Is Ryobi a good brand? – Comprehensive answer and other details

Being an experienced woodworker myself, I often get questions from newbies about different brands. A lot of people notice Ryobi’s different, cheaper prices on circular saws which are quite good. So it seems backwards, how could high quality circular saw be so cheap, and if it is, why would anyone pay twice as much for DeWalt or Bosch? It’s totally legit question, and I’m going to try to answer it today.

See, the difference between Ryobi and DeWalt is not that one is objectively superior to other. Both produce very good, highly effective circular saws, it’s just purpose that is different. Ryobi ‘s circular saws are made for occasional users, who like to do woodworking as a hobby in their free time. That’s the use they’re designed to withstand. On the other hand, DeWalt tools are made to be used forever and still go strong. Dewalt tools are much sturdier and can handle much rougher type of work as opposed to Ryobi. If you were doing woodworking as your profession, you wouldn’t want Ryobi tools in your arsenal. But if you’re planning to do woodworking occasionally as a hobby, Ryobi  is objectively perfect for you. Another good budget brand is SKIL, which is the most famous brand of circular saw. People even use their name, Skilsaw, to refer to circular saws. They are owned by Bosch now, who use the Skil brand to sell affordable line of their products.

So, to sum it up, if you’re money conscious and want to buy brand new circular saw, Ryobi is the right choice. Its price and efficiency outweigh the fact that it is not made for hardcore users, which doesn’t matter to occasional user anyway. So you’re getting all the benefits of low price and quality, while giving up nothing important to you. Seems to me like a perfect purchase.

On the other hand, if you are sure that you’re going to be working on wood even years from now, DeWalt is definitely a better investment. My tool set consists of exclusively dewalts, with some other brands mixed in, and that is because I realize the importance of paying for quality. My DeWalt is going to outlive three or four Ryobis, and it will still work perfectly. But the investment of hundreds of dollars is not going to be worth it if you’re going to give up woodworking soon. So if I were a beginner, I’d buy Ryobi first, try it and see how much I like woodworking before investing in a better tool. The whole concept is a little bit tricky and I did my best to explain, hopefuly I succeeded.