New ½” Drill Driver Kit from Ryobi (PBLDD01K)

The brushless motor in Ryobi’s new 18V ONE+ HP drill/driver delivers up to 750 in-lbs. of torque. Included in the kit ($159 at The Home Depot) are the tool, two 2Ah high performance batteries and the charger, and a pretty decent tool bag. There are now more than a hundred and seventy-five tools that will work with this battery. The new driver has a 2-speed gearbox with ranges of 0 to 500 and 0 to 2100 RPM, a 24-position clutch for matching the torque to the task, a 1/2″ ratcheting metal chuck for increased durability, and an on-board LED work-light for clear drilling visibility. Ryobi says that the batteries have the most advanced on-board electronics and they “provide up to 2X more runtime, up to 30% more power, and run cooler compared to our standard lithium-ion batteries. They also perform in extreme weather temperatures and are impact resistant.” The PBLDD01K comes with a 3-year warranty.