Ryobi rachet P344

An Inexpensive Cordless Rachet Tool from Ryobi

Among the newest additions to the 18V ONE+ family of tools from Ryobi is a 3/8” rachet (model P344) that comes with a four position rotating head for getting into tight spaces such as sink bases and lazy Susans. It also has a pair of LED lights that can make working in those kinds of cabinets a whole lot easier. There’s also a decent paddle switch for increased user comfort.

This tool has received five stars from 84% of the reviewers on Amazon. A few of the lesser reviews noted that there was limited torque, but those were primarily mechanics who need to perform tasks such as loosening rusted bolts. The rachet actually delivers up to 35 foot-pounds of torque, so for woodworkers who are installing cabinet or furniture hardware, this tool is an inexpensive and quite functional solution. It weighs in at just 2.4 lbs. without the battery, and the overall length is 11-1/2”. It has a 3/8” chuck and operates at 230 RPM.  

The P344 is currently available at The Home Depot physical stores and online for $79.

For woodworkers on a budget who are looking for a cordless power tool system, the Ryobi 18 Volt collection can be an inexpensive yet reliable alternative to some of the high-end professional lines. The 18V ONE+ system now includes almost two hundred tools that use this cordless lithium-ion technology. The company says that the tool range addresses activities such as drilling, driving, cutting, fastening, lighting, plumbing, cooling, rocking, trimming, edging, mowing and clearing. It’s a real disappointment to buy a new tool and find your old batteries don’t fit, but all of the newest products and batteries in Ryobi’s system still fit original tools and batteries all the way back to 1996. The catalog includes 1-1/2, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 9 Amp-hour batteries plus standard chargers (single and 6-port), and car chargers.

For an interesting little read on the future of batteries that WoodEzine published back in 2017, click here.