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After giving away 25 Fuego saws last month, we were a bit weary and took some time off in January.  But when RIDGID gave us a call and asked if our readers might like a set of their new MaxSelect cordless power tools, who were we to decline?

The cool thing about the MaxSelect series is that the tools work with RIDGID’s 18V and 24V batteries, so if you’ve already bought a kit that includes the batteries and chargers, you can “build your own combo kit” by purchasing the remaining tools sans-battery at reasonable prices.  Our winner will receive an XLi hammerdrill kit (pictured above) — with batteries and charger — as well as his or her choice of two other tools from the MaxSelect line: a caulk gun, a jig saw, a recip saw, and a circ saw.

To be eligible to win, all you need to do is post a valid comment here on Toolmonger between now and sometime in March when we shut the contest off and select a winner.  We’ll choose randomly from all the comments posted, so the more you comment the more chances you have to win.

A word of advice, though: Don’t be a troll.  Post like “yeah” or “I agree” or “cool” or (my personal favorite) “Yeah, I want to win the prize, Bender’s great!” won’t count if we draw ’em, so be serious.  Also, valid comments can come from anywhere on the site — not just on this post.  Just so you know.

We’re looking forward to your words of wisdom.

 

59 Responses to Win a RIDGID MaxSelect Set Just by Commenting

  1. eschoendorff says:

    I have a Max Select Jigsaw and it is really quite nice. Lots of heft; maybe a little weighty for some. I like it… they packed it with features.

    Then again, I tend to like Ridgid stuff 😉

  2. SuperJdynamite says:

    OT: I think if you click on the Toolmonger logo at the top of the page it should take you to the main page.

    I say this because this is the second time I’ve tried to click on it.

  3. Tom says:

    I do that all the time too. It should be a link.

  4. nrChris says:

    The main logo not being a link has been a pet peeve of mine for a while now.

    Does the idea of a battery powered caulk gun bother any one else? A tape measure, clamp, and a wrench–now are all motor driven. And a caulk gun? I guess it makes more sense than the other items I just mentioned–if–it allows more control of the bead, but I can’t imagine it being too useful otherwise.

  5. Rick says:

    Heh.. I’m going to have to agree with these guys about the logo… I visit a few other blogs that are setup like that, so no matter where I am on the site I can click on the logo on the top of the page and go back to the main page.

    And RE: the caulk gun… I haven’t seen it, but I would imagine that if it’s operated with the motor turning a screw that pushes the caulk out, might allow for some level of control.

    But if it’s just some sort of hydraulic type of deal, then it prob doesn’t offer much more control than a regular manual caulk gun.

  6. HunterB says:

    Actaully clicking on the logo at the top does take you to the home page, it just doesn’t have a hand icon when you hover over it but I’m sure they will figure that out someday. Love the site anyway.

    As far as the Ridgid kit goes I have used the circular saw before and it is pretty sick. I’d love to get my hands on that recip saw though, lots of fun to be had with that!

  7. kythri says:

    I must say, I’m quite interested in how the Ridgid 18V stuff stacks up against the Ryobi 18V stuff, and how much of an improvement the 24V stuff is.

    Also, how does the same tool work with 18V and 24V batteries? Does it over-volt the motor, or is there some kind of variable input deal?

  8. Tom says:

    I could only see the caulk gun being useful if I used ALOT of liquid nails or some other adhesive. For most people I couldn’t justify the price, but if I were to win it….

  9. PJ says:

    I like Ridgid stuff.

  10. TimG says:

    Great job guys! Kudos to Rigid as well, they are really making a name for themselves by getting their tools in the hands of the users.

    Hopefully Canadian ‘viewers’ (readers?) qualify for the contest as well.

    Cheers

    Tim

  11. Crashin says:

    I like the idea of being able to buy the tools seperately without the battery at a lower cost. Do other manufacturers do that as well? I have a Craftsman 19.2V cordless drill and I would like to add some other cordless components, but buying them all individually would be very expensive and buying a kit duplicates what I already have or gets me tools I would never use. If the price point and quality of the Rigid tools stands up well maybe I should switch to a system that I would be better off with.

