|Review by Dedvw||posted 10-01-2010 07:55 PM||2194 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
- Ridgid Rdigid R92008 12V Lithiu-Ion 2 Speed Drill/Driver
- Brand: Ridgid | Category: Drill-Drivers
Purchased this drill just over a week ago for a really good price ($88 brand new). Box came with the drill, 2 batteries, flashlight, charger and carrying case. The owners manual was not in the box but this was not really an issue, Ridgid makes it very easy to find the PDF manual on their website.
The tool itself appears very well made with a good blend of plastic and metal parts. The weight of the Drill is pretty good (a little lighter then my Makita 14.4V) but is a bit top heavy making it nearly impossible to stand up on its handle like they have it on the box. The handle is quite large but i have big hands and actually like the large handle. My wife held it too and she wasn’t turned off by the larger handle. The flashlight that came with it is pretty nice too if you need a flashlight, I have a bunch of Maglights so I dont see this getting much use. The LED on the Drill is nice and bright too if you find your working until sundown or in a dim area.
Operation of the drill is very good, the mulit-speed change is very dependable with the trigger. The chuck on mine doesn’t have any slop and comes to a stop immediately after letting go of the trigger. The clutch settings work very well and don’t vary much from screw to screw. I did notice that the clutch setting change if you change the transmission speed so adjust accordingly. Battery operation is very good, I know I’ve only had this drill for a week but they charge in 30 minutes and can do a ton of driving with one battery. I haven’t counted the number of screws, but it easily rivals my 2.6 mAh Makita.
Now to the bad parts. Once again, the Drill is top heavy and can be a pain at times. The chuck has let my bits go a couple times, kind of a pain when they fall into grass. The drill has enough power to drill a 3 inch screw on the slow setting but 320 RPMs is kinda slow when your trying to get things done. When I switch the transmission to the fast speed, the drill has this safetly feature to protect the battery and shuts the unit down. This means you have to press the button a few times to get a 3 inch screw in at the fastest speed. It has also shut down on me with some 2 inch screws in hardwood (Mahogany and Oak) even on the slowest setting. These shut downs are very brief, and releasing the trigger will usually reset the drill. Sadly, this is very frustrating and is a deal breaker for me. I will be returning the unit back to Home Depot and keeping my eyes open on some of the new 12 V Drills coming out..