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New Ryobi Brushless Impact Driver, Circular Saw, Angle Grinder & Recip Saw

Ryobi Brushless P238, P423, P508 & P517

The new Ryobi Brushless impact driver, circular saw, angle grinder and reciprocating saw are a big hit due to the price for the average DIY person to get into brushless tools.  We took each of the Ryobi brushless tools and put them through their paces in our YouTube video!  Our goal is to provide information on the capabilities of these tools.  As we state in the video, we highly recommend using the 4.0Ah battery (or higher) with these tools.  If you do not want to invest in the larger capacity battery, we would suggest that you do not upgrade to these tools.  Below are some features of each tool and our opinions.

Ryobi P238 18-Volt One+ 1/4 in. Brushless Impact Driver

  • Brushless motor
  • Compatible with lithium+ HP batteries
  • 3-speed switch – high speed: 0-3,100 RPM, medium speed: 0-2,150 RPM, low speed: 0-1,100 RPM
  • Powerful – 2,200 in./lbs. torque
  • Up to 4,350 IPM (impacts per minute)
  • Tri-LED lights
  • 1/4 in. auto-load chuck
  • New grip zone with micro-texture
  • Belt clip mounts to either side of tool
  • Magtray magnetic holder

The Ryobi P238 18-Volt One+ 1/4 in. Brushless Impact Driver is the best Ryobi tool we have used to date with all the power one could ask for from an impact driver.  This tool took 6″ lag bolts and buried them in our tests over and over in a very respectable time.  There was a large difference in performance when used with a compact battery.

Ryobi P423 18-Volt One+ Cordless 4-1/2″ Brushless Cut-Off Tool/Angle Grinder

  • Brushless motor
  • Compatible with lithium+ HP batteries
  • Versatile design is perfect for cutting or grinding applications
  • Lock-on switch
  • Compact design
  • Gripzone over mold with micro-texture
  • 3-position side handle
  • Onboard storage for spanner wrench
  • Spindle lock for quick easy wheel change

The Ryobi P423 18-Volt One+ Cordless 4-1/2″ Brushless Cut-Off Tool/Angle Grinder gives the DIY crowd a nice tool for ditching the cord and working on smaller jobs.  In our use, we found this tool to give good power when grinding and sanding but was a bit finicky when it came to cutting.  With occasional timeouts, we were able to get the job done.  This is not a tool one would want to run with a compact battery in any situation.

Ryobi P508 18-Volt One+ 7-1/4″ Brushless Circular Saw

  • 26% increased cut capacity
  • Brushless motor
  • LED light illuminates cut line
  • Full-size 7-1/4 in. blade
  • Spindle lock for quick and easy blade changes
  • 24T ultra thin kerf carbide-tipped blade
  • Compatible with lithium+ HP batteries
  • Gripzone over mold with micro-texture
  • 0-56-degree bevel cut capacity
  • Left-mount blade
  • Dust blower keeps cut line clear and visible
  • On-board wrench storage
  • Front pommel handle with over mold for 2-handed operation

The Ryobi P508 18-Volt One+ 7-1/4″ Brushless Circular Saw is a huge upgrade over their standard model circular saw.  The design is excellent and the adjustments and blade changes are done quickly and easily.  This saw cross cut like a champ with the 24 tooth blade that is included.  The saw struggled when ripping sheet goods and dimensional lumber.  we detail this more in the video, but this saw has good power and needs to have the large battery to run.

Ryobi P517 18-Volt One+ Brushless Reciprocating Saw

  • Brushless motor
  • Compatible with LITHIUM+ HP batteries
  • Stay-open blade clamp
  • Orbital action switch
  • Anti-vibe handle
  • LED light
  • Gripzone over mold with micro-texture
  • Adjustable, pivoting shoe allows depth-of-cut control
  • Variable speed trigger
  • Die-cast aluminum gear housing

The Ryobi P517 18-Volt One+ Brushless Reciprocating Saw has a 1-1/8″ stroke with 3,200 strokes per minute making this saw a beast!  Easily put in the correct blade with the tool-free blade holding system and enjoy a nice saw.  Ther is a switch on the side to change between orbital and standard cutting.  the variable speed trigger allows the user to get the correct speed for cutting any material.  We had some time-out issues with this saw with the compact battery and suggest using the larger battery to really get the full use out of this tool!

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