Ryobi 18V One+ PBLDD01 Vs Dewalt 20V Atomic DCD709 Hammer Drill

Ryobi PBLDD01 Angle 5

Ryobi PBLDD01

Quick take

The Dewalt 20V Atomic DCD709 and Ryobi 18V One+ PBLDD01 are excellent drills for DIYers and homeowners. The Dewalt DCD709’s more compact footprint and lighter weight make it a solid option for woodworkers needing an agile drill that fits into tight spaces. It is more expensive and includes a hammer drill mode, which the Ryobi PBLDD01 lacks. One advantage of the Ryobi PBLDD01 is the all-metal chuck design that should be more durable than the Dewalt’s hybrid plastic and metal design.

Brand Ryobi
Platform 18V One+
Motor Brushless
Speeds 2
Torque in-lbs 750.0
BPM N/A
Clutch settings 23
Chuck size 1/2"
Same as N/A
Brand Dewalt
Platform 20V Atomic
Motor Brushless
Speeds 2
Torque in-lbs Not advertised
BPM 28,050.0
Clutch settings 15
Chuck size 1/2"
Same as DCD709B

Editorial opinion

Rating

3.22 / 5 stars

Methodology used: Heavy duty

Pros

  • Homeowner-ready performance at a reasonable price
  • Brushless motor

Cons

  • No hammer drill functionality
  • Short battery warranty
  • Bulky and moderately heavy

Rating

4.00 / 5 stars

Methodology used: Heavy duty

Pros

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Brushless motor
  • Includes a hammer drill functionality
  • Solid warranty

Cons

  • Plastic chuck sleeve isn’t as durable as metal
  • Moderately loud under load

Global rankings

18 models tested

TestResultRank
Drilling speed (sec.)16.810
Driving speed (sec.)24.114
Torque (in-lbs)750.05
RPM1,924.09
Bare weight (lbs)2.8110
Drilling Noise (dBA)80.93
TestResultRank
Drilling speed (sec.)15.98
Driving speed (sec.)12.19
Torque (in-lbs)Not advertisedNot ranked
RPM1,623.013
Bare weight (lbs)2.467
Drilling Noise (dBA)90.313

Recommended configuration

PBLDD01K

Includes (2) One+ 18V HP 2Ah battery

Lab results

Drilling speed

Drilling speed total time (drill mode, sec.): 16.8
Drilling speed average time (drill mode, sec.): 3.4
Drilling speed total time (hammer mode, sec.): N/A
Drilling speed average time (hammer mode, sec.): N/A
Hammer mode speed improvement: N/A

The PBLDD01 has enough muscle to tackle demanding drilling jobs without bogging down or binding up. It was also fast enough under load in our test to quickly clear chips from the hole, explaining some of its speed performance.

Our drilling speed tests are designed to explore the upper range of a drill’s limits. Admittedly, the PBLDD01 won’t be pushed to these limits with regular use around the home and for the most common tasks. But it’s good to know that you won’t need to reach for a different drill to finish the job in a pinch.

We also tested boring various holes in different widths with several forstner, spade, and auger bits. The PBLDD01 starts slowing down considerably once boring holes 1/2-inch and wider but breezes through drilling smaller holes, which most homeowners will use a drill for.

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Drilling speed

Drilling speed total time (drill mode, sec.): 15.9
Drilling speed average time (drill mode, sec.): 3.2
Drilling speed total time (hammer mode, sec.): 15.0
Drilling speed average time (hammer mode, sec.): 3.0
Hammer mode speed improvement: 5.7%

Dewalt did a solid job packing sufficient performance into a compact footprint. The DCD709 turned in good results in our drilling speed test, which is designed to understand each drill’s limits.

Critically, it sustained high enough RPMs under load to easily clear chips from the hole and avoid bogging down. However, it doesn’t have enough muscle to be considered a professional-grade hammer drill. Upgrade to the Dewalt 20V Max XR DCD805 Hammer Drill for flagship drilling performance.

