You all know I have a thing for power tools – so last week when Home Depot offered me a giveaway for their Ryobi One+ tool system for one of my readers, I was immediately on board. So let’s start this week off right with a combo kit giveaway, shall we?
I got a chance to try out the Ryobi One+ line last year at the Haven conference. We made wine crates.
It was a little silly, but it was still a lot of fun, and I learned a few things about the Ryobi One+ system that I consider well-thought-out as far as tool systems go:
- The key to their system is the lithium ion battery. The whole “One+” concept is built around the fact that the battery is designed to fit on over 50 different tools. This means that in one project you can take the battery, use it in a circular saw for rip cuts, then switch it to use the drill, then the sander, and then even attach it to your hedge trimmer to knock off another project on the to-do list. Sure, you may need to charge the battery at some point during all of that, but the fact that I don’t have to hunt for exactly the right battery to fit on four tools is pretty sweet.
- Lithium ion batteries have a consistent charge that they call “fade free.” But all it means is that they don’t slowly die like Jack Dawson on the Titanic. The charge is supposed to last four times longer than traditional NiCad batteries, can be charged more times (we’re talking quantity here, so if you do a lot of projects, this is a good thing for overall tool life), and – here’s the kicker for someone who’s seen this happen – the battery doesn’t get damaged from leaving it on the charger for too long. Those of you that don’t use power tools very often will usually learn this the first time the hard way.
- Home Depot and Ryobi don’t necessarily mention this one as part of their regular promo materials, but I think they should: when they designed this line, they hired a group of women to help them make the line more user-friendly. They spoke about this at the user conference, and the knowledge these ladies had about every single feature on each tool (and how it compared to other brands) was pretty impressive. I personally like that they recognize that a tool system should be for any DIYer. But Home Depot does like to mention that they made the Lithium Ion batteries in the line 45% lighter, which allowed them to create smaller (and still powerful) outdoor and power tools.
- Little things are important to me, too: like a magnetic strip for holding extra screws, a built-in LED light that comes on when you turn the drill on, or simply the size/shape of the handle plus a laser on the circular saw – in my opinion, all of these things show me that they really had a very important concept in mind: How can we make this tool more convenient and user-friendly? Now, that’s only an opinion of course, but since I’m studying this kind of stuff in school (the whole innovation/business leadership-type stuff), I can appreciate it when I see a business keeping the customer’s needs in mind.
After that, I don’t know what I’ll use the tool for in 2013. But I really want to use it to help cut down the dining room wall (I’m going to rely on some help for it, but still – the idea that I can cut through just about anything merely makes a girl, you know, want to).
In addition to the Ryobi One+ line, there’s Ryobi Nation – it’s basically an online destination for power tool and DIY enthusiasts to share photos of their project successes, vote on their favorite projects, win prizes, and have access to special offers on Ryobi power tools. You can look up other community member projects, vote on them, or even look for a few new project ideas (which is also sortable by skill level).
Ok, so enough rambling and let’s get to the good part – the giveaway part. GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
WHAT YOU WIN: The RYOBI 18V ONE+ Lithium Ion Compact Drill Kit. It weighs less than three pounds – which means it’s easy for users of any strength or skill level to use. Great starter kit (hint hint to all of you who said you’re afraid of power tools!) TO ENTER: 1. Share one or more of your first-of-the-year project plans on Ryobi Nation. Just click this link and go (plus it also enters you into the $500 prize contest that they have on the community itself). 2. Leave a comment on this post telling me you did #1. I mean that you went to Ryobi Nation and submitted your project idea – not the bathroom. That’s it. Really. I like to keep my giveaways simple. So no extra follows, likes, or whatever. There are only two steps. Giveaway winner will be chosen using random.org in about two weeks (I’ll update the post as the date gets closer). If you can’t figure that out, maybe you shouldn’t be using power tools. Kidding. Sort of.
Good luck! Can’t wait to see what you’re planning for 2013!
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