'll check there.
Searched there and I think only one person tells about a bad pad on a buffer but doesn't say which one, could be their corded not cordless.
One other Ryobi tool I'd like to use is their Stapler/Nailer but unfortunately I've heard it isn't (or wasn't if changes were ever made) all that good. I almost always have something to staple eventually.
Remembered the name of the kit I got, called The Works. Also, I added a spiral (or speed) saw to it this summer. Thinking of getting the Inflator next-- for my Subaru's tires, of course.
#2190 of 2238 Re: likewise using Ryobi cordless [subi4obs]
Nov 02, 2006 (7:10 am)
I'm a step ahead of you, and searched the Ryobi tool forum, but no posts on the orbital buffer yet. I may post the question directly and see if there are any responses.
I got one of the smaller kits (drill, light, reciprocating saw, circular saw & vacuum, charger & 2 batteries). The basic kit was on sale at HD a year ago for $129. I have since added the jig saw, corner cat sander, right angle drill, another charger & 2 batteries, and now the impact driver.
The story on the stapler/nailer is that it was withdrawn, and replaced by a stapler only. Some reported problems with the wide stapler anvil marring workpieces when driving smaller headed nails. So the new unit is a dedicated tool.
#2191 of 2238 Re: likewise using Ryobi cordless [fibber2]
Nov 02, 2006 (9:10 am)
Sounds alright to me, Steve, I have a cheap corded Stanley stapler/nailer and I never could get the brads into wood so I just use staples.
I've wanted a cordless one a long time. Having to plug into a wall for power can be trouble. Case in point, stapling to repair parts of my deck-turned-screenroom while 10' up on a ladder with the 8' wire plus extension. Hated being tethered like that. Same goes for drilling, sawing, whatever. I was an AC-only guy until a few years ago and I am loving the change! Maybe cordless stuff can't always replace AC but I'm not missing those other power tools much.
#2192 of 2238 Re: likewise using Ryobi cordless [subi4obs]
Nov 03, 2006 (7:09 am)
Got an answer, Bob.
I posted a question on the cordless buffer, and got one real answer. Still, I would have liked to hear from someone who had a broader experience base (as in how this compares to a premium corded, like the P-C that Ken uses).
#2193 of 2238 Re: likewise using Ryobi cordless [fibber2]
Nov 03, 2006 (10:15 am)
Thanks, after reading that I got to thinking about things I don't know yet, mainly the 4000 RPM speed.
My Chicago Electric buffer is variable 0-2500 RPM. I've seen nothing about the Ryobi being variable. I remember thinking full speed was plenty fast if I got too light-handed. There would be a chance then that 4000 RPM-- even though that's no-load speed-- might fling wax everywhere. I don't know, this being my first buffer and used only once makes the whole thing that much more difficult to decide on anything.
When I got the CE buffer I was only thinking of cordless and large to make waxing easy. Now I realize the big size can be a problem.
Anyway... I am curious about the relatively high speed and any possibility of it being variable. Maybe I'll find out at a Home Depot.
#2194 of 2238 Re: likewise using Ryobi cordless [fibber2]
Nov 03, 2006 (3:05 pm)
Saw that and one more thought came to mind -- what kind of pad accessories are available for it? Aside from having the proper motion (random, dual action) the type of pad you use makes a huge difference in the outcome.
The easiest to use systems have a velcro-backed plate you attach to the buffer. Then you attach foam pads (different based on the application) that have the mating side of the velcro strip on them. The pads are very secure and are easy to remove and replace.
Too bad you didn't live nearby -- I'd loan you my PC to try out!
#2195 of 2238 Re: likewise using Ryobi cordless [kens]
Nov 03, 2006 (9:11 pm)
Lets go one better. If I get back to my favorite vendor in Sunnyvale in early December and buy you dinner, will you bring the PC along and teach me all there is to know about wax on - wax off??? I'm sure that Kate & Jim would like to learn as well!!!
No, you are right. There is a lot to like about cordless, but the buffer "system" sounds like it is immature as a product. Gee, Ken. They need a good product manager to make it right! Then you can even play a part in the commercial shoot!
Just busting on you...
#2196 of 2238 Re: likewise using Ryobi cordless [fibber2]
Nov 04, 2006 (10:50 am)
PC detailing 101 -- no problem!
If you don't mind carrying back extra luggage, I have this old corded random orbital buffer that I don't use anymore. I think it's a Car and Driver branded model that I picked up at Target many years ago. It's yours if you want it.
#2197 of 2238 renewed my OCD membership
Dec 12, 2006 (1:47 pm)
by installing the snow tires (albeit it a week *after* the 17" snowfall) on DW's MPV over the past weekend. It was about 40F and windy, but I still washed both sets of wheels (as well as waxed the steelies).
#2198 of 2238 Re: renewed my OCD membership [subearu]
Dec 12, 2006 (1:52 pm)
I actually have a set, too. Maybe this weekend.
I gotta change the stereo in the Miata first, though. It was skipping, then the lights started to go out. Now it's dark AND skips. So I got a cheap MP3 player, but I'm putting it in myself.