Ryobi P421 18V One Angle Grinder
H aving bought the Bosch GWS 8-100 CE Variable Speed Angle Grinder a number of months back and used it on some tile renovation works, I thought having a cordless grinder would be the next best thing to own. And that’s how the Ryobi Angle Grinder P421 18V One came into my collection.
The Ryobi P421 is a cordless angle grinder that operates on 18V lithium-ion battery, and being already on the manufacturer’s One series of cordless power tools and owning the charger and several battery packs, buying the Ryobi P421 didn’t need much convincing. The ability to buy this tool bare (without charger and battery) also meant cost affordable ownership.
At the time of purchase, cordless angle grinders weren’t as common, as grinders require a lot of power and lower battery voltages at 10.8V and 12V were quite unlikely to be able to cater to this requirement. The Milwaukee M12 12-volt series certainly didn’t have it, although an 18-volt brushless motor M18 version is now available.
Just to sidetrack a little, I was on Milwaukee’s M12 series and own a number of their power tools in this series, but none on the M18. I was, however, already on the 18V One series by Ryobi, so buying the P421 just made a lot more sense, of course.
As mentioned, the Ryobi P421 runs on 18V and is suited for high power applications. It is cordless, so that means one would not be bogged down by cumbersome cables or extension cords, or the need to search for power source. Running on DC current also means safety against electrical hazards when working in wet areas, and the Ryobi P421 would do well in DIY work at bathrooms and wet garages. And speaking of garage, I foresee the Ryobi P421 Angle Grinder to be a very suitable tool for auto work at the place where my car is usually park – well-lit but without any power socket outlets.
Trigger and Lock-Off Switches
The angle grinder uses 4½-inch grinding wheel and delivers up to 6,500 revolutions per minute of grinding speed and precision. Operation begins by depressing the trigger switch at the usual spot on the underside of the angle grinder, but on the Ryobi P421, an additional lock-off switch on the opposite site at the top will need to be depressed first. This is a safety mechanism that prevents the accidental and unintended operation of the angle grinder.
“…I would prefer to do without this additional switch as with most other angle grinders, but ultimately, safety is still top priority.”
While the lock-off switch is located at a convenient spot at the top of the handle and can be depressed without much thought when properly holding the angle grinder for work, I found that it did feel a little uncomfortable having this moving part in contact with the fleshy part of my palm. I have only run the angle grinder in short bursts, and I am not sure if extended use for long period grinding work would make it feel any more comfortable, or eventually getting used to that sensation. I can’t say for now, but it isn’t really a big deal. Personally, I would prefer to do without this additional switch as with most other angle grinders, but ultimately, safety is still a top priority.
Auxiliary Side Handle
Like most other grinders in the market, the Ryobi P421 comes with an auxiliary side handle that allows for two-handed use. This side handle can be mounted at three different spots at the 3-, 9-, and 12-o’clock positions, for enhanced ergonomics and working ease.
And one other thing I have to highlight, as I had done with all my previews and reviews of Ryobi One series of power tools, is the ingenuity of the manufacturer to keep ancillaries on the power tool itself. For the Ryobi P421, the wrench used to tighten the clamp nut on the spindle with every wheel change is stored within the side handle itself. This is really clever and makes it convenient for the tool user, without needing to reach out for the wrench kept elsewhere, and reduces the likelihood of this wrench ever going missing and being misplaced.
Tool-free Grind Wheel Guard
Again, like most angle grinders, the Ryobi P421 comes with a semi-circular grind wheel guard as standard. However, unlike most others, adjustment of this wheel guard position does not require any tool, and can be simply rotated through its multiple notched locked positions on the angle grinder. This makes shifting the guard on the fly to suit a variety of job conditions possible. Seems Ryobi give a lot of thought in making tool usage easier and convenient for the tool operator.
|Rotation speed||6,500 revs/min (no load)|
|Saw blade||4½-inch diameter|
|Weight||2.2 kg (4.8 lbs)|
I have not had the pleasure of using the Ryobi P421 on an actual job, and hence this article remains as a preview (rather than a review) for now. All observations above were based on running the tools dry, without applying it on a work material. Grinding jobs are less common in my field of work, and I would love to put this angle grinder to the test the moment the opportunity presents itself. Of course, I could always go grind on some waste metal somewhere, but I think I will just wait for a more realistic use for it. When I do, I’ll post the updates here.
