Yes, it's the year of the fans. It's summer time, so what better way to celebrate 100° days than with another fan review. We have already shown you the Ryobi, Arctic Cove and Milwaukee, now it's time for the Ridgid 18V fan.
By numbers, the Ridgid fan seems to have the best performance between the Ryobi and Milwaukee. First, it puts out 475 CFM and can run up to 30 hours on one 18V 4.0 Ah battery, I am pretty sure that is on low. As with the other fans we have tried, this is very versatile. The head will rotate up to 240 degrees, so you can pretty much aim it at anything. According to Ridgid, it has 10 hanging options, which I can't find ten. I do see where you can hang it on a screw, put it on a pole such as EMT, mount it on a tripod and also use the hidden brackets to hang on a 2×4. The best part of this fan is you don't have to own the Ridgid system to enjoy this fan. While it does run off an 18V battery, you can also use an extension cord to power this fan.
The fan seems durable and can move a lot of air, which are two big pluses. A couple of things I would like to see changed are the on and off switch. I tend to use fans in high speed. With the Ridgid, as soon as you turn the fan on, it's on high. I tend to accidentally turn the fan off a lot. Not a huge deal, but just a point. The other item is how the battery slides into the fan. Right now the battery sits upside down, so it's not always easy to read the battery fuel gauge to see how much power is left. Again, not a huge deal.
Bottom line is I like this fan. I will have a much better idea once we put the three fans against each other to really see which moves more air, has better options, longer run time and is quieter.