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Old 06-24-2009, 05:42 PM   #1
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Default Craftsman and Ryobi power tools...one in the same?!

So I noticed everyone at my new job seems to carry craftsman or ryobi tools.

Then I started to realize that their counterparts looked extremely similar.

I held up the new ryboi lithium ion sawzall against the NiCd craftsman sawzall and they were virtually identical.

I honestly had no idea they were manufactured by the same place, (whoever that is).

I have to say, I respect craftsman power tools a little more, and ryobi tools a little less.
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Old 06-24-2009, 06:01 PM   #2
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Ryobi and Craftsman are both made by TTI.
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i used to think that Ryobi was total junk...but, i bought the new Ryobi Li-Ion 12v baby drill and i love it...its light weight and the battery seems like it lasts for a month...i'll probably never buy dewalt again
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I had a Craftsman cordless screwdriver in the late 80's and needed a replacement ball bearing thing that held the bits in. The new part came to me in a Ryobi envelope. I think Ryobi has been making at least some Craftsman tools for quite a long time. Ryobi owns Milwaukee now too, in case you didn't know.
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Ryobi owns Milwaukee now too, in case you didn't know.
Close, but not quite. TTI (that I linked to above) owns Milwaukee, Ryobi, AEG, etc. I'm guessing they are now nothing more than brand names slapped onto TTI made stuff in China.
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I'm a proud owner of Bosch tools!

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Wait, who owns Bosch?

I know they own Skil...but is there a parent company?
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i think bosch is the parent company.

i sure didnt know that about milwaukee.
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Ryobi and Craftsman are both made by TTI.
I don't think so. Ryobi is made (owned) by TTI, but the Craftsman brand is made by Extech. But, TTI and Extech may use the same Chinese manufacturer, and that is why you see some similar products.
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i used to think that Ryobi was total junk...but, i bought the new Ryobi Li-Ion 12v baby drill and i love it...its light weight and the battery seems like it lasts for a month...i'll probably never buy dewalt again

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Close, but not quite. TTI (that I linked to above) owns Milwaukee, Ryobi, AEG, etc. I'm guessing they are now nothing more than brand names slapped onto TTI made stuff in China.
I believe they are just a holding company and don't intermix technologies.
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I like Ryobi.. However they don't stand up well in heavy daily usage.
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I believe they are just a holding company and don't intermix technologies.
I spoke with someone who has toured TTI facilities in China and he told me they make various product lines in the same place - Ryobi, Rigid, etc. Whether they share technology I'm not sure, but I would hazard a guess that they do.
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I spoke with someone who has toured TTI facilities in China and he told me they make various product lines in the same place - Ryobi, Rigid, etc. Whether they share technology I'm not sure, but I would hazard a guess that they do.
For the price, Ryobi is a good tool. And I have owned every brand of cordless drill out there at one time or another, and I will say that my Ridgid 24 V lithium ion hammer drill has them all beat, hands down.
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For the price, Ryobi is a good tool. And I have owned every brand of cordless drill out there at one time or another, and I will say that my Ridgid 24 V lithium ion hammer drill has them all beat, hands down.

I agree.. For the money (on a job site) Ryobi rules.. Personally I like Dewalt.
But I take care of my tools.. Jobsites dont
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Like Nick "don't listen to me I'm probably wrong", I have heard that regardless of make all motors used are produced by Emersion Electric and the switches are also produced by one company to spec's by the brand.
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