For the homeowner or DIYer, a cordless drill is a necessity. However, taking a walk through the tool aisle at any hardware store can be very confusing — since it is hard to plan ahead in picking one that “you might need”.
Ryobi is pretty much solving that for you. This one drill can not only drill into wood, metal, and plastics — it also can drill into concrete & stone with ease! That is because it is a “Hammer Drill” — which has the same capabilities of a normal “Drill/Driver”, with one addition…the hammer drill mode. This creates a continual “hammering effect” on the bit as it spins, which will drive it through concrete very quickly. When you dont need it, it is as simple as flipping a switch & now you are back in regular drilling or driving mode.
Having the ability to mount a lockbox or an extra set of keys, install a hose reel, or drill holes in your concrete floor to bolt the safe down are things that you can easily do by simply drilling holes into the brick or concrete slab.
We bought this at our local Home Depot on a whim — basically we needed 2 compact batteries, and this kit (including two batteries) was the same price! So for us…..free drill & free charger!
The specs on the Ryobi P1812 Hammer Drill Kit are :
- (2) P107 18v ONE+ (Compatible with ALL 18v ONE+ batteries)
- P214 Hammer Drill
- 30-Minute Fast Charger
- Tool Bag
- 1/2″ Keyless Ratcheting Chuck
- 600 in-lbs of Torque
- 2 Speed/Power Modes
- 3 Drilling Modes (Drilling, Driving, Hammer Drilling)
- LED Light
- MAG Tray
- Bit Holder
- Removable Side Handle with Depth Rod
- 3yr Warranty
Rather than test this with the larger P108 high-capacity batteries, we decided to test it with the compact batteries that came in the kit — just so you can get a 100% accurate representation of what to expect. Surprisingly, they lasted a long time & got a lot of work done per charge!
Runtime testing included (using fully charged P107 Batteries):
- 86 Holes (1/2″ Holes into Standard Hollow Cinder Block)
- 129 Holes (5/8″ Holes into 2×6 Wood)
Overall I think that this would be a great drill for the Homeowner or DIYer. The entire cost of the kit currently ($99 on sale…..normally $129), is LESS than a single high-capacity battery from most of the other manufacturers — and that includes a Drill, 2 batteries, and a charger!
Keep in mind also that ALL of the Ryobi 18v ONE+ tools are compatible with ALL of the Ryobi ONE+ batteries! If you get a kit, you will already have what it takes to power more tools later when you expand.