What's this? Based on speed, power, run and charge times, handling, and noise. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
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Summary:This 18-volt Ridgid in the general use drill/drivers category has a 1/2-inch chuck and offers two speed ranges with 24 clutch settings. It is sold with 2 Li-ion batteries with a charge indicator light. It has a 3 year warranty.
Power: Denotes the twisting force for tightening and loosening.
Run time: Reflects how much work the drill can perform per battery charge, as measured on a dynamometer.
Handling: Denotes the ease of handling and controling the drill during operation.
Noise: The dBa level at ear level, indicating whether or not ear protection should be used during prolonged operation.
Features & Specs - Ridgid R86008K
Battery type The type of batteries provided with the drill. All are rechargeable. The more common type is denoted NiCd, for its nickel-cadmium components. Nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries boast added energy for their weight. Lithium-ion (Li-Ion) batteries are the latest type and deliver even more power in a smaller size. Lithium-ion and NiMH batteries can be disposed of with regular refuse; NiCd must be recycled.
Battery recharge time (min.) How long it takes to completely recharge a battery after it has properly cooled down. Most of the fast chargers have a built-in temperature sensor that delays the charging cycle, when the battery is too hot from recent heavy use, to when the battery has cooled.
Battery recharge time (min.)
Speed ranges Many cordless drills have two separate speed ranges, or gear ratios; some newer models have three. The slower speed range peaks at about 400 revolutions per minute (rpm) and provides increased torque (twisting force) for driving large screws. A higher speed range that reaches about 1,500 rpm or more is well suited for rapid drilling. Lower-priced drills usually have a single speed range that tops out at approximately 600 to 800 rpm, compromising both driving and drilling performance.
I've owned this model at work for almost a year and at home for the last 6 months.<br /><br />The power is unbelievable. I used to have a Ni-CD 18V drill that would go through 2 batteries just to use a hole saw for 2 holes. Just today, I took a partially charged battery and cut 3 holes with juice left for more. It's also impressive how even the power is. It always behaves as though it's fully charged.<br /><br />At work, our old drills would often get damaged and had to be replaced annually. I think we'll be using these Ridgid drills for many years. That's an achievement!
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Fixit Dad
from Atlanta, GA
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
It needs a lifetime warranty
Easy To Use
Short Battery Life
If you buy one of these, you MUST register within 3 months or you don't get the Lifetime warranty. My first battery failed a month ago, and the second just failed today after having it for about 10 months. Typically I don't register tools right away, so I now have a large paperweight. <br /><br />If you search online, the early battery failure is very common with these. Batteries are on backorder at most service centers at least a couple of weeks on average.<br /><br />My 7 year old dewalt with a NiCD has more life than this Rigid now. <br />I WILL NOT BE BUYING ANOTHER RIGID TOOL.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By skip the fancy batteries please
(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
outstanding drill. Lifetime service :-))
Bought one of these when my Makita started chewing through batteries. It is a very nice drill - good balance, good power, etc. My one complaint is very limited on-drill bit storage (space for 1 bit).<br /><br />Ridgid offers a lifetime service agreement on these power tools which includes the batteries, but you have to register the tool online within a short time after buying it. Don't forget! They sent an email recently saying they also require you to re-register any replacement parts (like a replacement battery) to keep the agreement going. Since replacement batteries often cost more than half the price of comparable drills (and you need 2), this agreement seems to be a real positive.