Corner Cat Sander
15 Amp 10” Tablesaw
I guess I have more than I realized. Haha. All of these work great. I try to steer clear of cordless in general except when it comes to drills. They seem like, unless a special situation, the best thing to have cordless.
I guess it just depends on what you are expecting out of the tool. If you expect say a Ryobi BT3100 table saw to perform like a 5HP cabinet saw, you WILL be sorely disappointed.
IF you understand what they are, and what they are good for you are fine.
There are some people, particularly on forums, that want to play the "mine is bigger than yours because I spent more" game. I see it with tools, as well as within other hobbies items...
As far as Ryobi goes I have...
Clutch driver / drill
corner cat sander
Random Orbital sander
13" planer, this could be better, but not at the price tags of "better". Snipe can be managed easily.
10" table saw (BT3100)
I typically toast a RO sander in around a year. The Ryobi has been with me for 3 years now and is chugging along fine. I have been through Skil, B&D, Makita, and now Ryobi. And YES I am VERY abusive to RO sanders. I like using the to smooth drywall repairs. Gypsum dust kills those things in a big old hurry.
Oh and to sum up my response to the OPs question. Why do some people hate Ryobi, and to expand that to Skil, Black and Decker, Chicago Electric, Craftsman whatever the brand is.
My d*ck is bigger than yoursism.
A lot of people seem to come up with their personal value by their possessions and want ot use the fact they can afford premium brands as a way to look down on other people.
There ARE legit reasons to own certain premium tools. Especially if you are making your living with those tools. HOWEVER the end result varies from tool to tool.
A good example of this effect is let's say you work 30 miles from home. You drive a 20 year old Chevy, and the guy in the parking space next to you at work drives a similar age Caddilac.and has a similar commute.
Did that Caddilac do a better job of transporting your colleague to work than your old Chevy?
Is that Caddilac going to be any more, or less reliable to get your colleague to and from work?
Was that Caddilac being a General Motors Product, really made by a different company / different workers using a different process than your Chevrolet, another General Motors product?
The difference is honestly the name brand on it, luxury features, fit and finish, and the branding / badging all over the thing.
A great Example from the tool world is 14" cast iron frame band saws.
Those are comparable to the Caddilac Cimmaron vs the Chevrolet Cavalier.