We were underwhelmed by the hammer drill functionality in our testing. The hammer drill improved drilling speeds by only 5.7%. Other more effective hammer drills improve speed by upwards of 20.0%.

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Driving speed

GRK total driving time forward (sec.): 24.1
GRK average driving time forward (sec.): 4.8
GRK total driving time reverse (sec.): 24.0
GRK average driving time reverse (sec.): 4.8

The PBLDD01 is slow for an 18V drill when driving structural screws and big lag bolts, though it did complete our driving speed lab test without needing to drop a gear for additional torque, which occurs occasionally with budget drills.

While not represented in our standardized lab results, we also tested driving several length lag bolts and common #6, #8, and #10 screws. The PBLDD01 has enough power to finish most lag bolts we threw at it, but we found ourselves frequently dropping a gear to finish the job. It had no problem driving common screw sizes and lengths.

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Driving speed

GRK total driving time forward (sec.): 12.1
GRK average driving time forward (sec.): 2.4
GRK total driving time reverse (sec.): 10.4
GRK average driving time reverse (sec.): 2.1

The DCD709 was reasonably fast in our driving speed test. Again, it doesn’t offer flagship speeds that are needed on the job site. Still, it finished driving 5 1/8-inch GRK RSS fasteners without bogging down or needing to drop a gear to the low setting for improved torque output.

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RPM

Ryobi PBLDD01 RPM Chart

Max RPM speed 2: 1,924.0
Max RPM speed 1: 489.0

The PBLDD01 isn’t designed to be the fastest drill in light-duty tasks or at the upper end of its range, as our RPM tachometer tests revealed. A higher RPM output would improve its drilling and driving speeds in certain situations.

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RPM

Dewalt DCD709 RPM Chart

Max RPM speed 2: 1,623.0
Max RPM speed 1: 430.0

The DCD709’s RPM output doesn’t match the speed offered with more powerful drills, partly explaining its performance in our drilling and driving speed tests.

We also measured the RPM output with a contact tachometer in the low setting to understand the speed capabilities when torque matters more than RPMs. In the low setting, the DCD709 is slower than many models in our test fleet. In practice, expect that the DCD709 will have enough torque to finish demanding drilling jobs, but it will do so more slowly.

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Torque

Advertised max torque (in-lbs): 750.0
Advertised max torque (ft-lbs): 62.5

The PBLDD01 has a moderately high maximum advertised torque at 750.0 in-lbs and vastly outperforms other Ryobi drills. The torque output, combined with the RPM performance under load, predominantly explains why the PBDLDD01 binds up less frequently and sustains faster speed than other Ryobi models tested.

Note: We don’t currently test drill torque in-house, as we do for impact drivers using a torque meter. The torque commentary discussed here relies upon both advertised torque specifications provided by manufacturers and practical insights learned from performance in our various drilling and driving tests.

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Torque

Advertised max torque (in-lbs): Not advertised
Advertised max torque (ft-lbs): Not advertised

Dewalt no longer advertises the torque of its drills and we currently don’t test torque on a torque meter in-house, like we do for impact drivers.

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Chuck

Ryobi PBLDD01 Chuck Closeup

Chuck size: 1/2″
Chuck sleeve material: Knurled metal

We appreciate that the PBLDD01 includes an all-metal chuck with metal knurling used in the chuck sleeve. Many cheap drills opt for plastic parts, reducing the build quality and creating a less premium feel.

The chuck also works well in practice. We didn’t run into situations where the chuck inadvertently loosened throughout testing. Instead, the three-jaw chuck locks well onto bits and holds them in place.

Chuck

Dewalt DCD709 Chuck Closeup

Chuck size: 1/2″
Chuck sleeve material: Plastic

While the chuck sleeve is made from plastic and metal is better for durability, the DCD709’s ratcheting chuck works well. The three jaws lock onto drill bits and didn’t loosen with usage during our tests.

