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R861150 18v Hammer Drill

Ridgid - R861150 18v Hammer Drill

The R861150 has a automatic spindle lock for an easy one hand open/close of the chuck

$280.00 (As of 11/12/2009)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: 18v Li-Ion Hammer Drills

review date: November 12, 2009

This drill was reviewed by three different Fine Homebuilding contributors, here is what they had to say:

Camp: The Ridgid is a solid performer—not a standout in any category, but certainly not a slouch, either. The drill is smooth in use, and tight in terms of quality and engineering. The grip is a bit fat, though, and the tool feels a bit on the chunky side in general, especially compared with the smaller models in this review. The LED light is bright, and the clutch settings are good. I’m also a big fan of Ridgid’s cloth tool bags, which take up a minimal amount of space while still leaving room for some accessories.

Beasley: The Ridgid was my endurance champ during testing. Most of the drills bored about 110 holes with a 1-in. auger bit before exhausting their batteries, but the Ridgid exhausted me with 151 holes. A solid tool, it turned in average results during the remaining tests. The side-mounted mode selector is an innovative idea, but I sometimes moved it inadvertently when rotating the clutch collar with gloved hands. The auxiliary handle—with its separate attachment bolt—is the least useful of the group. Both the drill and the charger are backward compatible. The warranty on this tool is the best: lifetime on the drill and battery.

Fink: The battery pack on the Ridgid is fairly large, which adds to the tool’s overall weight and bulkiness. The tool performed slightly below average on drilling and hammer-drilling speed, but otherwise had no major signs of inadequacy. The only departure on this tool is that the auxiliary handle attaches below the barrel of the drill, which feels a bit odd to me. But this handle position allows for the mode-selector switch to be set into the side of the barrel, which I appreciated for its easy accessibility when I needed it, and the reduced possibility that I would unintentionally shift modes during use.

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Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating Good
Runout N/A
Ergonomics/Balance Fair
Endurance on a Single Charge N/A
Torque 565 in.-lb.
Chuck/Transmission Quality N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Ridgid
Manufacturer's Web Site www.ridgid.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-474-3443
Weight 6.2 lb.
Dimensions N/A
Chuck Type 1/2 in.
Clutch Settings 24
Chuck Capacity N/A
Speed 0-450/0-1,600 rpm
Volts 18 v
Recharge Time 30 min.
Battery Type Li-Ion
Accessories N/A

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