  12. STL_Guy says:

    Rigid is pressing hard to win market share. Time will tell with how successfull they are. Make a quality product and sell it at a fair price.

    As for the main logo not being a link back to the main site. This is the defacto standard in website design, please for the love of god add a link to the “home” page to that logo. I will click that logo every once in awhile thinking it will bring me “home”, but instead I tuck my head in sorrow and hack away at the URL line . Sigh

  13. MikeCou says:

    I find it interesting that the tool uses both the 18 and 24 vold batteries. Coming from an old craftsman drill with a silly 12 volt battery, that seems like a lot of power.

    I also think it is pretty cool that there are recip saws and such that work with it as well. I haven’t paid that much attention to some of the new tool tech to know that those were really that viable as tools. Cool.

  14. Randy says:

    Goddang! This is a sweet prize. I want it!

    That being said, this would be a super excellent set for someone who has not yet ventured into cordless land. Me, for example. I’ve kept all my cords because I don’t have the room or the patience for all the different chargers and batteries, and the corded tools typically have more power and are usually more tool for the money. I know, I’m cheap, and I’m stuck in the past. This set probably isn’t cheap, but it seems to solve some of the battery interchange problems and looks pretty beefy.

  15. Baron says:

    I can’t say that I’ve heard of Ridgid until now. That looks like a pretty nice set-up. I just hope the battery is more reliable than what was in a Firestorm (Black and Decker I do believe) I had. Not the best kit by any means, but I was just using it for some light drilling and the battery turned to junk one day. It blew two chargers. 🙁

  16. Rick says:

    Is it me, or have there been a LOT more comments all over the site since you guys posted the latest giveaway 😉

  17. Michael says:

    Ooh, that would be a nice set to have. I’m about to make my kids a sandbox, and I also wanted to make myself a workbench now that I have the garage completely cleaned out. I don’t think the 9V cordless drill that was given to me as a gift is gonna hold up.

  18. Paul says:

    Yeah I want to pipe in on the lack of a homepage link on this site. I have to copy the URL http://toolmonger.com/ in my location box then paste it into the main window to jump back to the main page. At least my OS platform makes that easy enough to do, still it is a PIA.

    Other than a few of their pipe wrenches I don’t own any other Ridgid tools yet. But their pipe wrenches are everything a guy could ever want in a pipe wrench. I’ve used them for everything from plumbing to straightening automobile frames. They are one of the primal forces of nature as far as I’m concerned. I’d put Ridgid pipe wrenches right up there on par with the inclined plane, the lever, and the wheel as a primary tool.

    They should just make them with the extendo pipe as a standard part though. I mean who are we kidding? The 2 foot Ridgid pipe wrench is good for at least 5 feet of leverage! Maybe Ridgid just gets a kick out of the idea of all of us mechanics always running around looking for the beater pipe? You know we all do it. Heck I’d pay good money for an official Ridgid tools beater pipe. Do they make one? They should!

    I can see it now forged, with their logo, fits the handle of the wrench well, with a nice non slip texture, that doesn’t slice the crap out of you like the threads of a pipe can…

  19. kythri says:

    Crashin: Ryobi’s 18V “One+” line is designed around that very concept – you buy the tools without a battery, and build your collection as you see fit.

    I really hope I win this. I’d like to put it up against my Ryobi 18V hammerdrill (which is made by TTI, just like Ridgid is) and see how they compare.

    At the price level, it appears that Ridgid is trying to position themselves at a higher level than the Ryobi stuff, perhaps maybe as an alternative to DeWalt…

  20. Crashin says:

    kythriSays: # kythri Says:
    February 2nd, 2007 at 3:16 pm
    At the price level, it appears that Ridgid is trying to position themselves at a higher level than the Ryobi stuff, perhaps maybe as an alternative to DeWalt…

    That would meant the Rigid is out of my price range. I do projects for my house and an occasional friend or relative I can’t justify the really expensive tools. I’ll keep an eye out for the Ryobi’s and used craftsman 19.2V system tools.

