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11-26-2016 12:59 AM

Topic tags/keywords: drill-driver

Looking for some opinions. My old Coleman 12V Drill is getting tired. I went to Home Depot with the wife on Black Friday with a lot of arm twisting. Anyway, they had a Ryobi P1832 set of a 18V LI Drill driver and Impact Driver. It came with two “compact batteries”, a IntelliPort Charger, and a soft carrying case. Put out $99.00 plus tax,

Looked good to me for an amateur woodworker who does crafts and light furniture woodworking. What do you think?
Please be frank.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#1 posted 11-26-2016 01:04 AM

Now that I am out of the construction/remodeling business, I prefer the lightness of 12V. I am guessing the 18V are lighter then 10 years ago.
An impact is nice for driving lag bolts, ect.
Overall you did good, just 2 batteriers, driver and charger can easy be $100.

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#2 posted 11-26-2016 01:15 AM

I think that’s a good deal as well. It’s a pretty typical price for that kit on Black Friday, but a good price nonetheless.

I have Ryobi drills and impact driver, and they’ve worked flawlessly for me. I’ve had two of the drills for 11+ years, and they still work like new, though, I’ve obviously gotten new batteries since then.

I do typical home owner DIY stuff and hobby woodworking. I’m confident you’ll be happy with your purchase.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC

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#3 posted 11-26-2016 01:48 AM

I have a Ryobi kit as well for the last 10 years and really love mine. I think you will be pleased.

-- Brent

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#4 posted 11-26-2016 03:17 AM


You did good! A few years ago I replaced the Ryobi Ni-Cad (I think) batteries with LI batteries for about $100 for the 2 LI batteries and charger.

Not knowing whether you have experience with LI cordless tools, I will mention that the LI battery either has enough power to drive the tool or it does not have enough power. When the charge is drained the tool simply stops working. This contrasts with Ni-Cad batteries where the tool gradually loses power as the battery loses charge. My LI Ryobi batteries include a charge indicator on the battery.

The other nice thing is that Home Depot offers a wide array of affordable Ryobi LI tools all of which are compatible the LI 18v batteries.

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#5 posted 11-26-2016 03:18 AM

Regardless of the brand I have found a impact driver gives excellent control of screw depth once you get acquainted with the tool. In my shop I use both, a drill that keeps a 3/32 bit in it all the time and my impact for any driver and even some drill bits with hex drive. Recently came across a Dewalt 20volt impact and have a countersink bit that stays in that one, works well.

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#6 posted 11-26-2016 03:57 AM

You did well my friend!!

I have the same and I purchased the same for both of my sons.


-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#7 posted 11-26-2016 04:09 PM

You all made my day. Thanks for the responses.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#8 posted 11-28-2016 02:14 AM

I have had Ryobi drill and impact driver for several years. 18 volt, Li batteries. Have had no issues, except that the chuck on the drill sometimes slips. My only gripe.

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#9 posted 11-28-2016 02:22 AM

As a contractor, I have preferred higher end tools rather than Ryobi ,but I think they have improved over the last few years and they should be fine for use in a home shop.Enjoy!


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#10 posted 11-29-2016 11:33 PM

I agree mrbob. As a tradesman the 18v is just way to freaking heavy. I own a Milwaukee 18v set and a 12v set and I can perform most tasks with the 12v. To answer your question I did a job a few years back where all the carpenters were called to a single site. This was before I opened my own company and there were 22 carpenters onsite. We used exclusively hilti products but we were low on drills so I ran to the box and purchased 5 ryobi drills. I absolutely loved it. I suffer from carpel tunnel and the ergonomics of the hilti blows. The Milwaukee is fantastic but I didn’t want to use my own equipment. I ended up burning the ryobi out after a few days but to be fair were installing heavy gauge metal studs and then a layer of plywood, followed by Sheetrock. There aren’t many drills that can handle that workload other than the drill made for heavy gauge studs. You will love it

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#11 posted 11-30-2016 02:18 AM

And don’t overlook the other One+ tools. I have added two of the larger batteries, a 4.5” grinder, a weed wacker, a hedge trimmer, work light, spotlight, sawzall, 6.5” circular saw (more robust than the 5.5”) and the 18 ga. brad nailer. I’m a retired remodler and have worn out all my DeWalt and Porter Cable cordless tools. These Ryobi tools work and the prices are hard to beat.

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#12 posted 11-30-2016 07:10 PM

Like someone else said, the 18 volt drills used to be a bit heavy. With the newer style batteries it will be a nice addition to your arsenal. I actually went from an 18v to a 12v because the 12v is a bit smaller but powerful enough for shop use, for me. Congrats. Sometimes Black Fridays pay off

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