The 8 Best Cordless Leaf Blowers of 2023, Tested and Reviewed
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If you dread the inevitable leaf-raking that comes with fall, you may want to consider investing in a cordless leaf blower, which can help reduce the hassle of your fall-time yard work and let you roam around your yard without having to worry about cord management.
Speaking on the benefits of cordless leaf blowers (specifically battery-operated options), Deane Biermeier, a member of The Spruce Home Improvement Review Board and Certified Lead Carpenter, says: “Although cordless leaf blowers are less powerful than corded or gas-powered models, there is virtually no maintenance to perform other than charging the batteries. They’re perfect for clearing leaves from small yards or yards with very few leaf-shedding trees.”
We tested 27 electric leaf blowers (including 17 cordless) in our Lab in Des Moines, Iowa, where we methodically evaluated each unit’s ease of assembly and use, battery life, noise levels, and effectiveness. We tested for effectiveness under a range of scenarios, timing how quickly each leaf blower cleared dry leaves from a patch of grass, dry leaves from a patch of concrete, and damp leaves from a patch of grass. We also tested to see if each blower had the strength to move 0.25-, 0.5-, and 1-ounce trimmer line weights, as well as the precision to easily wrangle leaves in a box we drew with chalk on concrete. After our lab tests, we continued testing 10 models in our homes across the country for six months to evaluate their long-term durability and performance.
RYOBI 550 CFM 40-Volt Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Whisper Series Jet Fan Leaf Blower
We love how quietly the Ryobi 40V Brushless 125 MPH 550 CFM Cordless Battery Whisper Series Jet Fan Blower with 4.0 Ah Battery and Charger operates. While its product description says it has a noise rating of 59 dB, our personal measurement with a decibel meter showed its noise rating to be 40.2 dB. We also confirmed the same decibel rating while testing in one of our homes. We also found it to be just as powerful as some gas models.
Despite its quiet operation, the unit offers a good amount of power in the form of a 550 CFM airflow capacity and a 125 mph airflow speed. In our lab tests, the Ryobi cleared a patch of grass from dry leaves in 27 seconds and from damp leaves in 28 seconds. It was significantly quicker at clearing the patch of concrete from dry leaves, finishing the job in just 11 seconds.
We also found the machine easy to start up, with the single press of a button. We did have some discrepancies in maneuverability, with our lab results describing the blower as easy to heft, while in a real-world scenario, we found this blower difficult to manage. “When my husband uses it, he doesn’t quickly notice any fatigue or issues with its weight,” our at-home testing team member said. “He is a bigger, stronger guy. When I carry it, it does seem heavy to me, and the weight of the battery makes me tire faster. This may not be a great choice for smaller people.”
The battery was another issue for our at-home testing team member, saying she got only 15 minutes from a charge. “Anyone using this should definitely invest in at least one more battery,” she said. She also found the chute somewhat long, which she said made it sometimes not very maneuverable in tight corners. These discrepancies could be due to our team member’s height, but we still find them to be valuable Комментарии и мнения владельцев for any shorter users searching for a leaf blower. Again, those downsides don’t keep us from recommending this as an affordable, quiet solution to keep your yard tidy when the leaves fall.
How It Performed Long-Term
Although we had some usability issues since our at-home testing team member was shorter, we still appreciate this blower’s overall design and powerful motor after several months of regular use. The Turbo Mode is especially handy for cleaning off big piles of leaves as well.
Price at time of publish: 199
Maximum Air Speed: 125 mph | Maximum Air Volume: 550 CFM | Weight: 9.7 pounds | Motor Type: Brushless | Noise Rating: 59 dB
WORX WG584 40V Turbine Cordless Leaf Blower Power Share with Brushless Motor
The WORX 40V Turbine Cordless Leaf Blower Power Share with Brushless Motor lets you choose from an airflow capacity of 300 to 470 CFM and from an airflow speed of 60, 69, 80, or 95 mph. We appreciated that the unit was so lightweight and surprisingly quiet for the amount of power it had. It cleared the patch of grass with dry leaves in 12.9 seconds, which was the fastest clocked time among all the other models on this list for that specific test. It cleared the patch of grass with damp leaves in 52 seconds and the patch of concrete with dry leaves in a considerably faster 12.7 seconds.