  21. Rob says:

    Rigid cordless tools are much higher quality than Ryobi, probably on par with Dewalt. I think they even offer a lifetime warrenty on their tools.

    Re: Cordless caulk gun. It’s not as silly as it sounds. Try running a bead of caulk with one hand while you hang-on with the other at the top of an extension ladder.

  22. Chuck Cage says:

    Alright everyone, I got off my ass and corrected the div tag issue that was preventing the header link from working in Firefox. Sorry I couldn’t get to it earlier, but we’ve been so loaded down creating the two new podcasts and testing tools that I just didn’t have time.

    Hope this helps.

  23. Steve Fine says:

    Ridgid seems to do great in every review I read. It would be nice if Home Depot had the full line on display. It’s hard to find a place where you can touch and get the feel of these tools. It’s a shame that such good products are not always readily available.

    The idea of these tools working with 2 battery sizes is great. I purchased a 19.2 set a couple of years ago. I thought the extra power would be needed for the circular saw (it was). However the large battery on the drill was overkill. I’ts too heavy. It would be nice to be able to power up when needed and step down to a lighter solution when the need arises.

  24. Jeff T says:

    I used to have the Ridgid 14.4 1/4″ impact driver. That thing was such a beast compared to my current Ryobi 18v One+ impact driver. It would take much more torque before the impactor action would kick in, making the job get done faster and with less rumbling. Only reason I took it back is because wife got mad – I didn’t ask her first and blew too much on it.. yeah, I know!

    All in all, I have 2 other buddies that I work with that have Ridgid 18v cordless stuff (not 24v yet), and I gotta say that stuff is built like a brick ****house compared to even DeWalt and especially Ryobi. They weigh a little more than an XRP drill, but run the spindles run truer, quiter, and smoother motors internally also. Also the clutch actually works on all the settings and the plastic does making cheap-o annoying “crinkle-crack” sounds like the DeWalt stuff. Use your DeWalt quite a bit, and you know what I mean.

    More companies should copy Ridgid’s rubber grips on their tools also. You can set a drill or impact, or whatever down on its side on a counter, fine furniture or whatever, and you know that it will stay put and not scratch the crap out of what it is sitting on. The quick-charger’s are pretty nice too.

    All-in-all I think most of their stuff is overbuilt. And that’s the way it should be for a pro-grade tool. It just feels meaty, you know what I mean?

  25. Eli says:

    I definitely owe Chuck and Ridgid a plug. Since winning (actually won something, still can’t believe it) the 24V Ridgid tools I’ve found many many many things to do with them, including make money. I have and use at work Dewalt and have also used Hitachi, Ryobi, and Panasonic cordless tools. I’m really, really pleased with these, I can honestly say now I would have bought them, and I can’t wait to use the 24V impact driver, cordless angle grinder, jigsaw, brush trimmer, chain saw, toothbrush, router, and sander, even though they don’t really exist yet (hint, hint). Any luck with the Australian voltage charger yet Chuck? I’m starting to get offers on the house.
    Go ahead, rip into it, I’m ready………
    http://www.2124walgroveave.com

  26. Eli says:

    HOLY SHNIKIES! they added a planer, jigsaw, vacuum, and caulking gun while I wasn’t looking! Whoopee, 24V toothbrush here we come!

    PS- if you ever need to do a lot of caulking, trust me on this one, a powered gun works well. I once 3M’ed the wooden deck seams on a 106′ boat and only got to use one for the first half of the job. My forearms ached all the way to Bermuda.

  27. kythri says:

    Crashin: I don’t think that Ridgid is as expensive as DeWalt. In fact, I think it’s near the Craftsman (Rebadged and over-volted Ryobi, nothing more – Tools are IDENTICAL) price point or possibly less. I’ll have to pay closer attention.

    As far as it being “much higher quality than Ryobi”, I don’t know that I agree with that. The Ridgid stuff is built by TTI under license from Emerson. Ryobi is a TTI-owned brand. With that said, I don’t think Ridgid is supposed to be competing with the Ryobi stuff (at the DIY/Experienced Amateur level), but rather with DeWalt (at the lower-end of the Professional level).

