Ryobi - D46CK 3/8" Variable Speed Clutch Drill / Driver. (Rating: 4)

It's been nearly two years since I purchased my Ryobi D46CK driver drill to replace an old Craftsman drill that had been on long term loan a little too long…

The features I liked about this particular drill were the fact that it had a keyless chuck, with a good, predictable chuck. The blow molded case helps with storage and at least TRYING to keep my shop tidy.

Power from this drill has been great, after Hurricane Ike I used it with a 1.5" long shaft (18") spade bit to bore holes in tree stumps to pour stump rot in… The drill never bogged, never slowed down. Yes I cleared the bore holes every half inch to one inch of depth, but the pace was aggressive and less than graceful. The drill put up with it well.

Driving screws with the clutch set to a reasonable tension keeps easily blown out materials like MDF intact, which is the MAJOR reason I bought a drill with a clutch in the first place.

My only complaints with this drill are two, one is minor, and I am not sure if the other is minor or not…

#1. No bubble levels on this particular model. I got VERY used to using the levels on the old Craftsman that this is very hard to get used to. But I managed.

#2. The drill motor is noisy as it slows down. Now mind you this drill has gotten heavy usage in my shop for nearly two years straight, and it has ALWAYS been noisy. But it makes this somewhat squeaky noise as it spins down to a stop. Not something my Craftsman ever did. I have heard other drills do this though. Ryobi, Ridgid, and Makita particularly. I find it annoying, but I can live with it…

Overall the drill was an excellent value, and has performed up to my expectations. Ryobi would do their customers a HUGE favor by including the levels in the replacement for this model. But keep the clutch, it's a good one with fine adjustments that really do work! Another feature of the old Craftsman that Ryobi might include is recesses for a 16 piece drill bit set in the blow mold case. I actually had a B&D Ti coated bit set in the Craftsman case. Helped with keeping the shop tidier AND the drill bits handy when you need them!

Overall, if it were lost, stolen, or left in the driveway and run over, I would run out in a hurry and grab another one. I haven't seen another drill in this price class with the same features period, and the other drills in this price class (lacking the clutch) were just not all that impressive to me.