My best impact driver recommendations roundup just went up this week, but I have already started looking to see which models should or could be considered for the next refresh of that review.
Over at Home Depot, I found a new Ryobi 18V One+ impact driver kit, for just $59.
Yes, that’s $59 for a Ryobi impact driver, a 1.3Ah Li-ion battery (I knew my cordless power tool battery specs efforts would come in handy!), and a basic wall charger.
This SCREAMS “Black Friday/winter holiday deal.”
The “special buy” combo isn’t available for purchase yet. It’s listed as “out of stock online.” Along with zero user reviews, this typically means “coming soon.”
A quick look at the specs shows that the special buy Ryobi impact can deliver up to 1500 in-lbs of torque, which is great for an 18V impact driver, let alone a budget model.
It comes with a smallish capacity battery (P102, 1.3Ah) and a basic charger (P119) that, according to the online product manual, charges battery packs in as little as 8 hours.
Still, it’s just $59.
Currently, the Ryobi 18V One+ P236 impact driver is priced at $49 (discounted from $69) for just the bare tool. There must be a difference between the P236 and the one included in this special buy, as the P236 delivers up to 1600 in-lbs of torque and the special buy delivers up to 1500 in-lbs.
The same exact image is used for both tools, which doesn’t really mean much. It could just be the Home Depot web team reusing images until product photos of the new impact driver are made available. Or maybe the new special buy is mostly the same tool but with a less powerful and cheaper motor.
In any case, this will be an interesting deal to keep an eye on.
Buy Now(via Home Depot)
There are lots of good arguments for and against deals like this. For me, this is one of those deals that I would initially show a lot of interest in, before realizing that I would rather buy a regular kit over a “special buy.”