New Ryobi 18V Compact Drills Spotted in the UK

Daniel wrote in about a new Ryobi 18V drill R18DD3-0 that he spotted over in the UK. What’s interesting about the new drill is that it has modern styling with the new more contoured grip and appear to be very compact with a torque rating of 50 Nm which is translated to about 442.52 in-lbs torque. While I was taking a look at the new compact model I also noticed that they have a similar percussion drill R18PD3-0 which is a hammer drill  based on the first model mentioned  with the same stats except for the extra hammer drill mode and slightly longer length and added weight for the added feature.

  • High speed gear box delivers 500/ 1800 rpm
  • 50 Nm of torque for faster application completion.
  • Ratchet locking 13mm chuck for the most demanding applications.
  • 24 clutch settings optimized for the most common applications
  • Includes double-ended bit

It seems that most if not all of Ryobi’s new cordless power tools are brushless but that is not the case for these new compact drills as no where do they say or mention that they are brushless. Is this a bad thing? Not really as they already offer a brushless drill and hammer drill in the UK and one brushless hammer drill here in the USA which gives us users more options at a lower price point.

Daniel was saying that the new brushed compact models look similar to the brushless Ryobi hammer drill that we have here in the USA and I see his point but in my opinion I believe the new brushed drills appear more similar to the UK spec brushless drill and hammer drill which have some big differences in terms of looks and specs when compared to the USA brushless hammer drill model.

The new models look good and while they don’t feature the highest torque, they have respectable torque for a compact drill. I like the new ergonomic handle that’s present in the new USA spec brushless hammer drill that borrowed from the UK spec model. The question that remains, is will we get these new compact brushed drills here in the USA? The simple answer is I don’t know at the moment. My guess is that it’s possible but seeing how we got a completely different model when we found out of the UK spec brushless models, I expect that to be the case here as well but anything can happen.

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