Ryobi P271 Speed Drill Driver Review

Review of Ryobi P271Editor Rating: 4.2/5

Build Quality
Power
Features
Price

Review Summary

Ryobi’s One+ tool universe would be nothing without the tried-and-true cordless drill/driver at its center. The P271 is a perfect journeyman tool in that sense. It is versatile in terms of torque power and motor speed and has a magnetic strip to hold on to your bit and screws as your work. It is very affordable, and that value is boosted tremendously by being part of the One+ family, where the battery you use for your driver is also good for a spotlight, the radio or the leaf blower. The only drawback is that it’s a bit underpowered, but if you don’t ask too much of it, that isn’t much of a problem.

Ryobi P271 – A Quick Look

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Versatile
  • Ryobi One+ compatible
Cons
  • Not overly powerful

Specifications

Brand name: Ryobi

Model: P271

Type: Drill

Power type: Cordless

Voltage: 18v

Dimensions: 9.5 x 3 x 5 inches

Weight: 3.1 lbs.

Ryobi P271 side view

Versatility of jobs

The P271 is a perfect centerpiece of your tool collection, able to do a range of jobs from drilling holes to hanging shelves to putting together furniture. It has a two-speed, 24-setting motor that allows you great customization over the amount of power and torque it spins with, and you can use just about any standard bit known to man. Whatmore, the keyless chuck and magnetic strip on it make swapping out parts and keeping track of fasteners a headache-free part of the job.

Light and portable

Light enough for all-day comfortable use and small enough to stick just about anywhere, the P271 is perfect for working in a wide, open space or in tight. You won’t have to fight with your tool to get the job done.

Ryobi P271 top view

Ryobi One+ compatible

The P271 isn’t just a single tool. It’s part of a whole family of tools built around a shared power source. That allows you to use the same battery to power your P271 that you would an impact wrench or an inflator or a weed whipper. That means savings on buying a bunch of different kinds of batteries. It also means fewer headaches from unsnarling a tangle of power cords and figuring out which charger is designed for what battery.

FAQ

How good is the warranty for this drill?

Ryobi offers the same two-year warranty for all of its One+ tools and accessories.

Are there any features to help keep track of bits and screws?

There’s a magnetic strip on it that will hold fast any bits or metal pieces you stick to it.

Can this use old-style nickel-cadmium batteries?

Yes.

Ryobi P271 handle

Conclusion

Ryobi’s P271 is a fine centerpiece to the company’s One+ system. it’s versatile in terms of bits it uses and allows wide customization in terms of torque and motor speed for just about any job. It’s lightweight for mobility. It’s also really affordable and as part of the One+ system that value gets a tremendous boost by sharing a common power source with so many other tools. It could be a little more powerful, but for any basic home project, it’s got enough muscle. Besides, as a One+ tool, there’s always room to amp up the power with an impact driver.

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!