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Ryobi 18V impact driver waterproof?

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Feb 25, 2007
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Ryobi 18V impact driver waterproof?

I have a Ryobi P235 1/4" cordless 18V impact driver. It spontaneously jumped out of my hands :) and into the Lake at our cottage. Went down to the bottom, glug glug, 8 feet.

To my (1st) surprise, we dove down and found it within 15 minutes. To my (2nd) surprise, after drying in the sun all day Sunday, it seems to work, both the driver and battery.

The battery is sealed, so I'm not too surprised it's OK. But I can't help thinking this is not the intended method to clean the tool. If my decades old (corded) drill took a bath, it would be toast. Should I expect this one to rust out or otherwise die a premature death soon, or have these types of tools become reasonably waterproof in recent years?
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Feb 11, 2007
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If you really want to be sure, you can take it apart to make sure it's all dry and clean any muck or corrosion.
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Jan 9, 2021
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I don't think it will rust out since you put it out for drying on the sun.
I think it will last long.