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Ryobi PRC01B 1/4-Inch Cordless Ratchet

Ryobi Cordless Ratchet A “Must Have” in the Garage

Swinging a ratchet is fun and all, but if you didn’t have to, would you miss it? The Ryobi 1/4 in. cordless ratchet joins the brand’s deep line of 18V tools designed to simplify your projects. With more positions and more power, this cordless ratchet is ideal for interior automotive work.

10-Second Summary

  • Model: Ryobi PRC01B
  • 18V One+ platform
  • Up to 30 ft-lbs of torque
  • 4-position rotating head
  • 2 LED worklights
  • Paddle switch
  • Warranty: 3-year warranty
  • Price: TBA


Features N’ Stuff

The Ryobi 18V cordless ratchet cranks out up to 30 ft-lbs of torque at up to 250 rpm, making it a generally helpful tool to have around the workshop.

Ryobi Cordless Ratchet

Ryobi’s 18V battery platform works on a stick pack design (as opposed to a slide pack). With most tools, this doesn’t present much of a problem. With this ratchet, the pack adds some weight to the 2.4-lb. tool. In and of itself, this doesn’t feel like too big of a deal. However, the bulky pack could make the ratchet cumbersome in some situations where space and clearance could be concerns.

Thankfully, the Ryobi cordless ratchet has a 4-position rotating head that mitigates the awkwardness somewhat. By pulling up on the collet, you can reposition the ratcheting head to a position that works better in these tight spots.

It also features a custom paddle switch and overmolding on the handle to increase your comfort. It also features 2 LED lights above and below the ratcheting head to light up your workspace.

Ryobi Cordless Ratchet Pricing

We haven’t yet received any hard and fast information on what the Ryobi PRC01B cordless ratchet will cost. But, considering that the 3/8-inch model comes in at $79, we think that it’s likely that you can expect to pay around the same thing for this 1/4-in. model.

We can confirm that it will come with Ryobi’s 3-year warranty. And, like the rest of the Ryobi lineup, you can find it either at you local Home Depot or online.


Ryobi Cordless Ratchet Specs

  • Model: Ryobi PRC01B
  • Anvil: 1/4 in.
  • RPM: 250 rpm
  • Torque: Up to 30 ft-lbs
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs
  • Length: 11-1/2 in.
  • Warranty: 3-years
  • Price: TBA
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I think we’re going see a lot of whining about this battery. I’m pretty enthused about Ryobi performances for the price, but the battery has kept their grinder from being useful with a cup and this *appears* like it could be a similar story.

Hank Semenec

I do not like the design. 3/8 and a 1/4 need a smaller battery to get around tight places.