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RIDGID OCTANE™ 18V Jig Saw Review

John Malecki

RIDGID OCTANE™ 18V Jig Saw Review

John Malecki Reviews the Powerful & Precise RIDGID OCTANE™ 18V Jig Saw

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Sep 20, 2019

There’s a reason you see guys like me on the football field guarding a QB against a tackle and not dancing against a ballet bar. Guys like me are made for power and brute force. Dancers, while certainly strong and athletic in their own sense, are more about precision and grace. If I could combine that kind of precision and grace with my power and size, there’s a very good chance I could take over the world.

While I may not be able to combine this intricacy into my own being, I certainly like to challenge myself to add an unbelievable amount of precision to my work. The tool that’s perfectly designed to help me bring both power and precision to my projects is the RIDGID OCTANE™ 18V Jig Saw. Built with agility in mind, the RIDGID OCTANE™ 18V Jig Saw is the kind of tool that breaks boundaries in my workshop, which is why I teamed up with the Home Depot to share with you guys this monster of a jig saw that can truly handle whatever you throw at it.


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RIDGID OCTANE™ 18V Jig Saw: The Specs

The Agility Needed to Tackle Every Type of Project

One of the first things that I noticed about the RIDGID OCTANE™ 18V Jig Saw is how lightweight and easy to handle it is in my hand. I decided to try it out on a piece of scrap wood at first, just as I do when trying out most of my tools. I like to get a feel for the way each tool moves, the type of power it’s capable of providing, and how I could use it in an upcoming build. I was blown away at how smooth and precise of a cut the RIDGID OCTANE™ 18V Jig Saw made without ever feeling a bit of power kickback.

The RIDGID OCTANE™ 18V Jig Saw has a few great features that made this kind fo clean cut possible. Featuring a variable speed dial, the RIDGID OCTANE™ 18V Jig Saw gives me unbelievable control while making my cuts for superior precision. On this variable speed dial, I can also opt for Line Start mode - and this is super cool. As a smart tool, the RIDGID OCTANE™ 18V Jig Saw senses when I beginning a cut. It moved slowly so I can hit that just-right spot, and speeds up as soon as it comes into contact with the wood with superior power.

On top of this, the RIDGID OCTANE™ 18V Jig Saw has a variable speed trigger that gives me four different orbital settings so that this precision meets the power needed for any task. Putting the power of 45% faster cutting in my hands with great features for precision - including Line Start mode, a sight light blower for increased visibility, and more - the RIDGID OCTANE™ 18V Jig Saw really is one of the best jig saws in my workshop.

RIDGID OCTANE™ 18V Jig Saw Price:

Great Value for a Powerful, Long-Lasting Tool

As I’m sure you guys have guessed, I have played with a lot of jig saws in my days as a maker and even long before that. If you watch my videos, you also know that I have a few core tools in my arsenal that I love and use on nearly every project. Getting to try out the RIDGID OCTANE™ 18V Jig Saw was such a privilege because I didn’t know I could bring this kind of precision to my work with such ease, making it a super valuable tool to have in my workshop. Not to mention, its brushless motor ensures a great runtime and lifespan, which makes me feel positive in recommending the RIDGID OCTANE™ 18V Jig Saw to anyone looking for a jig saw for their upcoming projects:


RIDGID OCTANE™ 18V Jig Saw: $129.00

My Final Thoughts:

The  RIDGID OCTANE™ 18V Jig Saw is Everything I am Not

As I push my ego aside, I’ve got to admit that the RIDGID OCTANE™ 18V Jig Saw is one hell of a tool to add to my arsenal. I’ve been looking for the kind of saw that could help me dive into more precise projects that involve more craftsmanship, and the RIDGID OCTANE™ 18V Jig Saw is just the tool for helping me do that. Precise, powerful, and agile for anything I task it to, the RIDGID OCTANE™ 18V Jig Saw really knocks every project out of the park.


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I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in the promotional program described above (the “Program”).  As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. My post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines


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Tool Reviews
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Sep 20, 2019
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John Malecki

I used to be an offensive lineman in the NFL, Now I run my own furniture business and am completely self taught. In my videos and posts you'll see a variety of wood and metal work as well as some tips and tricks. Enjoy!