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We just wanted to remind you about our RIDGID pneumatics giveaway.  RIDGID was kind enough to offer up a set of pneumatic tools for giveaway to one of our loyal readers.  Sometime in June we’ll select a winner from all of you who post valid comments here on Toolmonger since the giveaway started.

So, when you post a comment here, you’re not only sharing your experience with other Toolmongers around the world, you’re also adding a chance to win!  That’s good all ’round, yeah?

Toolmonger’s RIDGID Pneumatics Giveaway [Toolmonger]


16 Responses to How-To: Win A Set Of RIDGID Pneumatics

  1. Geoff K. says:

    Well, I think I’ll just get myself in the running for this here raffle, I reckon. I like Ridgid tools, and a new set would work quite nicely!

  2. sam says:

    always had great success with rigid tools… they’re quite… well… rigidly built.

  3. l_bilyk says:

    Some bloke on the woodnet forums just won 5k of ridgid stuff.. i guess ridgid is aggresively trying to establish itself and maybe compete with dewalt

  4. Abe says:

    There is no competition/comparison between DeWalt and Ridgid.
    That would be like comparing Hyundai with Bugatti. Ridgid tools are always top quality, “career investment” tools . Dewalt are “Black and yellow-Black and decker”.

  5. Chuck Cage says:

    I have to admit that after testing many tools, I’ve come to the conclusion that no manufacturer is good at everything. Some DeWalt tools are great, some are medocre, and some suck.  It’s the same with most all manufacturers.

    For confirmation, simply look through the thousands of comments throughout TM…

  6. l_bilyk says:


    By the same logic ridgid tools are just orange ryobi.

    Your comparison is absurd, because ridgid and dewalt are both in the low-mid end of the professional market where the consumers are a little more price sensitive. Milwaukee and bosch are the bugattis of tools.

  7. Randy says:

    Flippin’ Sweet! You guys have the best giveaways ever. If I won this, I would be forced to get a decent compressor though.

  8. l_bilyk says:

    Ridgid makes a great compressor! No seriously, their compressor is really nice.

  9. Ed S. says:

    I bought my 24v XLi Ridgid cordless set around Christmas time during that big sale they had and I’m loving it! Even better is they gave me another cordless tool for free when I filed that rebate form! 😉 And, to top it off, they have a lifetime warranty.

  10. Abe says:

    Chuck has had for more experience than I so his point of view is given respect. However, my opinion does not change.

    In my small world my opinion is based on my own experience. I’ve used both and in my experience is that Ridgid is far superior. Better feel, better features, better warranty and better longevity are all attributes I attach to Ridgid because of my experience. The DeWalt tools I have used just don’t feel professional grade. Heck the cheapo $100 Craftsman 18v drill /saw combo I just bought has better quality than the DeWalts I’ve used.

    I_bilyk. I have an older, genuine Milwaukee Super Sawzall bought secondhand and it’s the jewel of my tool arsenal. So Agreed Milwaukee is definitely a Bugatti. I don’t have any ownership experience with Bosch so I cannot comment there.

  11. Chuck Cage says:

    Abe: We respect and appreciate your opinion, too!

  12. Gilbert says:

    I started working in housing when I was 18 and Black & Decker was THE tools to buy, later, Makita tools were good, but not for long because they were bought out by Black & Decker after they lost their reputation for building good tools. After that, Dewalt tools were the contractor’s choice because they were bold looking and usually had more voltage and longer lasting batteries. The last time I went shopping for a cordless drill, I came across a case of Rigid tools on sale. The were still more expensive then the Dewalt set, but I already had a worn out Dewalt set so I decided to buy the RIGID cordless set, you know, the set that has a drill, reciprocal saw, skill saw, flash light and more, and they all work with the same battery. I haven’t looked back since then and I’ve even purchased a Rigid shop vac.
    The weight of the Rigid tools is very well balanced and they tend to feel a little heavier too, but not cumbersome. The shop vac is the quietest I found, I wasn’t shopping for a RIGID shop vac, but when I heard it and read the specs, I bought it hands down and the suction is very powerful. If you do not have a preferred make of tools, Rigid would make a remarkable set start with, if you have a preferred make, you won’t be disappointed in Rigid buy and it might just change your mind. Rigid a professionals choice, I’m proof of that!

  13. l_bilyk says:

    I’m sorry if I came off sounding harsh, but I own about two dozen of the yellow tools, and that comment made me feel like an idiot for buying them.

    But simply put it’s just not true.

    Ridgid cordless tools have several issues, and I can attest to this because I own a set of both ridgid and dewalt cordless.

    1. Ridgid tools weight more on average. It seems like they make them big and beefy looking, but this is not that practical in the real world.

    2. Ridgid tools have low capacity batteries. They’re powerful when they’re charged, but they run out of steam fast.

    3. In my neck of the woods, service is a PITA. I’m sure it’s better in other parts of north america, but here you could wait for over a month for parts. Two weeks ago I was playing around with the spade handle drill at home depot, when some guy came up to me randomly and said don’t buy ridgid. I asked why, and he explained that his belt sander was MIA for 2 months. He built stairs for a living so he obviously had to buy another sander.

    There are some postives though

    1. Powerful tools

    2. Build quality appears good

    3. Eventually you get your tool service for free.. you just have to wait.

    4. Good quality chargers. I think the ridgid charger is probably one of the best, if not the best.

  14. l_bilyk says:

    And since we’re talking about dewalt as well, I think I should share my thoughs

    1. Dewalt batteries stink, apparently. I just got my set, but from what I hear these battery packs will last only a year.

    2. Fit and finish is bad. Maybe it’s the type of plastic they use, but there always seems to be flashing that hasn’t been trimmed off. This seems to be a recent development, since they moved to mexico. I don’t remember oder dewalt tools having this problem

    3. Service is good. You don’t get lifetime warranty, but 3 years is decent. The service center is maybe a 20 minute drive, and the turnaround time is quick.

    4. The tools are easy to find. They are everywhere. Ebay and elsewhere. So you can usually get a pretty good price if you shop around and watch the clearance table at the big box store. I got my cordless kit for 55% off. Sanders and planer were about 40% off.

    5. Dewalt has a huge line, and maybe by chance they make a few tools that are arguably the best on the market. For example, the hybrid saw is arguably the best hybrid you can buy. It’s expensive, but it has alot of power, nice features, and alot of attachments. The DW735 is arguably the best portable planer you can buy. The dewalt tile saw is another best in class. The routers are a serious contender for best in class (i think bosch is a wee bit better). And finally the cordless nailer is a surprindly good tools.

  15. Norm says:

    Well, over the last few years I had picked Dewalt and have been buying them. I have since learned that Rigid makes some better items and I have begun researching them. (Of course if I win these I will definitely be switching!!)

  16. Kelly Nelson says:

    I was very happy with the performance of Ridgid’s nail guns when I used them on building our shed and front porch. I’m already dropping hints to the Mrs. to buy me one for Christmas. 🙂

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