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  • When did Ridgid start building power tools?

    I didn't start working much with power tools until after I retired. Around 2000 started rehabing houses in Portland,OR and using the "old" Home Depot as my main source of materials, tools and information(that was back in the day, however thats another thread).
    Anyway I don't remember seeing Ridgid power tools before that time. It seems like they all of a sudden appeared in large quantities and varieties at HD.
    That was a long story. Please, all you old timers, When did Ridgid start building power tools? Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone....Ray

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    Re: When did Ridgid start building power tools?

    Emerson Electric owns ridgid, they built most of Sears stationary tools from back in the 60s until the 90s. When Sears dropped Emerson and started going to import crap, Emerson kept on building the tools and released them under thier own brand name of Ridgid. On the web site when looking at older tools for parts info they list the Ridgid models and say also fit Craftsman.# such and such. Hope this helps for my 1,000 post. LOL
    info for all: http://www.hoistman.com http://www.freeyabb.com/phpbb/index....wwtoolinfoforu --- "I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me."

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      Re: When did Ridgid start building power tools?

      Originally posted by papadan View Post
      Emerson Electric owns ridgid, they built most of Sears stationary tools from back in the 60s until the 90s. When Sears dropped Emerson and started going to import crap, Emerson kept on building the tools and released them under thier own brand name of Ridgid. On the web site when looking at older tools for parts info they list the Ridgid models and say also fit Craftsman.# such and such. Hope this helps for my 1,000 post. LOL
      Thanks for the info Papa and congratulations on your 1,000th post. Do you know if they started the semi exclusive distribution agreement with HD at that time or later?

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        Re: When did Ridgid start building power tools?

        1998 was when Sears dropped the Emerson line and then they started the Ridgid line and sell them exclusively through HD
        info for all: http://www.hoistman.com http://www.freeyabb.com/phpbb/index....wwtoolinfoforu --- "I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me."

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          Re: When did Ridgid start building power tools?

          All I can ad to this is that Ridgid got into the portable power tools around Christmas 2003. For awhile the lifetime warranty was just a limited offer also. We were selling Ridgid like crazy at HD and making sure everyone knew they had to register by Jan 31 2004 in order to qualify.

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          • #6
            Re: When did Ridgid start building power tools?

            Orange Apron, You are correct, BUT that was when production was taken over by OWT and they began making the tools in China. Before that HD carried the original (gray) Ridgid tools that were made here in the US and all had the lifetime warrenty. I have the TS2400, WL1200, TP1300, and BS1400. All are the old gray with Lifetime warrenty. Ridgid did not have any handheld power tools at that time. Thier drills and such came with the change of manufacturers.
            info for all: http://www.hoistman.com http://www.freeyabb.com/phpbb/index....wwtoolinfoforu --- "I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me."

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              Re: When did Ridgid start building power tools?

              Thanks Orange and Papa. Did Ridgid sell the old grey tools through other dealers or only through HD like they primarily do now?

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                Re: When did Ridgid start building power tools?

                I wish I had saved my old RIDGID catalogs form some time ago. I remember in my mind seeing a few corded drills and a reciprocating saw with the RIDGID name on them back in the 70s or 80s. Not long ago one or two corded drills and one model of 4-1/2" RIDGID angle grinder were made (limited number of each) by Metabo in Germany but that didn't last long. I think the angle grinder was the R1000 before the R1001 that's current. As for the drills they would say Germany somewhere on the name plate.

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                  Re: When did Ridgid start building power tools?

                  Dan, the nameplate on my Emerson manufactured 3612 TS say it was "built" in the USA not "made" in the USA. Not quite sure what the difference is but I'm thinking that even back then a lot of the components for the Emerson tools were also out sourced from overseas.
                  Teach your kids about taxes..........eat 30 percent of their ice cream.

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                    Re: When did Ridgid start building power tools?

                    Never looked at mine Dave, but that could be the case. We have the Ford assembly plant here, they don't make anything for the trucks, just put the pieces together for all over the world. RR, I think HD has always been exclusive distributer of woodworking tools by Ridgid.
                    info for all: http://www.hoistman.com http://www.freeyabb.com/phpbb/index....wwtoolinfoforu --- "I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me."

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                    • #11
                      Re: When did Ridgid start building power tools?

                      I concure with PapaDan and Badger Dave, as that is basically the history that I know. I recall reading an article published around 2000 or 2001, where a Ridgid executive was being interviewed. (I referenced to it not too long ago, but can't put my finger on it at the moment.) In any case, mention was made that for a period, Ridgid (Emerson Electric), was subcontracting their stationary power tool line to OWT/TTI. These were being made in Taiwan for the most part. Whether their assembly was there or here, it questionable. These would have been the gray-colored tools, probably just prior to the licensing agreement and the introduction to the "orange" tools and the hand-held power tool line. The statement on the tool label, being "Made" or "Assembled" is not necessarily rock-solid truth. I recall looking at some DeWalt sanders or drills where it didn't state the origin, probably because they were made at DeWalt's Mexico plant. So, I'm not sure if there are Federal requirements in this regard.

                      Also mentioned in that article, was that TTI was manufacturing some of the tools for Metalbo... not the other way around. Of course all to this can be disputed because the orange tools that were allegedly made by Metalbo a couple of years ago, do state that they are made in Germany.

                      Bottom line, is that global sourcing gets very cloudy, and feelings of quality, due to country of source, gets pretty political. I have a tendency to believe the tool owners though, as you can't always believe what you read in "interview-type" articles.

                      CWS

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