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  1. Well, I invested in the ToughSystem 2.0 stack from Home Depot, along with a couple of half-width organizers. It seems well-thought out, trying to maintain backwards compatibility with the older ToughSystem while addressing some of the shortcomings 1.0 had when compared to Packout. I'll be using the heck out of this in the coming months and hope it impresses. Since I'm good on modular storage, I'm gifting some of my older ToughSystem components forward to a good friend. He's been struggling to find employment so he's been doing a lot of handyman work. He also has a house to renovate while he's living there, and I promised him one of my spare ToughSystem Music+Chargers a few years ago. Rather than giving him the radio by itself, I figure I'll outfit a ToughSystem stack with some hardware, tools, and a couple of batteries for the radio. Anyway, now's the time if you want to invest in some modular tool storage. Ridgid, ToughSystem, and Packout are all at the lowest prices you'll probably find them, and I would recommend any of the three if they fit your needs.
  2. Just how much wobble is normal on a ridgid impact driver? I have the gen5x brushless and just recently took it out of the box. Here's some footage. Bit is around 2.5 in. Ridgid 18v brushless impact driver gen5x 2.5 in. drill bit Bosch 12v drill with the same bit side view Ridgid 18v brushless hammer drill gen5x same drill bit from the rear slo mo Bosch 12v drill rear view slo mo Ridgid impact driver rear view slo mo running at top speed
  3. A trip through the archives of Tools in Action and ToolGuyd displays how far the cordless tool market has come in the past decade or so. Early articles on each site capture the look of the 2008-2011 tool market, and there are many gems that cover the tools available back then--established brands, new products, and optimistic predictions of what the future would look like. Well, it's the future, and I'd venture to say that few of us expected the cordless job site to look like it does now back in the dark days of 2009. The tools have gotten smaller, smarter and become brushless, and a number of brands have cut the cord on tools that necessitated a generator or other power source just a few years ago. Not everything has changed, though, as Ryobi One+ was already over a decade old and the M12 and M18 lines were getting off to a decent start. DeWalt, on the other hand wouldn't release 12v Max tools until 2010, with 20v Max coming about a year later. Anyway, the point of this thread is to examine exactly how the cordless tool market has changed since 2008. If you have the time, share a few articles from way back when along with anything you want to add.
  4. As a brand new Ridgid cordless owner (around 20 hours as if this writing) and devoted DeWalt fan, I've got to say, I'm impressed! For those who missed my post in the "What Tools Did You Buy Today" thread in the Power Tools subforum, I've spent the past three nights in my truck due to a training event. Ah, the life of a Drill Sergeant... With plenty of batteries, I've waited patiently for the DeWalt fan for months with plans to buy one ASAP. Yesterday I left the training site resigned to settling with Ryobi. Fort Benning nights are hot and humid, and I didn't want to run the truck all night nor did I wish to sweat through my clothing and pillow again. Well, Ridgid had a promotion and some leftover BOGO battery packs, so here I am with two of the Ridgid fans powered by 4.0Ah batteries. I can sum these up with one word: AWESOME! I used one for about 30 minutes yesterday to show off Drill Sergeant FM's latest cordless gadget. After all, I'm the guy with the brightest lights (thanks to DeWalt, though Milwaukee and now Ridgid lighting may be in my future), an ability to repair almost anything, and who uses the most fun/least practical approach for certain things (a cordless grinder or reciprocating saw on a lock may take longer than bolt cutters, but put son a better show). I then proceeded to relax in my truck starting around 10pm, turning both fans on at about 1/4 to 1/3 speed. The low setting seems all but useless. Waking up a few times I checked the battery life, and they were still at 4 bars around 1am. Now, seven hours later both are still rocking at 3 bars. Not bad. I haven't dealt with the LSA registration yet, have no idea how these will fare long-term, and have never owned any other Ridgid cordless device. Based on first impression, though, wow! Anyway, time to inventory weapons and equipment.
