November 23, 2010

Three New Items from Ridgid

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of being visited by Jason Swanson, the Director of Communications for both Ridgid and Ryobi. Swanson was nice enough to make the trip out to our HQ in order to show us some of the new items that the companies are rolling out in the next few months. Right now, we're going to take a look at a few of the standouts from the new Ridgid line-up.


Ridgid Tri-Stack 5-Gallon Air Compressor

This one will likely make even the crustiest old carpenter raise an eyebrow. It's a standard twin tank wait, it's not. What's that third piece sitting up by the motor? Is that it can't be....yeah, it's a third tank. And it's what? Removable? Are you kidding? So you're saying I can blast out framing nails all day and then when it comes time to head up to the third floor to case out the closet door, I can just take the small tank with me? Pretty slick. $279 at Home Depot. For more information, the press release is after the jump.


Ridgid Fuego Compact Jigsaw
You know how Himalayan cats have those faces that are all flat and pushed in? Well apparently the gene crossed over to Ridgid's new jigsaw. Regardless of the funky look of the thing, the size alone is appealing. It's low to the workpiece and has a very long footprint for good stability. It has a 4 amp motor so while the jury is still out on it's cutting ability, the portability is clear just by holding it. $99 at Home Depot. For more information, the press release is after the jump.

Ridgid Dual Saw
We don't have an image for this, but the one that we got our hands on was pretty sweet. It looks like Ridgid is taking the dual saw technology and putting it in a much nicer package. Instead of the simple grinder body that the Craftsman and the Omni have, Ridgid has placed a few handles and grab bars on the tool to allow, what we would assume, is very good control over the cut. Expect to see this one early next year.

We'd like to thank Jason for taking the time out of his busy schedule to come out and see us. We had a good time talking to him and we think it's great how committed he is to the idea that you guys, our readers, get the most up-to-date info on both lines of tools.

RIDGID® Tri-Stack™ 5 Gallon Air Compressor

The new RIDGID® Tri-Stack™ 5 Gallon Air Compressor is the most innovative 5 in 1 compressor on the market, it is also easy to use and comfortable to carry. The Tri-Stack™ has an innovative removable compressor design that can be use in five different configurations: Tanks separate for easy carrying, Tanks can be use together for maximum tank capacity, Tanks separated - Main/carry tank for any small jobs, Tanks Separated - Compressor with compact tank for a complete regulated system and Tanks Separated and connected with hose for the best regulated surge tank experience that ensures consistent pressure when using long hoses.

The new RIDGID® Tri-Stack™ features a two independent regulator system for setting independent pressures on the top QC and lower QC's for maximum utility. The Tri-Stack™ is power by a powerful induction motor for maximum power, durability and superior starting characteristics and a best-in-class oil-free pump that makes maintenance free and delivers reliable performance.

The kit includes the 5 Gallon electric powered air compressor.

Air Delivery: 4.9 SCFM @ 90 PSI
Max PSI: 150 Max PSI
Total Tank Capacity: 5 Gallons
Pump Type: Oil Free
Quick Couplers: 3, Push to connect style
Gauges: 4, 2 in. diameter with metal housing
Regulator: Fully adjustable locking style
Motor: Induction Motor

Features: • Powerful Induction Motor - for maximum power, durability and superior starting characteristics
• Two Independent Regulators - control air pressure on both tanks for maximum utility
• Locking Knob - quickly detach and reattach compressor and tanks
• Best-In-Class Oil Free Pump - maintenance free delivers reliable performance
• Three Universal (Air Outlet) Quick Couplers - accepts both ¼" industrial and automotive plugs with easy single-hand connection
• Quarter - Turn Tank Drain Valve on each tank - turns quickly and easily for convenient tank maintenance
• Compact Tank - for punch list, tire inflation or other small jobs
• Detachable Tank Utility -
o Allows pump to be place in remove area to reduce noise level at application
o Surge tank minimizes pressure drop while long hoses
o Easy carry- allows comfortable, better balanced carry to jobsite

NAME & RIDGID® Compact Orbital Jig Saw

RIDGID® introduces the first of its kind with the new Fuego Compact Orbital Jig Saw. As part of the RIDGID Fuego™ family, the Compact Jig Saw is the fastest, lightest, and most compact in its class. As a matter of fact, it's in a class by itself. Even at 3,000 SPM, RIDGID's innovative planetary gear set significantly reduces motor vibration for smooth cuts every time. An exclusive dual debris management system directs debris away from the cut line to improve view of cut line or towards the collection system for a cleaner work area. The RIDGID Compact Orbital Jig Saw is backed with the best warranty in the industry with the RIDGID® Lifetime Service Agreement. Free Parts. Free Service. For Life.

The kit includes the R3100 Jig Saw, hex key, blades, heavy duty contractor bag and Operator's Manual.

SPECIFICATIONS: Compact Orbital Jig Saw
Input: 120 V AC, 3 Amps
SPM: 3,000
Stroke Length: ½"
Weight: 4.4 lbs
• Innovative Planetary Gear Set - for smooth cuts and minimal vibration for less user fatigue
• Orbital Action with on/off switch - offers more aggressive stroke for cutting wood
• Tool-free blade Changes - Compatible with T and U shank blades
• Dual Debris Management System - directs debris away from cut line or toward collection system
• Vacuum Port - 1 -1/4" vacuum port to conveniently fit a standard hose size for a cleaner work area
• SoftStart - for a smooth start on every cut
• Bevel Capable - for making angled cuts from 0-45°
• Overmold Grip - for maximum comfort
• LED Light - illuminates work area for improved visibility
• Lighted Plug - to easily identify live tools

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at November 23, 2010 1:10 PM
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They've had a stupid cardboard cutout of that jigsaw at HD for months. I want one!

Posted by: alpha-male at November 24, 2010 3:45 PM
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