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Restoration of an old friend

Most people submit photos of their excellent creations to this contest. I haven't had the opportunity to build anything fun since Superstorm Sandy destroyed my house, possessions and nearly my spirit to build. Feeling like I was planning ahead, I put all my tools on high shelves, before the storm. Little did I know, the brute force of the storm surge pulled down the shelves and with it my entire set of Ryobi cordless tools. In order to rebuild my house, I went to Home Depot and purchased a new set of Lithium One+ tools. Like the old ones, these tools have been getting a major workout from demolition to framing, tackling every possible job I’ve thrown at them. However, my MOST valuable tool was my 18v drill, purchased back in 2002. I had driven 1,000’s of screws and bored countless holes with this powerhouse. The things we built and repaired together is a story in itself. Seeing it in a flood of salt water and debris, I was really feeling the loss. This weekend, while stuck inside from the blizzard, I decided to take apart my damaged drill before I threw in the trash. Inside the case I found solid components that stood up to everything Mother Nature threw at it. In about 2 hours I had cleaned and rebuilt my beast so it was better, stronger and faster than it had ever been. I guess the lithium battery gave it the feel of extra horsepower. The photo doesn't do it justice. Hearing the whir and feeling the surge of the powerful motor coming back to life is indescribable. So while this submission is not a great cabinet or rocking horse, it is what I’m sure many of you can relate to…the restoration of an old friend.

Comments (12)


Tom Brogan
Tom Brogan

I know how you feel. I still have my original 18V and just can't seem to let it go. Its been with me since we bought our first house, now in the second one its still kicking. It just fits my hand and its got a lot of history. I've been thinking about upgrading to the Lithium set, but I may just get the batteries and keep it around for another bunch of years.......


Hemingway
Hemingway

Tom,
Thanks for your comments. This drill was my first power tool acquired when I bought my old Victorian house. Even though it is old and has driven thousands of screws, nuts and holes, its worth keeping. The lithium batteries really make it last a lot longer each day. I have a few other tools from this set, but the only other tool I was able to rebuild was the reciprocating saw. All the others were rusted solid from the salt water. Even all by drill and driver bits, and saw blades were all toast. It really was a rough sight. Its just good to know that I will probably be able to pass this drill down to my sons.


mrpip
mrpip

My old DeWalt and Craftsmen drills are both dead and gone. Although not a hurricane, my Ryobi went through a house fire and was under water for hours. Since it wasn't salt water I just dried it out and got new batteries. Still my favorite. I too upgraded to lithium batteries. My Ryobi tools my not be top of the line according to the experts but I love them.


Hemingway
Hemingway

Sorry to hear about your house. Glad to hear you revived your Ryobi drill. They are tough tools. I've found experts can be snobs. While repairing my house from sandy, I've gone head to head against contractors using Dewalt, Rigid, Milwaukee and others, and my Ryobi tools and batteries, held up as well or better.


Ferny
Ferny

Almost brought a tear to my eye reading about your old fave ;-) But seriously It reminds me of the time I was using my recip saw over my head tearing down a porch and it just quit. Me being me I couldn't leave it alone and 5 minutes later I fixed it after opening it up. Sawdust worked it's way into a brush so it was an easy fix. I know the feeling about my beat up 18+ Ryobi's keeping up with the big brands. Got a buddy that just bad mouths them at work. I wouldn't trade them for the world, half the price twice the lifespan. Dropped them off ladders many times, handles all beat up, but still going strong. Bought my original mega set in a rolling cart about 15 yrs ago came complete with a 8" power miter box. Not much guts but it works great for thin trim work. I think some Big Li-Ion batteries are in order. ROCK ON RYOBI 18+


Hemingway
Hemingway

Ferny, Thanks for the kind words and for understanding. Good work in fixing your recip saw. That was the only other tool I was able to rebuild. It came in handy when I cut up my oil tank, when changing over to gas. Those oil guys turned tehir backs on me when I needed heat/hot water. their loss, because gas is the cheaper and cleaner. Thanks for your vote too. Keep voting!


Hemingway
Hemingway

I spent the day yesterday helping an organization rebuilding homes for families unable to rebuild themselves, after sandy. I got a lot of use out of this drill, my One+ circular saw, the 6 port Supercharger and my new One+ brad nailer. Its a great tool for hanging crown and base moulding. It felt good to give back and to be well armed with Ryobi tools, to be able to do that.


Son of Ryobi
Son of Ryobi

Your story reminds me of an old axe I used to own. I had it nearly 50 years and only replaced the blade twice and the handle three times. Best axe I have ever owned.......


Hemingway
Hemingway

When a company makes quality tools, you want to support them and use more of their products. With Ryobi, I own at least 24 of their One+ tools. Not every one is perfect, but overall they are great tools, well priced and designed.

Did you ever buy any other tools from that axe company?


jmac652
jmac652

i bought my first lithium set about 5 yrs. ago. now ryobi is the only tool i use.my wife says i have too many tools. i say one can never have enough.


Hemingway
Hemingway

Explain to your wife that the number of tools you have directly relates to how quickly you can fix something around the house when it breaks and how quickly you can build a new things on her honey-do list!


Hemingway
Hemingway

Had this trusty drill in my car today when I went to a neighbors house to help him repair his basement storm door. Unsnapped the battery to change for a fresh one and placed the battery on top of my car. A few minutes later I got a call from my son. His brother got hurt at the skate park. Rushed to get him, and forgot the battery on top of my car. It slide off, never to be seen again....ERRRRR!!! At least my son is okay. that's what really counts.


Hemingway

Hemingway

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