  5. Sitting here enjoying the snow in the DC area. While the accumulation so far is miniscule compared to that usually encountered further north, I'm comforted to know that in a pinch I can keep my phone and tablets charged with DeWalt, Ridgid, or M12 batteries, power small items with the DeWalt power station, generate some heat with the Ridgid forced air heater, run the ToughSystem radio for entertainment, light up the house with the various DeWalt and Milwaukee lights, and warm up with the M12 heated gear if needed. I don't expect a power outage--or even missed time at work--but days like this it's nice to know I have a few day's worth of backup energy for such conveniences. Does anyone else find confort knowing that being a "tool guy" makes you just a little better prepared for a short duration emergency?
  6. - Hey all, I'm new here, but love what I'm reading and learning on the forum. I'm a moderator DIY guy and am looking to upgrade all of my tools. I have a plethora of used Milwaukee and DeWalt tools that have been handed down to me or purchased used over the years, but it's time for me to get a good combo kit finally. I don't NEED anything professional grade but absolutely appreciate quality tools and want something I can keep for many many years. I'm looking at some of the current home depot deals and I'm torn between two options: 1. Milwaukee M18 6 Piece Combo Brushed - $399 https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwaukee-M18-18-Volt-Lithium-Ion-Cordless-Combo-Kit-5-Tool-W-Free-M18-Cut-Off-Grinder-2695-25P-2680-20/304749226 Reasons to get Milwaukee: Better Quality Extra Tool (Grinder would be a great addition to my shop) 2. RIDGID 5 Piece Combo Brushless - $399 https://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-18-Volt-Lithium-Ion-Brushless-5-Piece-Combo-Kit-R9638SBN/303819066 Reasons to get RIDGID: Brushless Lifetime Warranty What are your thoughts? Anything else I should consider here that would help sway me? I have a buddy who loves his RIDGID stuff, but I've used Milwaukee enough to know it's great. Thanks all!
  7. Fialaja


    If you are in the market for a really good hammer drill, allow me to recommend the Ridgid R5010 it has a great keyless chuck and a pulse mode that’s great for slow starting a bit without it walking or driving a screw like an impact driver. Made in Germany by Metabo for Ridgid, can be found on eBay for under $100
  8. Fialaja


    If you are in the market for a really good hammer drill, allow me to recommend the Ridgid R5010 it has a great keyless chuck and a pulse mode that’s great for slow starting a bit without it walking or driving a screw like an impact driver. Made in Germany by Metabo for Ridgid, can be found on eBay for under $100
  9. I'm probably going to get into one of these brands and figure this will be a decision once I purchase a combo kit. I don't care about other tools in the platform as I use corded for most everything aside from impacts/drills. In all honesty Ridgid appeals to me more due to the LSA. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
  10. The title says it all. I'm considering buying a pulse driver in the eventual future and figured I'd gather opinions. I'm currently invested in Milwaukee with two 9.0Ah and three 5.0Ah batteries, and have two 4.0Ah and one 2.0Ah Ridgid batteries. However, Ryobi offers some unique tools, so eventually Lime Green tools may supplement the Yellow, Red, and Orange ones. Conveniently, all three companies have a version of the pulse driver--the Fuel Surge (Milwaukee), Stealth Force (Ridgid), and Quiet Strike (Ryobi). Intuition tells me to buy the Ridgid kit as a way to amass more batteries and expand that system. I really don't need the Milwaukee and lack any compact batteries to use with it. Meanwhile, Ryobi mainly appeals to me for the niche items they offer like the glue gun and inflators, not core tools. Essentially, I've kept the bulk of my cordless tool collection Yellow. Red crept in with outstanding deals (over $1900 in tools for a little over $900), and Ridgid was a recent addition for the sake of comfort. Naturally, DeWalt does not currently offer a competing model so I'm left wondering: go cheap, go middle-of-the-pack, or go Red?
