|Review by Bob #2||posted 03-26-2009 07:12 AM||6701 views||1 time favorited||24 comments|
I’ve been using a couple of offshore 18 volt Ni cads for about a year as my Dewalts wont hold a charge any longer and I saw no advantage to replacing their batteries.
I had been looking at the Ridgid standard 18 volt Li cordless but when I saw this one at the Borg I had to try it.
The tools are very compact and feel well made with a good balance although heavy for their size, I can live with that as they are still lighter than my old drills.
The torque is amazing and blew me away at 12 volts in . With the impact head I can easily drive 3” #8 screws in normal construction material.
I was surprised that they managed to get a 3/8” chuck in this smaller body to give me a wider range of drills and acess to my forsteners and sawtooth bits without changing drills.
Each drill has a built in light to make lining ups screws in tight places a lot easier.
The batteries ( Lithium Ion) are rated at 1.2 amp wihich equates to the NI cad rating of 1200 MAH.
The charger is state of the art and takes 15 minutes to recharge a battery
The kit comes with 2 drills, a belt holster 2 batteries, 1 charger and a canvas carrying case.
The warranty is very good covering all defects in workmanship and materials and normal wear and tear items for the lifetime of the original tool owner.
I would have liked it if they had made a hole somewhere for a lanyard. I have dropped a few drills off the odd ladder on occasion.
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