Hello good people
Last year I purchased the Ridgid "Auto-Shift" drill (R86014) with tool bag, two 18V Li-Ion batteries and charger. I had hardly used it at all until last month when required to work on a construction job. I found the Auto-Shift drill (with the THICK Li-Ion battery clamped onto its base) very heavy to wield around. Then a mate on the same job lent me his 14.4V Makita compact driver and I realized I could never go back to the full-size full weight drill (actually I was mostly screwing not drilling!) with any confidence. So, last week I bought the Ridgid Fuego Combo which includes both the 18V Ridgid compact driver (R86030) and the smaller more manageable Ridgid drill (R86007) -- basically displacing the need for the Auto-Shift I already own.
It was only when comparing the two drills and the batteries that I realized there was a THICK battery and a newer THIN battery.....but curiously the spare battery in the tool bag that I had bought a year ago was the THIN one -- in other words, the drill I purchased last year had two different batteries in the box (one THICK and one THIN) -- now I know that the THICK ones will fit the new compact drill and driver (like Nikon camera lenses perhaps) but -- are the THIN batteries "better" than the THICK ones in terms of performance?
Here are my other questions:
Does the Auto-Shift model always come with one THICK Li-Ion battery and one THIN Li-Ion battery?
The Fuego Combo contains two THIN Li-Ion batteries --
Is the THIN Li-Ion battery a "new and improved" battery? Or is the fact that it is thinner simply a design issue to make the tools easier to hold and haul around all day?
Do the THIN Li-Ion batteries last as long or longer as the THICK ones? Do they recharge quicker than the THICK ones to deliver the same number of hours of battery life...?
I do so hope I have chosen Ridgid tools wisely (having now invested many hundreds of dollars in Ridgid product).....there seems to be a lot of dissatisfaction with their performance expressed on these pages....
Thanks for your time and attention guys