January 19, 2016

Ridgid STEALTH FORCE Brushless Cordless Pulse Driver

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Recently Ridgid busted out of the gate with a new kind of impact driver, which, they tell us, is twice as fast as half as quiet as the impact that you already shelled out $200 for. As someone who spent years on construction sites, during the emergence of the impact driver, I can attest to the fact that "quiet" is good. The incessant rat-tat-tat-tat of five impacts simultaneously is enough to drive anyone bonkers. And that's not even talking about the damage that you're doing to your poor little eardrums (you really should be wearing ear protection, you know that, right?)

There are a number of other elements to this gun that make it appealing. First, Ridgid went with the LED that circles the chuck, rather than the little one below the chuck or the one at the base of the handle. This design ensures full light on the workpiece and limited shadows. When LEDs first showed up on drills, I thought they were a little dopey, but now that we've all experienced their benefits, it's not only a matter of having one, but having one that works well.

The STEALTH FORCE (I'm not yelling, that's how they write it) also has a removable belt clip that can ride on either side of the tool. The handle is also covered in Ridgids "hex" grip, which I've always found to be comfortable.

In general this one looks like a winner. Honestly, even if it's only 10% quieter than the rest of the impacts, it's worth looking into, but the fact that it's 50%, well, now it needs serious consideration. It also has Ridgid's lifetime service agreement, including free batteries.

Honestly, I rarely have any complaints with Ridgid tools. I find them to be comfortable to use and feature heavy, but usually only the features that are needed and not the silly, useless ones.

A two battery kit with a zippered bag is $200. Sounds about right to me.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at January 19, 2016 8:46 AM
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Posted by: Brian at February 17, 2016 5:14 AM

I think you meant, "...half as NOISY as the impact that you already shelled out $200 for", rather than"...half as QUIET as the impact that you already shelled out $200 for." You corrected yourself later on in the article, so no biggy. Nice article, overall; I don't know that many of us think of Ridgid for power tools. Most of the attention goes to DeWalt, Milwaukee and Bosch, so Ridgid's kind of an also-ran in that horse race.

Also, I appreciate the comment about wearing hearing protection. So many guys have harmed their hearing in their teen years, then apply the coup de grace by failing to wear muffs or earplugs during their worklife. I still have excellent hearing, but it's because I protected my ears from a variety of audio assaults when I was younger.


Posted by: SteveR at January 24, 2016 1:58 PM
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