This unit is made up of three pieces. While we had no issue following the assembly instructions and finished setting the leaf blower up in less than two minutes, we struggled a bit when attaching the final piece. We wish this unit allowed us to have better control over the airflow, since we were unable to round up the leaves in the box we drew with chalk on a concrete sidewalk. However, we were pleased with its power, as it easily pushed each trimmer line a 10-foot distance. We were also pleased with its long battery life, and we never noticed a decline in power during use.
How It Performed Long-Term
After six months of regular use, we think this leaf blower is a great, inexpensive tool. While it may not be the best for precise jobs, it’s variable speed and lightweight design make it an effective and comfortable option for quickly clearing your yard of leaves.
Price at time of publish: 220
Maximum Air Speed: 95 mph | Maximum Air Volume: 470 CFM | Weight: 7.3 pounds | Motor Type: Brushless | Noise Rating: 102.1 dB
Greenworks Pro 80V Cordless Backpack Leaf Blower
We initially had some hesitancies about the efficacy and overall comfort of backpack blowers, but this model from Greenworks completely dispelled any doubts. This backpack blower is comfortable to wear, easy to use, and expedites the leaf-clearing process. This model also was quieter than some other backpack leaf blowers we tested. It has a trigger-activated variable-speed throttle and a cruise control option that provides constant airflow as needed. We especially appreciated the multiple power options during lab testing, since the trigger offers more precise airflow, but the turbo mode and cruise control have a lot of power behind them.
Greenworks estimates that the fully charged 2.5Ah battery lasts only around 18 minutes if run continuously at its highest speed. We noted it ran far longer during our at-home testing because we were able to blow an entire backyard multiple times before recharging. This blower also has a charger that quickly restores power to the battery in just 45 minutes.
Despite its variable speed, this model still isn’t the most powerful of those we tested—its maximum air speed is 145 mph, and maximum airflow is 580—but it works well in smaller yards. However, we loved using this backpack blower and think it’s a great alternative to traditional leaf blower models.
How It Performed Long-Term
While a backpack blower may not be best for every yard, we think this backpack blower is a great compromise for homeowners with smaller yards. “This was the easiest year of picking up leaves I’ve ever had!” our at-home testing team member said. We enjoyed using this blower to not only clear leaves but also blow debris off a back deck and front porch.
Price at time of publish: 350
Maximum Air Speed: 180 mph | Maximum Air Volume: 610 CFM | Weight: 14.64 pounds | Motor Type: Brushless | Noise Rating: 87 dB
Echo 2-Stroke Cycle Handheld Leaf Blower
The Echo Gas 2-Stroke Cycle Leaf Blower manages to be a powerful gas model—with an airflow capacity of up to 453 CFM and an airflow speed of up to 170 mph—without being too loud, too unwieldy, or too high maintenance. We’d like to note that we have not had a chance to test this blower in our lab or at home, so our assessment is based on research alone. This model has a 70 dB noise rating, an 8.6-pound weight, and, according to users, manageable maintenance and cleaning requirements. Since this is a gas model, regular maintenance is required to keep it functioning properly, which is something to consider before purchasing it. Also note that a shoulder harness is not included with this leaf blower, though the unit does have shoulder harness points, so you have the option of buying a harness separately and attaching it to the leaf blower.
The unit relies on a recoil start (so you need to pull a cord to start operating it), but users say it’s a quick, easy, and fairly smooth start-up process. Further contributing to its user-friendliness is a translucent tank that allows you to easily monitor your fuel levels as you operate the unit, as well as an air filter that’s made to help keep the engine clean. It has a curved tube as well, which is designed to mitigate strain placed on your arms and wrist and thus help prevent them from quickly growing weary. There’s also a cruise control mode, which can help further minimize the taxing nature of your yard work.
