September 28, 2007

Ryobi 12-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Drill

ryobi_lithium_12_volt_drill.jpgSo there's a lot of talk about Ryobi's new line of 18-volt lithium-ion tools, but did you know that around the same time, they're going to be releasing a little 12-volt drill as well? Unlike the 18-volt tools, it will be available as a stand alone (no word on when that will happen for the 18-volts). The new drill looks pretty cool and there's no doubt that it will be able to fit in some tight spots, and as with all of Ryobi's lithium tools, the price tag is very affordable.

It's very light, weighing in at only 1.8 lbs. That's 33% lighter than their current 12-volt battery. It's got a 3/8" keyless chuck and something called the MagTray, which is one of those magnets that's somewhere on the tool (we're not sure where), where you can stick a few screws while you work.

ryobi_lithium_in_use.jpgBecause of its weight and size, we'd put good money on this being a great drill for around the house, for the kid off at college, or even an extra one in the truck for those hard to get to spaces where other drills won't fit.

The drill comes with two batteries, a one hour charger, and a carrying bag. The tool won't be available until late October, but when the time comes it will be exclusively at Home Depot for the shockingly low price of $79. Yep, that's right, $79.

At Home Depot

Well, it looks like we spoke too soon on the availability of this little guy. Ryobi's 12-Volt Compact Drill won't be in stores until December, just in time for Christmas.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at September 28, 2007 5:38 AM
Recent Comments

I bought this drill 2 years and 2 months ago, and it just stopped working for no apparent reason. It now immidiately stops drilling once it hits any resistance whatsoever, rendering it basically useless (nothing at all to do with the settings, batteries or with overuse, plus I've barely used it since I bought it). Unfortunately the warranty only covers it for 2 years. I contacted Ryobi and they're refusing to replace or repair it. Last time I buy a Ryobi product.

Posted by: JAY at May 21, 2012 5:39 PM

WEIGHT 1.8 lbs

Posted by: FRANCISCO JAVIER PELAEZ B at December 3, 2009 1:45 PM

I bought one of these 12 volt beauties and it is awesome. I own every 18 volt Ryobi tool made but needed small drill for tight work. It's light, strong, feels good in hand, and battery lasts forever. And the price!!!! Everyone should own one.

Posted by: pete E at November 8, 2009 12:49 PM

The tool is already in the store in the store(home depot).
It doesn't give the torque value?
The Ridgid 12v has 120 In lb torque.
The sales associates didn't know.

Posted by: greg at November 1, 2008 7:37 PM

The MagTray is located on top of the front of the platform into which you snap the battery pack, at the bottom of the handle. And it's awesome, I have a Ryobi 7.2v now.

Posted by: laura at October 30, 2007 1:56 PM
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