Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 70
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tyman Ryobi has a perfect blend of cost and performance
I've had DeWalt and Makita cordless tools in the past and I have to say that as much as I loved the classic Makita cordless drill, the Ryobi cordless drill, and to a greater extent, the entire one+ system, is by far my favorite. The tools are durable, power is at least as good as anything else out there, and the best part: The NiCad batteries are about $20 each! I can't say how important this is in my rave reviews for the Ryobi tools. I have 5 batteries and about 8 different Ryobi tools and I couldn't be happier. One last thing, the batteries come with a lifetime warranty as well. I highly recommend this brand.
February 16, 2010
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ToolboyNC P835 Kit: Not bad
At the regular price this kit is tough to beat. And when on sale for under $30, it's a steal. None of the tools in this kit are particularly outstanding. Yet put together at this price point it's a great way to get started with Ryobi One+ tools.
The P205 drill in this kit is both durable and perfectly usable. But be aware that it's the only "pistol style" drill Ryobi makes with only a 3/8" chuck. All of Ryobi's other drills (except for the "right angle" drills) have a 1/2" chuck.
The P111 charger is an overnight/trickle charger. So when your battery runs low you're pretty much done for the day. But the charger is very small, so it's easy to transport or store. For the occasional user this may be perfectly fine.
The P100 NiCD battery is a bit heavy but provides plenty of power for a P205 drill. Due to the high self-discharge rate of NiCD batteries, be certain to start charging your P100 in the morning on the day you plan to use your drill.
All in all, these components are reasonable, not stellar. But consider the price point. The regular price of a single P100 battery is exactly the same as the entire P835 kit. And the kit contains a P100 battery! So the drill and charger come for FREE! When this kit goes on sale for $10 less it's a steal! And purchasing this kit opens the door to all of the other 50 or more One+ tools that Ryobi makes.
March 8, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mman This a very good cordless one of the better ones in its class.
The cordless works well it changes batteries easiliy and runs a pretty long time on a charge.The unit is well balanced to use in almost any position.I purchased it at an incredibly low price.
December 3, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Chesterboss Easy to use
I needed something like this around the house and since I am female I wanted it to be easy for me to handle and the Ryobi does the job. The powerful 18 volts keeps a good charge and handles tough jobs.
January 4, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by bdbrowntx Great add on to a Ryobi collection
I already have multiple Ryobi one + tools and Lithum Ion batteries and have been very happy with them. My orignal drill finally died after a long service life. This was very economical replacement. The difference between this drill and the one you buy in the store is the charger. This has a small, overnight charger where the store bought, and more expensive version, has a one hour charger. This is better suited as an add on drill rather than a stand alone.
September 7, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Seabee Best Bang for the Buck
In comparison with other cordless 18V drills that cost 2 times as much the Ryobi can match them in power and battery life. Why anyone would spend more without getting more is beyond me.
December 27, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by rjstarre Excellent Value
I am a contractor that builds new homes. I have always used Makita or Dewalt tools for 12 years. One day I left a job site to go on a warranty call to repair a door problem. I forgot my Dewalt drills. I did not want to drive all the way back, so I went to the Home Depot a few blocks away to buy a cheap drill to do the job. I got the Ryobi 18v cordless it is worked great. That was four years ago. I was waiting for my Ryobi tools to break down and they haven't in four years now. I have a hard time believeing they can compare to Dewalt in their job performance and durability. But so far for me, they have. My Ryobi sawsall has gotten wet from cutting water pipes and it still works every time.. Now all my Dewalt tools are sitting in my garage and I use nothing but Ryobi drills and saws. With the slow down in construstion, this is a perfect way of cutting my costs. I have to be nuts to pay 119 dollars for an two pack of 18v replacement Nicad battery for my Dewalts when I can buy the same Nicad batteries for the Ryobi for 59 dollars.
November 14, 2009
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by burlybibeau ryobi tools
I have had my Ryobi 18V kit for more than 7 years have had no problems and use the drill at least once or twice a week they always work.
December 19, 2011