Motor & BPM

Ryobi PBLDD01 Drill Modes

Motor type: Brushless
Action modes: Drill only
Advertised blows per min. (speed 2): N/A
Advertised blows per min. (speed 1): N/A
Variable speed trigger: Yes
Kickback control technology: No
Trigger draw length (in.): 0.250

Ryobi builds solid tools at a budget price point while still offering features more commonly found in higher-priced drills. That theme holds true with the PBLDD01, which includes a brushless motor, improving the motor’s longevity and efficiency over dated brushed motors.

The motor powers only a single drill mode setting. When the set ring is positioned in drill mode, the clutch disengages for unencumbered torque output.

Unlike its sister drill, the Ryobi 18V One+ PBLHM101 Hammer Drill, there is no hammer drill functionality. Not including a hammer drill limits the PBLDD01’s versatility and performance, especially when drilling masonry and thick lumber. In most scenarios, we recommend choosing a hammer drill, especially since they tend to cost negligibly more than a standard drill.

The PBLDD01 doesn’t include kickback control technology to reduce the risk of wrist injuries when the drill binds. Some of the best Milwaukee drills include kickback controls to minimize injury risk.

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Motor & BPM

Dewalt DCD709 Drill Modes

Motor type: Brushless
Action modes: Drill, hammer
Advertised blows per min. (speed 2): 28,050.0
Advertised blows per min. (speed 1): Not advertised
Variable speed trigger: Yes
Kickback control technology: No
Trigger draw length (in.): 0.250

The DCD709 includes a brushless motor, improving its durability and efficiency over dated brushed motors. There are two action modes that disengage the chuck for unfettered torque. The hammer drilling mode adds in 28,050.0 blows per minute (BPM), which is needed to efficiently drill masonry and thick lumber.

However, the hammering functionality wasn’t effective at improving speeds, as our drilling speed tests below highlight.

The DCD709 doesn’t include kickback control technology to reduce the risk of injuries when binding up.

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Clutch & speed settings

Ryobi PBLDD01 Clutch & Speed

Speed settings: 2
Clutch settings: 23

The PBLDD01 includes a standard two-speed transmission that runs the drill at a low or high speed in any clutch setting and single drill mode.

The 23 clutch settings are also more than many drills include, allowing you to finely tune the torque output to the task at hand.

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Clutch & speed settings

Dewalt DCD709 Clutch & Speed

Speed settings: 2
Clutch settings: 15

The DCD709 has a familiar two-speed gearbox that runs the drill at the high or low speed in all of the 15 clutch settings and action modes. The highest torque output is achieved in the low setting in drill mode, like all drills.

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Charging time

Ryobi PBLDD01 Fuel Gauge

Charger tested: Ryobi 18V One+ (PCG002)
Charging time 2Ah battery (min.): 49.0
Charging time 4Ah battery (min.): 117.0
Charging time 5Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time per Ah (min.): 26.9
Fuel gauge: On battery

The 18V charger included with most Ryobi kits (model PCG002) charges batteries moderately slower than other brands.

Our tests took 49.0 and 117.0 minutes to charge a Ryobi 18V One+ 2Ah and 4Ah battery, respectively. Several other brands we’ve tested take approximately 20 minutes per Ah, whereas the Ryobi charger takes at least 24.5 minutes per Ah.

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Charging time

Dewalt DCD709 Fuel Gauge

Charger tested: Dewalt 20V Max (DCB115)
Charging time 2Ah battery (min.): 59.0
Charging time 4Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time 5Ah battery (min.): 139.0
Charging time per Ah (min.): 28.7
Fuel gauge: On battery

The Dewalt charger that is standard in most kits (model DCB115) isn’t as fast as chargers from other brands. In our tests, it took 59.0 minutes to top off a Max 2Ah battery and 139.0 minutes to charge a Max XR 5Ah battery. Expect that this charger will charge batteries at approximately 28.7 minutes per Ah. Faster chargers charge batteries at 20.0 or fewer minutes per Ah.

Nicely, the DCD112 works with Dewalt’s 12V and 20V platform batteries, conveniently saving space in your shop if you have several tools in the Dewalt ecosystem.

