Ryobi 18V One+ PBLHM101 Hammer Drill Vs Ryobi 18V One+ PSBHM01 Hammer Drill

Ryobi PBLHM101 Angle 5

Ryobi PBLHM101

Quick take

The Ryobi 18V One+ PBLHM101 Hammer Drill and Ryobi 18V One+ PSBHM01 Hammer Drill are comparable drills designed for homeowners. The PBLHM101 is a true 18V drill in size, weight, and power, whereas the PSBHM01 is more compact, has less speed and power, and is far lighter. As a result, the PSBHM01 is a solid option for light and medium-duty tasks around the home, where agility is more important than power.

Brand Ryobi
Platform 18V One+
Motor Brushed
Speeds 2
Torque in-lbs 515.0
BPM 28,000.0
Clutch settings 22
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

3.74 / 5 ⭐️’s

Methodology used: Heavy duty

Pros

  • Solid drilling performance for the price
  • Includes a hammer drill
  • Brushless motor

Cons

  • Underpowered for demanding driving tasks
  • Moderately large footprint
  • Short battery warranty

Rating

3.55 / 5 ⭐️’s

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.)14.67
Driving speed (sec.)26.716
Torque (in-lbs)515.07
RPM1,930.08
Bare weight (lbs)2.9812
Drilling Noise (dBA)92.114
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

Kit and bare tool options

PBLHM101K2

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

PBLHM101K

Includes (1) One+ 18V HP 4Ah battery

Lab results

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

The PBLHM101 has a slight forward handle lean that orients the head properly when preparing to drill and when exerting pressure. Some drills also have an upward-sloping head, allowing for a more aggressive positioning of the drill when rolling your wrist forward for more power.

While a belt hook is mountable on either side of the base, one isn’t included in the box, unlike most other drills. There is also no onboard bit holder or magnet to hold fasteners, which is typical for most drills, but unlike the onboard design some Ryobi impact drivers include.

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

The PSBHM01’s handle leans slightly forward, orienting the head on a flat plane when held in the drilling position and exerting forward pressure. The grip is covered in a rubber overmold that provides shock absorption and gripping power, which is particularly welcome when using the hammering functionality.

Unlike some Ryobi impact drivers, there is no onboard bit holder or magnetic plate to hold fasteners, though you can buy these from third parties and attach them to the PSBHM01.

A hook is mountable on either side of the base, though it isn’t included in the box.

Weight

Ryobi PBLHM101 On Scale

Bare weight (lbs): 2.98
Weight w/ 2Ah battery (lbs): 3.94
Weight w/ 4Ah battery (lbs): 4.56
Weight w/ 5Ah battery (lbs): Not tested

The PBLHM101 is heavy for a drill, though reasonably light compared to other hammer drills. We frequently experienced hand fatigue when using the PBLHM101 in repetitive tasks.

We tested different battery configurations since the working weight can differ meaningfully from the bare tool weight. We recommend combining the PBLHM101 with Ryobi’s 18V One+ 2Ah battery for a good balance of drilling performance and weight in a lightweight setup.

Pair the PBLHM101 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 PBLHM101 Footprint1
Ryobi PBLHM101 Footprint2

Max height (in.): 9.125
Max width (in.): 3.125
Chuck to back length (in.): 7.500
Base length (in.): 5.375
Base width (in.): 3.125

No hammer drill is compact, and the PBLHM101 is moderately large. Notably, the tip-to-tail length is long, it’s tall in the bare form and with a battery, and the head is bulky. The footprint does limit the tight areas it can fit into, as demonstrated by our clearance tests below.

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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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Motor & BPM

Ryobi PBLHM101 Drill Modes

Motor type: Brushed
Action modes: Drill, hammer
Advertised blows per min. (speed 2): 28,000.0
Advertised blows per min. (speed 1): Not advertised
Variable speed trigger: Yes
Kickback control technology: No
Trigger draw length (in.): 0.375

One standout feature at this price point is that Ryobi included a brushless motor, which is more durable than dated brushed motors standard in cheap power tools.

Two action modes disengage the clutch for unfettered torque output. The drill mode is ideal for drilling versatility and driving big fasteners. The hammer mode improves speed when drilling masonry and thick lumber.

28,000.0 blows per minute isn’t a high hammering rate, but the hammer mode effectively improves speed in demanding tasks. In the drilling speed section, we discuss the hammer modes speed improvement.

There is no kickback control technology like some of the best Milwaukee drills include. Including this advanced feature would reduce the risk of wrist injuries when binding up.

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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 PBLHM101 Clutch & Speed

Speed settings: 2
Clutch settings: 22

A two-speed gearbox runs the drill in a low or high-speed setting in both the action modes and all clutch settings.

22 clutch options are comparably high, allowing you to precisely fine-tune the torque profile to the driving task at hand. Admittedly, 22 settings are more than most people will use in practice.

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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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Chuck

Ryobi PBLHM101 Chuck Closeup

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

The PBLHM101’s all-metal chuck is one of the best designs and build quality across budget drills in our test fleet. The metal knurled chuck sleeve is particularly premium and helps lock in bits easily.

Critically, the chuck also doesn’t loosen throughout usage, which can’t be said for all drill chucks. The three jaws ratchet closed when tightening and locked down on bits.

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.

Auxiliary arm

Ryobi PBLHM101 Auxiliary Arm

Auxiliary arm: Yes

The PBLHM101 includes an auxiliary handle to control recoil and enhance stability during heavy-duty drilling tasks, improving user safety. The handle is easy to attach and remove just behind the chuck and can be mounted on either the right or left side.

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.

