Ryobi 18V One+ HP Brushless High Torque Impact Wrench Review PBLIW01

Ryobi HP Brushless High-Torque Impact Wrench

The Ryobi One+ HP Brushless High Torque Impact Wrench Churns Out Serious Nut-Busting Power With Ease

One of the big challenges with cordless impact wrenches has been power. “High-Torque” for cordless hasn’t always meant the same as it has for pneumatic. The Ryobi 18V One+ HP Brushless High-Torque Impact Wrench aims to hit harder and change your mind about what cordless can do.


  • Excellent power level
  • Very managable weight
  • Comfortable grip
  • Tri-beam LEDs


  • No major drawbacks

Ryobi Cordless High-Torque Impact Wrench Performance

Ryobi’s HP Brushless high torque impact wrench boasts an impressive 1,170 ft-lbs of breakaway torque and 700 ft-lbs of fastening torque. The brushless motor delivers up to 2,100 RPMs on high and an impact rate of up to 2,800 IPM. The low and medium speeds produce 900 RPMs and 1,400 RPMs, respectively, when you need a little more finesse and control.

Compared to what else is our there on the cordless side, it’s an impressive amount of power. It wasn’t all that long ago we were talking about the first premium models breaking 1000 ft-lbs for the first time.

Compared to pneumatic, the torque is there to legitimately call this a high-torque impact wrench. Where you’ll still notice a big difference is that the speed is much lower than your air impact.

The big question we all want to know is…how well will this impact wrench perform under pressure? To do this we torqued five Grade 8 1/2-inch nuts on our test rig to the maximum 600 ft-lbs they can handle using our Gearwrench 3/4-inch electronic torque wrench.

Using the selector button at the base, I toggled to the Assist Mode which offers a little extra control once the nut breaks loose. Unsurprisingly, the Ryobi PBLIW01 impact wrench flew through each test without breaking a sweat…it wasn’t even warm!

From these results, we have no trouble believing this impact wrench can handle even the most stubborn lug nuts or frozen bolts on the majority of vehicles, trailers, and construction fasteners you come across. However, you may find the upper limits of the 1/2-inch drive if you start to tackle heavy equipment repairs and fasteners larger than 1-1/2 inches. At that point, it’s time to start considering 3/4- or 1-inch drives that can better handle the heavier workload.

Ryobi HP Brushless High-Torque Impact Wrench Design Notes

Assist Mode

The 4-speed motor features a low, medium, and high setting with an additional Assist Mode. This helps keep nuts and bolts from dropping away from you, or worse, flying away in a manner that can cause injury.

In reverse, the motor automatically stops after a few rotations, even if it never has to impact.

In forward, rotation stops after about 5-7 impacts to help you avoid over-torquing and potential damage to your fasteners and equipment.

Size and Weight

Compared to some other similar high-torque impact wrenches we’ve seen, this one weighs a little lighter at 6.63 pounds with a Ryobi High Performace 4.0Ah battery.

Its textured rubber gripped handle feels a little on the bigger side, but it assists in maintaining control of the tool as it’s hammering out that torque.

As far as size goes, it measures 8.25 inches across the head.

LED Lights

Ryobi brought back their triple-LED light system for this impact wrench. Three LEDs surround the drive and do a much better job of lighting up your work area than foot-mounted lights.

Additional Features

  • Variable speed trigger

Ryobi 18V One+ HP Brushless High-Torque Impact Wrench Price

The Ryobi high torque impact wrench runs $199 as a bare tool and carries a 3-year limited warranty. At the time we’re writing this, there isn’t a kit option on the market, but keep your eyes open as that may change in the future.

The Bottom Line

Ryobi did a lot of things right in the design of their cordless high-torque impact wrench. It has legitimate high-torque power with control options that make a difference when you’re using it. Whether your needs are on the automotive side or with larger construction fasteners, this impact wrench delivers the power you need with the convenience of a battery power source.

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Ryobi High Torque Impact Wrench Specifications

  • Model: Ryobi PBLIW01
  • Power Source: Ryobi 18V battery (High Performance pack recommended)
  • Anvil Size: 1/2-Inch with Friction Ring
  • Breakaway Torque: 1,170 ft.-lbs.
  • Fastening Torque: 700 ft.-lbs.
  • Max Speed: 0-900/1,400/2,100/1,400(Auto) RPM
  • Impact Rate: 0-2,800 IPM
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 8.25 x 3.50 x 8.50 Inches
  • Weight: 5.06 lbs (bare), 6.63 lbs (with 4.0Ah High Performance battery)
  • Warranty: 3-year Limited Warranty
  • Price: $199 (bare tool)

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