Price at time of publish: 249
Maximum Air Speed: 125 mph | Maximum Air Volume: 450 CFM | Weight: 6.7 pounds | Motor Type: Brushless | Noise Rating: 66 dB
After using our meticulous testing methodology to evaluate and compare 27 leaf blowers, our top pick is the Ryobi ONE 18V 100 MPH 280 CFM Cordless Battery Variable-Speed Jet Fan Leaf Blower. The model is light enough to easily operate with one hand and powerful enough to quickly clear leaves under different circumstances, ultimately offering a well-rounded design at a good price point. If you’re looking for a backpack model, the Greenworks Pro 80V Cordless Backpack Leaf Blower is our favorite. The unit is comfortable to wear, and it also has a substantial 610 CFM airflow capacity and a speedy recharge time.
Other Options We Tested
Litheli 40V Cordless Leaf Blower: We didn’t have any trouble using this blower during our dry and wet leaf tests and the trimmer line tests, but we found that its trigger “lock” was confusing to use. You had to press down on the lock button while still holding the trigger, which made continuous operation a bit tiring, rather than providing relief. This blower was also very loud and did not neatly blow the leaves in one direction compared to other models we tested. CRAFTSMAN V20 Cordless Blower: As much as we appreciated this blower’s compact size, it took twice as long to accomplish all of our tests because it lacked blowing power. If the fishing lines fell into cracks in the sidewalk, this blower was unable to blow them out of the cracks, and we noticed our arm was feeling fatigued from trying to angle the blower in so many different ways.
How We Tested the Cordless Leaf Blowers
The Spruce tested 27 leaf blowers in The Lab, including 10 battery-operated cordless models. We followed a detailed testing methodology in order to properly test and evaluate each product’s effectiveness, battery life, ease of use, portability, noise level, and value. We provided ratings for each attribute based on our personal experiences with each unit, and we included the best performing units in this roundup. We timed how quickly each leaf blower could remove different types of leaves from different types of landscapes to test their effectiveness. We measured noise levels with a decibel meter, and we measured each unit’s weight when judging portability. We considered both noise level and portability in practical terms, too, noting whether the noise was tolerable or if the unit could be operated with one hand. When assessing battery life, we looked to see if the power output remained steady and if the battery life started to dwindle while in use. We considered how easy it was to access the controls, change between speeds and various attachments, and maneuver the device when rating ease of use. When it came down to value, we considered whether each unit offered too little, just enough, or more than expected for its price point. For our test, we spread out 0.75 pounds of leaves on a 10-foot by 10-foot patch of grass. Using the highest mode available for each leaf blower, we timed how quickly we were able to clear the leaves from the area. With each leaf blower, we performed this test again on the grass but using 0.75 pounds of damp leaves, and one more time on a patch of 10-foot by 10-foot concrete using dry leaves. In order to test if the units were garden-friendly, we spread out leaves around plants in a garden bed. Using each unit’s lowest setting, we used the units to clear the leaves from the garden and noted if their airflow caused any damage to the plants. When applicable, we tested a unit’s vacuum or mulching function as well. We also gathered leaves in a dense pile to test suction power and counted how many times we had to empty the leaf blower’s bag. At the end of our lab testing, we used the 10 cordless models in our homes across the country to evaluate their performance over time.
What to Look for in a Cordless Leaf Blower
Cordless leaf blowers are powered by either gas or electricity. Electric blowers tend to weigh less and produce less noise and air pollution, but they can overheat and generally aren’t as powerful. Gas-powered products, on the other hand, pack a punch when it comes to force, but they emit a number of gas pollutants and their maintenance is a little more complicated.