    That’s not to say that Ridgid isn’t better, but the Ryobi stuff most certainly does NOT suck.

    As I said above – I’d love to put some Ridgid stuff up against the comparable Ryobi stuff and see where they stack up. I think Ridgid is going to end up being “better”, but for the price, you simply cannot beat Ryobi.

  28. Lou says:

    Does anyone know what else is coming out in the max select line? WIll there ever be a ridgid radio?

  29. Bob K says:

    I love it. That is, I would love it. I like the Ridgid tools and this looks like it would be a nice addition to my collection.

  30. Dave says:

    Guys, I just subscribed to your podcasts. Frankly, I hate them. I’m now finding myself researching the tools you’re talking about and purchasing them. When my wife finds out, I’m going to get kicked out of the house. Luckily, I am now the proud owner of a Fubar. I’m going to keep it in my truck so I can easily break back in. My brother is NYPD and works Harlem, he just may have been the guy that told Joe to put down the axe.. I frequent the Depot a lot. I’ve always passed up the RIGID tool line. Now that I’m aware of their warranty, I’m quite positive they will be added to my collection in the near future. Keep up the pod casts…

  31. Paul says:

    Well, Ridgid has had to work hard to overcome the stigma of being from “the Big Orange Box”, but I think they are earning their place with quality. Solid and generally well thought out. Sometimes a bit heavy, but getting better (like the Fuego).

  32. Robert Alber says:

    My first purchase of the Ridgid 24 Volt combo set was just after Christmas of last year (2006). To date I haven’t had any problems with any of the tools, and my experiences have only been positive. On a few other forums I’ve read where users have had battery problems with the 24V Lithium-Ion batteries, but I’ve had no problems at all. One thing I did was to buy a separate 24V Drill-driver set so as to get 2 extra batteries (giving me 4 total).

    If I had only 1 battery, or if the recharge time was longer, its possible I may have had a battery problem. But such as it is, I’m extremely happy with my new Ridgid set.

    My Porter-Cable 19.2V cordless tools are now retired; which is quite a relief because I had a lot of problems with their batteries and they’re expensive.

    Today I saw the new Ridgid MaxSelect Wet/Dry Vac at my local Home Depot. I’ll have to have one of those. It’s light, compact and very portable. Since the store didn’t have any charged 24V batteries I can’t say how the performance is. But with both Home Depot and Ridgid having a generous return policy, and with the excellent quality of the other Ridgid 24 Vold cordless tools I have, I’m not in the least concerned.

    Good job, Ridgid!

  33. Steve says:

    i bought the hd combo kit. hammerdrill,saw,circular,impact,light,dual charger,and the three batteries.this kit kicks ass.i love my impact, and probably use it more than the hammer.i love having that third battery in a pinch and i’ve been showing it off to everyone at the jobsite ever since.it has some decent power and the only complaint is how the sawzall kills the battery, but which saw dosen’t. the winner of that pack will understand.

  34. Chris Rice says:

    I bought the 5 pack combo at Home Dep. and i am very happy with it the tourge is crazy on the hammer drill. It doesnt sound like it but it can sink a screw in in a flash. The saw is designed very nice all the angles and all are easy to read. I am very happy with it and am telling everybody to buy ridgid that i know. Cant beat a lifetime warrenty.

  35. Chris Rice says:

    The max select recipracting saw is awsome it zips threw 3 2×4’s i use my tools for hvac work doing rough ends and i use all my tools all the time. I dont think anything can beat ridgid.

  36. Tim says:

    I recently bought some Ridgid tools and so far I really like them. Lots of power. I was thinking that the lithium batteries looked a lot like the Milwaukee batteries, then I found out that same company owns Ryobi, Ridgid, and Milwaukee. That might explain it. I am going to pick-up the Maxselect vacuum tomorrow. So far my only complaint is the weight and that the batteries drain quickly if left in a tool.

