|Review by JMG||posted 07-13-2009 at 11:10 PM||8246 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
I bought this impact to replace an old DeWalt driver. I got the driver, a compact drill, 2 compact lithium batteries, and a charger for only $179 instead of a new DeWalt impact with no battery for $279. Sounded like a good deal so I jumped on it even though the Ryobi’s torque didn’t come close to the DeWalt(880 in/lbs for the Ryobi and 1,330 in/lbs for the DeWalt). The Ryobi struggled to drive lags into the old petrified wood of the house I was adding the deck on. It also bogged down when I attempted to lag a 2×12 to a 6×6 post with 6in lags. It would drive a little past half way then quit. I ended up having to drill pilot holes for the lags. I did, however, like the lithium batteries. They keep charge a lot longer than the old batteries. I also used the impact to screw the deck boards down and had no problems there. Even with the compact batteries, I only had to recharge about 5 or 6 times on a 14’x26’ deck. I would reccomend this tool if price is a factor or every day abuse is not taking place. If you need a contractor grade impact, I strongly suggest going with the DeWalt, Makita, or the 24v impact with the most torque (1490 in/lbs), the Rigid.