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Ryobi 18-Volt 10-inch Dual-Bevel Sliding Miter Saw

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The Ryobi 18-Volt 10-inch Dual-Bevel Sliding Miter Saw (Model P3650) has been on the market a couple years now and proven itself. With its full feature set and attractive price, it’s a good option for many people, DIY’ers and pros alike. Many people think of Ryobi as strictly a DIY brand, but the logic that pigeon holes a brand into a “DIY” or “pro” category is flawed. We’ve written a whole article on that subject. Here we’ll take a look at this saw and tell you what it does and how well it does it.


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Ryobi P3410 Grease Gun 18V One+ Video Review

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Using the Ryobi P3410 Grease Gun is very simple and it makes greasing much easier than using two hands to pump a manual grease gun. One charge on a battery will empty more than 15 grease cartridges. Bare tool price for the Ryobi grease gun is just $129.


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Ryobi P3100 18V Hybrid Solder Station Video Review

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For some reason, splicing and repairing wires around the shop (in vehicles) has become a regular practice around here. The Ryobi P3100 18V hybrid solder station offers a freedom that others don’t. Just stick in an 18V battery, or plug in an extension cord. In less than a minute, the soldering iron is up to temperature.

Ryobi P3100 18V Hybrid Solder Station Features

400F to 900F Power Dial

You can easily select your desired temperature, from 400F to 900F, with the power dial. An LED light shines red while the Ryobi P3100 is heating up. Once to temperature, the LED shines a solid green. Power down the Ryobi 18V hybrid solder station and the LED blinks red until it’s cool. The actual soldering iron is attached to the base unit by a 3-foot cord. The Ryobi solder station base provides onboard tip storage, a tip-cleaning sponge, and iron holder for safe storage.

Extending runtime, the Ryobi P3100 will automatically shift into a lower heat mode, after 10 minutes of use. Just move the power dial to return to normal. After 20 minutes of use, the Ryobi 18V hybrid soldering station will turn itself off. Again, any movement of the power dial will return it to normal operation.

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Ryobi 18-Volt Hybrid Air Cannon Drum Fan Review

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One of the things Ryobi has been doing that I particularly like is they have been releasing a lot of their 18 Volt tools in hybrid models. Their latest release is the Ryobi 18-Volt Hybrid Air Cannon Drum Fan.

In order for a tool from Ryobi to be labeled as a hybrid, it must be able to be operated by a battery or an electric cord. I love this concept. It allows the user to have the mobility of a battery tool and the long run time of a cord. Depending on the users need and/or access to an electrical source, they can choose how to power the tool.

About 4 years ago, all of the major tool brands started releasing small personal sized battery operated fans. Even though the fans looked very similar, there are differences that set them apart from each other. They differed by how loud they are, how much variable speed control they have and whether or not they are a hybrid model.

In case you are wondering, my absolute favorite small battery operated fan model is the Ridgid 18-Volt Hybrid Fan because it is the quietest, the variable speed control is completely adjustable and it is a hybrid model. It checks all of the boxes.

Ryobi seems to be leading the way and is first to market with a new and much larger size air mover which they have dubbed an “Air Cannon”.

Ryobi 18-Volt Hybrid Air Cannon Drum Fan Review Features

First and foremost, this drum fan is a hybrid where it can be run off of a Ryobi 18-Volt battery or off of an extension cord. These receptacles are found on the back of the fan.

The fan can be rotated 220 degrees and held into place by tightening the knobs on the sides.

The body of the fan and the back grill are made of metal.

The fan blades and front grill are made from plastic.

Three different levels of fan speed on controlled from the back of the unit.

A top mount plastic handle makes the unit easy to carry.

There is a screw mounting hole on the base. This gives you the ability to mount this fan to a wall if necessary.

There is a 4-foot cord included with the fan. This is particularly nice if the only extension cord you have does not fit in the fan receptacle. For instance, if you have an extension cord with multiple receptacles at the end, it won’t fit with this fan. The included 4-foot cord fixes that issue.

Ryobi 18-Volt Hybrid Air Cannon Drum Fan Review Performance

The airflow coming out of this fan is much greater than the smaller units that came out a few years ago. Ryobi claims this unit can make up to 2,400 CFM. With no way of proving or disproving this claim all I can say is that this unit sends out about the same air movement as a good box fan.

Even though the air flow is about the same, the noise from the Ryobi unit is noticeably quieter than a box fan. It is rated at 38 decibels and according to the meter on my phone, which was very close to what I was seeing. In case you don’t have a frame of reference for decibels, this is very quiet.

This unit is very light, easy to move around and very adjustable. It is nearly perfect in these regards. The only way this could be better is if it not only rotated up and down but side to side as well. This would allow it to pivot in any direction without ever having to be moved.

The hybrid option on this fan is just awesome. I love this. I’ve used the small Hybrid Ridgid fan in the past with a cord so that I could keep a continuous flow of air going over some of my projects in order to try the polyurethane finish evenly. I’ve also used that fan during camping trips with a battery on low to cool me off at night.

Ryobi 18-Volt Hybrid Air Cannon Drum Fan Review Value

The Home Depot has the Ryobi 18-Volt Hybrid Air Cannon Drum Fan listed at $139.00. This includes the fan, and 4-foot cord, but no battery.

Even though I think everyone who owns Ryobi batteries should own and would love this unit, I feel the $139.00 price tag is just a little steep and would be a much better buy at $99.00

Ryobi 18-Volt Hybrid Air Cannon Drum Fan Review Final Thoughts

A battery operated fan wasn’t really an item that I gave much attention to until I tried out a few of the small models released a few years ago. Since then, I’ve found them very useful and love that they are as mobile as they are. The one thing that wanted to see improved on was the amount of air flow produced.

It appears Ryobi has taken the battery operated fan to the next level and I am loving it.

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New Huge Ryobi Cordless Fan

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Moze sent over a heads-up about Ryobi’s new 18V 18″ cordless fan, called the “Air Cannon,” P3340.

Haven’t seen a bit of mention of these anywhere. Just came across them at my local Home Depot. Not sure how you release the largest, most powerful cordless fan on the market this quietly, but here it is.
They also sent over a photo of the new Ryobi cordless fan next to Dewalt’s, and the size difference is substantial.

The new Ryobi hybrid-powered Air Cannon drum fan features 220° head rotation range, and can provide up to 2400 CFM of airflow.

It can be powered by Ryobi 18V One+ Li-ion battery, and it also comes with an AC cord for plugging it into a wall outlet.

Ryobi says that it has “quiet air movement technology,” but doesn’t clarify about what this means. I’d guess that it means the fan speed is limited to prevent excessive noise. Larger fans can be slower than smaller ones and still move a lot more air.

The fan can be placed on the floor, and there is also a keyhole-style screw mounting hole in the base for securing it to a wall.

Additional features include a 3-setting speed dial, and adjustment knobs that lock the fan head at the desired angle.

Ryobi advertises that the fan will help to provide comfortable temperatures during power outages.

Price: $139 for the bare tool

Discussion

There’s nothing too surprising about the new Ryobi cordless/corded fan, aside for its size. It’s a 3-speed hybrid-powered drum fan with plastic and metal construction and a logical design.

Ryobi doesn’t mention runtime, but early user reviews claim to get 25 mins with a 1.5Ah battery, and 2-1/2 hours on a 6Ah battery, both at the high speed setting.

It does come with a power cord, and you should be able to source a longer one if needed.

Overall, the Ryobi Air Cannon fan looks to be a decent new release, adding to their vast line of DIY-centered cordless power tools.

Thank you to Moze for the heads-up and for the photo!


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