Ryobi 18V One+ PSBHM01 Hammer Drill Vs Milwaukee M18 2801-20

Ryobi PSBHM01 Angle 5

Ryobi PSBHM01

Quick take

The Ryobi 18V One+ PSBHM01 Hammer Drill and Milwaukee M18 2801-20 are comparable lightweight, compact drills. The Milwaukee 2801-20 is the better pick for speed and power, and it performed solidly in our test bench. Milwaukee also has better build quality and a better warranty. However, it doesn’t include a hammer drill mode. The Ryobi PSBHM01 is modestly lighter and includes the versatility of drilling cement more efficiently with its hammering anvil setting, though it’s weak compared to most hammer drills.

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
Brand Milwaukee
Platform M18
Motor Brushless
Speeds 2
Torque in-lbs 500.0
BPM N/A
Clutch settings 18
Chuck size 1/2"
Same as N/A

Editorial opinion

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

Rating

3.90 / 5 ⭐️’s

Methodology used: Heavy duty

Pros

  • Reasonably lightweight with a narrow footprint
  • Great driving speed
  • Brushless motor
  • Long warranty
  • All-metal chuck

Cons

  • No hammer drill feature
  • Low max RPM slows performance in some tasks

Global rankings

18 models tested

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
TestResultRank
Drilling speed (sec.)19.012
Driving speed (sec.)10.67
Torque (in-lbs)500.08
RPM1,601.014
Bare weight (lbs)2.406
Drilling Noise (dBA)85.37

Kit and bare tool options

PSBHM01K

Includes (1) One+ 18V 1.5Ah battery

PSBHM01

Bare tool

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 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.

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

The 2801-20 has a slightly forward-leaning handle that levels the drill in the proper position when drilling. However, the head is flat, unlike some models in our test fleet that are angled upwards with a more aggressive stance. This design requires you to roll your wrist forward slightly when aggressively drilling.

While it includes an all-metal belt hook in the box that is mountable on both sides of the base, there is no onboard bit holder or magnetic plate to hold fasteners. Third parties offer both that you can add onto the 2801-20 for convenience.

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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Weight

Milwaukee 2801-20 On Scale

Bare weight (lbs): 2.40
Weight w/ 2Ah battery (lbs): 3.34
Weight w/ 4Ah battery (lbs): Not tested
Weight w/ 5Ah battery (lbs): 4.01

The 2801-20 is light for an 18V drill, weighing in at 2.40 lbs in its bare form. Fitted with a battery, this drill retains its lightweight status, perfect for reducing arm, wrist, and hand fatigue with prolonged use.

We tested different battery configurations since the working weight can differ meaningfully from the bare tool weight. We recommend combining the 2801-20 with Milwaukee’s M18 Red Lithium CP 2Ah battery for a good balance of drilling performance and weight in a lightweight setup.

Or pair the 2801-20 with Milwaukee’s M18 Red Lithium XC 5Ah battery for a longer run time and improved drilling performance if weight is less of a concern.

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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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Footprint

Milwaukee 2801-20 Footprint1
Milwaukee 2801-20 Footprint2

Max height (in.): 9.125
Max width (in.): 3.125
Chuck to back length (in.): 6.625
Base length (in.): 4.625
Base width (in.): 3.125

The 2801-20 casts a reasonably thin shadow from behind and isn’t overly large in any of its dimensions, giving it a svelte feel in hand. Many other drills that have come through our lab are bulkier and less agile.

The appearance and feel are primarily a result of its moderately short tip-to-tail length and narrower-than-average head.

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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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Motor & BPM

Milwaukee 2801-20 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.): 0.375

The 2801-20 is not a hammer drill, so its drilling features are naturally limited to only a drill mode that disengages the chuck for unfettered torque.

Including a brushless motor was the right call at this price point, even knowing brushless motors are mostly table stakes in anything but the cheapest drills. While we haven’t tested the motor’s long-term durability, brushless motors offer better efficiency and durability than their brushed counterparts.

No kickback technology is included with the 2801-20, which is expected at this price point. You’ll need to upgrade to a flagship Milwaukee drill to get features that reduce the risk of wrist injuries when the drill binds.

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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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Clutch & speed settings

Milwaukee 2801-20 Clutch & Speed

Speed settings: 2
Clutch settings: 18

The 2801-20 has a two–speed transmission and 18 total clutch options to fine-tune the torque output for precision driving. Two-speed drills are standard, allowing you to operate the 2801-20 in the low or high-speed setting in any clutch setting and drilling mode.

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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.

Chuck

Milwaukee 2801-20 Chuck Closeup

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

The all-metal chuck is an excellent feature of the 2801-20 that is certain to improve durability with extended use compared to models that use plastic for the chuck sleeve.

We were also impressed that the three-jaw chuck locked onto bits tightly and didn’t loosen inadvertently throughout testing. Lesser drill chucks need frequent re-tightening as they loosen up when drilling and driving repeatedly.

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.

Auxiliary arm

Auxiliary arm: No

The 2801-20 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 2801-20 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, Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2903-20, or Makita 18V LXT XPH14Z Hammer Drill if you want a powerful drill with an auxiliary arm.

