Ryobi 18V P815 Review

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The Ryobi 18V P815 is one of the better cheap and powerful cordless drills that users cheer for its light weight and fast speed (up to 1,600 rpm at high and 440 rpm on low). It features a variable speed trigger and comes with two batteries, dual-chemistry charger, and tool bag.

The Ryobi 18V P815 Cordless Compact Drill (starting at $150, Amazon) keeps the cost down and much of its customer base happy. Experts at Cordless Drill Reviews laud its light weight, fast speed, below-average price, and good durability but say its power and battery life don't compare as favorably to others in its class. Users are not deterred. According to Ryobi 18V P815 reviews at Home Depot, this drill has the power and torque to take on a wide variety of tasks: drilling holes for mounting bookshelves, spot cleaning carpets in a car with a brush attachment, or boring small holes in the ground. Reviews say it holds its charge well, recharges quickly, and is well-designed in terms of balance and weight. Both men and women take to this drill, and one review reports that the man of the house uses it for outdoor jobs while the woman of the house has dibs on it for inside jobs. Nonetheless, a few users gripe in Ryobi P815 reviews about limited run times for the battery and difficulty getting smooth, low speeds.

The Ryobi P815 kit includes two 12-volt lithium-ion batteries and a 60-minute dual-chemistry charger, the latter component a big plus in the eyes of several users because it lets you charge up and use either a lithium-ion or Ni-CAD battery. It also comes with a tool bag and sports a 1/2" keyless chuck, 24-position clutch, and variable speed trigger that gets you up to 1,600 rpm. If you already have batteries and a charger lying around, you can opt for the Ryobi 18V P202, which is the same drill minus the accessories, and sells for about $60.

A good all-purpose drill, the Ryobi P815 is also a good value buy.

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