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Design & ergonomics

Stands upright (no battery): Yes
Stands upright (w/ battery): Yes
Grip material: Rubber overgrip
Magnetic holder: No
Bit holder: No
Belt hook: No
Lanyard compatible: Yes

Design & ergonomics

Stands upright (no battery): Yes
Stands upright (w/ battery): Yes
Grip material: Rubber overgrip
Magnetic holder: No
Bit holder: No
Belt hook: Yes
Lanyard compatible: Yes

Weight

Ryobi PBLDD01 On Scale

Bare weight (lbs): 2.81
Weight w/ 2Ah battery (lbs): 3.77
Weight w/ 4Ah battery (lbs): 4.39
Weight w/ 5Ah battery (lbs): Not tested

The PBLDD01 is moderately heavy for an 18V drill in its bare form and with a battery.

We tested different battery configurations since the working weight can differ meaningfully from the bare tool weight. We recommend combining the PBLDD01 with Ryobi’s 18V One+ 2Ah battery for a good balance of drilling performance and weight in a lightweight setup.

Pair the PBLDD01 with Ryobi’s 18V One+ 5Ah battery for a longer run time and improved drilling performance if weight is less of a concern.

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Weight

Dewalt DCD709 On Scale

Bare weight (lbs): 2.46
Weight w/ 2Ah battery (lbs): 3.26
Weight w/ 4Ah battery (lbs): Not tested
Weight w/ 5Ah battery (lbs): 3.88

The DCD709 is moderately lightweight for a drill and is exceptionally lightweight compared to other 18V hammer drills in our test fleet. In practice, we encountered fewer situations of muscle fatigue compared to other hammer drills, which are all bulky.

We tested different battery configurations since the working weight can differ meaningfully from the bare tool weight. We recommend combining the DCD709 with Dewalt’s 20V Powerstack 1.7Ah battery, which weighs less, has a smaller footprint, and runs longer than Dewalt’s 20V Max 2Ah battery, a solid alternative for a svelte setup.

Pair the DCD709 with Dewalt’s 20V Max XR 5Ah battery for a longer run time and improved drilling performance if weight is less of a concern.

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Footprint

Ryobi PBLDD01 Footprint1
Ryobi PBLDD01 Footprint2

Max height (in.): 9.000
Max width (in.): 3.125
Chuck to back length (in.): 7.250
Base length (in.): 5.375
Base width (in.): 3.125

The PBLDD01 is reasonably large when measured in most orientations. The height is taller than average, and the tip-to-tail length is also extended. The size limits the spaces it can fit into and makes the PBLDD01 feel less nimble in hand than some drills.

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Footprint

Dewalt DCD709 Footprint1
Dewalt DCD709 Footprint2

Max height (in.): 9.125
Max width (in.): 3.125
Chuck to back length (in.): 6.875
Base length (in.): 4.500
Base width (in.): 3.125

One defining feature of the DCD709 is its size. Hammer drills almost always feel bulky and cast a big shadow. However, the DCD709 is moderately compact when measured across its dimensions. Notably, the tip-to-tail length is shorter than most competing hammer drills, helping it squeeze well into obstructed spaces.

The Dewalt 20V Atomic DCD799 Hammer Drill is worth considering for equivalent performance in a smaller footprint.

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Drilling clearance

Min. interior width clearance (in.): 8.625
Min. top edge clearance (in.): 1.500
Min. interior 45-deg. clearance (in.): 7.000

Since it is a reasonably large drill, the PBLDD01 doesn’t fit well into tight spaces. Notably, the tip-to-tail length limits how well it fits between two vertical boards and into corners.

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Drilling clearance

Min. interior width clearance (in.): 8.500
Min. top edge clearance (in.): 1.375
Min. interior 45-deg. clearance (in.): 6.500

Dewalt’s Atomic tools are designed to be compact and agile, so we entered the drilling clearance tests with high hopes for the DCD709.

It performed exceptionally well for an 18V hammer drill. Notably, the tip-to-tail length is shorter than most competing models in our test fleet, helping it fit into tight corners and between two vertical boards.

