Ryobi 18V One+ PSBHM01 Hammer Drill Review

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Quick take

The Ryobi 18V One+ PSBHM01 Hammer Drill is a fantastic option for homeowners who need a sufficiently powered drill for everyday tasks around the home. It is highly compact, lightweight, and includes a valuable hammer mode, features rarely found in a single drill. The main downside is that the PSBHM01 is underpowered for the most demanding tasks, such as boring wide holes and driving big structural screws and lag bolts. However, it can complete demanding tasks in a pinch and tackles light and medium-duty jobs that comprise the bulk of what a weekend warrior uses a drill for. Combined, these results make it an excellent fit for homeowners who don’t need the top-range performance of higher-end 18V drills but still want a compact and handy drill that’s more powerful than 12V models.

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

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

Editorial opinion

Methodology used: Heavy duty

Editorial rating

3.55 / 5 stars

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

Recommended configuration

PSBHM01K

Includes (1) One+ 18V 1.5Ah 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.): 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.): 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 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): 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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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.): 8.875
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 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 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 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.

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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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