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Offline Figure ate

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Ryobi One+ Hammer Drill Initial Review
« on: Jan 29, 2018, 03:51 PM »
There has been a little chatter on here about this drill due to its low price ($100-150) and high torque rating (750lb/in). The drill kit comes with drill, 1 x 4ah battery and charger along with a padded (insulated) carry case. Through home depot I got two more free 4ah batteries for a total of 3.

Initial thoughts: The drill feels solid and well built. It does not have a setting on the trigger where the rotating assembly is allowed to decelerate naturally so it always stops itself with an electronic brake. Not ideal, but still not a big deal as long as you allow it to slow down a little.

First uses: I paired the drill to a new 7" mora hand auger. Worth noting, the mora 7" is actually 7.5". Saturday I drilled 65 holes in 10" of ice... on 1 4ah battery... and it wasn't dead... safe to say I was impressed. Sunday I drilled probably 20 holes with a fresh battery, again without issue. As a small disclaimer, it was 50 degrees Friday and Saturday so the ice had presumably softened up slightly. I also never encountered weather below 20F so the cold capabilities are yet to be seen.

Ultimately I'm extremely happy with my purchase and it's performance. I can post more observations after I use it for a while and get a better idea of how it handles cold and repetitive stress.

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Re: Ryobi One+ Hammer Drill Initial Review
« Reply #1 on: Jan 29, 2018, 06:39 PM »
I'm leaving a Mora on my drill setup because it's easy to sharpen and get parts for if needed. Not terribly heavy either. Thanks for the review!
We'll take any nibbles we get.  Jigging mostly.

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Re: Ryobi One+ Hammer Drill Initial Review
« Reply #2 on: Jan 29, 2018, 06:43 PM »
Nice review, sounds like a winner.
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Re: Ryobi One+ Hammer Drill Initial Review
« Reply #4 on: Jan 29, 2018, 06:50 PM »
Thanks for the review, been looking at one of these for a bit now.
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Re: Ryobi One+ Hammer Drill Initial Review
« Reply #5 on: Jan 29, 2018, 11:38 PM »
I would have went with this drill if the local (or any regional) Home Depot would have had the drill and dual pack of batteries in stock at the same time when they were running their last promo.  Nothing in stock locally and nothing in stock online.  Looked to be a good drill. 
We'll take any nibbles we get.  Jigging mostly.

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Re: Ryobi One+ Hammer Drill Initial Review
« Reply #6 on: Jan 30, 2018, 12:11 AM »
I will add to this review since it's the same drill I have been using. 

I picked it up with the "free tool" promotion and went with the additional batteries. Drill, charger, and three 4ah batteries for around $150. I won't complain about that. I was leaning towards other brands at first and the Ryobi wasn't anywhere on my radar. I didn't realize they had a 750lb hammer drill and stumbled onto it sort of by accident. Looked through the entire One+ line of tools and determined that the One+ line offered more compatible tools that my wife and I would use throughout the year than Rigid or Milwaukee.

I'm primarily turning a 6" Eskimo shaver bit but have used it on an 8" Mora. I have no complaints whatsoever about the drill's capabilities. The 8" Mora belonged to a guy fishing near me who was struggling to cut holes. I slapped his bit on my Clam Plate and it handled it fairly well...the one thing that did cause issues wasn't the drill, it was his auger having less than ideal blades. With sharp blades on that 8" bit this drill would've handled it with ease. With blades that needed to be replaced or touched up it had a few hiccups here and there. I have a 7" Lazer that I'll be using on it tomorrow. This 7" bit had paint chipping off of it and was starting to rust in a few spots so I needed to refinish it and paint the thing. I will still use the 6" Eskimo on it but I'm curious about the Lazer. That auger will be passed on to my brother with the hand crank.   

As stated above...I run it on a Clam Plate. The only draw back that I've found so far is that when setting it up on a Clam Plate you have to be careful to get it aligned correctly with the trigger mechanism on the plate itself. I didn't do this at first and the way the plate trigger was contacting the drill trigger caused the drill trigger to be pulled slightly down in terms of the way it is oriented to the drill. This meant the drill trigger was under stress any time it was used. On a cold day a few weeks back the drill trigger broke. Fortunately I was still within my return window so I returned it for a different drill. When setting the "new" one up I paid closer attention to this contact point and after a bit of trial and error got it to where the drill trigger is pushed directly in instead of being pushed in and pulled down. There is a tiny window of a sweet spot which you'll want to find so you don't bust that drill trigger off like I did...other than that I have no complaints. 