Drilling speed

Drilling speed total time (drill mode, sec.): 14.6
Drilling speed average time (drill mode, sec.): 2.9
Drilling speed total time (hammer mode, sec.): 11.6
Drilling speed average time (hammer mode, sec.): 2.3
Hammer mode speed improvement: 20.5%

The PBLHM101 turned in impressive results compared to the budget competition in our drilling speed tests, which are designed to push each drill to its limits. It had enough speed under load to clear chips from the hole but didn’t launch chips out like high-end, more powerful drills, which completed our tests around 10.0 seconds.

The hammer mode is reasonably effective and improved drilling speeds by 20.5%. Other effective hammer modes improve speeds in the range of 20.0% to 33.0%

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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.): 26.7
GRK average driving time forward (sec.): 5.3
GRK total driving time reverse (sec.): 25.8
GRK average driving time reverse (sec.): 5.2

The video above shows that the PBLHM101 isn’t geared to drive big structural screws quickly. It is incredibly underpowered in these tasks compared to most 18V drills. This drill is the only 18V model in our Summer 2023 test fleet where we had to drop to the low setting for added torque to complete the driving speed test.

It’ll finish the job finishing wider gauge lag bolts than we tested, but expect it to be slow and bog down frequently.

We further tested the PBLHM101 with various driving tests using #6, #8, and #10 screws to ensure it capably performs for more common driving tasks. It has no problems driving these screws into dense materials.

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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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Torque

Advertised max torque (in-lbs): 515.0
Advertised max torque (ft-lbs): 42.9

The PBLHM101’s 515.0 in-lbs of advertised torque is a bit of a letdown when put up against other 18V hammer drills, which offer upwards of 1,000.0 in-lbs or torque output.

The limited torque profile was most noticeable in several of our heavy-duty tests that attempt to understand performance at the top of a drill’s range. The PBLHM101 shut down in several instances when boring wide holes, requiring us to drop a gear for added torque to finish the job. More powerful models also bind up, though less frequently, but still finished the job in the highest gear.

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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Battery lineup

Ryobi 18V One+ Battery Lineup

Ryobi offers 1.5Ah, 2Ah, 4Ah, 6Ah, 8Ah, and 12Ah batteries in its 18V One+ lineup, and some versions come in a standard or High-Performance model. Upgrading to the higher Ah options increases battery run time and improves drilling performance, though we’ve not tested all of these batteries to understand the cost tradeoffs.

Buying at least two batteries is best so you don’t miss a beat when draining one battery. We recommend purchasing a Ryobi 18V One+ High Performance 2Ah and a Ryobi 18V One+ High Performance 4Ah battery for most 18V One+ drill setups for a good balance of performance, price, and size.

 

Battery lineup

Ryobi 18V One+ Battery Lineup

Ryobi offers 1.5Ah, 2Ah, 4Ah, 6Ah, 8Ah, and 12Ah batteries in its 18V One+ lineup, and some versions come in a standard or High-Performance model. Upgrading to the higher Ah options increases battery run time and improves drilling performance, though we’ve not tested all of these batteries to understand the cost tradeoffs.

Buying at least two batteries is best so you don’t miss a beat when draining one battery. We recommend purchasing a Ryobi 18V One+ High Performance 2Ah and a Ryobi 18V One+ High Performance 4Ah battery for most 18V One+ drill setups for a good balance of performance, price, and size.

Charging time

Ryobi PBLHM101 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 modestly 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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RPM

Ryobi PBLHM101 RPM Chart

Max RPM speed 2: 1,930.0
Max RPM speed 1: 472.0

The PBLHM101 has a moderately low RPM output compared to most hammer drills in our test fleet. This theme holds in the low setting, explaining some of its underperformance in our driving speed tests.

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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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Drilling clearance

Min. interior width clearance (in.): 9.000
Min. top edge clearance (in.): 1.375
Min. interior 45-deg. clearance (in.): 7.250

The PBLHM101 is not the drill of choice if you frequently need to use a drill in restricted spaces. The tip-to-tail length is long, limiting the tight corners it can fit into and vertical boards it can sandwich itself between. No hammer drill shines our clearance tests, though the PBLHM101 finishes near the bottom of the fleet across all three tests.

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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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Noise

Ryobi PBLHM101 Noise Chart

Max no-load noise (dBA): 85.1
Max drilling noise (dBA): 92.1

The PBLHM101 is loud under loud. We measured the noise output when drilling under load in the hammer setting. The dBA output rivals the sound profile of an impact driver, which also generates enough noise to be harmful with prolonged exposure.

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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 PBLHM101 Light Wall
Ryobi PBLHM101 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

There is a single LED located in the base that shines upward. While the light is sufficient, we prefer light designs near the head and point straight forward. This alternative design more accurately illuminates the intended area in certain situations.

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

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.

App integration

App integration: No

There is no Bluetooth app integration to track drill usage and location, display tool diagnostics, and allow you to set custom profiles on your phone.

Dewalt’s ToolConnect-branded drills include an app integration, but you’ll only find the ToolConnect feature built natively into its flagship models. Milwaukee utilizes the same approach with its One Key lineup, which offers similar app features and is only available in flagship tools.

App integration

App integration: No

There is no Bluetooth app integration to track drill usage and location, display tool diagnostics, and allow you to set custom profiles on your phone.

Dewalt’s ToolConnect-branded drills include an app integration, but you’ll only find the ToolConnect feature built natively into its flagship models. Milwaukee utilizes the same approach with its One Key lineup, which offers similar app features and is only available in flagship tools.

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.

Nathan Hamilton
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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