What did you say? That’s probably something that is said 10 times a day on any job site. We all know how important impact drivers are in order to get the job done. We also know how loud they are. Well Ridgid took a look, saw a need and created a tool to solve the problem. The new Ridgid Stealth will surely shake things up. So what is the Stealth?
The stealth has a little different design compared to current impact drivers on the market today. Ridgid designed this with a unique hydraulic oil pulse driving mechanism. The hydraulic mechanism not only makes this impact quiet, but also faster. To me that is a win win. Don’t think for one minute that they just stopped there with the bells and whistles of this drive. This also has a 3 speed setting to allow the user to set the tool for the job. One thing I really love is the tri-beam LED light on the front of the tool. These always seem to do a great job eliminating shadows. They even designed this with a one handed quick load bit changer, something all impacts should have.
For those who like to have a separate light button, Ridgid hid this on the handle. Now when I say hid, I don’t mean in a bad way. As you grip the tool, it will activate the light and you really don’t know it’s there. However if you need that extra light, you can turn it on without having to provide power through the speed trigger.
The kit comes with 2 – 2 Ah batteries, a charger and a nylon case. For $199, it’s a steal. You get a lot of power, but without the noise. Now one thing to note. If you’re driving larger lags, this might not be the tool for you. While it doesn’t have a problem powering through large lags, we did notice a lot of vibration is transferred into your hand compared to other impacts. Now for a couple lags per day, it’s not a huge deal, but if you’re doing a lot, then it can wear on you. For screws and other fasteners, this is a great buy. We love the feel, balance and power.