Losing the cord for a drywall screw gun and not losing performance is huge. The Ridgid has the performance with some cool features that will make your life easier and less noisy.
There are a number of power tool manufacturers who make cordless drywall guns such as Hilti, Milwaukee, Bosch and more. Now we can add one more to the mix, the Ridgid cordless drywall screwdriver. Let's face it, these power tools make hanging drywall not only easier but much quicker. So let's jump into the Ridgid 18V Drywall Screwgun Review and see what this tool is all about.
Ridgid 18V Drywall Screwgun Review Overview
For me, Ridgid is a sleeping giant that is often overlooked. The Ridgid tools we have tested over the years have not only been powerful, but they have held up well during our tool fights and have been a bargain to buy.
Ridgid is primarily bought at Home Depot and is designed for the professional tradesman. Here is the best thing about Ridgid. While they are designed for the pro's, they don't come with a pro price tag. These tools are not the most expensive tools on the shelf and best of all, they come with a lifetime warranty.
Ridgid 18V Drywall Screwgun Review Features
The Ridgid drywall screwdriver is model R86630K. Ridgid built this with a brushless motor that delivers 0 – 4,700 rpm's and will work with screw sizes from 1″ – 2-1/8″.
The Ridgid comes in a soft nylon case. I know a lot of manufacturers use this style case but for my, I still like the hard plastic cases.
The kit comes with the tool, 2-2Ah batteries, a charger, nose cone, collated attachment and some bits.
The drywall screwdriver is powered by a single 18V 2 Ah battery. The battery is compact which means you're not adding a ton of weight to the tool, but you still get decent run time.
While most manufacturers make you purchase a collated attachments after the fact, Ridgid includes a nose cone and collated attachment.
Everything on the collated attachment is tool-free which means you can adjust the depth and fastener lengthh on the fly.
The nose cone slides on and off the tool and doesn't require any tools.
The trigger is a variable speed and can be used with one or two fingers. If you want, you can lock the trigger in the on position and not even use the trigger.
The grip is your traditional Ridgid style grip. So if you are used to the Ridgid grip, you will like this.
The back of the tool provides a good contour for your hand and holding the tool when sinking fasteners.
One of the coolest features of this tool is the push to drive technology. So instead of the motor always running, you can lock the tool on so you don't need a trigger. Then when you push the nose piece against the wall, the motor kicks on and sinks the screw. This is pretty cool as it not only saves the battery but makes a quieter work environment since the motor isn't running the whole day. You can control this setting with a single push button on the bottom of the tool.
Ridgid 18V Drywall Screwgun Review Performance
While the screwgun is a little heavier than corded screwguns, that is only because of the battery. So really it's up to you and what's most important, the weight or the freedom?
I found this tool easy to work with and extremely comfortable with the back end grip. Screwing into wood or metal studs, the Ridgid drywall gun performs like a champ.
While I wish I could talk about something I don't like, there really isn't much to complain about. The tool does exactly what you would expect it to do and a little more.
Ridgid 18V Drywall Screwgun Review Value
You can grab this kit at The Home Depot for about $200. Considering you get 2 batteries, both attachments, and a solid tool, the $200 is worth every penny. This is a solid tool for $200 and anyone in the market should grab this.
Ridgid 18V Drywall Screwgun Review Final Thoughts
Bottom line, this is a great tool. The screwgun is comfortable, reliable and easy to use. I love how you get both attachments and two batteries which means my only investment after this purchase is the fasteners for drywall. I love how you have a smart drive system that will only activate and ramp up the tool once the nose piece is pushed in. Great for battery life and love not having to listen to the motor all day long.