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  • Popular Woodworking E-News: New Ridgid tools

    In their most recent e-new letter, Popular Woodworking has a short write up of some of the new tools in the Ridgid power tool line.


    In a presentation with the feel of someone being thrown to the lions, representatives from Ridgid Inc. recently met with a group of editors in Chicago to unveil an expanded product line aimed at some of the best-known brands in power tools—namely Bosch, Porter-Cable, DeWalt, Makita and Milwaukee.

    The tools showed to us include corded and cordless drills, hammer drills, reciprocating saws, circular saws, random-orbit sanders, jigsaws and angle grinders. The new line of tools is a result of two years of research and development by Emerson Professional Tools (parent company of Ridgid) and One World Technologies (a subsidiary of TechTronic Industries Co. Ltd., which is the parent company of Ryobi Tools).

    But don't think these new tools are just dressed-up Ryobi tools. Ryobi makes a good line of tools for the home and do-it-yourself woodworker, but the products we saw are professional-quality tools (though I know a lot of do-it-yourselfers that will be spending money on them as well). Ridgid's tools will be available at The Home Depot, as well as a variety of other retail locations, beginning Oct. 1. Below are just a couple of the ones we saw. We'll be testing them as they become available and let you know how they perform, so be sure to keep reading the magazine.

    Cordless Drills

    The new line of drills is available in either a 3/8" or 1/2" chuck with different batteries to help define the lines. The 3/8" line will be available in 12-, 14.4- and 18-volt models and will include single-sleeve locking chucks, die-cast clutch rings and two slide-on, self-ejecting batteries with a 20-minute charger. These are variable-speed models with high- and low-torque settings and range from 350-in./lbs. to 460-in./lbs. in torque. The 12-volt model should be priced at about $139.

    The X2, 1/2" line will include two high-capacity batteries with a twin 30-minute charger capable of charging two batteries at once. The 12-, 14.4- and 18-volt drills will include single-sleeve locking carbide chucks and auto spindle locks. The X2 drills are also variable-speed with high- and low- torque settings, ranging from 365-in./lbs. to 485-in./lbs. In torque. The 12-volt model should be priced at about $169.

    Random Orbit Sander

    Ridgid is introducing a 5" variable-speed random orbit palm sander powered by a 3-rpm, permanent magnet motor with soft-start and a pad brake, as well as an onboard vacuum adapter. The new sander also sports Micro Fiber hook and loop pads with amazing holding power (you can still use standard sanding discs) or you can use PSA paper. The 5" sander will retail for about $89.

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    As the old saying goes, the proof is in the pudding, and only time will tell if these new tools are pro. grade or not. But I will say that cordless drill/drivers with betwee 350-485 in/lbs of torque are,well, shall we say, NOT a Ryobi clone.

    Kind of interesting that Emerson and OWT/TTI have been sleeping together for a couple of years already.
    I decided to change calling the bathroom the "John" and renamed it the "Jim". I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.


    • #3
      Badger Dave. How right you are. These aren't Ryobi tools.. They are all RIDGID. You might be real shocked at just how powerful our new cordless line is. Get a hold of one - try it out - and let us know!


      • #4

        I will be more than happy to "get a hold of one - try it out - and let us know". PM me and I will be happy to supply my mailing address. [img]smile.gif[/img]

        I decided to change calling the bathroom the "John" and renamed it the "Jim". I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.


        • #5
          If these are all ridge tools , ideas and enginering, then why do you not have the tech support like you have for the theading eq. and drain eq. and hand tool eq. you need to centtralize you tech help and parts all in one phone call. thats why i think sure you designed the outer housings and color, and sold your name to make some sails. and yes when i get to repair one of them ten i will be able to tell what kind of quility they really are. so as right now i amin the middle, to i see the proof.


          • #6
            Jon, who said we don't have tech support to back up these products? You must be spying on us inside the offices to know where everyone is sitting. Fact is, the guys in the home office Tech Service department have been kept busy for years supporting the core line. We continue to innovate and develope new products (other than power tools) that require their time and expertise. Their efforts were augmented, plain as day, by folks in St. Louis who adhered to the same standards of excellence as those sitting inside Ridge Tool as they worked on the power tool line. Been that way for the past four years. Have you had an experience otherwise? I would like to know so that we as RIDGID can address it.

            But lets face it, a technical service rep cannot be an expert on every tool in a line that is as broad as RIDGID. Even on their best day - so we have specialist to provide all end users with the best quality. It is also not likely that any of us let a pile of broken tools build up before we take action to repair them or make things right unless time just doesn't allow.

            You can get it all in one call - I would be surprised if tech service agents would not be happy to assist you with getting in touch with the appropriate product technical service representative to support all your tool service needs when you call in.

            Jon, it shows you have been around tools and appreicate how they are made to state that you want to open one up and see what is in there to decide for yourself if the quality is there. Its a shame that you weren't close by the plant - perhaps I could give you a sneak peak of a tool, or two, and let you take a closer look and then report back to everyone. I think that when you do, eventually, get to put your hands on the tool - you will appreciate the quality - we didn't sell RIDGID out. That isn't an option.