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  • Ridgid Cordless Drills-Consumer Report

    Just received the new Consumer Report Buying Guide. They are rated as shown below.
    Cordless Drills
    18 volt - no Ridgid tested

    14.4 volt - Panasonic #1
    Ridgid (R83015) #2
    Ridgid (R83001) #3

    12 volt Ridgid (R82001) #1

    The ones listed above are the only ones rated
    Steve

    [ 11-18-2004, 01:40 PM: Message edited by: SCWood ]

  • #2
    SC, I don't subscribe to CR so could you shed a little more light on what criteria they use when testing drill/drivers? Do they touch on the nuts and bolts of how the tools are made and the material used to make them or are they more interested in how many 3" deck screws you can drive on a single battery charge? TIA.
    Teach your kids about taxes..........eat 30 percent of their ice cream.

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    • #3
      You should really read CR to see how they determine what is #1 and #2 and so on. Their ratings are neither good nor bad, it's their criteria that are not necessarily applicable to me or you, or they may be.
      In a cordless drill I do not care if it can screw 500 screws before the battery dies. I want to know how many it can screw at its' max torque before losing substantial torque. They frequently rate low end drivers like ryobi as 'best buy' because they don't cost much, but they don't tell you that the ryobi noticably loses power after about 20 screws. That might be fine if that's all you need, but if you need to drive 200 screws then 2 batteries wont cut it. I know, I have an 18volt ryobi and a 18 volt Milwaukee. Both are about 6 years old with original batteries. The Milwaukee will drive about 250 screws before losing power. They ryobi will only drive about 20, the same as when it was new, the battery will be nearly completely dead by 50, again the same as when new.
      I am not unhappy with the ryobi, I knew what it was when I got it and I had a purpose for it that did not require buying a $200 driver. But the CR people do not have a clue as to 'value'. They are good as to helping you decide what to look for in a tool and making you aware of some good and bad things but that is about it.
      www.TheWoodCellar.com

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      • #4
        Things they check:
        1. Power - denotes speed of drilling & driving screws as well as torque or twisting force
        2. Run Time - work per battery charge, measured on a dynamometer.
        3. Charge time - how much time it took to completely recharge a fully discharged battery
        4. Handling - Weight and handling to position the head
        5. Price - retail
        Copy from CR Buying guide
        Steve

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        • #5
          Well, Steve, either you have a new issue or they sent you a diffent one than they did to me. The issue I saw rated the cordless tool sets----same critera you listed, but Ridgid was #7, with Makita, DeWalt and Milwaukee taking the first 3 places, and Ryobi--bringing up the rear on quality, got their best buy ranking.
          Dave

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          • #6
            14.4-VOLT AND 15.6-VOLT DRILLS
            15 Panasonic EY6432GQKW $200
            16 Ridgid R83015 $200
            17 Bosch 32614 $150
            18 DeWalt DW928K-2 $170
            19 Ridgid R83001 $170
            20 Porter-Cable 9978 $180
            21 Milwaukee 0612-22 $180
            22 Skil 2584-04 $70
            23 Hitachi DS 14DVB $180
            24 MaKita 6228DWAE $160
            25 Craftsman (Sears) 11453 $90
            26 Skil 2567-03 $60
            27 Black & Decker CD14GSF-2 $60

            12-VOLT DRILLS
            28 Ridgid R82001 $130
            29 DeWalt DW927K-2 $130
            30 MaKita 6227DWE $130
            31 Craftsman (Sears) 11443 $60
            32 Skil 2468-02 2467-02 $50
            $50
            33 Black & Decker XD1200K $50

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            • #7
              14.4-VOLT AND 15.6-VOLT DRILLS
              15 Panasonic EY6432GQKW $200
              16 Ridgid R83015 $200
              17 Bosch 32614 $150
              18 DeWalt DW928K-2 $170
              19 Ridgid R83001 $170
              20 Porter-Cable 9978 $180
              21 Milwaukee 0612-22 $180
              22 Skil 2584-04 $70
              23 Hitachi DS 14DVB $180
              24 MaKita 6228DWAE $160
              25 Craftsman (Sears) 11453 $90
              26 Skil 2567-03 $60
              27 Black & Decker CD14GSF-2 $60

              12-VOLT DRILLS
              28 Ridgid R82001 $130
              29 DeWalt DW927K-2 $130
              30 MaKita 6227DWE $130
              31 Craftsman (Sears) 11443 $60
              32 Skil 2468-02 2467-02 $50
              $50
              33 Black & Decker XD1200K $50

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              • #8
                14.4-VOLT AND 15.6-VOLT DRILLS
                15 Panasonic EY6432GQKW $200
                16 Ridgid R83015 $200
                17 Bosch 32614 $150
                18 DeWalt DW928K-2 $170
                19 Ridgid R83001 $170
                20 Porter-Cable 9978 $180
                21 Milwaukee 0612-22 $180
                22 Skil 2584-04 $70
                23 Hitachi DS 14DVB $180
                24 MaKita 6228DWAE $160
                25 Craftsman (Sears) 11453 $90
                26 Skil 2567-03 $60
                27 Black & Decker CD14GSF-2 $60

                12-VOLT DRILLS
                28 Ridgid R82001 $130
                29 DeWalt DW927K-2 $130
                30 MaKita 6227DWE $130
                31 Craftsman (Sears) 11443 $60
                32 Skil 2468-02 2467-02 $50
                $50
                33 Black & Decker XD1200K $50

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                • #9
                  Interesting observation

                  This may have been brought out in the article, having not read it I do not know. The Bosch, DeWalt, Hitachi, Makita and Milwaukee models listed in the three posts by Board in MN are not the top of the line models by those companies in the 14.4V category. It is not surprising that the Ridgid R83015 rose to the top considering the competition was mostly made up of inferior models. In my opinion the Ridgid R83001 ranked 3rd out of 6th in its competitive market.

                  Woodslayer

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