Ryobi HJP002K Review


A compact, lightweight 12V cordless drill with a 3/8" chuck that wins strong endorsements from home users and some professionals for its power and torque and the run time of its battery. This model features 24 clutch settings and speed up to 600 rpm; it comes with two batteries, a charger, and storage case.

This cheap cordless drill claims fans among casual users as well as professionals. Ryobi 12V HJP002K reviews posted on Home Depot laud its well-balanced and light weight, compact size, power, and battery capacity. It holds its own when used to assemble ping pong tables, trim out construction jobs, and drill holes in ceilings. Users posting reviews report the battery lasts for days on a single charge and recharges within 45 minutes. It's also durable; one user reports no negative effects even when dropped from 10 feet. We did come across two minor gripes: A few Ryobi 12V HJP002K reviews express a preference for a tad more torque, and a couple of users say the chuck occasionally doesn't clamp down tightly. But overall, users like its gusto, responsive trigger, and sensitive clutch.

The Ryobi 12V HJP002K (starting at $79, Amazon) sports a 3/8" keyless chuck, 24 clutch settings, ergonomic handle, and magnetic holder for screws and bits. Its variable speed reaches up to 600 rpm and it weighs less than two pounds. The tool comes with two 12-volt lithium-ion batteries, a 45-minute charger, and a storage bag.

A Home Depot exclusive, the Ryobi 12V HJP002K would be a good investment for anyone undertaking basic drilling and driving tasks. Ryobi 12V HJP002K reviews enthusiastically recommend this model for light-duty projects, noting that it's easy to work with and handily fits into tight spaces.

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