When thinking about how powerful a leaf blower you need, consider the size of your yard. If you have a large space with lots of trees, you’ll need a high-powered product with a high CFM (cubic feet per minute) rating—this means you’ll be able to move leaves and debris faster and more efficiently. Deane Biermeier, a member of The Spruce Home Improvement Review Board and Certified Lead Carpenter explains that “CFM measures the cubic feet per minute or volume of air coming out of the blower. You can think of it as the ‘size’ of the airflow. Bigger air will move more leaves at one time.’” He says a 500 CFM airflow capacity works well for typical residential yard work, but also says anywhere between a 300 CFM to 400 CFM airflow capacity is acceptable if you’re working with a smaller yard that doesn’t have too many trees. With an airflow capacity of 610 CFM, the Greenworks Pro 80V Cordless Backpack Leaf Blower can move the greatest volume of air compared to all the other models in our roundup.
Some leaf blowers have only one speed—which might work if you have a small yard and are mostly clearing away dry leaves. However, if you want to use your leaf blower for tougher jobs, you’re better off getting a variable-speed blower that you can adjust as needed. Our top pick, the Ryobi ONE 18V 100 MPH 280 CFM Cordless Battery Variable-Speed Jet Fan Leaf Blower, is a variable-speed model that lets you choose from different speed settings. However, our pick for the best variable-speed leaf blower is the WORX 40V Turbine Cordless Leaf Blower Power Share with Brushless Motor due to its handy and comprehensive range of settings for airflow speed and airflow capacity.
The main benefit of a cordless leaf blower is that you won’t be tethered to an extension cord during operation. With a corded leaf blower, you have to worry about finding an electrical outlet, finding an extension cord, and navigating around obstacles with the power cord. With a cordless leaf blower, you can get started more quickly and have unlimited mobility. Many cordless leaf blowers are also fairly lightweight, making them easier to handle.
In general, most battery-powered leaf blowers will last 20 to 30 minutes per charge. However, there are several variables that will affect how long a cordless leaf blower lasts. Gas-powered models will naturally last longer than battery-powered units, and they can be refueled immediately. The type of battery and speed at which your blower is operating will impact the runtime, as well. (In particular, running a leaf blower on its highest setting will drain its battery extremely quickly.) Looking at long-term life span. Biermeier warns that “most cordless leaf blowers aren’t considered heavy-duty models.” He says you can “expect about an 8 to 10-year life span before plastic parts wear down,” and for battery-operated models, depending on how frequently you use your leaf blower, “you’ll likely have to replace the batteries every few years.”
If you have a battery-powered cordless leaf blower, you’ll typically need to charge it after every use. Most models have a fairly limited runtime, so it’s best to start out with a full charge every time—otherwise, you run the risk of running out of battery power before you finish cleaning your yard. Also keep in mind that you may be able to conserve battery power by pulling out a rake for smaller, fast clearing jobs.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Sarah Toscano is a freelance writer for The Spruce, specializing in all things related to home tech and Smart home gadgets. With the exception of one model, all of the cordless leaf blowers listed in this roundup were tested in The Lab, where product testers followed a detailed testing methodology to assess each unit’s features. Toscano carefully researched the one model that wasn’t tested, as she read through pages of customer reviews, scoured discussion forums, and analyzed the product’s specs to evaluate the leaf blower.
Toscano also consulted with Deane Biermeier, a member of The Spruce Home Improvement Review Board and Certified Lead Carpenter, to learn more about the features, uses, and benefits of a good cordless leaf blower. Emma Phelps, an Updates Writer for The Spruce, assisted in refreshing this article with our latest long-term testing results. She also reviewed our product picks and highlighted several tested products that didn’t quite make our final list.
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Wen vs Ryobi | Which Brand Should I Choose in 2023?
Power tools are essential equipment for DIYers and carpenters as manufacturers primarily designed them for home repair jobs. While searching for high-quality, durable yet cheap tools, every buyer would definitely come across Wen Ryobi. Now the topic comes “Wen vs Ryobi.” Which brand is worthy of investment? Are Ryobi Wen tools any good?
As a simplified statement – both Wen and Ryobi have brought high-quality, versatile power tools within budget. So, the quality, durability, and longevity will be highly satisfying. He will obtain what he is paying. So, yes, both of these brands are worthy of your money.
Now, check our article below to grab an overall idea of which brand is the most suitable. Well, yeah, to some extent, it’s totally up to personal preferences. However, our content will clear up your concepts a bit and will lead to the right decision.
