Are you looking to drive 3″ screws into some concrete, well this review is not for you. But if your looking for a cool little small 4 volt screwdriver for your hobbies or other small projects, you may want to take a look at the Ryobi Tek4.
Power Tool Review– Ryobi Tek4 Screwdriver
Power Tool Model – HP53LK
Pros: small size, inexpensive, great weight
Cons: Battery compartment cover can be lost easily making the tool useless
Specifications of the Ryobi
4V Lithium ion
Chuck Type – Hex
24 position clutch
Built in LED work light
Forward and reverse
Tool weight – 2.1 lbs.
Nuts & Bolts of the Ryobi
When you think of a small 4V screwdriver, you might think of a kids toy. They usually don't offer a lot of options or power. We thought this would be the same case with the Ryobi Tek4, but we were wrong. The kit comes with the screwdriver, a tool bag, one battery, a charger and 6 piece 1/4″ bit set. The small screwdriver has a lot of power, more than we thought. We like that the screwdriver has 24 positions for the clutch, which makes it perfect for most small projects. The variable speed trigger is great and allows the user to very easily control their speed. The forward/reverse is very easy to use and placed in a great location for easy access, one handed.
One item to note is the battery compartment, which we are not fond of. The battery is placed inside the bottom of the screwdriver handle, which is not bad. However, there is a small screw on/off cap that holds the battery in place. We are not big fans of items that can be lost and especially when it affects the operation of the power tool. The cap is a small plastic cap, so if you drop the cap, it may hold up. But if you accidentally step on it, you might break it. Also the cap is small, so it would be easy to loose if your like me and have my type of luck.
There are a lot of application where a user would need a small compact screw driver. They are lighter and smaller which makes it very easy to get into tight spots, which seems to be where all the manufactures hide these small screws. We used this screwdriver on a couple small RC cars and a computer to remove the hard drive. Over all we liked the balance and were very impressed by the power for a 4V. The light actually came in handy also. The chuck was well designed and bit changes were a snap.
For the video, we took a 2″ screw and drove it through a 2×4 and a piece of plywood. Not that you would be doing this type of work with this screwdriver, but hey why not try. As you can see it did make it through the material and actually on the video that was our third screw we drove with that battery, so actually we were pretty impressed.
If your looking for a small compact screwdriver, the Ryobi is a great choice. This is a lightweight, and powerful screwdriver. We like the idea that it has 24 positions for the clutch, so the user can match the toque with the project. The LED was a big help when we where taking a hard drive out of a computer and there was low light. We do wish the battery compartment was a little different. We are just not a big fan of having a part that is detachable from the drill. If you loose the cap to the battery compartment, your stuck until you can find a new one. Overall, this makes a great addition to any one's tool line up that will need a small compact screwdriver as it offers great power and great balance.