I've been wanting to wet my feet with a lithium powered tool and since I have some Ryobi 18 volt tools laying around I decided to buy the $160.00 drill and flashlight set. The extra battey alone made sense although I did not expect much in the way of a drill for that price. I cannot give an indepth review of this tool because I've only had it a few hours so all I can really comment on is the overall feel, build and appearance. Rated at 330 inch pounds, the heavy hitters have nothing to worry about and while it looks awful plastic laden the feel is not bad at all. If it lasts as long as my eight or so year old Ryobi, I think the average homeowner would like this drill. I just put the TS-18 Toolstar LED upgrade in the flashlight and it's burning away, nice design on this little worklight. Lower profile than the previous one and a rubber on off switch on top makes it a bit more ergonomical. I immediately placed one of my "One Plus" nicads in the new dual usage charger and when it was finished I topped off one of the new lithiums. Both batteries showed 21+ on my digital FLuke meter. The lithium has a small button on it which glows either green, yellow or read when depressed giving you some indication of remaining power . The Ryobi nicads have always been a disappointment and I believe these lithiums are a home run for Ryobi and the consumer. I'm sure professionals demanding heavy duty and heavy service tools would laugh these off, but for the homeowner or professional doing light to medium jobs I think these are well worth the money. I have no doubts that if and when Ridgid offers a stronger 18 volt lithium, that myself and others would snap them up. Lithium makes sense.
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