Battery life has been great. The first time I put mine to use I drilled around 80 or so holes through 8" of ice with the 6" shaver bit without stopping before the battery conked out. I might have been able to get more if I wouldn't have run it through the wringer. So with three batteries total that's a ton of holes with that bit. As is the case with any drill/auger combination, sharp blades are important and don't over burden the drill. If you want a larger hole get a bigger drill. If all you need is a 6" hole there's no reason to feel that the only drill that is an option is the 1200lb Milwaukee. 

Unless something dramatically changes I've been very pleased with this drill. If anyone is looking for a decent drill set up with a favorable price point it is definitely worth considering. If you already have Milwaukee or Rigid batteries (or any other brand) by all means stay within that family. If you don't have any cordless tools and are looking to build up an inventory of them don't overlook this one.


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Re: Ryobi One+ Hammer Drill Initial Review
« Reply #7 on: Jan 30, 2018, 12:07 PM »
Sort of to your point on building a family of tools the milwaukee hammer drill is my first milwaukee tool, came with two batteries and charger in the kit and a free extra one. I don't think I will need over 1 battery per fishing trip so I'm heavy in batteries and low in tools.  I'll probably get a circular saw at some point to replace my dewalt but my money would have went further with the Ryobi. Oh well.
We'll take any nibbles we get.  Jigging mostly.

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Re: Ryobi One+ Hammer Drill Initial Review
« Reply #8 on: Feb 16, 2018, 08:51 PM »
Got another one for the list.  With the 4Ah battery and an 8" Mora it drilled 8 holes through 12" and 7.5 through 23" for a grand total of approx. 270".  Grabbed a 5Ah knockoff which should get it up around 600" with an 8" bit for $160.

For performance it gets the job done but it struggles a tad with the thicker ice.  I did a test hole with my 5" and it screamed through almost 2 feet no problem.  With the 8" it ate through the 12" in seconds.  On the deeper holes it was prone to bogging once I got about 15" to 18" down, and sometimes it would skid and not cut.  I think it was caused by shavings buildup but not sure. 

Considering I didn't even expect this thing to work with the 8" I'm impressed.  I think it should be perfect for first ice up to a little over a foot.   Did some quick and dirty math and I think this setup would get over 1,000" with a 6".



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Re: Ryobi One+ Hammer Drill Initial Review
« Reply #9 on: Feb 17, 2018, 04:20 PM »
Sort of to your point on building a family of tools the milwaukee hammer drill is my first milwaukee tool, came with two batteries and charger in the kit and a free extra one. I don't think I will need over 1 battery per fishing trip so I'm heavy in batteries and low in tools.  I'll probably get a circular saw at some point to replace my dewalt but my money would have went further with the Ryobi. Oh well.

I got the M18 brushless 7 1/4" circular saw and it is great.  Also bought a 18v jig saw (not brushless).  Its great to have the batteries and just buy bare tools.

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Re: Ryobi One+ Hammer Drill Initial Review
« Reply #10 on: Feb 17, 2018, 07:11 PM »
After reading on here about the 7" and 8" Mora using the same flights I picked up a set of 7" blades today to see how it did compared to the 8" and.....  it sucked.  The 7" blades fit on the flighting, and it will cut a hole, but it binds up constantly and murders the battery.  I think if I was to grind down the ends of the plates where the blades mount to get some more clearance it might work better.  Cut two holes like that and switched back to the 8" blades.

On the plus side the Enermall 5Ah knockoff I got from Amazon is legit.  It did 37 holes through 10" with the 8". 

I'd like to get my hands on an 8" Lazer or Silvertip and burn through a battery once just to see how it compares. 
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Re: Ryobi One+ Hammer Drill Initial Review
« Reply #11 on: Feb 22, 2018, 10:48 AM »
After using mine for a little longer I've discovered a few things.

1. The ryobi batteries don't like cold. 5F or less and you will struggle to drill holes with a larger auger.

2. My buddy cracked his drill casing at the junction with the stability handle.

Both issues are significant, but I'm still shooting holes with ease as long as the batteries stay warm.

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Re: Ryobi One+ Hammer Drill Initial Review
« Reply #12 on: Feb 22, 2018, 07:44 PM »
I never had issues with the battery. But with an 8 eskimosilveryip it contiually cuts out.
Ill be returning it to Home Depot. Su

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Re: Ryobi One+ Hammer Drill Initial Review
« Reply #13 on: Feb 23, 2018, 06:33 AM »
I have the Eskimo 6" Silvertip and they are very aggressive. Mine hooks at the bottom of the hole every time unless I go real slow at the bottom. 8" is pretty big also. That is why I use my Nero mini in the 7" which is 7 3/8" wide. I would like next year to buy the Nero Mini 6" auger only if I can find one.
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