Ryobi P590 18v 2-1/2” Capacity Portable Band Saw

While it’s not surprising that Ryobi has another new tool coming to their ever growing 18v One Plus battery line, the new tool in question is something you’d expect from the more pro focused brands which is the Ryobi P590 18v 2-1/2” Capacity Portable Bandsaw. While the P590 18v portable band saw is a smaller tool with a 2-1/2” cut capacity, it should be a great option for cutting electrical conduit, gas pipe, and smaller hollow and solid steel.

My thoughts: While this hasn’t showed up for sale yet, the Ryobi flyer on the Home Depot website includes it and shows a few of the features and specs, as well as pricing. I did look up the manual to see about more specs but the Ryobi manual site hasn’t been working so I couldn’t open it at the time of writing. What the flyer does show is a cut capacity of 2-1/2”, 560 SFPM, a 32-⅞” blade, and up to 100 cuts per charge through 1” black metal pipe using a 9ah HP battery, which is pretty impressive runtime. There’s no word if it features a variable speed trigger, but I hope it does to provide maximum control starting cuts and high speed to power through larger materials. The only other feature I can spot for sure is a quick release tension lever for changing the blade. The low price point of $99 makes this look like it will be an excellent small saw for electricians and plumbers who are using the Ryobi One Plus 18v battery platform. EDIT 10/18/2019 We have gotten word directly from Ryobi and have since learned that the actual retail price is $129 USA launch and will be available some time in October 2019 per the Ryobi Press Release.

EDIT 10/15/2019:

 We have since learned that the new Ryobi 18V P590 Band saw has a built in LED light to help the cut line when working in low light and it is not a variable speed band saw. The trigger clicks to engage on and that’s it. I know none of the pics show it but there’s a rafter hook on the backside. While the new P590 band saw isn’t out in the USA HD site, it’s up on the Canada HD site which leads us to believe it should be out very soon in the USA. Workshop Addict also has a video review of it before official USA release if you want to check out what they have to say about it. I also want to mention that the Canada HD site mentions slightly different blade speed of 575 SFPM however Workshop Addict mentions the same 560 SFPM as the USA HD flyer.

A big thanks to DrewBHAM for spotting on the Canada HD site!

Features and Specifications:

  • Cut capacity: 2-½”
  • Model number: P590
  • SFPM (surface feet per minute): 560 SFPM
  • 32-7/8″ blade
  • LED light
  • Voltage: 18v DC
  • Blade size: 32 ⅞”
  • Up to 100 cuts though 1” black metal pipe on a 9ah HP battery
  • Designed to cut through wood, metal, and plastic
  • $129.00
  • Warranty: not yet listed (but presumably 3 years)

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  • Ecotek says:

    Can somebody help me with this. I’ve never seen why you would want one of these portable bandsaws. I have a sawzall, grinder, oscillating multi tool, circular saw, etc. Is there something this band saw can do that they can’t do? Or can it do something better? Or can this one saw do something that multiples of those can do? I have a floorstanding band saw in the shop, but that seems like a much different tool than this one. Thanks for any input.

    • Javier says:


      While these cordless bandsaws share the same basic design as a floor standing model, the uses are different. Being much smaller and hand holdable, these are portable machines designed for cutting metal pipe with fast and smooth cuts. Something an electrician and plumber would use.
      You can’t bring your large 200+ pound bandsaw to your next job and fit in a confined space.
      Yes, it’s true there are other tools like ones you mentioned that can do what this can. I’ll go through the list one by one, sawzall is probably the next best thing for cutting metal pipes, however a portable bandsaw will not rattle your arms as it cuts with a very smooth cut. Also a bandsaw would be faster at cutting metal than most recip saws. Grinders are great at cutting metal but they generate tons of sparks and bandsaw blades last a lot longer than a cut off wheel. Also high capacity band saw models will be able to cut larger pipe with one pass as opposed to a grinder needing two passes (4-1/2″ grinder). A band saw would cut metal pipe faster and easier than a grinder. A multitool can cut metal but we all know there are much better metal cutting alternatives and you wouldn’t use a multitool to cut conduit as you’d go through several blades and not to mention you’d be there all day. You can’t use just any circular saw to cut metal pipes, you’d need to get a metal cutting circ saw model. These are great alternatives to a band saw however there are bandsaws with larger cutting capacities than most metal cutting circ saws.

      Think of a (portable) band saw as a specialist tool for a specific task that many other tools can also do but a bandsaw can do better.

      Hope that helps.

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