  37. Ron says:

    I purchased the Ridgid R932 combo at Home Depot just before Christmas and my initial impression was that the drill and reciprocating saw were very good. The circular saw didn’t feel as beefy as the aforementioned but I have never actually used it. One of my batteries went out completely after a few weeks so I called my nearest Ridgid service center that was listed on Ridgid’s website. They stated that they no longer were a Ridgid warranty center. I called the next nearest one and they said they would order a battery for me. Flash forward three weeks I give them a call and they not only had not ordered the battery, they now claim they are no longer a Ridgid warranty center. Meanwhile I started having problems with the other battery when using the drill. The battery would shut down almost every time I tried to use it even if it had a full charge. Install it in the charger and it would apparently reset and work Ok afterwards. Having to climb down from a ladder or out from under a house to reset a battery isn’t exactly convienient when you’re trying to get a job done. Apparently there is a problem with the built-in circuit protection. I call my next nearest service center (150 miles away) and find out that they were having problems with the 24 volt batteries and others were experiencing similar problems. So much so that they were going through quite a few batteries each week. The person I talked to suggested that if I had made the purchase less than 90 days ago to take it back for a refund. With the drill’s performance problems and also having to drive 150 miles to swap out a defective battery I decided to return the kit to Hiome Depot. I was also told by the last service center that Ridgid would give you 3 or so batteries as replacements and then you would get a letter from them canceling your lifetime service agreement. I don’t think he would have told me this if he didn’t know of owners this had happened to. I visited the Ridgid forums at their website and there were comments about the battery going dead just like mine. Not sure I would be investing my hard earned money in Ridgid’s 24 volt stuff just yet. Hopefully they will get it all straightened out as when it works properly the tools are pretty good.

  38. JPS1 says:

    This would be an awesome addition to my 18v set I bought last year. Does anybody know when they will draw for it?

  39. Darell says:

    So interesting to hear the “complaints” about a powered caulk gun. And searching for that very thing is what got me here! I’m looking at empyting three cases of 29 oz tubes in one morning. Using self-leveling caulk for concrete joints. You think I want to do that by hand?! Ever! Even worse is putting beads of sub floor adhesive down… in the winter. Ug. Doesn’t matter if you have Popeye arms – that’s gonna hurt after the 10th room. One nice feature of the Ridgid gun is that it has a stud follower. VERY handy. Oh… and it takes the big AND small tubes. The other brands don’t do that. YOu have to buy a $300 gun for each size of tube?! I don’t think so!

  40. JD Bailey says:

    My 24 volt set is awesome NEED the MAX SELECT , the 24 volt batteries hold a charge forever and no power lost in extreme cold when you are laying in mud and slush underneath a house you really want to get the job done quick and these tools give more than needed even on hard jobs.
    THE MAX SELECT would be a great additon to my tool box, everyone that tried my 24 volt tried to snake them, so I could use the 24 volt for job loaners,

  41. Bob Cureton says:

    I love my Ridgid kit, but I’m desperate for a Ridgid radio…
    I’m sick of lugging a DeWalt radio around despite no longer use their tools.
    I’ve read a few rumours… but what I’d really like is for Santa to leave it under the tree this Christmas.

  42. RD Little says:

    I work with Ridgid, DeWalt, Milwalkee, Makita, Bosch, and even some Ryobi tools. All of them have their advantages and disadvantages but Ridgid is the best bang for the buck. My only concern is they have definitely blown into the market with everything from cordless tools to shovels and post hole diggers. Right now they have a fabulous product that is priced correctly to ensure they deliver the quality of tool that a commercial worker needs while staying away from the “automatic 40% DeWalt sticker price mark-up” Bottom line: Keep the tools commercial grade for a fair price and you’ll control the market in the next 5 years or less. Keep your eye on “ease of use” as you have with the next generation of saws/miter table/cordless. Don’t forget to talk to the workers in the field that work with your competition every day. Find out your flaws and correct them. Small things matter (like the tightening handle on the UV stands for the miters. I’m sure that you know what I’m talking about) Grow too fast and turn to the corprate mentality to do “more with less” while decreasing quality and you’ll turn into Firestorm tools. Until then, you keep putting out quality products at a fair price, and I’ll keep buying them.

