New Tool Thread

VShortt

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New Rigid Tools

In the interest of not allowing this section to die (because I love it), I wanted to share with you a few new tools I picked up about a week ago. The Home Depot had a "package deal" on a 12Volt Rigid Cordless and a 12V Rigid right angle impact driver. It also came with two batteries, a charger, and a pretty nice canvas tool bag. Separately they would cost around 250 bucks. They had the package on sale for 149 bucks. Great deal!!

That said, here is my take. The 12V cordless is the best 12V T-Handle drill that I have used to date (and I have used them all). The grip is fantastic. The power, and run time are great. The weight is not the best in this category but I can certainly live with it. It is a 3/8" chuck. I love this drill and I definitely recommend it for those that are in the market for a strong, general purpose, 12V drill.

The angle impact driver is another story. I love my 14.4 Rigid T-Handle impact driver and figured I would feel the same way about this 12V right angle. I was wrong. It is a very nice drill but there are two features that would steer me away from buying it again. First, in order to produce impact, it requires too much pressure in my opinion. I realize that leverage is a factor here but it still requires too much. Second, there is a rubber sleeve around the neck that twists and binds as you apply pressure with your other hand (palm). It can be removed but the problem is under heavy use in heat, the castings get almost too hot to want to touch.

There is my review of my two new tools and below is a picture. Enjoy!!
 

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QWIKWHIP

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Good write up V. I've been looking for a new cordless drill about that size. I had a Makita 9.6v for almost 10 years and that was an awesome little drill. Both batteries finally died on me and they are $50 each so I decided to get a whole new drill instread. So my mom jumped in and got me a Black 'n' Decker 18v last year for christmas. What a piece of junk that is! So I've been looking for a replacement ever since. I'll have to check out that Ridgid one. <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/003.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt004' />
 

VShortt

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Thanks Whip. These two drills make my fifth Rigid tool purchase. I have been very happy with the quality of the tools and the price as well. They aren't dirt cheap but when you consider the quality vs. cost factor, they're great. I wish more people would give Rigid tools a chance. They wouldn't be upset about it all. These tools ARE NOT junk.
 

steves

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I've looked at some of the stuff they have on sale from time to time. I'm sure that most people are like me, and are hesitant to drop the money on a "new name" brand. I'll definitly give them a look next time I need to get power tools.
 

QWIKWHIP

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The one I've had my eye on is a noce Bosch, but I just haven't been able to make myself pay $160 for a 12v drill. I think I'll give the Ridgid a shot. Was it available with just the regular drill only? I don't really have much use for the right angle one.
 

VShortt

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Oh yeah. If memory serves, the 12V can be had for either 119 bucks or 129 bucks. I don't know how many batteries it will come with, though. Give it a shot. One more thing. Although Bosch is an exceptional tool brand, cordless drills aren't their strong suit. Please no one take that wrong. All I am saying is with Bosch, their R&D dollars are generally used elsewhere.
 

VShortt

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[quote name='steves']I've looked at some of the stuff they have on sale from time to time.  I'm sure that most people are like me, and are hesitant to drop the money on a "new name" brand.  I'll definitly give them a look next time I need to get power tools.[/quote]Don't be shy. Give 'em a try. I have already stuck my neck out and played gunei pig for you guys.
 

VShortt

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All this "brand pushing" and I haven't spelled RIDGID correctly in any post except this one. What a dink.
 

BLWedge09

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[quote name='VShortt']All this "brand pushing" and I haven't spelled RIDGID correctly in any post except this one. What a dink.[/quote]



Plus, you didn't post the poll as the guidelines for this section requires. <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/018.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt019' />



Yep, I think dink pretty much sums it up! <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/003.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt003' />
 

Havock

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Sorry to hear you aren't so happy with your impact driver. I know you were really stoked about getting it.
 

mcginkleschmidt

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Good post and good looking tools. I've never tried any Ridgid tools. I know that Ridgid made a lot of the tools for Sears some years ago that included their table saws and radial arm saws and maybe other things. Ridgid was also well known for making pipe cutters.



Sears dropped Ridgid like a hot potato several years ago and the outlook for the company looked extremely bleak. It happened that Home Depot came along and purchased Ridgid and now you find the Ridgid mostly (maybe exclusively) at Home Depot. I have no experience with Ridgid but I would like to hear from people who have used them and have some experience with them.



For many years I thought Craftsman was a good quality tool but I learned that Craftsman does not hold up very well under heavy-duty use. It wasn't many years ago that I started buying professional quality tools as Freud, Bosch, Milwaukee, etc., even though I use tools only as a homeowner. Somebody questioned whether Bosch was a good drill. I own a Bosch 1582VS jig saw and that saw has worked flawlessly for about 10 year. My Milwaukee Sawzall is a fine tool. I discovered that it pays in the long run to buy good motorized tools. I also agree with Wedgie that for rare use Harbor Freight is OK for a non-motorized tool.
 

