When you’re pulling up a hill and your truck needs more power, the transmission drops to a lower gear to compensate — a common occurrence for a vehicle, not so common for a drill. But Ridgid’s AutoShift drill driver does just that.
When you pull the trigger, it starts in high speed. If it starts to bog down, the drill downshifts to low speed for more torque. You can also lock out the AutoShift feature so the drill stays in high gear.
The rest of the specs are pretty standard: 18V Li-ion batteries, 1/2” chuck, LED light, soft case, 0-450/1,450 RPM speed ranges, 450 inch-pounds of torque, and a 24-position clutch.
The kit includes two different capacity batteries — one is 3.0 Ah, the other 1.5 Ah. You can plug in the smaller battery for tight spaces or when weight is an issue, such as working overheads.
Ridgid covers it with their free Lifetime Service Agreement, which promises free parts, free service, and free batteries for life. That sounds like a good deal, but we haven’t checked the fine print.
This drill is sold pretty much exclusively at Home Depot, where it’s listed for $230. A promotion running until November 15th offers a free Ridgid impact driver with the purchase of the AutoShift.