OK hackers and guys that just want to repair everything I have a hack for you on your Ryobi P271 18 volt cordless drill. First let me tell you that in our shop we have 22 Ryobi cordless drills running. They are various models bought over the last 5 years. I have liked them because the parts are cheap and they are easy to work on.

Well that was till I got the P271. Well you can't get a parts listing on eReplacmentparts.com for that drill. I guess it may be too new or something. But that is not the problem. If you get the parts list and key in the part number you can get replacement parts here, so don't fret about that. It is the cost of some of the parts that will kill you.

Here is an example:

Luckily I have lost of drills here to play with and I keep a large assortment of parts on hand for them. I have a former employee (fired him after what he did to the drill, anyone that ignorant will not work in my shop) who decided that allowing the drill chuck to rub against a carbon fiber edge instead of getting the proper close quarter drill was the best way to drill this hole. To be short about it he literally ground about 35% of the grip completely off of the drill chuck. Right down to the metal thus making the chuck unable to be tightened or loosened.

Well I went to look up the part (http://www.ereplacementparts.com/chuck-p-1508830.html #670794002) the price was $80.00. After the paramedics brought me back I checked again just to be sure. Yep, that was right $80.00. For a chuck. No not a Jacobs chuck just a little Ryobi chuck. That is nuts and stupid. That means that I can buy a new drill with 2 batteries and a charger for $15.00 more, or less in some cases. Right now Home Depot has the drill, 2 batteries, charger, and a impact wrench for $99.00). So I said no way.

I started tearing up a few other drills and found that the chuck for Ryobi model #P201 (http://www.ereplacementparts.com/12-...-p-154206.html #690032023) fits perfect and costs $16.62.

So this is your savings tip for today. I am very surprised by this move from Ryobi on this and if this type of pricing stays I will replace our drills here. Ryobi is not the best quality (I personally use Festool at home Festools Online | Festool Tools | Saws, Drills, Routers ) but they run well and have been cheap to fix.

Good luck all with all your future repairs.