Ryobi has come out with a cool new 18V brushless drill with sliding clutch, but we still haven’t seen it announced or released in the USA. However, we are getting a new Ryobi brushless hammer drill.
On paper, the new Ryobi brushless hammer drill looks to be more powerful than any other consumer drill I’ve seen. Actually, it has better numbers than a lot of professional cordless drills and even brushless drills.
The Ryobi P1813 brushless hammer drill delivers up to 750 in-lbs of torque and is also said to be up to 25% higher performing and 25% more compact than the previous model.
- 1/2″ all-metal ratcheting keyless chuck
- 0-410 and 0-1800 RPM (no-load)
- 0-5400 and 0-23000 BPM
- Up to 750 in-lbs max torque
- 24 position clutch
- Weighs 3.15 lbs
It is said to have a clutch override for quick mode changes, with a drill mode, driving mode, and hammer mode for masonry drilling.
It also features an “afterglow” LED worklight, auxiliary handle, a belt clip with left or right side attachment options, and a Magtray magnetic holder for onboard screw and bit storage.
The P1813 kit includes: P251 brushless hammer drill, P108 4Ah high capacity battery, P117 dual chemitry charger, tool bag.
ETA: Nov 2016
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$149 for a powerful brushless hammer drill, and for a kit? That seems like a pretty good bargain.
You only get 1 battery, and not 2, but it’s a high capacity battery pack. If you need more than that, Ryobi battery 2-packs go on sale almost every holiday season, so that’s something that can always be added later on. And if you’re using the drill so much that you need more than one battery pack, you probably have other tools and batteries at your disposal.
If the on-paper specifications are accurate, that would make this one of the most powerful cordless tools on the block.
It’s said to be compact, and I can see at least one tradeoff that was made of this to happen. Look at the auxiliary handle. It looks like the auxiliary handle is built into the drill housing, just above the trigger. You can probably flip it around to the other side. Actually, I’m sure you can flip it around. In the product image, the drill is shown configured for left-handed use.
Looking at other Ryobi hammer drills, their auxiliary handles are also attached straight to the housing, below the drilling axis and just above the trigger. I sound surprised because I don’t think I’ve ever used a Ryobi drill with aux handle, and it looks a little awkward. Maybe it’s not, but it’s certainly different from all the aux handles I’ve used, which attach more or less perpendicularly to the drilling axis. I guess it’s something you get used to.
Again… $149. Wow.
Dewalt’s newest brushless drill kit is just $20 more, but it’s a compact drill/driver. I’m only drawing the comparison because it shows the shortening gap between consumer and professional grade tools. Granted the DCD777 isn’t Dewalt’s everyday compact brushless drill.
I very much expect for the Dewalt DCD777C2 kit to drop in price during the holiday season, and if it does, that pricing gap will likely disappear.
If I could only have one cordless drill, I’d want it to be a compact brushless model, which are usually powerful enough to handle most of my drilling and driving needs, at least those I would use a cordless drill for. When I need more power, I dig out my corded Bosch hammer drill.
But if I could only have one drill, that’s where the brushless Ryobi with 750 in-lbs torque rating starts to look even more appealing. Maybe I’d have a 12V-class drill or impact driver for smaller stuff, but that cheats the scenario a bit.
It looks like this new Ryobi should be capable of anything a DIYer or value-oriented pro might ask it to.
Is the the Ryobi brushless drill you’ve been waiting for?
Personally, I’d still like to see Ryobi bring their compact brushless drill to the USA. I tend to prefer drills over hammer drills, as they’re more compact, better balanced (in my opinion), and less expensive. I rarely drill into masonry these days, and when I do, a rotary hammer is preferable.