Ryobi 4V Lithium Ion Screwdriver
It was just a matter of time before Ryobi got into the mini Li-Ion driver market and with their exposure at Home Depot, we're sure that this tool will be a hit.
Unlike a lot of the other low voltage screwdrivers, this one not only has a little LED light, but also a 12 position clutch. It also has a quick change chuck and comes with a carrying bag and a 6-piece bit set. These features elevate the tool from a simple around the house "picture hanging" tool to something that has some functionality on a job site as well, particularly during the punch list phase of the game. It's not as compact as the Dremel Screwdriver (which is twice as powerful), but it sure looks more "construction."
According to Ryobi the screwdriver can hold a charge for up to two years, so, not only can it help out on the job site, but it can also sit in the entryway closet until it's needed around the house.
All this is being sold for just a hair under $30, a very competitive price. We saw this tool at the local Home Depot last week and it's got some high visibility there and we expect them to be pushing it pretty hard in the coming months. But the bottom line is that it's a great price for what we'd bet is a solid tool.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at June 30, 2008 5:00 AM
I've got the craftsman version over a year ago when Sears were clearing out their inventory, nice little drill for small assembly and overhead tasks. I also really like both the craftsman/ryboi v4/tek4 led flashlights. The Ryobi one comes with a nice little AA battery adaptor, home depot was blowing those out for 7 bucks a couple of months ago along with the small tek 4 led worklight.
I've used this little Ryobi screwdriver for many household jobs. It's as light as a plain screwdriver, and it has plenty of torque.
Or you can set the clutch to "screwdriver" and use as such. The quick-change chuck is a piece of great engineering. Battery lasts really long.
The only (slight) gripe is that the forward-reverse switch slides either way too smoothly, without a good catch.
On the other hand, you can get in places where the big ones can't. It's a high quality tool.