If you’ve been keeping up with my tool reviews lately, then you know I’ve been reviewing a lot of cordless products as companies keep rolling out these new designs. The new focus on cordless products has been a big step for the tool industry because it makes the tools more portable, and you don’t have to worry about being close to an outlet or finding your extension cord. This brings me to today’s newest cordless roll out from RIDGID, the OCTANE Brushless 18V Hammer/Drill Driver. The RIDGID Octane Hammer Drill/Driver is the latest in their new line of OCTANE compatible tools, and packs some cool features and a ton of power.
The RIDGID Octane Hammer Drill/Driver features high performance brushless motors making it a leader in its class. The RIDGID Octane Hammer Drill/Driver is apart of the OCTANE line. Since it is an OCTANE tool it provides more power in high demand applications when it is paired with an OCTANE battery. This means, the tool and the battery work simultaneously to determine the amount of power that is needed allowing increases and decreases in power, giving you maximum performance. Also when paired with the OCTANE battery, the RIDGID Octane Hammer Drill/Driver gives an industry leading 1300 in.-lbs of torque. This is a lot of power and is definitely a top performer power wise in the hammer drill/driver world. The RIDGID Octane Hammer Drill/Driver also has a micro clutch with over 100 settings for dialing into the perfect application. The micro clutch feature is really key when assuring accuracy which is always important. While it is recommended that you use the Rigid OCTANE batteries with the RIDGID Octane Hammer Drill/Driver, it is 100% compatible with all of the RIGID 18-volt batteries. The R RIDGID Octane Hammer Drill/Driver also has a mode selector which allows you to quickly transition between drilling, driving, and hammer modes. Another great feature that is offered by RIDGID when you buy the Rigid Octane Hammer Drill/Driver is the rigid lifetime service agreement. This means that if you register your product within 90 days, you get free parts and free service for life. This is an awesome add on that Rigid offers and is something that definitely can come in handy, especially if you’re using the tool on a daily basis.
The tool itself is not where we get pegged price wise on this one. For just the RIDGID Octane Hammer Drill/Driver that does not include the OCTANE battery, it comes in just under $150 at $149. Where we see a high price point here is with the OCTANE battery. For the OCTANE battery starter kit with charger, you’re looking at spending $169. That being said, while you are paying more for the battery then for the tool itself, the battery also qualifies for the free parts and service for life guarantee so you’ll have it forever.
Like most RIDGID tools, you're getting a solid bang for your buck with this one. The tool packs a ton of power, but is a bit bulky. It has their awesome new OCTANE battery which is a bonus, and is reasonably affordable. RIDGID also offers their lifetime guarantee which is another amazing up sell, and for anyone who is on their platform, its going to be a great addition. This tool is going to be great for all your heavier duty applications.
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