Ryobi 18V One+ PBLDD01 Vs Ryobi 18V One+ PSBHM01 Hammer Drill

Ryobi PBLDD01 Angle 5

Ryobi PBLDD01

Quick take

The Ryobi 18V One+ PBLDD01 and Ryobi 18V One+ PBLHM101 Hammer Drill are sister drills with different footprints and power profiles, though neither is exceptionally fast under load. The PSBHM01 is designed as a hybrid between a 12V drill that favors a more compact footprint over speed and a more powerful 18V drill. The PBLHM101 is a true 18V drill with a faster drilling and driving performance. The PBLHM101 includes a hammer drilling mechanism that improves its efficiency in drilling cement.

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 Ryobi
Platform 18V One+
Motor Brushless
Speeds 2
Torque in-lbs 400.0
BPM 27,200.0
Clutch settings 22
Chuck size 1/2"
Same as N/A

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

3.55 / 5 stars

Methodology used: Heavy duty

Pros

  • Highly compact footprint and lightweight
  • Brushless motor
  • Hammer drill functionality

Cons

  • Slow driving and drilling speeds in the most demanding tasks
  • Short battery warranty
  • Chuck build quality

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.)31.917
Driving speed (sec.)29.217
Torque (in-lbs)400.010
RPM1,626.012
Bare weight (lbs)2.215
Drilling Noise (dBA)88.610

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.): 31.9
Drilling speed average time (drill mode, sec.): 6.4
Drilling speed total time (hammer mode, sec.): 23.2
Drilling speed average time (hammer mode, sec.): 4.6
Hammer mode speed improvement: 27.3%

The PSBHM01 isn’t powerful enough to take the drilling speed crown when put against higher-priced 18V drills in our drilling test. The PSBHM01 drilled through stacked lumber without bogging down. It just didn’t do so quickly.

It cleared chips from the hole well enough, and we didn’t need to remove and re-insert the bit to finish boring a 1/2-inch hole as fast as possible, which can’t be said for several similarly-compact hammer drills.

Admittedly, our drilling speed tests don’t replicate the tasks the PSBHM01 will be used for inside most homes. These tests are designed to understand how each drill performs at the top end of its range, which most homeowners won’t reach.

We ran several other drilling tests with different gauge spade, forstner, and auger bits to further understand its performance and potential versatility.

You can start to feel how the PSBHM01 is underpowered when boring 1/2-inch and larger holes, and we had to drop a gear in some tests for extra torque to finish the job. However, the PSBHM01 performed well boring smaller holes, which is what most homeowners will use it for.

Impressively, the hammering functionality vastly improved the drilling speed. We expect a high-performing hammer drill to improve speeds by at least 20.0% over the standard drill mode. The PSBHM01 turned in 27.3% faster performance using the hammer drill functionality.

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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.): 29.2
GRK average driving time forward (sec.): 5.8
GRK total driving time reverse (sec.): 27.7
GRK average driving time reverse (sec.): 5.5

As our driving speed tests uncovered, the PSBHM01 doesn’t have the muscle to drive big fasteners quickly. In these tests, we rarely need to use the low setting to complete the test with 18V drills, as we did with the PSBHM01.

We also tested driving several wider gauge lag bolts and various common length #6, #8, and #10 screws. The PSBHM01 struggled to finish big lag bolts in the low setting but performed well driving smaller screws, which most homeowners will use this drill for.

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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

Ryobi PSBHM01 RPM Chart

Max RPM speed 2: 1,626.0
Max RPM speed 1: 440.0

The PSBHM01 doesn’t have a high RPM output in all its transmission settings and drill modes, partly explaining its underwhelming performance in our speed tests.

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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): 400.0
Advertised max torque (ft-lbs): 33.3

The PSBHM01 isn’t designed with brute-force torque in mind, which explains why it offers only 400.0 in-lbs of advertised torque. This performance was most noticeable in our drilling and driving speed tests. We frequently had to drop to the low setting for more torque to complete each test, resulting in poor speed performance.

However, torque isn’t critical for people considering purchasing the PSBHM01. A basic drill like this one easily handles routine maintenance jobs around the home, and an impact driver is a far better option for jobs that require torque, such as driving lag bolts and busting loose some fasteners.

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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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

Ryobi PSBHM01 Chuck Closeup

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

The PSBHM01’s ratcheting chuck is sufficient but doesn’t offer the same build quality found in other hammer drills. Instead of metal, the chuck sleeve is made from plastic, though it is easy to grip, helpful for locking in drill bits.

