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How To Change The Drill Bit In A Ryobi

How To Change The Drill Bit In A Ryobi

A drill is a great investment if you want home improvement or own a house. It is good to have one handy if something needs to be fixed in your home or you like to do a little building. No matter the reason, you need to know how to change the drill bits of your drill.

For the Ryobi, it is simple to exchange one drill bit for another. There are two methods, you can use your hand to loosen or tighten the chuck jaws, or you can use the drill’s rotation to change the drill bit. Both options are pretty straightforward.

Here is everything you need to know about changing your drill bits on your Ryobi. You don’t need any extra tools except your drill bits and drill.

How To Change The Drill Bit In A Ryobi

Changing your drill bit is straightforward and not complicated like older models of drills. Depending on your preference, you can use two methods: by hand or using the drill’s rotation. Follow these steps, and you will be done in a matter of minutes.

By Hand Method

This method can be done by hand. You don’t have to have the battery in your drill, so you can do this while your battery is charging. Follow these steps to complete the change of the drill bits in a matter of minutes:

  • First, unlock the drill bit chuck.
  • Twist the chuck sleeve to the left (this will loosen the grip on the current bit).
  • Remove the current drill bit.
  • Replace the new drill bit into the drill.
  • Turn the chuck sleeve to the right until it is tight to secure the new drill bit.
  • Ensure that you have “locked” the drill bit in place.
  • Start drilling.

When dealing with power tools or any type of building project (including mechanical), one thing to remember is the old adage, “Lefty loosey, righty tighty.” This saying will help you in so many situations.

You may face a few screws or other devices that may be the opposite. You may face this more on a vehicle rather than a project, but it does occur. Turning things to the right will often tighten while turning to the left will loosen.

Using The Drill’s Rotation Method

You can use the drill’s rotation to loosen and tighten the grip on the drill bit. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  • Unlock the drill bit chuck.
  • You may need to loosen the chuck sleeve just a little bit.
  • Turn the rotation of the chuck sleeve clockwise to loosen the chuck jaws.
  • Remove the drill bit you don’t need anymore.
  • Replace with the new drill bit.
  • Lift the front of the drill upwards, so gravity keeps the bit in place.
  • Turn the rotation of the chuck sleeve counterclockwise to tighten the chuck jaws around the bit.
  • Give the bit a little tug to make sure it is snug.
  • Twist the chuck sleeve snug before locking it in place.
  • Continue with your project.

Always ensure that you lock the sleeve in place. This will make sure that the bit doesn’t fall out. If the bit falls out, it could hurt you or anyone near. It could fly out while you are in the middle of drilling a hole or mess up the project that you are working on.

Either way, you don’t want that to happen, so ensure that the drill bit is locked in place properly. Safety is always first when using a power tool.

Can You Use Other Brands Of Drill Bits?

Ryobi’s drill is universal and like many other brands. It can fit other drill bits, so you don’t have to worry about buying the same brand. If you have other brands of drill bits, you can use them in your Ryobi drill without any problems.

The only issue you will run into is if another brand’s drill bits are specifically meant for a drill, but most drill bits can be used by other brands of drills. The chuck jaws are also adjustable to fit many sizes of drill bits. You can change it as you need it to.


Changing your drill bit isn’t difficult. It only takes a few minutes for you to loosen the chuck jaws and exchange the current drill bit with the new one. You don’t even need a special tool to do this as you did for older types of drills. It is simple and quick to do.