Carroll Shelby stuffed a Ford V-8 into an AC Ace’s compact engine bay and essentially turned the automotive world on its head. Following the big engine compact body formula, Ryobi has launched its new 18V lithium-ion compact drill. With a fullsize ½-inch adjustable chuck, variable speed trigger that propels the drill up to 1,600 rpm, 18V lithium-ion power for big jobs, and weighing in at just 2.9 pounds, the Ryobi drill has all of the feature boxes checked. The best part of the drill may just be the price. Purchased at Home Depot, our 18V drill came in a kit with a 60-minute charger, canvas carrying case, and two lithium-ion compact batteries for only $129.99. That’s a big-time value no matter how you look at it. Also keep in mind, the Ryobi 18V batteries can be used with any Ryobi 18V+ tool, which means those two spare batteries could really come in handy.
In our shop, we used the drill for—no surprise here—drilling. We drilled as big as a 5/8-inch hole into a 12-gauge steel crossmember and the drill handled the task with ease. We also used a wire brush on the drill for prepping metal for paint, and we inserted a Mother’s Power Ball into the chuck to polish our billet wheels. All in all, the drill handled everything we threw at it without showing signs of fatigue. Having two batteries helped during constant use, and the charger was simple to use and charged both batteries quickly. In addition to the included lithium-ion batteries, we also picked up a larger capacity lithium-ion battery (PN:P104, shown next to the drill in photo), which increased our run time and gave our Ryobi tools a nice boost in power.