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Ryobi Lithium starter kit was £149.99 now £79.86 @ Screwfix
Ryobi Lithium starter kit was £149.99 now £79.86 @ Screwfix

Ryobi Lithium starter kit was £149.99 now £79.86 @ Screwfix

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I was looking at getting the Lithium battery and charger pack for £99, but found this instead. Just picked one up from Shrewsbury and it had the 2.4Ah battery, not 2.0 as listed. Here's the website blurb...

Powerful Combi with clutch override for quick mode changes. Supplied with carry bag and super charger suitable for all One+ batteries.

* 1 x 2.0Ah Li-Ion Battery
* 1hr Charger
* 2-Speed
* 13mm Keyless Chuck
* 24 Torque Settings
* Electric Brake
* Automatic Spindle Lock
* Soft-Grip Handle

CHI-1802L/BG, 1 x 18V 2.0Ah lithium-ion battery, super charger, 2 x screwdriver bits, hex adaptor, depth stop, auxiliary handle and tool bag.

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Cracking deal, wish it had of been 2 batteries - would of bought instantly.

These batteries are already about to be replaced by a new range of smaller lithium batteries along with a new range of compact one+ tools. Great buy if you have a lot of the old range of one+ tools. If not I would wait for the new range.

Ryobi are fine for light diy use. If you are a heavy user or trade then I would opt for a better make. It might cost more at first but you will not have to replace your batteries 3 months after purchase. I have been there and done that.

Is this better value than the £80 Makita kit with three NiCd batteries? After all, however long the battery lasts, if you only have one then when it goes flat you have to wait while it charges.

The Makita is also a hammer drill, but is no doubt quite a bit heavier than this one, so there's that decision to make.

I personally would go for the Makita all day long. As you say, the battery at somestage is going to go flat and need charging. You may be lucky and get the whole day out of it, but if your doing something like decking, the 3 battery NiCd offer, to me, is the best. One of the batteries would be permanently charged.

Also on a plus, Makita as a manufacturer, you can't go wrong!!

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Marty,

The new batteries are 1.4Ah, but still fit the existing range of tools as they are the same connection pattern. Obviously, as it is only 1.4Ah, it has a shorter run time too.

pibpob;4327362

Is this better value than the £80 Makita kit with three NiCd batteries? … Is this better value than the £80 Makita kit with three NiCd batteries? After all, however long the battery lasts, if you only have one then when it goes flat you have to wait while it charges.The Makita is also a hammer drill, but is no doubt quite a bit heavier than this one, so there's that decision to make.



Where can you get that deal on the Makita's though? it expired a while ago. The only deal I have seen is the 12v drill/driver for £59 here tools4trade.com/d-1…spx anyone know if that is a good deal, it's only 12v but that might be enough for me for DIY.

don't forget that NiCad batteries do not hold their charge when stored - so for a casual DIYer leaving fully charged batteries until the next job around the house, if a few weeks has gone by then nearly all the charge will have drained away.Lithium Ion batteries will retain nearly all their charge

Buy a better make for a few £££ extra than this though for light use around the house ok. Not any good for concret though

I'm always one to recommend Ryobi, even though my main gear is Makita. Got a few bits from Ryobi and they are solid bits of kits. I'll still class them as light trade. This particular drill is not particularly good value. Your are just paying the extra money on the bats. The drill is a same as a bog standard 18V Ryobi drill.

Wingnut;4327872

Where can you get that deal on the Makita's though? it expired a while … Where can you get that deal on the Makita's though? it expired a while ago.

Oh! I stand corrected. I'm surprised as it had been around for ages and I only got mine about a month ago - guess I was lucky.

snedger;4328844

don't forget that NiCad batteries do not hold their charge when stored

I take your point but they retain charge for a few months - they are better than NiMH. And with a half hour charger, if they're flat then 5 minutes is enough to get you going; slap one of the other ones in if you think you'll need to go on for longer. Moot point though as that offer's no longer on.

Original Poster

TeddyT;4335377

This particular drill is not particularly good value. Your are just … This particular drill is not particularly good value. Your are just paying the extra money on the bats. The drill is a same as a bog standard 18V Ryobi drill.



Ahh yes, but to buy the supplied battery and charger costs £99

For light use around the house with occasional use for heavier drilling would folks here reckon that the Screwfix Dewalt twin pack deal be a better combined pack rather than getting this as a single drill?

I notice that this coupon runs out today so will be buying one of them when I get home

TA,

BTW it is a 2.4Ah Li-on battery and not 2.0Ah as stated.

Feels very solid, and states a 13mm drilling capacity into masonary so should be ok as a single multi purpose drill, feels as powerful as corded drills I have used.
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