October 18, 2021

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Ryobi 18V One+ HP Brushless 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench Review P262

Ryobi 18V One+ HP Brushless 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench Review P262

Ryobi HP Brushless 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench Gives Users a Legit Mid-Torque Option

Ryobi has had impact wrenches available on the 18V One+ line for a while, but they’ve been lacking a legitimate mid-torque option. With a reduced size and a big upgrade on the internals, we took the Ryobi 18V One+ HP Brushless Impact Wrench out to the ranch for some work around the equipment barn.


  • Significantly smaller and a little lighter than the P261
  • Greatly improved power
  • Three standard modes plus assist mode
  • Tri-beam LEDs around the square drive


  • No significant drawbacks

Ryobi 18V One+ HP Brushless 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench Performance

Ryobi boasts 450 ft-lbs of fastening torque and 600 ft-lbs of breakaway torque along with a 2800 RPM top speed on the P262. Three standard speeds and an auto mode help you control it.


Auto mode stops the fastening motion after a few impacts, letting you set a nut or bolt and finish it off with a torque wrench. In reverse, it starts slow, quickly ramps up until it breaks the fastener loose, and stops automatically.

I met up with Eli Mosely out at the ranch to see what kind of trouble we could stir up with Ryobi at the equipment barn. Like many ranches, they fix equipment and keep it running longer. From front end loaders and bulldozers to flatbeds and water sprayers, we had plenty to choose from and there weren’t a bunch of shiny, new bolts on any of them.

We started with some rusty lug nuts that probably hadn’t been touched since the last time the tires were replaced years ago. Sensing a challenge, we put the P262 in mode three and zipped those suckers off like it was no big deal. That was the case for all the trailers.

Ryobi 18V One+ HP Brushless 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench P262

On the engines, hatches, and other parts of the heavy equipment, we needed more finesse to avoid over-tightening. Here, we pretty much stuck with mode 1, letting the wrench set each bolt under careful control. Auto mode ended up being more useful on the wheels.

By the time we were done, our fasteners were secure and we didn’t snap any heads or damage any threads. That’s what you want from your impact wrench and the Ryobi P262 delivered.

Ryobi 18V One+ HP Brushless 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench Design Notes

Size and Weight

With the HP Brushless upgrade, the Ryobi P262 enjoys a smaller profile in addition to its greater performance. It’s 7.2 inches long from tip to tail, down about three-quarters of an inch from the previous model.

Ryobi 18V One+ HP Brushless 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench P262

There’s also some weight reduction. Bare, the impact wrench weighs 3.7 pounds and a 4Ah High Performance battery brings it up to 5.3 pounds.

The overall size and weight of the tool are suited for the mid-torque class and Ryobi now has the performance to match it better than before.

Additional Features

  • Brushless motor
  • 3 standard speeds plus Auto mode
  • Tri-Beam LED lights surrounding the drive
  • 1/2 in. anvil with friction ring
  • Die-cast gear case

Ryobi 18V One+ HP Brushless 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench Price

You can pick up or order the P262 at The Home Depot for $159 as a bare tool. That’s about $40 more than the previous brushed model, but the improvements in design and performance are well worth it. There’s no kit option available at the moment.

The Bottom Line

The Ryobi 18V One+ HP Brushless 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench settles nicely into the mid-torque class and can handle just about anything you come across on passenger vehicles, including breaking loose some pretty corroded bolts. Paired with the HP Compact 3/8-inch impact wrench for light-duty applications, you can cover a wide range of construction and automotive jobs without breaking the bank.

Ryobi 18V One+ HP Brushless Impact Wrench Specifications

  • Model: Ryobi P262
  • Anvil: 1/2 in. with friction ring
  • Top Speed: 2800 RPM
  • Torque: 600 ft-lbs. breakaway /450 ft.-lbs. fastening
  • Impacts per Minute: 0-3,200 IPM
  • Length: 7.2 in.
  • Weight: 3.7 lbs bare, 4.3 lbs with 4.0Ah High Performance battery
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Price: $159

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This review would have been more informative with some actual test data. Knowing it removed and installed some random bolts & nuts of unknown size from/to unknown tightness is nice but real world torque values would have been much better.


Home Depot has it now, and trickling onto ebay, etc too. Something mentioned in the article is a bit off, while the P261 does have a retail price of $120 bare tool, it was regularly on sale as a kit with 4Ah battery for $120 too, starting around 5 years ago and still on Ryobi deals recently.

Definitely this P262 is worth more, but I doubt you’ll ever get it as kit for same $120, “maybe” during some Ryobi days deal where if you buy batteries and a charger, they throw in your pick of free tool.

Timothy Haselden

I keep seeing articles and reviews about this tool. When will it be released to the pu lick for purchase??


Chart is incorrect, P261 has a brushed motor


I haven’t been able to find this tool? Must not be out yet

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