|Review by TopamaxSurvivor||posted 08-09-2012 08:17 AM||10286 views||1 time favorited||20 comments|
My old 14 volt batteries are getting tired, the chuck is wearing out and the drill is getting a bit loose. It is still very serviceable, but is is pre-lifetime warranty. The cost of batteries is prohibitive as compared to just replacing the whole thing with a new drill, battery and charger. Especially with life time warranty on the new batteries.
A few months ago I read a review about the newer 18 volt Ridgid drill being a little short on battery time. I decided to pass and just shop for new batteries. But… Ridgid came out with this combo kit, it has lifetime warranty and Home Depot has a 90 day return policy. Plenty of time to try it out, so I took the plunge. Glad I did.
The drill has plenty of battery time for me. The batteries have a gas gauge that indicates the charge in quarters. If I am going into an inaccessible area, I can switch or charge up if it is low. Nothing worse than crawling around in and on steel beams for 10 minutes to get to a hole that needs to be drilled, only to find you are out of gas ;-(
The impact driver quickly became my favorite even though I have a pair of 9 volters. One of them came with my 14 volt drill as a combo a few years ago when I needed to “tool up” for an employee.
These are lighter and handier than the older 14 and 9 volt combo models. I think the thing I like the most is how short and compact the drill is compared to the older 14 volt. It drills places I had to drill at an angle or use a 90 degree drill before.
The pair with 2 batteries and a charger is just too good to pass up. I have heard complaints about Ridgid service, but I have not had any trouble. An 18 volt sawzall still under warranty was repaired in a few days, no questions ask. I had a non-warranty driver repaired promptly at a very reasonable cost and it was picked up and delivered at no charge.
Why post this now? I looked at the calendar today. It was still on July. I flipped the page. There was a big note to return or register the drill. I’m going to register it ;-)
-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence