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Ridgid GEN5X Brushless 18V Drill/Driver and 3 Speed Impact Driver Combo Kit – #THD- Prospective

        

Ridgid Gen5x Combo Kit

First thoughts: 

  Home Depot sent us this combo kit to check out and give feed back on. I don’t have a lot of experience with Ridgid Power Tools. I really didn’t know what to expect. From the first time I grabbed them I knew they meant business. They both have a nice heft to them that I didn’t really expect. They feel very solid.

The Hammer Drill:

  The hammer drill has the expected features of a current compact cordless hammer drill. The always popular brushless motor. Two speed transmission with three modes; screw driving, drilling and hammer modes. It sports an all metal Jacobs chuck. It has a bright LED light in the handle base that stays on for a few seconds after letting go of the trigger. I feel it is definitely an improvement over the ring light inside the chuck on an earlier model.  The handle is nice and slim with an aggressive over mold for a secure grip. Speaking of the grip, this drill has a unique feature. When you grab it, there is a second switch in the handle and it activates the LED light even if you never touch the trigger.  I originally thought it was a bit gimmicky but I do actually find it useful in darker areas. You can use the extra light to place your bit exactly where you need it. I normally would hit the trigger with other drills in these situations.

 

It’s Brushless Power:

 

 In real use the Gen5x brushless drill works like most compact brushless drills. We don’t always need over 1,000 inch lbs. of torque. The brushless motor is efficient, smooth and fairly powerful. It will do 95% of the drilling and driving jobs most of us will run into on a residential or commercial project.  We have run all different types of bits with it on our jobs from simple driver bits and twist bits to medium-sized hole saws. It has never wavered on anything yet that I have asked of it. 

 Other considerations

 I have to keep this as honest and unbiased as possible. I will say it is somewhat larger than most of the competitors in this segment. They are for the most part slimmer shorter and lighter. They are also more comfortable to use all day especially with a slim pack battery. The Milwaukee, Dewalt,  and Makita brushless compacts seem to have more power and torque as far as I can tell in my testing.  I realize every manufacturer is different. They all have their methods of testing. I do not have the lab equipment to check actual torque specs on anybody’s products. I will tell you that the box states 700 inch pounds of torque on this drill.  Whether or not it meets the actual number that is published does not really affect me.  What matters to me is this: Does it do the job? In our use in remodeling and restoration work it has done a fine job and is the best tool in this combo kit.

  

The Impact Driver:

The other tool in this combo kit is the brushless Gen5x impact driver.   It has the same feature in the comfortable handle as the drill. When you pick it up you activate the LED lights even without touching the trigger which I find to be actually useful in some circumstances. The 3 LED’s are bright and  well placed around the chuck. Since there are three you will have no trouble finding your screw or seeing your work.  It as a very nice smooth acting one-handed chuck. When you want to insert a bit you simply push it in and it does all the work for you locking it in securely. When you want to take the bit out you just pull the collar and the bit is ejected. 

PROS 

   Like the drill the impact is both powerful and efficient. I am just going to say it runs a long time on a battery. I cannot tell you how many drywall screws it will put in on one charge. Every piece of lumber is different and you may get different results than I can.  I don’t normally get into run time testing because at some point during the day you are going to have to switch the battery out and it really doesn’t matter to me if it is at 3:00 or 4:15  You still have to switch it out. 

CONS

   The driver itself is larger than most in this class. It is both longer and wider with more weight than any of the other impact drivers that I use currently. I don’t understand why it has to be so large.  It does the job but at the cost of extra weight and more bulk in your hand. It is actually somewhat of a surprise that it is called a compact because it is as full size as they get these days.

    I also might mention that it has a published torque rating of 2250 inch pounds.  I have no way to confirm or refute that claim. I did find that the top Milwaukee, Dewalt and Makita brushless drivers with lower torque ratings  seem to drive screws, even  large lags, faster than this model.  At the same time they are  smaller and lighter.   I am not bashing this tool.  I am simply stating what I have experienced in comparison to the other tools in this class. 

Bottom line

   Overall, this is a nice set to work with.  If you are on the Ridgid platform these are the latest and greatest.  If you also want the benefits of longer runtime efficiency and longer life these are an easy choice.  If you are not on the Ridgid platform and  considering a purchase of a drill and impact driver it is good to look at other tools in the platform.  There are more and more unique and useful tools available on the Ridgid 18v platform as time goes on. If they appeal to you or would work well in your arsenal then these would make a great introduction to the system.

  One appealing factor of Ridgid Power Tools is the Lifetime service agreement. As long as you register your tool soon after purchase you are covered for life if it ever fails.

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  • Hammer drill – best-in-class torque with a powerful 700 in.-lbs. of toruqe in a compact hammer drill
  • Hammer drill – compact size and lightweight design for a fully powered hammer drill
  • Impact driver – best-in-class torque with an industry leading 2,250 in.-lbs. of torque
  • Impact driver – 3-speed settings to provide adjustable power and speed for any job
  • Impact driver – tri-beam LED lights around the front housing to elimate shadows from the work surface
  • Backed by the industry’s only lifetime service agreement
  • Backed by the Industry’s Only Lifetime Service Agreement
  • Hex grip enhanced micro-texture for secure grip and maximum user comfort
  • 4.0 Hyper lithium-ion batteries have triple-protection electronics, best-in-class extreme weather performance and on-battery fuel gauges
  • GEN5X brushless motor technology delivers up to 50% more run time and longer motor life than similar products

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2 Comments

  1. Daniel

    We have these in my scene shop and I do like them and they get the job done they can be a bit unwieldy. I also feel like the triggers are more difficult to squeeze at 25-50%. They seem to go from 25% to 100% in a blink of an eye. I have much greater control with my Makita.

  2. Tim

    That is definitely exactly how I saw them. They do the job, I’ve worked with the set, but at the end of the day, when it comes to a professional level, you pay the extra money. In return you have a more compact tool, more dependable, and that is for many many tools on the battery platform you have, Milwaukee, makita, dewalt. But, for a home owner that will never at to the tool collection, with the deals, I can see that work. Great review!

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