Ryobi HP612K Review

Ryobi HP612K

Ryobi HP612K Ryobi
HP612K

Lithium 12V
Drill Driver
3/8" Chuck
Price Level: $
Torque

90

Max In-Lbs
Speed

600

Max RPM
Weight

1.8

Lbs w Batt
Battery

1.8

Ah Capacity
Warranty

3

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The HP612K is 63% less powerful than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of 12V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 149 in-lbs less maximum torque than the average 239 in-lbs drill in its class.  
SPEED This Ryobi cordless drill is 53% slower than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 12V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can only run at top speeds that are 653 RPM less than the average 1253 RPM drill in its class.  
WEIGHT It is 48% lighter than average and ranks in the top 20% of 12V-class drills for lower weight. It weighs 1.6 lbs less than the average 3.4 lb cordless drill in this class and should decrease operator fatigue.
BATTERY This Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) battery has a 39% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 40% of 12V-class drills. It has 0.5 Ah more capacity than the average 1.3 Ah battery in this class.
WARRANTY Ryobi's 3-year limited tool warranty is a little longer than average for the cordless drill industry where the standard is about 2-3 years. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.


Ryobi HP612K Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 90 in-lbs - The HP612K is 63% less powerful than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of 12V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 149 in-lbs less maximum torque than the average 239 in-lbs drill in its class.  
Speed
Settings
1 Setting 0-600 RPM - Does not include the standard low and high speed range settings that are available on most drills. Having just one setting will limit your ability to match the appropriate speed setting to a wide variety of tasks.  
Max
Speed
600 RPM - This Ryobi cordless drill is 53% slower than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 12V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can only run at top speeds that are 653 RPM less than the average 1253 RPM drill in its class.  
Clutch 24 Settings - The Ryobi HP612K has an above average number of clutch settings that provide a wide range of protection for almost any job. The clutch acts like a brake and helps prevent stripping screws.
Power
Ratio
50 P/W - The Ryobi HP612K power-to-weight ratio is 33% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 12V-class drills. The P/W ratio is 24 lower than the 74 average ratio for this class drill.  
Hammer This cordless drill is not equipped with a hammer function that can deliver several thousand impacts per minute. Hammer drill drivers are usually a little heavier and costlier, but they are effective on tougher jobs such as drilling into concrete.  


DURABILITY RATINGS
Gear
Case
Non-Metal Parts - Some of the Ryobi HP612K transmission components are made of non-metal materials that are more susceptible to failure. Gears spin at high RPMs and experience large rotational forces.  
Chuck Plastic Sleeve - Chuck sleeves made of tough plastic materials save on weight, but they are more prone to cracking than metal sleeves. It generally won't withstand repeated drops onto hard surfaces.  
Motor No Brush Access - The entire drill usually has to be taken apart in order to access the motor brushes. Motor brushes wear-out and must be replaced periodically, but repair costs can sometimes be prohibitive.  
Warranty 3-Year - Ryobi's 3-year limited tool warranty is a little longer than average for the cordless drill industry where the standard is about 2-3 years. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.


BATTERY RATINGS
Type Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) CB120N - The oldest and original cordless drill battery that is still found on many drills, but is significantly larger and heavier than the newer high-capacity Lithium-Ion batteries.  
Capacity 1.8 Ah - This Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) battery has a 39% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 40% of 12V-class drills. It has 0.5 Ah more capacity than the average 1.3 Ah battery in this class.
Charge
Time
40 min C120N Charger - Battery charge-time is quicker than average. Nice feature for those times when you don't have a charged replacement battery ready to go and you're in the middle of a job.
Fuel
Gauge
No Battery Fuel Gauge - Not equipped with a battery charge indicator that alerts you to remaining battery life or if the batteries are running low. Sudden battery failure during the job is a common frustration.  
Backup 2 Batteries Included - It's important to have a second back-up battery for the Ryobi HP612K that's charged and ready to go. Makes it easy to swap-out batteries during the job with minimal down-time.


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 1.8 lbs Tool Plus Battery - It is 48% lighter than average and ranks in the top 20% of 12V-class drills for lower weight. It weighs 1.6 lbs less than the average 3.4 lb cordless drill in this class and should decrease operator fatigue.
Length 9 in - Cordless drill length is a personal preference, but shorter is generally better to help you in close quarters such as under a sink, or drilling in-between studs. Torque is harder to handle if the drill is too short though.  
Spindle
Lock
No Spindle Lock - The double-sleeve chuck requires two hands to unlock and change the bit. It is significantly more cumbersome than spindle-lock drills. Most cordless drills now have one-hand bit change.  
LED
Light
No LED Light - The Ryobi HP612K does not have an integrated LED light that Illuminates your work area. This feature is extremely useful, but is obviously not essential if you have secondary lighting available.  
Belt
Hook
No Belt Hook - There is no provision to hang the drill on your belt and free-up both hands to perform other tasks. You may be able to purchase a separate belt clip that can be attached to the drill.  
Side
Handle
No Side Handle - Side handles are a great safety feature and should be considered if you plan to drive at higher torque levels. They can help prevent injury by providing increased stability and control.  
Bubble
Level
No Bubble Level - This feature is only available on a few drills and can be helpful in situations where precision holes are critical for alignment. Most projects can be performed with just visual sighting.  
Keyless Keyless Chuck - Nearly all cordless drills are now equipped with keyless chucks that can be tightened with both hands (double-sleeve) or just one hand (single-sleeve) without the use of a key.
VSR VSR - Most cordless drills are equipped with variable speed capability that can be controlled with simple trigger pressure. Reverse is usually performed with the push of a side-to-side button.


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