“ Power Tools „
The first part of this review is the same for my other Ryobi 18volt + reviews as they all use the same batteries; I wanted to give a background on this system and my experience with it.
I am a joiner by trade and having used many tools over the past 21 years I feel that the Ryobi 18volt plus system is very good quality for the money.
Having used a lot of other makes such as Bosch, Makita, Dewalt, Metabo, Hilti etc, I find that as they are so cheap in comparison they offer excellent value added to that the fact that they are generally well designed and well made.
The 18 volt One + system adds to their appeal as it allows you to use a whole range of power tools with one type of rechargeable battery. I have a large selection of these tools and three batteries that I can swap between them. Also you can buy the tools separately without the battery making them even more affordable.
Ryobi One Plus 18v Hammer Drill Ryobi.
I have two of these because one came in a kit with some other tools I bought. For the price of them I find this drill excellent values you can pick them up for around £ 78 or sometimes even cheaper if you buy them as a kit (offers that Ryobi often run).
I have had my older drill around 18 months and it has started to show a few faults the chuck sometimes sticks and the gears occasionally don't mesh straight away, that said it really does get some stick and when I have finished using it I just throw it in my tool box with everything chucked in on top.
I have to admit I don't often use it on hammer as I feel that it is only suitable for occasional use and I always prefer a Mains voltage drill or larger battery unit for masonry. That said when I have used it, it has work well and the speed settings are really useful.
My newest drill also came with a clip on attachment that fits in to the battery slot so you can fix it to your work belt, handy also for clipping onto ladders or scaffold etc when working at heights.
The casing and trigger have a good quality feel about them as does the clutch selector although on my older drill this sometimes does not line up first time.
The drill is powerful and comfortable to use and the standard batteries last well.
With regards the batteries I like to have a few as the standard charger is slow and when you are working flat out you need to have another ready. I have had occasions where even three batteries have not been enough when the charger takes so long, but it now have a second charger to alleviate this problem.
Having spent money on very expensive Dewalt drills and having had similar problems that my older Ryobi drill has I would choose Ryobi every time for value. Even if you only get 12 months of hard work out of them for the price you will struggle to do better.
I love Bosch and Makita tools and use them allot but their battery range can be expensive and they don't have the flexibility of the Ryobi 18 volt + system.
.No batteries or charger supplied
.24 torque settings
.Maximum torque 55Nm
.13mm keyless chuck
.No load speeds:
0 - 370rpm Speed 1
0 - 750rpm Speed 2
0 - 2,200rpm Speed 3
.Blows per minute:
0 - 5,920bpm Speed 1
0 - 12,000bpm Speed 2
0 - 35,200bpm Speed 3
.Maximum drilling capacity in Wood 50mm
in Steel 13mm, in Masonry 13mm
.2 x double ended screwdriver bits, depth stop, auxiliary handle and plug-in lanyard
Another great value tool to add to your Ryobi 18 volt + collection.
The CDI-1803M combi drill is a high performance tool, with all the features you'd expect in a professional tool. It delivers 55Nm or torque at up to 2200rpm - one of the fastest cordless drills on the market, this is thanks to its high quality 3 speed gearbox. The tool also has electronic variable speed, 24 torque settings and a full metal keyless chuck with automatic spindle lock.