Ryobi CHI 1802LBG archive
Thursday 8 January 2009
Rob Sandall discovers this drill is as powerful as it is versatile
Although obviously we're not going to complain that a lot of manufacturers are now using Lithium Ion batteries to power their cordless tools, it doesn't mean there's any reason to compromise any other area of design, and we always look for those products making best use of their quicker-charging power.
Gear upWith its intention as a drill, driver and hammer tool, it's fair to say the 18.0v battery adds some serious punch: certainly more than enough to tackle your DIY jobs, with a whole lot more besides to work at masonry too. A clutch override system means that you can shift between the tool's three roles as you like without slowing down, and the speed control, reverse and brake lend a hand toward precise and careful project work.
It's worth noting the 24 torque settings, too: something this powerul needs measured restraint to work at its best and avoid damaging either itself or the materials you're working with. You can apply exactly as much power as needed and no more, here: excellent design.