Ryobi 18V One+ PBLDD01 Drill Review

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Quick take

The Ryobi 18V One+ PBLDD01 tackles the most common jobs around the home without breaking the bank. Including a brushless motor was a good design call, improving its longevity and efficiency. It also drives and drills well enough and finishes demanding tasks but can’t compete on speed with mid-tier and higher-priced drills. The main downsides are that it does not include a hammer drill mode and is somewhat heavy for a no-frills drill. Upgrading to the sister Ryobi 18V One+ PBLHM101 Hammer Drill may be a good choice for the added drilling versatility.

Brand Ryobi
Platform 18V One+
Motor Brushless
Speeds 2
Torque in-lbs 750.0
Clutch settings 23
Chuck size 1/2"
Same as N/A

Global rankings

18 models tested

Drilling speed (sec.)16.810
Driving speed (sec.)24.114
Torque (in-lbs)750.05
Bare weight (lbs)2.8110
Drilling Noise (dBA)80.93

Editorial opinion

Methodology used: Heavy duty

Editorial rating

3.22 / 5 stars


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


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

Recommended configuration


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

Series lineup

Model #PlatformAction ModesMax Torque (in-lbs)Review
Ryobi PSBHM0118V One+Drill, hammer400.0Full review
Ryobi PBLDD0118V One+Drill only750.0Full review
Ryobi PBLHM10118V One+Drill, hammer515.0Full review

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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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 PBLDD01 has a slight forward handle lean, though no upward-sloping head. The lean puts the PBLDD01 in the correct plane when drilling and exerting forward pressure with your hand.

Beyond the angles, the PBLDD01’s grip is surrounded by a rubber overmold that improves gripping power and shock absorption.

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

A welcome design addition would include an onboard bit holder or magnetic plate to hold fasteners like some Ryobi impact drivers include. Most drills don’t have these features, though you can buy them from third parties.


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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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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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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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.


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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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.


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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