Having a drill/driver is great, but having one with power makes tacking any job a lot easier. We have reviewed a lot of drill/drivers in our time, but this is our first review of a Ridgid drill. So enough of the small talk, lets get to the review.
Power Tool Review– Ridgid Drill/Driver Review
Power Tool Model – R860071
Pros:Great Balance, Powerful, Over-mold rubberized grips
Cons: Bulky chuck area, Chuck does not stay tight
Specifications of the Ridgid Drill/Driver – R86447
- 1/2″ Single Sleeve Chuck
- 455 in. in lbs of Torque
- No Loads Speed – 0-450/0-1,650 RPM
- Clutch – 24 positions
- All Metal Gears
- Over-mold Handle
- Led Work Light at base of drill
- Integrated Clutch and gearbox
- 2 Speed Transmission
- Weight – 4.3 lbs
Nuts & Bolts of the Ridgid
This drill has some serious power and serious speed. Coming in at 450 in. lbs of torque the Ridgid drill/driver can tackle some tough jobs. There are 24 positions for the clutch settings which allows the user to match the torque to their work. The hi/low speeds have a nice range which again allows the user to match the speed to their work. Overall the power and speed are great and that’s what we really liked most about the drill. When you are working on a variety of different projects, its nice to have just one drill and the option to make the drill change to your needs.
Picking up the drill you can feel right away the great balance this drill has. While looking at the 1/2″ chuck and the head, you would think it would be front end heavy. The battery, motor and chuck provide a nice balance as a whole. The only issue we see with the overall drill is the chuck head size. It tends to be a little bigger than most, which may limited certain tight applications when a user needs to get into tight spaces. The chuck also does not ratchet tight like other drills, we constantly had to re tighten the chuck which was disappointing to say the least.
We used this drill to install a new door frame. Not that we were taking the drill to the max, it did perform well and handled anything we threw at it, the drill had no problems except for the chuck issue. We didn’t really have any concrete to drill into, so we ended up finding an old concrete parking bumper. We put our bit on it and went to town. Again this drill was performed well. Not that you would use this for drilling in concrete on a consistent basis, there are times when you don’t want to grab a hammer drill from your truck or tool box. While it doesn’t penetrate the concrete as well as a hammer drill, you definitely can use this to make a couple holes here and there with no problems. It also includes a LED light at the base of the tool. The included 20 min charger is an added bonus charging at almost half the rate of other chargers this was a great feature.
For the video, we just took some three inch screws and drilled into a 2×4 and plywood, so you could see it in action. As you can see, it drivers screws rather quickly without any problems. Dan tried to push diown as hard as he could to get the drill to bog down, the drill didn’t even hiccup.
If you are looking for 18v a drill/driver with lots of power and you already have other Ridgid 18v products, we would have to say to look at the ridgid drill. This drill offers a lot of power with 455 in. lbs of torque. The overall balance of the tool is good. The over-mold rubber grips makes it easy to hold on and have control even with gloves. The 24 position clutch is nice which allows the user to fine tune the torque to their project. The variable speed trigger was easy to control and offered freedom of speed control. The chuck tends to be on the bigger side compared to other manufactures, this might make it a little hard to get into tight spots. The chuck also constantly needs to be re-tightened as out bits kept slipping. Ridgid also includes its lifetime service contract with this tool, why this may sound great a lot of people complain about it and say its misleading so make sure that you read the fine print.