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 08-08-2004, 11:08 Post: 92971
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Has anyone heard any good/bad about the RIDGID brand cordless tools?

I picked up the 4 combo pack yesterday at Home Depot. Comes with a 3 year warranty and 90 day satisfaction guarantee.






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 08-09-2004, 05:03 Post: 93004
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There are some web pages out there that talk about home depot policy's.interesting reading.
It has been my experience that H.D. buy's products to thier
spec's so that they can undersell the competition. Did you notice that they don't sell all brands like sears?
Ryobi and Ridgid seem to be the most promoted. Why? profit
I suspect?
For homeowner use they are probably fine.
If you want something to last I would look at Makita,or Bosch.
"There ain't no free lunch"






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 08-09-2004, 07:11 Post: 93007
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I can't honestly judge any brand of cordless tools except those I own. After being in the furniture and cabinet business for nearly 35 yrs. I bought one. I had never owned a cordless power tool. When they first came into the market I tried one out, I can't remember the brand, it did'nt have enough power to do anything so I had just ignored them all this while. We're in the midst of puting up a couple steel buildings this summer, I'd noticed that all the pole barn builders were using them to screw the tin on, so I did a little research. John Deere has them on sale I think thru the end of Aug., so I bought the kit with the drill a circular saw, batteries, flashlight and the charger. I kind of chuckled at that little circular saw, but to the carpenter's and my total amazment it sliced thru white oak planks like they were cardboard. He won't even use his Skilsaw because the little Deere just seems to never give up. The drill runs the screws into the oak nailers like ther's nothing to it. I think the kit comes with a five year warranty too. I don't know anything about Rigid, bit the Deere kit deserves a look. Frank.






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 08-12-2004, 14:49 Post: 93342
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Guys, I can tell you a little about tools. I worked for a big one for 18 years. The Rigid and Craftsman brands are made by other tool manufacturers. B&D, Ryobi etc. They give the specs and the tool guys bid on the item based on volume and capacity at the plants. Sometimes it is cheaper to give a price break to keep the line operating at full capacity. Some of the off brands you see are just Chinese junk. My advise is stick to the brands. You can always get service and they usually back up the product. They know word of mouth can help or hurt them. For heavy duty work look at DeWalt, Makita or Milwaukee. For medium duty try B&D FireStorm. For real light duty you should go with the Ryobi or Makita or B&D. Remember the heavier duty items use higher voltage batteries and they can get heavy if you are using them and are not a body builder. I found it is better for light duty drilling to use a 9.6 volt. If you are going to drill into metal or hard woods for a long time go for the 12 volt or the 14.4. The 18 and 24 volt are great but overkill for most of us.

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 08-12-2004, 16:29 Post: 93354
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I repair power tools part time for one of the local Machine shops. As previously mentioned, stick with the name brands Milwaukee,DeWalt,Makita in that order (IMHO).
most others are throw-away tools, Ryobi being the worst and I cannot comment on the Rigid as I have never worked on one.

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 08-13-2004, 04:09 Post: 93390
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Great info!
Thanks for the post.






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No, I don't own any Deere stock but the Deere cordless tools I mentioned in a prior post we've been using steady for almost two weeks now. We're on our second pole shed now and we've never pluged in a circular saw yet, that little 18 volt Deere circular saw makes the energizer rabbit look like a wimp. I have no idea who makes them for Deere, but thier power is unbelievable. Frank.






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 08-13-2004, 07:05 Post: 93398
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My brother does sheet metal work and uses a cordless drill constantly all day long. He has tried a various assortment of the cordless tools and has always come back to the 9.6 volt Makita with the orange battery pack and the 12 volt DeWalt. He has also talked with several other people who make their living with the cordless tools and Makita and DeWalt seem to be the winners. He was telling me that certain BD batteries are interchangeable with DeWalt batteries.






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B&D owns DeWalt. DeWalt is their construction/industrial grade of tools.






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Ever noticed at Home Depot how much space is devoted to RIDGID tools? Reason is Home Depot owns RIDGID. A manager there told me they have owned it for many years--something like 10-15.






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