How to Use a Ryobi Drill

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Ryobi has introduced value-priced power tools, including drills, to the do-it-yourself market. The high-quality devices are easy to operate. However, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the use of these tools--for safety reasons and to get the most out of the products.

  • Charge the battery pack. The tool comes from the factory with a very low charge. The battery should be charged overnight. Connect the charger to the household AC power and place the battery in the stand. Align the rib with the groove on the stand.

  • Lock the trigger. Do this by placing the direction-of-rotation button in the center position.

  • Unlock the chuck by rotating it counterclockwise. These drills don't require a chuck key. So just hold the chuck and twist.

  • Install a drill bit. Insert the bit straight into the chuck and tighten tby rotating it clockwise. Tighten it as hard as you can without using any tools. Make sure the bit is straight and hasn't slipped between a jaw.

  • Insert the battery pack. Align the rib with the groove on the drill in much the same way as you inserted the battery in the charger. Latch the battery pack.

  • Choose the direction of rotation. Press the marked button. The drill is reversible---you can drill in and then reverse the direction to ease the drill out of the hole. You can also use the reversible mechanism with a screwdriver adapter. The reversibility allows you to screw in and screw out.

  • Secure the material you want to drill. If the material is smooth you may want to use a center punch to mark a hole.

  • Hold the handle of the drill with one hand and place the drill at the proposed point of entry and slowly press the trigger. Start off slow and build up speed. The speed of the drill is adjusted by the trigger. The higher speed comes from increased trigger pressure.

  • Push the drill through the material.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a little light oil on metal drilling to prevent overheating.

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