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Ryobi Impact Driver 18v Brushless Review

There are few tools that you truly need in your toolbox and an impact driver is definitely one of them. It can make holes into various materials ranging from steel and concrete to drywall, plastics, and wood.

It can drive different threaded fasteners from screws, drill specific types of holes, but also drives the screws into the materials. Whether you are a want-to-be-craftsman or a professional handyman, you cannot go wrong with having an impact driver around.

This review will go into details, pros, and cons of the Ryobi Impact Driver and how it can help you in your daily tasks or occasional project at home.

Key Features of the Ryobi 18v Brushless Impact Driver

ryobi impact driver features

Ryobi 18v Brushless Impact Driver

Dimensions7.8 x 6.3 x 3.3 inches
Power SourceBattery
Voltage18 volts
Weight2.65 pounds

This Ryobi Brushless Impact Driver is light and comfortable to use with its compact size, allowing for good control over the tool. The impressive torque of up to 2,000 in/lbs and over 4,000 impacts per minute enable quick and easy tightening even of larger fasteners.

This impact driver has 3-speed settings, whether you prefer to work on low speed at around 1,100 RPM, the medium of 2,150 RPM or you would like the maximum speed version where you will appreciate the powerful brushless motor rotating at around 3,100 RPM.

ryobi impact driver speed settings
Speed Settings

The different features give you options on how to use the tool to best suit you and present you with the best level of control. Even at the highest speed, the Ryobi 18v impact driver is still quite comfortable to use.

The design is not only with attention to detail but also with an emphasis on functionality and efficiency. The pistol grip is covered in rubber molding ensures there is enough friction between your hand and the driver. This is perfect for better handling in the grip zone, even when putting it to the test in slipper environments.

Ryobi impact driver belt clip
Belt clip

Moreover, the tool comes with a side belt clip, so you can get your hands free whenever need be and be able to easily switch between tasks on more complex projects. The belt clip option also allows you to keep the tool with you throughout the day when you are on a job site. 

Ryobi impact driver tri-beam LED lighting
Tri-beam LED lighting

Furthermore, the Ryobi 18v impact driver comes equipped with a tri-beam LED lighting unit located on the muzzle under the keyless chuck. Whenever the trigger is pulled, it is automatically activated, making sure that the subject of your work is properly illuminated. It also prevents the distraction of shadows cast on your work area which ultimately helps keep your focus on the job at hand.

The tool is powered by an 18 volts battery and is compatible with the 18V batteries of other of the brand’s drivers such as the P103, P105, and P108 to name a few. If you would improve the performance, however, try equipping it with a Lithium+ HP battery and watch this art piece at work.

Ryobi definitely did not disappoint with this versatile power tool. Whether you are performing a professional handy job or working on personal Do It Yourself projects at home, this brushless impact driver will be your best friend in any task. 

Popular Ryobi Impact Driver FAQs:

How to use Ryobi impact driver?

The collet in an impact driver accepts ¼ inch hex shank driver bits. In order to either release or insert a bit, make sure that the collet is pulled forward. As the chuck is keyless, it allows you to tighten without the need to use a chuck key.

Use the different speed settings to choose between the low, medium and high speed, depending on the type of work you are performing, and the intensity needed to get the job properly done.

What battery do I need for Ryobi 18v 3-speed impact driver?

The tool can work with any of the Ryobi 18V One+ battery, including those of the following models: P100, P102 to P105 as well as P107 and P108. It can also perform well with a LITHIUM+ HP battery.

How do I use Ryobi impact driver with magnet drives?

Whether it is in a workshop, job site or around the hour, one of the most common uses for a drill would be as a driver. An alternative to the old-fashioned manual drilling, a drill helps you drive screws much faster and easier.

Thus, driver bits are in high demand and can come in different shapes of the screw head ranging from squire and star to Philips. Nevertheless, just like other bits, they have the same hex shank that would fit the regular chuck.

You can either use log drivers or driver tips perfectly fitting into the bit holder of the driver. The sleeve has a magnet inside it which holds the driver bit firmly in position and ready for use.

How do I use Ryobi impact driver with magnet drives?

Whether it is in a workshop, job site or around the hour, one of the most common uses for a drill would be as a driver. An alternative to the old-fashioned manual drilling, a drill helps you drive screws much faster and easier.

Thus, driver bits are in high demand and can come in different shapes of the screw head ranging from squire and star to Philips. Nevertheless, just like other bits, they have the same hex shank that would fit the regular chuck.

You can either use log drivers or driver tips perfectly fitting into the bit holder of the driver. The sleeve has a magnet inside it which holds the driver bit firmly in position and ready for use.

How to put a drill bit in a Ryobi impact driver?

With regard to the keyless chuck, the jaws should be wide enough for the bit. To open the jaws, unscrew the chuck and the jaws will open. To install the drill bit, insert it into the jaws and manually tighten the chuck. Use the available to switch the rotation from reverse to forward and vice versa.

Conclusion

Whether at home or at a professional job side, fixing up a deck, building furniture or setting up drywall, the Ryobi 18v Brushless Impact Driver is a useful tool to have in your box. It is compact, packed with power and easy to use and carry around.

The grip zone is designed to be firm and steady, even in slippery conditions that ensure maximum control and safety. The torque is high, the battery is just what you would need, and the tri-beam LED will go a long way and nicely complement the other features of this awesome impact driver. If you are looking for a versatile tool to add to your box, look no further than this impact driver by Ryobi.

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