The Manufacturer Wen And Their History:
Wen is an American manufacturing company that started its journey in 1951 by holding the hands of Nick Anton. It showed the path of modern orbital technology. Its research and development team played an excellent role in bringing up new and fantastic Power tools. In fact, Wen has claimed to be the “power supplier” of the power tools. The main manufacturing factory of Wen is situated In China. However, don’t even think low about when just because its production company is Chinese. Its quality is enough to satisfy every pro-DIYer. Wen keeps their product stalk in California and Illinois.
They have produced a wide range of materials including –
- Electric soldering gun.
- Chain saw.
- Electronic jigsaw.
- Electric engraver.
- Wheel sharpeners.
In this modern age, Wen has manufactured a variety of power tools. Such as –
- Hand tools.
- Drill presses.
- Miter saws.
- Bench grinder.
- Bandsaws and Scroll Saws.
In the very beginning, the company came up to the light just by developing a few tools. Later on, it grew up more and enhanced its product range. In 2001, Wen sold almost 50 million power tools, including outdoor ones.
Actually, despite its significant contribution to the power tool sector, Wen is not a massive manufacturer. It earns around 16 million USD annually and gives employment to 100 people (maximum) at a time.
Ryobi Power Tools And Their Brief History:
The power tool manufacturing company started its journey in 1943 with Yutaka Urakami. As it was a Japanese company, at first, they named it ‘Ryobi Seisakusho.’ Manufacturing die cast tools were their main priority then. Later on, by 1961, they began to expand rapidly by being united with the Tokyo Stock Exchange. They also increased their production by introducing printing presses of standard size.
At last, in 1968, the authority noticed that they needed to fill up the Japanese power tool market to cope up with the advanced world. That’s exactly why the ‘Ryobi Seisakusho’ expanded their production of power tools.
At last, in 1973, the authority renamed the company as Ryobi and carried that name till now.
Now, they manufacture –
- Drill presses.
- Impact drive.
- Cordless brushless tools.
- Reciprocating saw.
- Electric Jigsaw.
- Compound miter saw, etc.
Ryobi is an independent company and maintains its production line up on its own. Both Wen and Ryobi have obtained licenses from one of the largest companies, Techtronic Industries. Unlike Wen, Ryobi is a vast company that has given employment to 10,000 people. Their yearly earning is around 2.25 billion USD.
Wen Vs. Ryobi: Which One Produces Better Quality Tools?
Quality is the first thing buyers need to check before making a purchase. As he is investing in it, expecting standard quality is pretty natural. As per our research, neither Wen nor Ryobi will disappoint you.
Quality Of Wen Power Tools:
The company WEN offers a decent and average quality that can impress users of all time. Consumers have stated that – WEN’s power tools are highly satisfying and durable. These handy tools perform as professional tools in both indoor and outdoor tasks.
Either it’s some home repairing, renovation, or DIYing job, Wen tools will be beneficial. However, they might not be durable enough to bear regular heavy usage. If a carpenter is searching for cheap yet highly effective power tools for light usage, the brand Wen won’t disappoint him.
If consistent and heavy-duty works are your thing, these tools might not be for you. Wen’s tools are decent quality tools that offer professional efficiency at a cheaper rate.
You might also be interested: Why are wen tools so cheap?
Many customers have commented that their outdoor tools are pretty durable and highly efficient, even for professional use. Once you use their power tools, you will know – Wen offers better tools though it was manufactured from Chinese factories.
You should also check my article about the best 11 wen power tools if you are looking to buy some of those too.
Overall Quality Of Ryobi Tools:
In the case of quality, Ryobi’s products seem similar to Wen. Their performance is also satisfactory while their price is relatively affordable. Many of their tools are above the average quality. Similarly, as WEN, Ryobi power tools are mainly suitable for light usage. Daily and heavy use might take a toll on the instruments. However, their performance is incredible during both home repair and DIY-related tasks. These tools are especially renowned for being highly portable, functional, and durable as well.
Like Wen, Chinese factories have also manufactured Ryobi tools. Obviously, they have maintained their quality and performance.
