I’m a big believer that there’s more than one way to get the job done in most cases. You can take the back roads or the highway to end up at the same location. You can use domino joinery or dovetail joinery and create a solid piece of furniture. You can crack open a beer from a bottle or a can, and I’m still going to drink it.
While there are a number of ways to get the job done—especially in woodworking and construction—there’s usually a best way. The method that gets the job done faster, with more accuracy, and with less effort. While I like to have options, I typically try to do things the best/easiest way possible.
Having a workshop full of tools at my disposal definitely helps me do that. Before the Home Depot asked me to try out RIDGID OCTANE Brushless 18V 1 in. SDS-plus Rotary Hammer, though, I thought that I had the best tools at hand for demolition and drilling. However, this powerful rotary hammer proved to me that a better method does exist, and I’m sure this tool could be a totally game-changer for some of my readers. Check out my review and let me know what you think!
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Perfect for drilling holes through tough surfaces like concrete with rebar and brick, a rotary hammer combines percussive motion with powerful rotations to blast through your biggest projects. Whether you’re in construction, tackling a major home renovation, or are a backyard or garage hobbyist, this can really open up some doors for your upcoming projects.
The RIDGID OCTANE Brushless 18V 1 in. SDS-plus Rotary Hammer is among the most impressive rotary hammers I’ve gotten my hands on because of its fast drilling and smooth usage. It’s 50% fastener than RIDGID’s previous unit thanks to the OCTANE battery, which promises high performance and extended battery life due to smart communications between the tool and the battery.
The RIDGID OCTANE Brushless 18V 1 in. SDS-plus Rotary Hammer has three different modes—hammer, drill, and chisel—which allow you to customize the motion needed for the task at hand. It uses XVR technology with each one to reduce vibrations, making it easy and comfortable to use. Best off all, the mechanical clutch prevents binding and protects the tool from damage while you’re working, ensuring that you have a great lifespan on the rotary hammer and are safe while using it yourself.
When I first got my hands on this rotary hammer, I couldn’t believe how easy it felt to use and the power it exerted. I expected it to be much like the hammer drills I’ve used in the past, but I was fortunately mistaken. The tool really worked for itself for my application, making it a new staple in my shop for getting the job done in the easiest way possible: something I am now a huge believer in—even if there’s another way to get it done.
If you’ve been following my tool reviews, you know I’ve tried out a handful of tools from the RIDGID OCTANE collection. I’m consistently blown away by the power packed into these tools and how they streamline my processes with smart communication between the tool and the battery. The RIDGID OCTANE Brushless 18V 1 in. SDS-plus Rotary Hammer, really bringing a new dimension to my tool collection. With this in my arsenal, I know I’ll be able to tackle more advanced projects than before, which I can’t wait to share with you at home.
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