Ryobi 18V HP Brushless 4-Mode 1/2” Impact Wrench (P262)
Ryobi HP Impact Wrench Moves Into Mid-Torque Territory
Ryobi has an impact wrench joining their High-Performance lineup, and it represents a marked improvement over the previous model, the P261. The P262 Ryobi HP 4-Mode 1/2″ Impact Wrench features a brushless motor that doubles the amount of power we’re used to seeing from a Ryobi impact wrench, and it adds some features to give you even more control over that power.
- Model: Ryobi P262
- Brushless motor delivers up to 600 ft-lbs of breakaway torque and 450 ft-lbs of fastening torque
- 4-mode speed control
- Generates up to 3,200 IPM
- 1/2″ anvil with friction ring
- Die cast gear case
- Tri-beam LED work light
- 3-year warranty
- Bare Tool Price: $159
The increase in power and performance can be attributed in large part to the high-perfromance brushless motor that comes with the Ryobi HP 4-Mode Impact Wrench. It delivers up to 600 ft-lbs of nut-busting torque and 450 ft-lbs of fastening torque. This basically doubles the power of the previous model and moves into that mid-torque range that covers so many applicational bases in the automotive and construction fields.
But, it isn’t just about power. Between a variable speed trigger, 3 different speed settings, and an auto mode, the Ryobi HP 4-Mode Impact Wrench gives you a lot of control too. 0Low, Medium, and High speeds deliver up to 1,200, 2,000, and 2,800 RPM respectively. The Auto mode prevents overtightening in forward. When driving a nut or bolt, once the impact mechanism starts, the tool stops the forward rotation. This lets you finish securing your fastener with a torque wrench.
It also gives you controlled nut removal in reverse by shutting down as soon as it stops impacting. And those impacts are quick. The Ryobi P262 delivers up to 3,200 IPM at its highest speed setting.
The P262 features a 1/2″ anvil with a friction ring for quick socket changes. A die-cast gearbox provides excellent durability for a tool priced this low. Lastly, a Tri-beam LED surrounds the anvil with shadow-free lighting wherever you happen to use the tool.
Conclusion, Pricing, and Availability
The Ryobi HP 4-Mode 1/2″ Impact Wrench remains exclusive to The Home Depot. It comes as a bare tool and retails for around $159. We feel it makes a great upgrade to the P261. We love the new LEDs and the higher torque. Clearly, this tool is a heavy-hitter as the torque performance seems to do more than what the speed and IPM specs would indicate. We look forward to testing it in-house to get some real-world numbers and results.
Like all of the 175+ tools in the Ryobi 18V lineup, the P261 comes with a 3-year warranty.
Ryobi 18V HP 4-Mode Impact Wrench Comparison
|P262 18V HP 4-Mode Impact Wrench||P261 18V 3-Speed Impact Wrench|
|Anvil||1/2″ with friction ring||1/2″ with pin detent|
|Impacts per Minute||0-3,200 IPM||0-3,200 IPM|
|Torque||450 ft-lbs fastening|
600 ft-lbs breakaway
|Warranty||3 years||3 years|
|Bare Tool Price||$159||$129|