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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.”

12V Right Angle Impact Driver, Model R82233 [RIDGID]
Street Pricing [Home Depot]


2 Responses to Finds: RIDGID’s 12V Right Angle Impact Driver

  1. Myself says:

    What’s the breaking torque of a typical 1/4″ hex shaft, anyway? 700 in-lbs didn’t strike me as a ton of torque, until I realized I wasn’t looking at a 1/2″ square drive!

    Riddle me this: Impact tools are expensive. Why carry a 1/4″ hex driver and 1/2″ square wrench, if they’re based on the same mechanism? A socket would only add a fraction to the dimension. (Or maybe a 1/4″ hex recess in the middle of the 1/2″ square drive?) Obviously the manufacturers want to sell more tools, but what would be my incentive to buy both?

  2. Bradley says:

    Well, I bought this tool and am considering returning it simply because of its size and weight. I find that it is much too large and heavy to lug around in my tool belt (14 7/8″ tip-to-tip), and after picking it up to measure it, I notice that the mass of the battery is so heavy that the natural balance point forces me to grip the tool w/ the pinky edge of my hand just about at the base of the blade trigger, which is where the tool body is fat and triggering the tool leaves me with a very open grip and that’s a weakened grip position. The drive direction selector switch is then covered by my hand. Due to its heft and ergonomics, I’d have to say that this tool takes 2 hands to operate, period. BTW, I wear a large-XL glove, so it’s not like I’ve got small or weak hands.

    This is a tough call for me, because the enhanced capabilities of this tool are quite attractive. The tool is designed for tough access, but I find that tough access is well, tough and that often implies only single hand access is available, so if the tool takes 2 hands to use effectively, then I’m in a bit of a struggle. My pending alternative is the Bosch 10.4 Li Ion adjustable-angle driver that has no impact, but is considerably smaller and lighter. Another option might be the Bosch Li Ion Impactor.

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