Both WEN and Ryobi tools have gained a huge fan base due to their outstanding qualities and low price. In terms of quality, Ryobi and Wen products are of similar quality. So, choosing any of them won’t bring any regrets.
Wen Vs. Ryobi: Which Brand Offers Better Warranty?
Warranty and longevity is an essential factor to consider when we are discussing “Wen vs Ryobi.” However, we had a hard time while collecting warranty information about WEN.
As per our research, Wen Power tools come up with a 90-day from the date of making a purchase. Thus, the company will compensate if the package comes with any defect. Almost all of their items also feature a 2-year warranty.
On the contrary, Ryobi power tools come with a 3-year warranty along with a 2-year warranty from the manufacturer. Also, the hand tools of Ryobi offer limited lifetime warranties. In the case of outdoor equipment, the company has ensured a 5-year warranty.
Thus, in terms of longevity and warranty, of course, Ryobi is the winner. That’s because Ryobi tools come up with better warranties than Wen.
Which Brand Possesses a Better Product Portfolios?
Both Ryobi and Wen feature similar types of products. They have a wide range of compressors, drills, drives, power tools, and other repairing equipment. In order to gain better concepts, we need to select a specific category and compare between them.
Does Wen have a better drill press collection?
Now our primary FOCUS is Wen vs Ryobi Drill press. Between Wen and Ryobi, Wen is a sure winner. Currently, Ryobi has a small collection of drills wherein Online shops of Wen have noticed a wide range of drill presses. Wen has offered eight drill presses where Ryobi has only one in stock. However, Ryobi features an incredible selection of drills, drives, and other outdoor tools.
Wen Vs. Ryobi: Which Brand Offers a Better Selection of Bandsaws and Scroll Saws?
If we Consider Wen vs Ryobi Band saws, Ryobi has a small yet quality collection. WEN has more to offer to its beloved consumers. To Be honest, none of them has a massive collection, but WEN appears with more variants to choose from comparatively.
We have witnessed the same consequences with Wen vs Ryobi scroll saws. WEN has a couple more collections than Ryobi. However, the Ryobi scroll saw collection is a bit small yet superb.
Ryobi possesses 40V cordless technology, which allows a user to utilize the same battery in dozens of power tools. The brand, WEN, has manufactured multiple hydraulic cylinders. However, Ryobi doesn’t have such a collection.
WEN vs. Ryobi: Which of the Two Brands Is Better?
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If you are looking for a good selection of tools, high quality tools at decent prices, two brands you might be focusing on are WEN and Ryobi. Both are great brands, but of course they do have their differences. So, between WEN and Ryobi, which brand will you choose? Let’s do a side by side comparison.
A Brief History of WEN and Ryobi
First off, WEN is an American tool company that was founded back in 1951 by Nick Anton, with the headquarters of the company currently being in Elgin, Illinois, USA. What is really important to note is that the research and development team from WEN had a huge role to play in the development of many power tools. As the company itself states, WEN put the “power” into power tools.
The research and development team from WEN played a large role in the creation of various power tools including the chainsaw, the electric soldering gun, the electric jigsaw, the electric engraver, and knife and wet wheel sharpeners. WEN was also the first company to pioneer orbital technology.
The company started out by developing just a few products, but has since then expanded and now manufacturers and sells a very wide variety of tools and outdoor equipment. By 2001, it had sold over 50 million products. From what we have gathered, WEN is not a huge company. It directly employs somewhere around 90 to 100 people, and has estimated annual revenues of roughly 16 million USD.
WEN is an American tool company that was founded back in 1951. It is best-known for its drill presses and other large benchtop or floor tools.
On the other hand, we have Ryobi, a company founded by Yutaka Urakami in Japan, right in the middle of WWII in 1943. The company was called Ryobi Seisakusho Co., Ltd. in the beginning, and in its early days, it focused on making die cast products, and by 1961 began making full size printing presses, and in this same year, the company joined the Tokyo Stock Exchange, all thanks to its Rapid expansion.
By 1968, the leaders of the company saw a huge void in the Japanese power tool market, which is why the company began producing a wide variety of power tools. By 1973, the brand changed its name simply to Ryobi, as we know it today.
