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Ryobi ONE+ 18V HP Brushless Cordless Extended Reach Ratchet Review

Ryobi Cordless Extended Reach ratchets offer improved power and access in tight spots

Wielding a ratchet is fun and all, but if you didn’t have to, would you miss it? The Ryobi cordless extended reach ratchets join the brand’s extensive line of 18V tools and are designed to keep that swinging habit to a minimum.


advantages

  • Outstanding torque level
  • solid value
  • Wide range of versatile handle options
  • Rotatable head locks into 4 positions
  • The extended reach reaches more fasteners
  • The forward/reverse switch is flush with the head

Disadvantages

  • Handle diameter is on the larger side
  • Battery may be in the way

Ryobi Cordless Extended Reach Ratchet

powerhouse

Cordless ratchets aren’t new to the market, and this isn’t Ryobi’s first rodeo with them. The 1/4″ and 3/8″ extended reach ratchets feature One+ HP brushless technology that offers 40 ft-lbs and 55 ft-lbs of torque, respectively. This is a significant leap in performance over the 30 ft-lbs plus of the previous short shank PRC018 model in some of the best cordless ratchets on the market.

The speeds are also slightly different. The 1/4″ model runs at up to 260 RPM and the 3/8″ model is slightly slower at 230 RPM.


Ryobi Cordless Extended Reach Ratchet

Pro tip: Cordless ratchets are very different from impact wrenches and have a much lower torque. They are designed to help you set a fastener without over-tightening. Once set, you can pull the ratchet to apply more torque (if needed), just like a hand ratchet.

Grip and trigger design

The handle and metal paddle trigger design are quite similar to traditional pneumatic ratchets. This is an important design feature in case you need to rotate the handle to put the battery at a different angle. We were able to pull the trigger with ease no matter which way we needed to rotate the tool.

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The trigger is still variable rate, so feel free to feather it when removing bolts or trying to avoid cross-threading.

However, the grip is slightly larger to accommodate the post-style battery. If your hands are on the smaller side, you might not care about the diameter. However, the rubber coating of the handle provides additional slip resistance and comfort.

Ryobi ONE+ 18V HP Brushless Cordless Extended Reach Ratchet Review

head design

The extended reach and slim head make it easy to access tight spaces traditionally reserved for more compact hand tools. If you look at the two options side by side, the 3/8″ ratchet head is about 1/4″ wider than the 1/4″ ratchet.

drive options

There are four locking positions every 90° and the actuator will work at any angle even if not locked. To adjust, pull up on the collet under the shaft and turn in the desired direction. It slips in once it hits the detent.

adjustment collet

While it’s a minor thing, the fact that the forward/reverse switch sits flush with the head means you can get in a little tighter.

Additional functions

  • Dual LED lights
  • lock switch

Ryobi Cordless Extended Reach Ratchet Price

This Ryobi 3/8″ Extended Reach Ratchet is available from The Home Depot for $159 tool-only and $199 with a high-capacity 2.0Ah battery and charger.

The 1/4″ Extended Reach Ryobi Ratchet is $169 as a tool only, and like the 3/8″ model, a kit option is also available. You can snag one of these for $209 at your local Home Depot.

The kits are a bit hard to come by because they’re so cheap, so keep your eyes peeled. Ryobi grants a 3-year manufacturer’s guarantee on its ratchets.

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The final result

In terms of performance, the Ryobi 18V One+ Extended Reach Cordless Ratchet is where it needs to be. We have nothing to complain about from a professional point of view.

The challenge is managing the battery, and Ryobi’s design team did a good job of allowing the head to rotate and giving it a variable speed paddle trigger that you can spin in your hand and still operate easily. Overall, both versions of this cordless ratchet are a great asset for Ryobi users who spend time under the hood.

To view the entire Ryobi ONE+ range, click here.

3/8 inch specifications

  • Model number: PBLRC25
  • Power source: Ryobi high-capacity 18V rechargeable battery
  • Max. Torque: 55 ft.-lbs.
  • Anvil Size: 3/8 inch.
  • Max Speed: 0-230RPM
  • Variable speed paddle trigger
  • Length: 15.75 inches.
  • Weight: 2.88 pounds. (naked), 3.88 lbs. (With 2.0 Ah high-performance battery)
  • Brushless motor
  • Guarantee: 3 years
  • Price: $159 (bare), $199 (kit)

1/4 inch specifications

  • Model number: PBLRC01
  • Power source: Ryobi high-capacity 18V rechargeable battery
  • Max. Torque: 40 ft.-lbs.
  • Anvil Size: 1/4 inch.
  • Max Speed: 0-260RPM
  • Variable speed paddle trigger
  • Length: 15.25 inches.
  • Weight: 2.5 pounds. (naked), 3.5 lbs. (With 2.0 Ah high-performance battery)
  • Brushless motor
  • Guarantee: 3 years
  • Price: $169 (naked), $209 (kit)

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