I have, over the years, used several drills, but did not expect Ryobi to deliver perfect performance with their P1811 model. Whenever I review drills, I typically look for the price tag, the ease of use, the versatility of the gadget, as well as how easy it is to operate for persons planning to purchase a drill for the first time.
I have to admit that the Ryobi P1811 scored heavily on all departments, as you will find out when you go through our Ryobi 18V Cordless Drill Review. To begin with, I prefer cordless drills as they provide me with more flexibility and prevents accidents caused by tripping o the power supply cord. Such gadgets also permit me to work effortlessly in places where no power outlet is available close to the working spot. Although this drill is not as fast or powerful as some other drills, it compensates for the same by its comfortable design and an abundance of convenient features.
Q: Do I have to purchase a charger?
A: No, the unit ships with a charger.
Q: What are included with the drill?
A: The drill ships with two batteries, a carrying case, and a Philips bit.
Q: Does it only support lithium batteries?
A: No, the gadget and the charger supports Nickel Cadmium batteries too
Q: What about working in poorly lit areas
A: The gadget includes an inbuilt light emitting diode
My take on the Ryobi 18v drill
In depth features
This compact drill tips the scale at only 2.7 pounds and boasts of many features such as:
• Ability to run on Li-Ion and Ni-Cad batteries
• LED lights for increased visibility
• Dual speed gear box and 24 position clutch
• Accurate driving and drilling due to top mounted bubble level
• Compact design allows users to access hard to reach areas
• Improved handle offers amazing comfort and grip
• Energy saving mode maximizes battery life
• Indicator lights that display battery power status
The included user manual contains a wealth of information about how to use the drill as well as how to maintain it properly so that it provides many years of faultless service.
A fully charged battery lasts for 45 minutes, which is amazing, and easily puts it in the top of the league. As the manufacturer provides two batteries with the drill, you can charge one (takes less than an hour) while using the other.
Who can use this cordless drill?
Both hobbyists as well as professionals can use this device thanks to its light weight, compact design, and ease of use. This model by Ryobi uses a convenient half inch keyless chuck, a feature typically found on high end devices. It also contains a magnetic holder that allows the user to store dill bits. The company, apart from offering a three year limited warranty also provides a 30 days satisfaction guarantee. If you are not satisfied with the device, return it within 30 days to get full refund. The pocket friendly price of this tool makes it appealing to both professionals and DIY enthusiasts.
What I did not like about this drill
How does this drill compare to other drills
You get what you pay for. However, considering the features packed into this device, it provides you with more value for your money. It has some amazing features such as the battery power indicator, the magnetic bit holder, and the LED illuminating light that puts it ahead of its competitors. In comparison, the Makita 18v lxt also:
• Has 350 inch pound torque
• A no-load speed of 2,200 RPM
• Only runs on Lithium Ion battery
• Costs $35 more than the Ryobi P1811
What do users say about this drill?
Judging by the rave feedbacks on large online retailers, it seems that the Ryobi P1811 is the hands down winner. Easy to use and cheaper than other drills in its class, you should purchase this particular model.
I have authored many cordless drill reviews, but found this model by Ryobi far ahead of the rest, especially when one considers its friendly price tag, and its ease of use. I suggest it strongly for both novices and professionals.