RIDGID’s really charging the market lately, not only offering their killer “lifetime service agreement” on power tools, but also releasing some pretty slick innovations — like this right angle impact driver. Its shape allows you to fit it into all sorts of tight quarters — and still deliver 700+ in-lbs of torque once it’s there.
One thing we’ve come to realize about impact drivers: 12V models are generally plenty powerful for most users. Unless you have some kind of special application, there’s really no need for you to buy more powerful models. Some of the 12V models offer in excess of 1,000 in-lbs, though most of those are much more bulky than this sleek tool.
RIDGID’s 12V offers a 1/4″ quick-couple chuck, and the side paddle controls the driver’s variable speed circuitry to let you operate between 0 and 2,200 RPM (no load speed), delivering 0-3,1000 blows per minute. The tool only weighs 4.9 lbs, including battery.
As usual, you’ll find it at Home Depot. Their website currently offers it for $129 even. If you pick one up, don’t forget to register it for the free “lifetime service guarantee.”