What is important to note is that although Ryobi does own its line of power tools and outdoor equipment, they are both licensed out to Techtronic Industries, a very large Chinese company which manufactures the tools. Ryobi is a much larger company than WEN, having somewhere around 10,000 employees and estimated yearly revenues of 2.25 billion USD.
A Japanese brand producing entry-level power tools and gardening equipment. Its signature green products are of great quality for home use.
WEN vs. Ryobi: Which Offers Better Quality?
In terms of product quality, WEN is seen as being pretty decent, about average. What people have to say about WEN tools is that they feature a decent level of quality and durability, that they have OK power and performance, and that they are generally easy to use.
WEN markets its products mostly towards homeowners and DIY people, as well as for people who just want to do some basic repairs around the home. Now, some WEN tools may be acceptable for professional use, but only on a light basis.
Although WEN tools are good, they are generally not seen as being quite good enough for consistent and heavy duty use, or in other words, for a professional setting. That said, if you need basic and decent tools, and you don’t want to pay too much money for them, then WEN is a great way to go.
That said, people do seem to really like their outdoor tools, like their snowblowers, which may actually be ideal for professional use. In case you are wondering where WEN tools are made, they are made in China, although most agree that they are some of the better tools to come out of Chinese factories.
When it comes to Ryobi, the products are seen as being about on par with WEN products. They are seen as being fairly average, with some products being above average. Just like WEN, Ryobi products are made for light and occasional use, such as home repairs and DIY tasks.
They are lightweight, functional, comfortable, and durable enough. However, most would agree that these tools are not ideal for heavy duty professional use, as they may not be strong or durable enough for big tasks.
over, also just like with WEN, Ryobi tools are sold at a decent price, which is why many people like them. In terms of where Ryobi products are made, they are manufactured mostly in China, although for Chinese tools, they are also seen as being fairly high quality. Although there is a single production plant in the USA, it makes accessories only, and none of the actual tools. When it comes down to it, the quality level of both brands is about the same.
Which Offers a Better Warranty?
Finding warranty info about WEN was not easy, but from what we can tell, it offers a 90-day or 500 hour warranty from the date of purchase that guarantees against defects. Most WEN products also come with a limited 2-year warranty.
All Ryobi power tools feature a 3-year warranty, as well as a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty. Most of the hand tools feature limited lifetime warranties. The majority of outdoor equipment from Ryobi feature 5-year warranties. As you can see, Ryobi definitely offers the better warranties across the board.
WEN vs. Ryobi: Which Has a Better Product Portfolio?
When it comes down to it, just like with the quality, the product portfolios of both brands are pretty evenly stacked. Both brands produce a variety of power tools, compressors, and outdoor equipment. Which brand has a better selection depends on the exact product category in question.
That said, somewhere Ryobi excels is with its 18V One and 40V cordless tool systems that allow dozens, or even hundreds, of cordless tools to be used with the same battery. However, WEN produces many types of hydraulic cylinders, which Ryobi does not. Let’s move on and compare the selection in some specific product categories to give you a better idea of the product portfolios.
Which Brand Offers a Better Selection of Drill Presses?
One category that WEN excels in when compared to Ryobi is in the drill press category. The Ryobi site currently has just one drill press available for sale, whereas the WEN site has eight.
Which Brand Offers a Better Selection of Bandsaws and Scroll Saws?
Ryobi, between benchtop and stationary bandsaws, has just a few products to offer whereas WEN has more. The selection for either brand is not huge, but WEN does appear to have a few more to choose from. The story is the same with scroll saws, where Ryobi has a couple of good options, and WEN has a couple more.
Which of the Two Brands Should You Choose?
Making a final recommendation here is very hard, as both brands feature about the same product quality, and depending on the category, about the same selection too. That said, WEN does seem to have a better selection of benchtop and stationary tools, particularly large saws, whereas Ryobi has great selections of drills and other similar tools. over, Ryobi does also feature better warranties.
When all is said and done, both WEN and Ryobi are great brands for people who want tools with decent quality and decent prices. They are both fantastic brands for homeowners and DIYers.
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