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Auxiliary arm

Auxiliary arm: No

The PBLDD01 doesn’t include an auxiliary handle to control recoil and enhance stability during heavy-duty drilling tasks. But we don’t see this as a downside. The PBLDD01 isn’t designed to tackle the heaviest-duty drilling tasks, such as drilling wide and deep holes in masonry or wood, where an auxiliary handle is helpful.

Check out the Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2904-20 Hammer Drill or Makita 18V LXT XPH14Z Hammer Drill if you want a more powerful drill with an auxiliary arm.

Auxiliary arm

Auxiliary arm: No

The DCD709 doesn’t include an auxiliary handle to control recoil and enhance stability during heavy-duty drilling tasks. Since the DCD709 is a moderately powerful drill, including an auxiliary arm could improve user safety in demanding jobs.

Check out the Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2904-20 Hammer Drill or Makita 18V LXT XPH14Z Hammer Drill if you want a more powerful drill with an auxiliary arm.

Noise

Ryobi PBLDD01 Noise Chart

Max no-load noise (dBA): 79.3
Max drilling noise (dBA): 80.9

The PBLDD01’s maximum noise output under load is lower than many models in our test fleet, especially when compared to hammer drills. Still, most drills approach the dBA output where prolonged exposure can cause damage, including with the PBLDD01.

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Noise

Dewalt DCD709 Noise Chart

Max no-load noise (dBA): 80.0
Max drilling noise (dBA): 90.3

The DCD709 is loud, just like all hammer drills under load when impacting. It generated 90.3 dBA during our drilling load tests with the hammer mode engaged. This level of noise output rivals the noise that impact drivers generate, and can be harmful with prolonged exposure.

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Light

Ryobi PBLDD01 Light Wall
Ryobi PBLDD01 Light Closeup

Light: Yes
Light location: In base
Light positions: 1
Customizable light settings: None
Light count: Single LED
Light active time (sec.): 15.0

The PBLDD01’s work light is sufficient but isn’t designed as well as other drills. The single LED bulb is located in the base and shines upward. We prefer lights that are located near the tip and point forward since they are more versatile and always illuminate the work surface directly in front of the drill.

There are no advanced worklight features. Some of the best Dewalt drills include several advanced light features, such as a Spotlight mode and the ability to disable the light when pulling the trigger.

Light

Dewalt DCD709 Light Wall
Dewalt DCD709 Light Closeup

Light: Yes
Light location: In base
Light positions: 1
Customizable light settings: None
Light count: Single LED
Light active time (sec.): 20.0

The DCD709’s in-base light sufficiently lights the intended drilling area but isn’t the design we prefer. Light’s located near the trigger that shine directly forward more accurately illuminate the intended work surface. Admittedly, we’re splitting hairs here and the light location isn’t critical. Sufficient is good enough for 95% of the time.

There are no advanced features otherwise. Some of the best Dewalt drills include an in-base light that can be positioned in three settings and has advanced features, such as a spotlight mode and the ability to turn off the light when pulling the trigger.

Warranty

Tool warranty (years): 90 day
Battery warranty (years): 3

Ryobi offers an exceptionally long three-year warranty on its drills. However, Ryobi’s battery warranties don’t come close to matching the length provided by most other manufacturers. Ryobi has a 90-day battery warranty, whereas other manufacturers commonly offer two to three years of coverage.

Warranty

Tool warranty (years): 3
Battery warranty (years): 3

Dewalt stands behind the durability of its drills with exceptionally long warranties. The DCD709 has a three-year warranty. Dewalt’s 20V Max batteries include a three-year warranty as well.

 

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Nathan Hamilton
Nathan Hamilton is the founder of DIY Gear Reviews and a recognized expert in the home and DIY space. He has over 200 bylines covering topics such as power tools, hand tools, and woodworking. Nathan is the strategic director for DIY Gear Reviews, deciding everything from the content covered to designing the testing methodologies for lab-tested reviews. He can be emailed at nhamilton@diygearreviews.com.

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