Great for use in a number of different situations, the cordless power drill is a power tool found in most people’s homes and workshops. But with so many models around these days it can be hard knowing which brand to rely on. One name that’s always being portrayed in a good light is Ryobi. And in this review, we’re going to take a look at some of the best cordless drills the company has to offer.
If you’re looking for a drill that’s fit for is purpose, made from a name you can trust, and won’t cost you a fortune, then the Ryobi P1810 may be for you. Equipped with an efficient lithium-ion battery that’s capable of holding up to 4 x the charge as a Ni-Cd battery, and is around 45% lighter too, this cordless drill is perfect as a starter tool or
At 18V, and kicking out a maximum rotation speed of 1300 rpm, the P1810 is a more than reliable drill that can tackle most small to medium jobs with ease. It has a 3/8” keyless chuck with 24 torque levels. This adjusts torque output in which to control the depth of the screw or fastener. It also has a reverse function.
Measuring in at 14.7” x 8.2” x 3.7”, and weighing just 4.25 pounds, the P1810 is not a bad size. It’s big enough to handle some pretty hardcore drilling jobs yet light enough to remain fatigue-free while carrying out precision drilling.
One of the features that makes this drill stand out from the crowd is its exclusive MagTray. This is a magnetic tray that sits at the bottom of the drill, allowing you to keep things like extra screws and bits close by. Another great feature the P1810 has to offer is it has an interchangeable battery that can be used with any Ryobi 18V ONE+ tool.
And, as with most decent power tools, it comes with a 3-year warranty for your added protection.
So, now for a rundown of the P1811.
Another fantastic 18V cordless drill, the P1811 certainly holds its own against the P1810, but then it is its big brother, so it’s kind of to be expected. While the P1810 has an impressive maximum rotation speed of 1300 rpm, the uprated P1811 does one better. This beast is capable of kicking out a maximum rotation speed of 0-1600 rpm.
Measuring in at 11” x 7.1” x 9.8”, it’sactually more compact than the P1810, but at 6.85 pounds it does weigh a little bit more. In terms of functionality, it has a ½” keyless chuck capacity with 24 torque levels. And as with the P1810, it too, has a reverse function, which is an essential feature for any power drill.
One thing extra you get with the P1811 that you won’t see on the P1810 is the rubber-coated handle. And while this might not seem like a big deal, it makes a huge difference over even a short period of time. As for storage, it too features a magnetic bit holder. It also comes with a handy little Ryobi tool bag to place everything in when the job’s done.
It also comes with the same 3-year warranty.
If your main aim is to buy a robust, cordless drill that’s likely to sit in your home or workshop and be used for DIY or minor projects then the P1810 is more than adequate for this. It’s got a good engine, a handy integrated storage tray, and is relatively inexpensive.
The P1811 is an upgrade model of the P1810 and therefore a little more hardcore. Being slightly smaller than the P1810 makes it better forthose needing to use it on the move. It also has a heftier motor so can tackle bigger jobs with less strain.
However, both are solid, well-made tools that are likely to stay hanging around your workshop for a very long time.