Ryobi 18V One+ 3 Speed 1/2″ Impact Wrench P261

large_936ea31a-ccc4-44ee-98c0-747fe21bc48eAt first glance it appears to be an updated model of the Ryobi 1/4″ hex impact driver but it is indeed a 3 speed impact wrench. It uses a 1/2″ square anvil with detent pin so it’s actually a new model on top of their existing 1/2″ impact wrench. Part of the new features are more power, 3 speeds and updated design using the tri-beam led light system carried over from the current impact driver. For those unfamiliar with the tri-beam design or led-ring of lights, this system uses 3 lights surrounding the chuck or in this case anvil, which provides a better lighting experience with minimal shadows when compared to a single led light power tool.

The power got bumped up drastically up to 300 ft lbs which is 100 ft lbs more than the previous model. With the 3 speed selector switch up at top you can choose from low medium and high and each setting regulates RPM, torque and IPM across the so you get more of each the higher the speed setting. This way you can set it to speed 3 for full power, speed 1 for delicate tasks and speed 2 for control.

Looks to be geared towards use in construction such as deck building or framing and would be useful for automotive use as well.

Ryobi 18V One+ 3 Speed 1/2″ Impact Wrench P261


  • Battery: 18V
  • Anvil: 1/2 in. with detent pin retention
  • RPM: High: 0–2,900*
  • Medium: 0–2,300*
  • Low: 0–1,800*
  • Torque: 300 ft-lbs
  • IPM: 0–3,200
  • Tool Weight: 3.45 lbs.

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nice impact and being Ryobi it should be priced right, I own a snap-on cordless impact but might buy one of these to keep in the trunk of my car! Ryobi are going from strength to strength!

Michael Meisman

Kind of sad that the new BRUSHLESS 1/2″ impact is 100 foot pounds lower than this unit and costs more. I really like the performance of the brushless over the regular motors. I will still be holding out for the 300 ft lbs version of the brushless.


Kind of sad that you can’t communicate what you’re talking about, the model # or whether an impact wrench, or driver, and which size.

If it is a smaller drive size, it only makes sense to limit torque so the tool isn’t damaged, since they can’t be expected to use exotic materials at their price points and to allow for making a smaller, lighter tool.

If it is the same drive size, similar size tool comparison, then their P262 1/2″ brushless does not make 100 ft lbs less, rather it makes 600 ft lbs. breakaway and 450 ft lbs tightening.

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