Thanks for the response. If you still have the response from Ryobi I would love to see it. It seemed odd because both drills had the same model number. I would have thought such a significant change ( performance decrease by 21% )would merrit a different model number. Oh well. Thanks again
I'm thinking Alan J. is precisely correct. Both the 14v and 18v Ryobi drils underwent a running model change to a higher level of performance. I have the older 14.4v kit on display, and never thought to check the contents of a newer kit. I'll do just that on New Year's Day, when us orange aprons will likely be wandering around the store all alone. [img]smile.gif[/img]
Here is my question to Ryobi ...
Question: Could you please tell me the main differences/improvements in the new 14.4v drill #SA14402 and its predesessor #HP1442MK2? If possible, I would like to know the torque ratings of the new model. Thank you for your time, Alan
... and the answer I received ...
The new drill model # SA14402K has 280" lbs.of torque, the motor & gear box has been changed & the drill now comes with longer life batteries.
I thought I still had the torque figure on the older model but I can't find it. The Ryobi web site has a place you can ask technical questions. There is a tiny link up at the top of the FAQ section that will open a fill-in form window for you. I have always received prompt and complete answers.
Thanks again for the responses. I would expect that there is a difference between drills with different serial numbers. ( there are 14.4v drills that have serial numbers that begin with HP and some with SA ) However, the two drills that I am confused both have the same serial number (SA14402) I emailed Ryobi and have gotten no response from them. The "tool guy" at Home Depot said it must be a typo, but I have a hard time believing that since it is in big bold print on the outside of the box. If anyone else has any thoughts I would love to hear them. Have a great New Year everyone.
Alan, in case it still matters to you, I believe another difference in the drills is the older drill has a top speed of 1100 rpm and the newer one has a top speed of 1400 rpm.