|Review by vipond33||posted 08-03-2013 04:41 AM||3157 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
- Ridgid R86008K 18V Lthium -Ion Compact Drill/Driver
- Brand: Ridgid | Category: Drill-Drivers
In 1983 Makita came out with the model 6010D cordless drill.
I bought one.
While it was not the first to market, it was the real beginning of what we enjoy today. But what a contrast that would turn out to be.
The feature set of 83 included:
A single speed – 600 rpm.
A real long charge time with a real short run time.
A small cheap keyed chuck.
One 7.2 volt Ni-Cad battery pack
Low torque with no clutch.
A dumb charger and a real limited warranty,
A sickly blue colour and
the ongoing bugbear of all cordless tools, battery packs that quickly died and were almost more expensive to replace than buying a whole new tool.
Fast forward exactly 30 years to the Ridgid R86008K and we now have:
Two speed ranges: 0-450, 0-1650
25 min. charge time with plenty o quality work time.
Key-less chuck 0-1/2”
Two Li-Ion 18 volt packs with power indicators, 45 ft. lbs. torque,
22 position clutch, smart charger and a swanky soft carrying case.
Auxiliary handle, belt clip and a work light (that can be used independently).
A warranty to die for.
I bought two of these drills for three main reasons.
1: They were reasonably priced, some $60 less than a comparable Milwaukee in Canada.
2: The batteries would fit my existing drills, the Ridgid R8400 (originally outfitted with heavy Ni-Cad)
3: That warranty. Batteries, brushes, anything and everything – forever. We’ll see how this plays out but my experience to date with other Ridgid tools needing free service has been good.
Some finer points.
1: Smart charger. This has all the usual extra features found on any modern type, as in auto ranging, temperature sensing etc., but what amazed me was how it raised the dead. We had a bunch of old batteries in a drawer at work – they wouldn’t take a charge or wouldn’t fill up to capacity. My new tool has a 3rd or 4th generation charger and the electronics are amazing. It took three 14v types, untouched for 5 yrs. and put them back into service without a hiccup.
2: What I look for in a drill that I use daily is a sensitive trigger, a smooth drive train and plenty of power. Sometimes you want to move a buried 2” screw a quarter of a turn, just. Sometimes you need to use a 3” hole saw in a hard place without trouble.
I’m impressed by what I’ve found using them heavily in the last few months and my only complaint is that the gearing and fan are a bit noisy. I think when they’re run in they’ll be fine though.
The compact size is a real bonus on builds and installations, as is the very effective light and the rubber bumpers all round. You can set it down anywhere with no fear of damage.
3: The chuck. Although marked as Jacob’s, these are Rohm chucks from Germany, the best in the business. Any other drills I’ve owned were always retrofitted with Rohm’s ratcheting types as this is where you need a good grip with power, accuracy and long life. Comfortable to use too. $50-$75 though in aftermarket.
I’d love to be 30 yrs. younger for sure, but sadly, as a steady builder, not if it means having only a 6010D in my hand.
The new Ridgid drills are roughly comparable in size to the Makita (though heavier) and similarly priced! in adjusted dollars, but with features we could only dream about at the time.
Maybe that’s part of the trick to them charging so much for replacement batteries. Sure, there were people who soldiered on, simply refusing, or there were drills on an expense account, not caring much about price, but many of us swallowed twice & bought new and drove forward the innovations only brought about by costly R&D (as well as good management).
I think they hoped for that equally as much as for the high margin revenue stream.
Happy anniversary Makita, you’re doing much better now.
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