Top Tools 2012: Ridgid 18v Compact Drill Driver and Impact Driver
Backed by the product category's best warranty, Ridgid's drill/driver is a workhorse that will last.
Why You’ll Love It: The Ridgid 18v Compact Drill Driver and Impact Driver delivers outstanding performance, solid battery life, a comfortable grip, and a lifetime repair and replacement warranty that also covers batteries.
The Full Scoop: This drill driver/impact driver twofer is the latest in a long line of Ridgid “prosumer” and contractor-grade tools of this kind. The latest models’ compact design makes working in tight spaces much easier (their size closely approximates that of previous generations of 12v tools).
Boasting a 1/2″ chuck, 535 in. lbs. of torque, and a two-speed gear box delivering up to 1,650 RPMs, Ridgid’s drill driver will handle a broad range of applications, making it worthy of consideration by serious do-it-yourselfers, general contractors, and tradesmen.
The impact driver’s impressive 1,750 in. lbs. of torque, with virtually no force-feedback to the user, means the toughest driving jobs can be completed with relative ease. A standard quick-release hex chuck allows easy and quick bit swaps that hasten job completion.
Ridgid’s lifetime warranty on power tools is unparalleled in the industry. After free product registration within 90 days of purchase, Ridgid will warrant this combo kit for the life of its original owner. The warranty also covers replacement of the tool’s 18v batteries once they wear out. In this highly competitive space, the product warranty really puts Ridgid over the top.
The Ridgid Compact 18v kit is usually priced from $169 to $189 at Home Depot, but combo kits like this one are a popular “deal” item, especially around the holidays. Watch The Home Depot’s online coupons list for opportunities to purchase at reduced cost.
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