Otherwise, the chuck feels loose and clunky compared to many other drills with its jumbly moving parts.

Build quality aside, the chuck works well in practice. We closely observe how well the chuck holds bits throughout our testing. The PSBHM01’s chuck didn’t inadvertently loosen throughout our lab testing.

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

Ryobi PSBHM01 Drill Modes

Motor type: Brushless
Action modes: Drill, hammer
Advertised blows per min. (speed 2): 27,200.0
Advertised blows per min. (speed 1): Not advertised
Variable speed trigger: Yes
Kickback control technology: No
Trigger draw length (in.): 0.375

Ryobi’s calling card is building tools with advanced brushless motors that are more durable and efficient than brushed motors at a budget price. Ryobi stayed that course with the PSBHM01, highlighting its value for the price.

There are also two action modes on the same set ring as the clutch settings. The drill mode is ideal for drilling and driving with the clutch disengaged for unrestrained torque. The hammer drill works similarly but layers in a hammering rate of 27,200.0 blows per minute (BPM).

The hammering mode vastly improves the versatility and efficiency when drilling masonry and thick lumber. While 27,200.0 isn’t a high hammering rate, the hammering functionality works exceptionally well, as our drilling speed tests below demonstrate.

There is no kickback control feature to reduce the risk of wrist injuries when binding up. Upgrade to the Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2904-20 Hammer Drill if you desire this feature in a much more powerful and construction-ready drill.

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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

Ryobi PSBHM01 Clutch & Speed

Speed settings: 2
Clutch settings: 22

The PSBHM01 has a two-speed gearbox that runs the hammer drill in the low or high-speed setting in any drill modes and clutch settings.

22 clutch settings are far more than most competing drills offer, allowing you to fine-tune the torque output to a given task more precisely.

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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

Ryobi PSBHM01 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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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: No
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

Ryobi PSBHM01 On Scale

Bare weight (lbs): 2.21
Weight w/ 2Ah battery (lbs): 3.17
Weight w/ 4Ah battery (lbs): 3.79
Weight w/ 5Ah battery (lbs): Not tested

One of the standout features of the PSBHM01 is how light and agile it is for a hammer drill, two features not commonly mentioned in the same sentence. It is light enough to effortlessly hook onto a tool belt and even a jeans pocket.

We tested different battery configurations since the working weight can differ meaningfully from the bare tool weight. We recommend combining the PSBHM01 with Ryobi’s 18V One+ 2Ah battery for a good balance of drilling performance and weight in a lightweight setup.

Or pair the PSBHM01 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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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

Ryobi PSBHM01 Footprint1
Ryobi PSBHM01 Footprint2

Max height (in.): 8.500
Max width (in.): 3.125
Chuck to back length (in.): 6.625
Base length (in.): 5.375
Base width (in.): 3.125

It is highly compact for an 18V hammer drill in all the meaningful dimensions we measured. The PSBHM01 isn’t tall with a battery attached, it has a reasonably narrow head, and the tip-to-tail length is short. As a result, the PSBHM01 feels nimble in hand, and the weight is balanced in the center of the handle, helping to reduce hand fatigue with prolonged use.

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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.): 8.875
Min. top edge clearance (in.): 1.250
Min. interior 45-deg. clearance (in.): 6.750

The PSBHM01’s compact footprint helps it squeeze well through openings and into tight corners. Notably, its compact head allows it to fit nicely under shelves and other scenarios when the top of the head is obstructed.

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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 PSBHM01 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 PSBHM01 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.

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

Ryobi PSBHM01 Noise Chart

Max no-load noise (dBA): 78.5
Max drilling noise (dBA): 88.6

Since it is a hammer drill, the PSBHM01 is reasonably loud under load. We tested the maximum drilling noise in the hammer mode, which generated 88.6 dBA in our testing, closely rivaling the noise output of the best impact drivers.

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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

Ryobi PSBHM01 Light Wall
Ryobi PSBHM01 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 PSBHM01’s work light does the job but isn’t as versatile as other higher-priced drills. A single LED bulb in the base shines upward to illuminate the drilling work surface. We prefer lights located near the trigger and pointing straight forward since these designs more accurately target the light in front of the tool in all scenarios.

There are no advanced features, such as a dedicated spotlight mode or the ability to turn off the light, as several of the best Dewalt drills include.

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): 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.

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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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