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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Drilling speed

Drilling speed total time (drill mode, sec.): 19.0
Drilling speed average time (drill mode, sec.): 3.8
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 2801-20 isn’t powerful enough to take the drilling speed crown in demanding tasks. But it is more than capable of finishing any job we threw at it without bogging down.

Our drilling speed test is designed to understand the upper limits of a drill’s capabilities, including learning when to drop down a gear for more torque and the speed when boring wide holes.

We didn’t need to drop down to the low setting to finish drilling a 1/2-inch hole in three stacked 2x6s, and it sustained high enough RPMs throughout the drilling depth to sufficiently clear chips.

The primary advantage you get moving from the mid-tier of power to a higher tier is improved speed throughout the depth of the hole bored, not so much being able to complete a task a mid-tier drill couldn’t handle in a pinch.

But consider that the 2801-20 doesn’t include a hammer drilling feature, which is helpful when drilling masonry efficiently and speeding up drilling deep and wide holes in lumber. Upgrade to the Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2904-20 Hammer Drill if you anticipate using a drill frequently for these tasks.

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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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Driving speed

GRK total driving time forward (sec.): 10.6
GRK average driving time forward (sec.): 2.1
GRK total driving time reverse (sec.): 8.8
GRK average driving time reverse (sec.): 1.8

The 2801-20’s drilling speed is more impressive than its drilling performance in our tests. We found that it capably and powerfully finishes big lag bolts and other structural screws, such as the GRK RSS screws used in our driving speed tests. The 2801-20 delivered results that were right up there with far pricier flagship models.

Critically, the 2801-20 completed our heavy-duty driving speed test without dropping a gear into the low setting for increased torque.

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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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Torque

Advertised max torque (in-lbs): 500.0
Advertised max torque (ft-lbs): 41.7

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

Milwaukee M18 Battery Lineup

Milwaukee offers 1.5Ah, 2Ah, 3Ah, 4Ah, 5Ah, 6Ah, 8Ah, and 12Ah batteries on the M18 platform. 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 buying a Milwaukee M18 Red Lithium CP 2Ah and a Milwaukee M18 Red Lithium XC 5Ah battery for most M18 drill setups for a good performance, price, and size balance.

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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Charging time

Milwaukee 2801-20 Fuel Gauge

Charger tested: Milwaukee M12 & M18 Multi-Volt (48-59-1812)
Charging time 2Ah battery (min.): 41.0
Charging time 4Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time 5Ah battery (min.): 98.0
Charging time per Ah (min.): 20.1
Fuel gauge: On battery

The Milwaukee M12 and M18 multi-volt charger (model 48-59-1812) included in most kits is reasonably fast at charging batteries, including to beat out team red’s most frequent adversary, Dewalt. It takes 41 minutes to charge an M18 2Ah battery and 98 minutes for a 5Ah battery, or approximately 20 minutes per amp-hour.

Milwaukee’s 48-59-1812 charger charges multiple battery voltages in one, conveniently saving space in your shop if you have several M12 and M18 ecosystem tools.

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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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RPM

Milwaukee 2801-20 RPM Chart

Max RPM speed 2: 1,601.0
Max RPM speed 1: 519.0

One letdown in specific scenarios is the 2801-20’s comparatively low RPM output in the high setting. This drill doesn’t quickly set screws into wood, leading to us occasionally fumbling a few screws. Faster drills drive a screw so it grabs onto wood easier.

Interestingly, we found with our contact tachometer that the 2801-20 has moderately high RPMs in the slow setting. While we didn’t test how the RPMs are sustained under a heavy-duty driving load, expect that the 2801-20 will outpace some other drills when gearing down for extra torque in select scenarios. Expect that this performance nugget also won’t be noticed by many and isn’t a game-changer.

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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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Drilling clearance

Min. interior width clearance (in.): 8.125
Min. top edge clearance (in.): 1.375
Min. interior 45-deg. clearance (in.): 6.675

The 2801-20 is moderately narrow and competitively short from tip to tail, explaining some of its performance in our clearance tests designed to uncover how well each drill in our test fleet fits through narrow spaces and into tight corners.

The 2801-20 performed well in our interior width and top-edge clearance tests. In practice, this means the 2801-20 fits reasonably easily between two vertical boards and when drilling close to a top edge when its head is obstructed, such as drilling under a shelf.

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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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Noise

Milwaukee 2801-20 Noise Chart

Max no-load noise (dBA): 82.8
Max drilling noise (dBA): 85.3

Drills without a hammering functionality tend to be quieter under load than a hammer drill, which is the case with the 2801-20. It is moderately quiet when drilling compared to other models in our test fleet.

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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.

Light

Milwaukee 2801-20 Light Wall
Milwaukee 2801-20 Light Closeup

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

A single LED work light is positioned just above the trigger, sufficient for most lighting needs when operating this drill. Some Dewalt drills include advanced features, such as a spotlight mode and the ability to turn off the work light when pulling the trigger.

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.

Milwaukee’s One Key-branded drills include an app integration, but you’ll only find the One Key feature built natively into its flagship models. Dewalt utilizes the same approach with its ToolConnect 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): 2-3 (depends on model)
Battery warranty (years): 5

Milwaukee stands behind the durability of its drills with exceptionally long warranties. The 2801-20 has a five-year warranty, which is among the longest offered by any manufacturer. Milwaukee’s M18 Li-Ion batteries have two or three-year warranties, depending on the specific model.

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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