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I've had these tools for a year (circular saw, recip, RO sander, etc), and I've been really happy with the portability of them. I'm going to upgrade to a Li-Ion battery with this pantry project I'm doing.

My HD has both the P103 (full size) and P104 (compact) for the same price. I haven't been able to find any solid specs between the two. The Ryobi site says in a bit of a cryptic manner:

P103 - 2x the performance (over the NiCd)
P104 - 20% the performance (over the NiCd)

Obviously, the lower the number you start out at, the less difference between the two numbers there is. I can't exactly quantify the performance I get from my NiCds. I'm mainly looking for better sawing ability from the saw, which seems to have trouble with pretty much anything over .50".

Any firsthand experience?
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I used the circular saw for some 3/4" material. Seemed to work ok, but the battery doesn't last long. I am thinking of upgrading to the LiON battery too. I bought a cheap 5 1/2" 80 tooth ultra thin kerf blade to cut some 3/4" oak veneer particle core plywood. It actually did a very nice job with that little saw. I got less splintering on crosscuts then with either my powered circ saw or the table saw with a Freud Crosscut blade. The LiOn battery is pricey but I am liking this saw enough to make the investment.

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My only complaint is that the blades are a tad small. I may have to pick up a 7" at some point.

The batteries are only $50 at my local HD, which are quite a savings over what the website says. I'm not sure when this changed, but it's fairly recent.
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Unfortunately, I was wrong. The short battery is $50, and the big one is $90. The charger is $30.

So I could get the less powerful (but lighter) for $80, or the bigger one for $120.

Or (which is what I'm thinking of doing) I could get the electric chainsaw with the lighter battery and charger for $100, or trimmer/edger w/ larger battery for $120.

Hmm...chainsaw or trimmer? Is a battery trimmer even worth anything?
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I have the Lithium version, upgraded from the original. I like the original series, love the upgrade... battery life for most uses is superb, charge time is short, and the batteries hold charge well when not used. In my case I sold the original and got the new kit rather than just upgrading the batteries and charger.

I found the trimmer not useful as an actual hedge trimmer, but I do end up using it to trim very tall grass on a steep slope... well past the area where I feel safe with the weedeater.

I don't know the current best deal for batteries and chargers; I got a good deal when buying the new multi-tool kit for the Lithium series.

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Sorry, I should have been more clear - I was indeed referring to the weedeater.

I was able to check it out in-store yesterday. Wow, is it light. 7#, even with the battery. I should be picking it up today, along with my lumber order. For basically a free weedeater, I should be happy with it.
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Sorry, I should have been more clear - I was indeed referring to the weedeater.

I was able to check it out in-store yesterday. Wow, is it light. 7#, even with the battery. I should be picking it up today, along with my lumber order. For basically a free weedeater, I should be happy with it.
I have this system. The batteries are the same output. The difference is weight and the whiz-bang light to tell how much charge you have left. Like pulling the trigger doesnt tell you anything, duh!

I am well satisfied with the upgrade to Li-Ion fro Ni-cad.

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Picked up the weedeater and the battery is defective. This is apparently a known issue on one of the deal forums. So I get to go to Home Depot in the ice tomorrow. Yay!
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Wow. I had no idea, but apparently early on they made a 18v miter saw! I'd love to get my hands on one of these.

After I picked up the jigsaw, I currently stand at the following:
  • jigsaw
  • circular saw (no laser)
  • flashlight
  • standard drill
  • reciprocating saw
  • radio
  • fan
  • weed eater (green)
  • sander
  • big Li battery, two NiCd batteries, one charger of each, fuel gauge

The Calhoun store has a couple of other toys that I don't see at the Borg these days, like the shop vac. Don't really need it, but it would be cool to have.
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hey Chris,

it sounds like you have a lot better variety than the home depot!

nothing better than a man.s toys is there?

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