  43. Ian says:

    I’m in the market for new cordless tools. Most of the guys I work with use Dewalt, some use Makita. I like Ridgid for its plumbing tools- my pipe cutter and reamer are unparalled in quality and price. My problem with cordless tools is that they are all made in Mexico or China- which means they are designed to break. Every website I’ve been on has many mixed messages about every cordless tool I’m interested. Even the Ingersoll-Rand cordless tools are most likely made in China . And batteries- can anyone get it right. Many of these companies’ problems have nothing to do with the drill- they can’t get the power problems corrected. This why I’ll lean towards Dewalt- they do have reliability in this area. What about Ridgid?

  44. Robert says:

    Im trying to buy a 24v ridgid combo but I go to the home depot website and all they have is 18v. I found it on another web site for 599 for a 4 piece set is that close to home depot?

  45. tyler says:

    I love Ridgid tools. Lifetime warranty is a no brainer. I just can’t wait till the radio comes out in February.

  46. Dale says:

    If Ridgid makes it and I need it, I buy it. Since discovering how this company has engineered its tool toward quaility, reliability and user convineance it is a no brainer. I will not buy another brand if Ridgid makes it.

  47. RD Little says:

    Since my last post…I’ve expanded my Ridgid collection by 10 fold including one of the Fuego’s that I obviously didn’t win! haha~ Sure could use a new drill to test out though!

    I must say…the only think I do during the day now is countdown till the Ridgid Radio 8408 release and dream of a Ridgid sticker on the hood of a racecar so I can have somebody to root for!

  48. larry Beck says:

    I have a Bosch set that I thought was great. That was untill the batteries started to give out. New batteries cost $89.95 each. Who are we kidding. Why would I spend that much on batteries for a tool set that is nearly beat. Then I found the RIDGID set. WOW! The lifetime deal on batteries, parts, service, this was a no brainer. Beside, the quality of the Ridgid Tools is fantastic. Some of the minor details included with the RIDGID make this stuff ideal for my line of work. For example, as an Electrician, I am in peoples homes all the time. The rubber trim on the batteries protects floors and coounteer tops from dings and scratches.

  49. peter spring says:

    i have had rigid drills and they are powerful and can take a beating. They are study and they have a great feel and are priced right.

  50. Rusty says:

    My first experience with Ridgid started in 2003 after going through (2) two 12v Dewalt drills (gave both away). I had heard of Ridgid from my Dad, he was an electrician for 40+ years before retiring. He had always been pleased with Ridgid products in his years of being in the electrical field. So, in 2003 I came across an ad at the local Home Depot with an 18v Ridgid drill with free lifetime replacement batterys and I have not looked back since. I now have added a hammerdrill, saw and flashlight and all have surpassed my expectations. I, like a lot of people, would like to see a jobsite radio as I do spend everyweekend on projects at my home. I take very good care of all my tools and I fell Ridgid has brought a product to the market that is very competetive and look forward to future products! Keep up the R&D department and listen to the people that use the products!

  51. KevinB says:

    my collection started with the plumbing line, then later the vacuum, and now some sanders. I havent made an upgrade from the Ryobi one line when it comes to the cordless stuff, but right now I need a new corded circular saw, and I’ve narrowed it down to a Ridgid and a dewalt, pretty much waiting on another sale at this point, before I pull the trigger, I am definitely leaning towards the Ridgid, maybe even pick up the radio and belt some tunes out for the deck project.

  52. JoshP says:

    I have the jigsaw, recip and circ saw. Good power and adequate runtime for the projects I have completed so far. Being able to use my old NiCad batteries is also a bonus.

