Ryobi P237 Impact Driver Review

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Review of Ryobi P237

Editor Rating: 4.5/5

Build Quality
Power
Features
Price

Review Summary

Ryobi took its successful P236 impact driver and added a three-speed option to it. You can go from doing hard work that requires brute strength to a finesse job with the flip of a switch rather than hope your skills and instinct can get it done. They’ve also upgraded the power to 1,800 inch-pounds, which translates to 150 foot-pounds. That’s enough to remove the lug nuts from most cars out there, although it’s not really designed for that. It costs a bit more than the P236, but it’s compatible with Ryobi’s One+ family, which means if you’re invested you don’t have to spend extra on batteries or a charger.

Ryobi P237 – A Quick Look

Pros
  • Three-speed power
  • Excellent torque power
  • Ryobi One+ compatible
Cons
  • Not really designed for auto work

Specifications

Brand name: Ryobi

Model: P237

Type: Impact driver

Power source: Cordless

Dimensions: 7.7 x 3.4 x 7.4 inches

Weight: 2.75 lbs.

Ryobi P237 front view

Three-speed power

Ryobi took its P236 design and basically added more power and a switch that allows you to move between three different speeds. That means you can go from powering screws into a deck to putting the face on a drawer with a simple adjustment. They also upgunned it to 1,800 inch-pounds of power. Although this is best suited to woodworking, that’s enough for most jobs around the auto shop.

Ryobi One+ family of tools

Being a part of Ryobi’s One+ tool family means that if you’ve already got other compatible tools that you’ve got a power source ready for the P237. That translates not only into savings in terms of buying chargers and batteries, but in the efficient operation of your workshop. Rather than rifle through a pile of chargers and cords and batteries to find the right one to run this tool, any charger or battery that is part of One+ will do, although for the hardest jobs we’d recommend one of the more powerful batteries for extra life and juice.

Easy, comfortable operation

The P237 comes with a keyless chuck and magnetic strip to make changing bits as fast as snapping your fingers. It’s also got LED lights to illuminate where you’re working and a hook for you to hang it from your belt while moving around the worksite. When you’ve got it rolling, we think you’ll appreciate the comfortable rubber overgrip to help reduce wear and tear on your hands and wrists.

Ryobi P237 switch

FAQ

How good is the warranty for this?

It has the same basic three-year manufacturers warranty that Ryobi extends to its power tools.

Is the motor brushed or brushless?

It has a brush motor.

How much impact torque can this deliver?

1,600 inch-pounds, which divided by 12 (12 inches per foot) comes out to about 133 foot-pounds if you’re looking to remove lug nuts.

Ryobi P237 top view

Conclusion

Ryobi’s P237 adds power and an option to switch between three different speeds. That provides a range of alternatives for tool users in how they approach jobs around the house. Rated at 1,800 inch-pounds, it’s got enough juice to even work on cars or drive in deck screws, but at low speeds, it’s perfect for work you want to finesse rather than power through. It costs a little more money than its predecessor design, but if you’re already invested in Ryobi’s One+ tool family what you pay extra to buy this you’ll save in purchasing batteries and a charger.

About the Author Adam Harris

Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!