Ryobi P523 Variable Speed Jigsaw. Hand On Look At This Machinery.
A significant improvement and a dash of innovation are present in the Ryobi P523 18V Orbital Jig Saw. It begins with a more powerful motor. In Ryobi’s opinion, the P523 is now capable of matching the power of corded jigsaw models. I find the BladeSaver feature to be extremely innovative, but it also makes me wonder why they did not implement it sooner. By adjusting the BladeSaver, you are able to utilize more of the blade’s teeth. You may now adjust your blade to utilize the undamaged portion of the blade if the teeth of your blade become dull. Any blade should last twice as long as it would otherwise.
A mid-range Jig Saw, it competes primarily with Porter-Cable and Skil in the $50 to $75 price range. The P523 offers a number of features that I was able to evaluate, such as tool-free blade changes, Blade Saver, Speed Match, and a variable speed lever. At up to 3000 SPM, this 18V jig saw matches up with the top speeds of any cordless jig saw class.
There is a possibility of beveling the 18V Jig Saw in either direction up to 45 degrees. It is not a tool-free adjustment, but there are markings for 0, 15, 30, and 45 degrees both right and left to assist in setting the angle. The blades can be changed without using any tools, which is always a welcome feature. Separate edge guide kits are available for purchase. Please click here to view Ryobi’s website for more information on the Ryobi P523.
Furthermore, the Ryobi 18V One Plus Jig Saw features the SpeedMatch selector in addition to BladeSaver. The purpose of this method is to match the orbital settings of the saw with the material being cut in order to maximize efficiency. According to the manual, a chart provides a detailed description of the materials and blades that should be used in each setting. In contrast to most variable speed tools, this tool does not have a variable speed trigger. Instead, a lever is located on top of the P523 that is used to control the speed. To the left of the handle is a lock on button that can be used to secure the trigger.
During an hour of cutting, approximately half of the available power in the One+ battery pack is used. The smoothness of the cut at high speed was surprising for a tool that is considered to be a rough cut saw.
A feature of the Ryobi P523 that I am particularly excited about is the Blade Saver. You can adjust the height of the base in order to make use of more teeth on your blade. Unfortunately, the adjustment does not require the use of a tool. The Allen key included with the kit will be required to loosen two bolts. Pull down the base and you will find three positive stops that will allow you to access an additional half inch of blade. I had a little difficulty finding the stops at first, but I soon became accustomed to them.
Speed Match is a fun name, but it can be misleading. Your cut is actually adjusted by adjusting the amount of orbiting action. Although it may have a different name, this is another great feature of the P523 Jig Saw. This is a tool-free adjustment that is achieved by selecting the level of orbiting action (0 – 3). Both sides of the jig saw feature a handy pictorial guide that shows what material each setting is appropriate for. Furthermore, the manual provides detailed information regarding the selection of settings. When you adjust the Speed Match setting, you will notice that the blade roller is actually being moved forward in order to limit the orbiting action as you adjust the Speed Match setting.
Another feature that I quickly came to appreciate was the variable speed lever. This allows for a more or less infinite speed setting between 1100 and 3000 strokes per minute. When I am cutting and moving, it can be difficult to maintain consistent pressure on a variable speed trigger in order to maintain the desired speed. With the variable speed lever, you are still able to select an infinite number of speeds without having to maintain a constant pressure.
Features And Benefits
– The battery-operated tool has a powerful motor that provides corded performance at speeds ranging from 1100 SPM to 3000 SPM
– Using the SpeedMatch selector, you will be able to select the appropriate cutting speed and type for any application, including orbital and non-orbital applications
– The base can be adjusted from 0 degrees to 45 degrees on either side
– A lock-on trigger coupled with a variable speed dial allows for slow starting and fast cutting
– For shipping purposes, this item has been removed from its retail packaging (Bulk Packaged), and it will arrive in a generic box.