This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. I recently received the Ryobi One+ 3/8” 18v impact wrench to test. Still being about 20 years behind the multiple advances in tool technology, I had some doubts about the potential of the battery powered impact. Once I accepted the limitations of a tool this size and embraced the advantages, I was pleasantly surprised. First, let’s take a look at the specifications and tool features, then discuss what this means in your workshop or garage.
The Ryobi One+ 3/8” Impact Wrench
The tool has a 3/8” anvil with a hog ring to facilitate easy change of sockets. The impact mechanism produces 150 ft.lb of torque up to 3,400 impacts per minute (IPM) for a variety of heavy duty applications. The powerful motor allows for tightening or loosening various nuts and bolts, as well as other fasteners. The 3 speed selector switch offers greater control over a wide range of fastening applications, and is a key feature in its overall versatility.
• Speed 3: Provides Maximum torque (0-3200/min)
• Speed 2: Provides additional control for driving depth and fastener tension (0-2500/min)
• Speed 1: Provides even more control for precision fastening
The Tri-Beam light increases work area visibility over most traditional single light designs, and the trademarked GRIPZONE over mold provides optimum grip as well as user comfort. Overall tool weight is 2.6 pounds and the wrench includes a belt clip that can be mounted on either side of the tool.
The Brake Job
The first job I tried with this impact was the replacement of pads, rotors and calipers on my Toyota Tundra. This is where I first encountered the tool’s limitations but also where I discovered its true virtues. I jacked up the front end of the truck and set the thing on jack stands. I then attempted to remove the lug nuts (which hadn’t been loosened in a long time, 3 years in fact) and met with limited success. The wrench pounded away and loosened most of them, but a few particularly stubborn ones would not budge. The wrench provides about half the torque of its big brother, the 1/2’” model, which is much better suited for lug nuts.
Once I had the wheels removed I discovered the advantages of this tool. Small and compact, I was able to fit it in to loosen the caliper bolts. After I had replaced the rotors and pads it was time to reinstall the calipers. I set the speed control to 2 and tightened the caliper bolts. The reduced speed and impacts allowed me to precisely tighten the bolts without over tightening. The Tri-Beam light was also welcome, as there is no great way to light the work area otherwise.
I then replaced the wheels and attempted to tighten lug nuts again as a test. I used a torque stick designed for my vehicle, always the way to go when installing lug nuts with an impact wrench. I then checked the tightness with a torque wrench and again found a couple that hadn’t tightened to the spec, but were close.
The Ryobi One+ Impact Wrench Tackles a Tree Stand
The next job was assembling a ladder tree stand that I intended to use in our woods for bow hunting deer. These stands come unassembled and can be somewhat tedious to put together as there are numerous parts and fasteners. The tubing is robust enough to support 500 pounds in this particular stand, but the walls are thin enough that they could be distorted or crushed if over tightened. I was a little hesitant at first, but running the tool at the number 1 setting allowed me to precisely control the speed and tightness and I had no issues during the assembly process. I was able to complete assembly much faster than I would have if I’d had to fasten each bolt with a pair of wrenches or with a ratchet. Since I did a fair bit of the assembly in the field, the battery power was certainly appreciated.
Another Delicate Job for the Ryobi Impact Wrench
Finally, I’m back to the Toyota truck again. The one thing I can depend on without fail is that something around the farm will be broken or not working properly. Lately the truck has been not running well, the fault codes I pulled on the little OBD reader indicated a throttle position sensor not sending a proper signal. After looking at a number of solutions I felt the last best hope was to replace the throttle body. The Ryobi One+ impact wrench was perfect for the job, removing the old one and providing just the right amount of control to properly tighten the new part in place. It also had the power and finesse to handle the associated hose clamps.
Once I found the sweet spot on this wrench as far as best applications, the tool performed admirably. As long as you are not asking it to do the work of a larger more powerful impact you will not be disappointed. It has plenty of power to loosen stuck nuts and fasteners, and enough control that you can confidently tighten bolts and other fasteners that require care and finesse. The Ryobi One+ 18v 3/8” impact wrench is available at The Home Depot as a bare tool for a mere $79.00.
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