Ryobi 18V 4 PC Lithium-Ion Super Combo Kit Review (MODEL #P883)
I always have at least one renovation or woodworking project in process at any given time. Most weekends, and weeknights are spent in my basement, sawing, routing, drilling, and otherwise creating my next project. I just recently finished building bunk beds for my two daughters, and I’m currently building a dresser for my oldest daughter. I’ve used many power tools during my time, both good and bad, so I was excited when I got the opportunity to review the Ryobi 18V, 4 PC LITHIUM-ION SUPER COMBO KIT (MODEL #P883). Whether you are a beginner trying to build your power tool collection, or someone looking to update their current power tool inventory, the Ryobi P883 kit is an excellent option.
The Ryobi 18V 4 PC LITHIUM-ION SUPER COMBO KIT (MODEL #P883) includes a P271 Drill with Screwdriver Bit, P504G Circular Saw with Blade, P515 Reciprocating Saw with Blade, P701G Flashlight, P118 Dual Chemistry Charger, (2) P102 18V ONE+™ Compact Lithium-ion Batteries, and Tool Bag.
Luckily, I had some ongoing projects in process (bunkbed, dresser) when I received these tools, so I was able to give them a realistic review. I inspected, and used all tools included in the kit to test for quality, durability, and ease-of-use.
The Ryobi P271 Drill Driver has a max torque of 340 in·lbs, and has a ½” keyless chuck. The Ryobi P271 Drill Driver has a 24 position clutch to adjust the torque based on your application. In addition, there are two speed settings (1 &2) that adjust the maximum spindle speed from 440RPM to 1,600RPM respectively.
This is a very useful feature, because you can fine tune your drill for drilling into different materials using small or large diameter drills. Larger drill diameters should use lower RPMs than small diameter drills. The speed adjustment on the P271, allows you to control that a lot easier. Furthermore, the spindle speed (RPM) can be variably adjusted with the amount of pressure applied to the trigger.
The Ryobi P271 Drill Driver I reviewed was comfortable to hold, and wasn’t too heavy, especially when used with the compact Lithium Ion battery pack. The ½” keyless chuck, rotated smoothly, and held onto drills and driver bits with plenty of pressure. The 24 position clutch worked great for adjusting torque on some smaller screws I was using to assemble drawers.
I needed very little torque, and the Ryobi P271, allowed me to dial in exactly what I needed. In addition, drilling with a ¼” drill bit through two stacked 2x4s didn’t slow down the drill at all. The built-in bubble level helps to keep the drill level while drilling, and is another great feature. Overall, I’m very happy with the performance of the P271 Drill Driver.
The Ryobi P504G 5 ½” Circular Saw is a great tool to own. To be honest, this is the first 18V circular saw I’ve ever owned or used. I always doubted the overall power and performance of 18V circular saws in general, and usually stuck with corded circular saws. But then again, to my pleasant surprise, after trying the Ryobi P504G 18V Circular Saw for the first time, I was very impressed! The saw is lightweight, so it’s comfortable to hold and easy to maneuver. There is an easy to read depth and bevel adjustment. The maximum cutting depth is 1-9/16” at 0°, and 1-1/8” at 45°. I used this saw to cut ¼” plywood for drawer bottoms, and it worked great.
The saw stays on center, and left a clean edge using the included 18 teeth blade. I also tested the saw cutting some ¾” birch plywood, and again, had good results. Using a slow and steady feed through the cut, the Ryobi P504G produced a clean edge that required minimal sanding. I wouldn’t recommend replacing your corded circular saw for an 18V type, but I would definitely recommend owning this tool for cutting soft woods and thin hardwoods. You can’t beat the convenience of having a cordless, lightweight, fully portable circular saw on-hand, ready to cut in a moment’s notice.
The Ryobi P515 18V Reciprocating Saw is another great tool to have as part of your collection. Reciprocating saws traditionally are corded and heavy. That’s what I was used to using if doing demolition work or general cutting. Luckily, times are changing and cordless tools are becoming more powerful, energy-efficient, and durable. The Ryobi P515 18V Reciprocating Saw is all of those things. The first time I picked it up, I couldn’t believe how lightweight it was, yet it didn’t feel cheap.
The overall shape, handle, and trigger are designed to make the saw comfortable to hold, while you’re tearing down an old kitchen, or simply cutting a notch into a post. The blade changes can’t be any easier, remove the battery (for safety), pull back on the release lever, pull out the old blade, insert the new one, and release the lever. This design makes for quick and easy blade changes without the need for other tools.
In addition, the saw speed can be controlled variably, with the trigger, based on the amount of pressure you apply. I used the Ryobi P515 Reciprocating Saw to cut up some old crib pieces for easy disposal. The saw cut through the crib with ease, without any blade bending or kickback. The Ryobi P515 Reciprocating Saw can also be used to cut metal, such as pipes, sheet metal, and rods.
The included circular saw blade and 2 reciprocating saw blades (one for wood & one metal)
The Ryobi 18V 4 PC LITHIUM-ION SUPER COMBO KIT (MODEL #P883) also comes with a Work Light (P701G). The P701G Work Light is lightweight, bright, and long-lasting. Bring the P701G Work Light with you anywhere, because of its 18V battery. The Work Light sits steadily on any flat/semi-flat surface, and the head rotates 295°, so you can direct light where it’s needed. You’d be surprised how many times I already used this flashlight! I brought it up to the attic, where I needed to store some decorations. The Work Light sat securely on the edge of a ceiling joist, and gave me much-needed light to safely work in my unfinished attic.
Another time I used the P701G Work Light, was when I was outside working on my car, rotating tires. As the evening came, and the daylight quickly declined, I was lucky to have the Ryobi P701G Work Light available. I simply placed it on the ground close by, rotated the head to aim light at my wheels, and finished my work. Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big impact on how smoothly a job or project can go. So, for those moments when you’ve been working on a project for longer than expected, and darkness falls, The Ryobi P701G, can be a lifesaver!
Pocket hole from the Ryobi Drill
Overall, my entire experience using the tools from my Ryobi 18V 4 PC LITHIUM-ION SUPER COMBO KIT (MODEL #P883), has been inspiring. Having a good set of power tools, that work well, are affordable, and all run off the same battery, makes me look for projects to do around the house! Like I mentioned earlier, whether you are a beginner, or a seasoned homeowner looking to update your current power tool inventory, the Ryobi P883 kit is an excellent option. And best of all, the 18V ONE+™, technology makes it easy and affordable to grow your entire tool collection. Ryobi sells almost any cordless power tool the average homeowner or hobbyist could ever need, and they’re all compatible with 18V ONE+™ technology. You can check out the entire Ryobi 18V ONE+™ collection at www.ryobitools.com.
I received a product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are that of my own.