March 22, 2016

Ridgid 12V Palm Impact Screwdriver Kit

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What do you get when you cross an impact driver, a palm nailer, and a right angle drill? Now remove the trigger and add a 12-volt battery and you've got Ridgid's new 12-Volt Palm Impact Screwdriver. It's a funny little hybrid, but it looks like it could be a successful one.

For something that's about the size of a Nintendo controller, this little guy has a whole lot going for it. it's got an LED (activated by a small button), and on-board battery life indicator, and a 1/4-inch hex chuck (standard on impacts). The forward/reverse toggle is up at the top of the tool and it has a third "locked" setting.

Now why would you need this lock setting, you ask? Well, because there's no activation trigger on the thing. It appears that once a bit is in the chuck and it gets pressed against a screw head the tool kicks on, just like a palm nailer. This is nice for repetitive work as well as "I'm spending the day in this nasty crawl space and everything I do seems to be at full arm's reach" work.

And as with most Ridgid tools, it looks like they've done nice work on the ergonomics. The back of the tool, where the palm is going to rest is covered in their grey rubbery grippy texture that they commonly use for their handles.

It costs $100 and comes with one battery and a charger. This sounds about right to me. A solid little periphery tool for a solid little periphery tool price.

at Home Depot

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at March 22, 2016 7:54 AM
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