TOOL REVIEW – Ryobi ONE+ 18V Brushless 3-Speed Impact Driver

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I’ve been getting to use a lot more Ryobi stuff over the past couple years, and I have to say they’ve definitely stepped up their game. I wouldn’t consider them a pro-grade option for tradesmen, but I have to admit – for literally anybody else these tools are providing a hell of a lot of power and value for their price.

First Impression

I was surprised when I opened this box up. The tool feels rugged, and immediately made me think…Whoa Ryobi, you’re putting some elbow grease into these tools nowadays! Ryobi has never marketed itself as a “PRO-grade” tool company – their tools are meant for the DIY or at-home user. However, lately, I’ve been finding their innovation and rigidity in design have made these a viable option for apprentices in the trades to have something to affordably start with.

Functionality

I use impact drivers on a pretty consistent basis, whether it’s screwing down materials, bolting racks together for services, or drilling holes in a number of different things. It’s nice to have an impact around because they offer more torque at lower speeds than a standard drill, and they’re more compact than a standard-sized drill.

I love that Ryobi put a small magnetic strip near the battery to store screws while you’re using the tool. Rather than having to keep them in your mouth or in your pouch, you can easily stick them to the tool while you use it. The magnet is strong, however there are definitely some screws and materials that are not magnetic and will not stick to it.

I love the fact that it comes with 3 speeds, though most impact drivers have this feature nowadays. It even has a triple LED ring around the chuck of the tool, so seeing what you’re drilling is no problem when working in the dark. The tool performed admirably when using it to drill and fasten strut together. The only issue I found was the size of the tool is rather bulky compared to other brands. It’s still very light-weight but the physical size of it is the largest out of any competitor.

Info from HomeDepot.com

RYOBI introduces the 18-Volt ONE+ Cordless 3/8 in. 3-Speed Impact Wrench. This 3/8 in. Impact Wrench is compact and powerful. It produces 150 ft./lbs. of torque and up to 3,400 impacts per minute allowing you to use this tool for a variety of automotive applications. This tool features a 3-speed selector switch and tri-beam LED lights for work space visibility. The 3/8 in. size is common and works with most sockets. This 18-Volt ONE+ 3/8 in. Impact Wrench can be paired with any 18-Volt ONE+ battery. Best of all, it is part of the RYOBI ONE+ World’s Largest 18-Volt Tool System. Backed by the RYOBI 3-Year Manufacturer’s Warranty, the 18-Volt ONE+ Cordless 3/8 in. 3-Speed Impact Wrench includes a belt clip and an operator’s manual. Battery and charger sold separately.

  • 3/8 in. square anvil with hog ring to change sockets easily

  • Impact mechanism produces 150 ft./lbs. of torque and up to 3,400 impacts per minute (IPM) for a variety of heavy-duty applications

  • Powerful motor allows for tightening or loosening various nuts and bolts

  • 3-Speed Selector Switch offers greater control over a wide range of fastening applications

  • Speed 1: For precision fastening (0-1,700/min)

  • Speed 2: For controlling driving depth and fastener tension (0-2,500/min)

  • Speed 3: For maximum torque (0-3,200/min)

  • Tri-Beam LED Light increases work area visibility

  • GRIPZONE overmold for optimum grip and user comfort

  • Any 18-Volt ONE+ blue or green tool works with any 18-Volt ONE+ battery

  • Part of the RYOBI ONE+ World’s Largest 18-Volt Tool System

  • 3-year manufacturer’s warranty

  • Includes: Includes: (1) P236 18-Volt ONE+ Cordless 3/8 in. 3-Speed Impact Wrench, (1) belt clip, and operators manual

  • Battery and charger sold separately

  • Stem pack style battery

  • Click here for more information on Electronic Recycling Programs

 

Summary

I give this thing a 3.5 out of 5 stars, really more because I have many other impact drivers to compare it to. I’m a pro-user so I rely on tools that are built for pros. The size is an issue for me and the overall durability. I feel as if this Ryobi will break much easier than my DeWalt or Milwaukee will. Also, there are no compact battery options like both of these other brands have. Still a great tool for home or light use. Maybe even a good starter set at a reasonable price-point for an apprentice just entering the trades.

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