  53. Jon says:

    I purchased the Ridgid multi tool four pack four years ago and two of my batteries were failing as well as my drill chuck and the blade attachment device for my reciprocating saw. I brought everything to the nearest Ridgid repair center with my proof of purchase. They called me today to come pick up my two repaired tools and two batteries. How can you beat that!!! Plus… I was at Home Depot tonight and they had a new lithium battery four tool kit missing the drill (that I don’t need) and one battery ( that I don’t really need though it would be nice to have) . So for six bucks more than an impact driver alone I was able to get the impact driver, a light, a radio, a battery plus the charger. All lifetime guaranteed. I am a permanent Ridgid tool person for life. The lifetime warranty is icing on the cake but the tools are wonderful and tough to beat.

  54. dobson says:

    I bought a max select cordless planer at home depot on clearance for $50. However, I dont own any other ridgid cordless tools, but I figured that it was a good deal and that I would eventually come up with some batteries and a charger sometime. Is that time now? I would love to actually use this planer sooner rather than later.

    The cordless planer seems like A great idea, esp with the 24 battery prob being a must, When I win this set, I’ll review both.

    Thanks

  55. mark fendrich says:

    the ridgid tools are some of the best tools out there i have a new orbital sander that is awsome the cord is about 6′ long with velcro strap for winding up for storage, light on the end to indicate a electrical connection and any new cordles tools or nailers i buy will be the ridgid brand becauseof the lifetime warranty is so hard to beat i wish they would hvae had the nailers availble befoer i bought all my bostich and paslode nailers

  56. J.P.Fisher says:

    The Ridgid tools are high quality and you can’t beat the warranty. I have the dual bevel 12″ miter saw and the bought the rolling stand. These are built like industrial units. Upgrade the saw blade for finish work and you are in saw heaven.

    I am interested in the Ridgid MaxSelect hand planer but it doesn’t come with a battery or charger and I’m having a hard time finding them. The unit allows the use of either 18v or 24v batteries. Does anyone out there have any experience comparing the two batteries when using the hand planer???

  57. DParker says:

    I have an older nicad set that I’ve worked with for years and still works great. It would be nice to have a new drill with fresh batteries.
    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I hear the Lithium batteries will interchange with the older tools with the exception of being able to charge them on a Nicad charger. I’ve also heard that the Nicad batteries can be charged on the new Lithium chargers.

  58. Gerry the Sign Guy says:

    I have used Rigid tools for the last 10 years. They are GREAT! Yes they are (were) a bit heavier than some other makers of cordless tools, but for the price and the quality, you simply cant beat Rigid! All the tools I purchased in my combo kit are still working great and have stood the test of time. My cordless hammer drill still works great and has better torque than some other drills I have used (like the DeWalt XRP hammer). Rigid used rubber grips on their tools before DeWalt was doing it! Thats TRUE! I have some older DeWalt tools with no rubber on the grips! But Rigid came out of the box about a decade ago with their first generation cordless tools and ALL HAD RUBBER grips! Yes they were bulky but I actually LIKED that quality about them! Sometimes heft actually works in your favor on a job. Ask any contractor they will tell you! Its all about gravity and muscle fatigue. When pressing down on things (like drilling or cutting downwards) the heft and weight of a tool can actually work in your favor to cut or drill faster and save some of your muscle power. Also, when the tools are dropped or knocked over, they tend not to break or crack as easy as some other lighter tools that are built with cheaper materials and are more flimsy in general. Thats my opinion. I LOVE my Rigid tools as much as my other tools (like my DeWalts etc.). To me they are both excellent tools for professional tradesmen as well as light duty home users as well. And the prices are always reasonable and the package combo deals are always great! My batteries from my first combo set lasted about 6 or seven years and I use them more than 5 times a month on large jobs both outdoors and indoors on heavy duty industrial applications. So thats my 2 cents on the matter. They also seem to be keeping pace with the other “high-end” tool-makers, and in many cases even outdoing them with new features and design innovations. I thought the brand was going to go down when the manufacturing moved from Germany to China….but so far…..so good. Good quality control I reckon. Keep up the good work and keep listening to the tradesmen! They will tell you EVERYTHING you want to know about how to constantly inprove your tools. And thanks for keeping your prices reasonable over the years. More info is needed (marketing) onthe 24v tools and batteries and compatability with older Rigid batteries and tools etc. Thanks! Keep up the GREAT work!

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