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This is actually for real. I have spoken to a rep who has actually seen the prototype. The whole reason for the delays had to do with the patents...which Dewalt had control of for the charger part. These patents will have expired come the time Ridgid rolls out the radio. There was also a problem with one of the patents that Ridgid had applied for that had to be rewritten. Don't want to get everyone's hopes up....just remember this post when the radio does actually come out...and I will post something to the effect of .... I TOLD YOU SO....
Patents last for about 20 years, so this seems inaccurate. The only way around such patents are to define yours more narrowly, eliminate a part etc. Also a note, I looked at the Dewalt radio once and... no CD player. Why buy that when you can pick up a crap radio at the thrift to bang around at the jobsite for like $5. If rigid does make a radio they better put an MP3 player(call Apple, Ipods rule), and a CD player.
I just checked the Ridgid.com website on 2-23-08. They have their new 18/24v. radio/race scanner listed. It looks like they put much thought into designing it! All kinds of extras! So I ran up to my local Home Depot. They didn't have a clue, so hopefully it shows up in their stores soon. I also checked Ridgids "preferred dealers" list. Not a one of them had the radio available. So go to www.ridgid.com and check it out for yourself. Price is not available, but then again... who cares?
Why a race scanner on a jobsite radio? Maybe Ridgid thinks it is quite common for us trades guys to be working right outside a race track on a sunday afternoon during a race. Seems like a pretty stupid feature to me. I won't be buying it, thats for certain. It doesn't charge batteries which is the only feature I would want other than a radio and a spot to plug in an Ipod. DeWalt got it right when it comes to the radio, they were spot on.
They say that DeWalt has the patent on the radio/charger, and I guess they couldn't get permission to use a weather/police scanner? Looks well made and it does run on the Ridgid batteries. If you were gonna plug in the radio anyway, guess the charger will have to tag along.