VShortt

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[quote name='mcginkleschmidt']Good post and good looking tools.  I've never tried any Ridgid tools.  I know that Ridgid made a lot of the tools for Sears some years ago that included their table saws and radial arm saws and maybe other things.  Ridgid was also well known for making pipe cutters.



Sears dropped Ridgid like a hot potato several years ago and the outlook for the company looked extremely bleak.  It happened that Home Depot came along and purchased Ridgid and now you find the Ridgid mostly (maybe exclusively) at Home Depot.  I have no experience with Ridgid but I would like to hear from people who have used them and have some experience with them.



For many years I thought Craftsman was a good quality tool but I learned that Craftsman does not hold up very well under heavy-duty use.  It wasn't  many years ago that I started buying professional quality tools as Freud, Bosch, Milwaukee, etc., even though I use tools only as a homeowner.  Somebody questioned whether Bosch was a good drill.  I own a Bosch 1582VS jig saw and that saw has worked flawlessly for about 10 year.   My Milwaukee Sawzall is a fine tool.  I discovered that it pays in the long run to buy good motorized tools.  I also agree with Wedgie that for rare use Harbor Freight is OK for a non-motorized tool.[/quote]It was me who questioned the Bosch drills. However, I didn't say anything at all about Bosch jig saws. I own two myself and they are my only ones. I wouldn't even consider using another jig saw at this point. Each brand of tool has a strong suit that they are known for. Milwaukee....reciprocating saws and 1/2" drills. Makita....cordless drills. Porter Cable...routers. Plate jointers...Lamello. You get the idea.
 

QWIKWHIP

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Squid

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Sorry, I've been using Dewalt for over 15 years now and even though I know that other manufacturers have stepped up their quality. I've never had to wonder with my Dewalt and I don't like to worry about my tools down the road. I do own a Bosch Rotozip RZ10 that I just love to death.
 

mcginkleschmidt

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Not to hijack this thread but I just wanted to put in a word for one of my favorite tools, the Fein detail sander. Don't let the name fool you as it can perform many more tasks than sanding. One of my favorite uses is to remove the trianglar sanding pad and attach a circular carbide blade that allows the tool to be a saw. The carbide blade doesn't rotate like most saws but instead oscillates at 1.6 degrees and makes a buzzing sound as it cuts through materials. When the teeth in the carbide blade becomes worn, simply rotate the blade slightly to make use of a section of "unused" teeth and it performs like a brand new blade.



The saw accessory is great for making saw cuts in tight places where a regular saw, hand or power, cannot access such as in a corner. Cutting the bottom of door jambs when installing hardwood floors is another use where this works great. The precision of cut is easily controlled and the fine German engineering is fully evident when this tool is running in your hands.
 

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Squid

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[quote name='mcginkleschmidt']Not to hijack this thread but I just wanted to put in a word for one of my favorite tools, the Fein detail sander.  Don't let the name fool you as it can perform many more tasks than sanding.  One of my favorite uses is to remove the trianglar sanding pad and attach a circular carbide blade that allows the tool to be a saw.  The carbide blade doesn't rotate like most saws but instead oscillates at 1.6 degrees and makes a buzzing sound as it cuts through materials.  When the teeth in the carbide blade becomes worn, simply rotate the blade slightly to make use of a section of "unused" teeth and it performs like a brand new blade.  



The saw accessory is great for making saw cuts in tight places where a regular saw, hand or power, cannot access such as in a corner.  Cutting the bottom of door jambs when installing hardwood floors is another use where this works great.  The precision of cut is easily controlled and the fine German engineering is fully evident when this tool is running in your hands.[/quote]



Wow, you just shut me up.

Fein is the Ferrari of tools. Love to have one, but all I can do is look and dream. (All right drool)
 

VShortt

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[quote name='Squid'][quote name='mcginkleschmidt']Not to hijack this thread but I just wanted to put in a word for one of my favorite tools, the Fein detail sander.  Don't let the name fool you as it can perform many more tasks than sanding.  One of my favorite uses is to remove the trianglar sanding pad and attach a circular carbide blade that allows the tool to be a saw.  The carbide blade doesn't rotate like most saws but instead oscillates at 1.6 degrees and makes a buzzing sound as it cuts through materials.  When the teeth in the carbide blade becomes worn, simply rotate the blade slightly to make use of a section of "unused" teeth and it performs like a brand new blade.  



The saw accessory is great for making saw cuts in tight places where a regular saw, hand or power, cannot access such as in a corner.  Cutting the bottom of door jambs when installing hardwood floors is another use where this works great.  The precision of cut is easily controlled and the fine German engineering is fully evident when this tool is running in your hands.[/quote]



Wow, you just shut me up.

Fein is the Ferrari of tools. Love to have one, but all I can do is look and dream. (All right drool)
[/quote]Squid is right on. I have used several Fein tools but have never owned any. Why? I can't afford them. Everything that I have used is definitely top quality and the price would suggest that.
 
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