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Ryobi ONE+ 18 Volt 7-1/4 in. Miter Saw Review

Compact & Lightweight

The Ryobi 18V One+ 7-1/4 in. miter saw is an extremely light and compact saw powered by 18V One+ Ryobi batteries. The Ryobi miter saw has angle stops at 0, 15, 22.5, 31.6 and 45 degrees to both the left and right.  The levers and handles on this saw are very easy to use.  The saw can cut through a maximum thickness of 1-1/2 in. and features a laser guide to help you achieve precision.  We found the miter saw to be perfect for 2×4 lumber and is portable enough to carry around with you in a car.

Features & Specs

  • 18V (Battery not included)
  • Motor Speed: 4,500 r/min. (RPM)
  • Exact Line Laser Guide
  • 1-1/4″ Dust Port
  • 5/8″ Blade Arbor
  • 7-1/4″Blade Diameter
  • Cutting Capacities: Baseboard lying flat=4-1/4″ 90° miter cut=1-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ 45° miter cut=1-1/2″ x 3″ 45° bevel cut=1-1/2″ x 4-1/4″
  • Tool Weight: 15 lbs.

How Much Wood Can it Cut?

Ryobi_Cordless_Miter_SawThe first question we had with this saw was how many cuts could we get out of this saw on one battery.  While this could be used for trim work, we did our testing on 2×4’s.  Our testing is not fully indicative of real world use, but it can give you an idea of how many cuts you can expect.  Our cuts were performed in series with the blade stopping between each cut.  Using a 4 amp hour battery, we averaged 90 cuts with our testing and feel this is pretty impressive for an 18 volt battery.  For a saw that will be primarily used “on the road”, this saw has to perform well to meet the expectations of the people relying on it to complete the jobs they take it on.

Accuracy

Ryobi_Cordless_Miter_AccuracyWhen using this miter saw I was trying to gauge if it could be used as a trim saw or if it was more of a rough cut saw.  One of the items Ryobi advertises is the Exact Line Laser and for indoor use, it’s a nice feature.  I was unable to see the laser in bright outdoor situations.  I am not really into using lasers on a miter saw, but it is a nice feature that can be turned on and turned off for those who want it.  The locking mechanism for the the miter adjustment is very easy to use, but while engaging the lock, the saw moves out of alignment slightly.  At each angle stop, I had to slightly over or under adjust the saw to make the angles correct.  This means that in order to use this saw as a trim saw, you will have to check the angles with another gauge each time you adjust it.

The bevel cut was easy to adjust and was very accurate.

Power to Cut

Ryobi_Cordless_MiterThis miter saw has plenty of power to cut 2×4 lumber, but it is not a saw you want to push through the wood.  It worked best when you let the saw do the work.  I did stall the saw out multiple times and found that if the laser switch was on, the saw would not restart.  In fact, the first time I stalled out the saw I thought I broke it because I was outside and had no clue the laser was on.  Under normal circumstances, when the saw was stalled out, you simple let the trigger go and pull it again and the saw starts running again.

Overall

Ryobi_Miter_Saw_CordlessI feel this saw is a great portable saw that someone can take with them when needed.  It is very light and compact so it is easy to carry and will fit in almost any vehicle.  Accuracy is a small issue, but if you are willing to double check your angles, it will work well.  If this saw was a slider and was also a hybrid so it could run off AC power, it would be very nice.  The amount of cuts from a single 4 amp hour battery is pretty good and in the real world use would probably net you over 100 cuts on a 2×4.  For its price point, it is a pretty nice saw if you are looking for something portable.

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One Response to “Ryobi ONE+ 18 Volt 7-1/4 in. Miter Saw Review”

  1. James Cliffton #

    P551 is a lightweight and compact tool. I will recommend this saw for making clear cuts. You can also visit the url http://bit.ly/1UZ4ghB and can get more information about “Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ 7-1/4″.

    April 15, 2016 at 7:08 am Reply

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