  11. Here is the finished product of my overarm dust collection attachment for my Ridgid R4512. Everything below will let you know how and why I did what I did. I finished connecting all of my tools to my new dust collection system recently. Now I am just tweeking some connections to optimize my dust collection abilities. I've wanted an overarm dust collection system after the first time I was it on the SawStop cabinet saw. You might not think so, but with a zero clearance insert plate on my tablesaw, I end up with a good amount of dust coming off the top of the blade....especially if I am cutting thicker stock. Last week, I collected a lot of images off of the internet with what other people have done. In case you were wondering, there isn't a lot of different units out there. I have the Ridgid R4512 tablesaw and this unit has one really useful feature that a lot of different saws don't have that makes add-ons to this unit simple. the back railing that the fence rides on is made from two pieces. In order to connect those pieces, there is a small bar that sits in a tee track and connects the two pieces. Since this bar only takes up about 6 inches (if I remember correctly) there is plenty of space to add an outfeed table and this overarm unit. I just used some toilet flange bolts to connect this unit to the saw through the T track. I had some of the unit welded up by a friend, but I didn't have all of the measurements, so I had to bolt some wooden braces to the unit. This is temporary, so I will fix this soon. I made the dust collection shoe so that it can be lifted up and down from the saw blade. I still need to add some 2" bristles to this unit so I can slide the stuck under it and not affect the dust collection ability. I attached to springs to the back of the arms to assist in the lifting of the shoe. It really makes it nice for lifting and holding the unit in place. I have the ability to move the shoe close to the blade either way to fit what I am cutting by adding some threads to the square tube I added to my smaller square tubing. You may have noticed the bungie cord attached to the top of the horizontal arm. It was added since the long section of the arm has all of the weight and bounces a pretty good amount. I have more permanent fix for this problem that I am going to have taken care of before the end of this week, so I will share pictures then. I still need to add the 2.5" hose to the shoe as well as the saw stache. I just wanted to see if this was possible before I ordered the parts......so follow up pictures to come.
  12. Hey guys, just want to let you know that the new The Power is in your Palm! Ridgid Palm impact went on sale today. $99.00 at HD. Just bought it an I get on the 14th.
  13. I was just looking at Comp56 post about the Ryobi combo kit. I happened to be looking at it on the HD site too! I was wondering what people's thoughts were on which Brand line to get into for a homeowner. I really am not invested in a cordless line, I have two Craftsmen 18V tools. I have a few things on my short list right now for jobs around the house: Garage Opener Install, Vinyl Fence Install, and in the near future finishing out a basement. What do you all recommend? The $199 to start with Ryobi seems reasonable, not sure of quality overall. But I know Milwaukee seems to have numerous tools in their lineup that they seem to add too all the time. Thanks!
  14. It's #daylightsavings and since everyone lost an hour #teamRIDGID is going to give one lucky winner an 18 or 12V tool of their choice. Comment at the Ridgid Instagram page with what tool you'd like to add to your shop and we will pick one winner. ™@ridgidpowertools #tiacrew
  15. For a long time now I've debated getting a chop saw. For rebar, angle iron, and bar stock, a plasma cutter isn't very convenient, a Sawzall isn't very efficient, and requiring 2 steady hands, a band saw isn't always a joy either. I've looked at these saws a dozen different times, but I never wanted to spend the money on one. The other day I was at HD, had $100 gift card from Father's Day to cut into the price, and I said "why the hell not!". They had a Dewalt for $199, and a Makita for $189, but I honestly liked the $179 Ridgid better. The clamp operated smoother and it wasn't that ugly yellow color, but the real selling point was the trigger. The Dewalt featured a single finger trigger that pretty much forces you operate it with your left hand while the Makita had a funky pistol grip style handle that I didn't care for. I also checked the Milwaukee version out online and it too featured this handle. The Ridgid on the other hand (pun intended) had a full width trigger that can be engaged with either had which was easier to operate and was more comfortable as well. I screwed up and burnt the box before I realized I needed the UPC for the LSA, but it isn't the end of the world, I can usually fix them myself anyway. It's not something I'll need daily, but I'll be glad to have it when I do
  16. Ridgid 12-Volt 4.0 Ah Hyper Lithium-Ion Battery (2-Pack) Was $69.00 $34.50 /each http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-12-Volt-4-0-Ah-Hyper-Lithium-Ion-Battery-2-Pack-AC820592/205358343 These have been dropping for a while, but if you have any Ridgid 12v tools, this is a steal. If you don't have ridgid 12v tools, their impact driver is great. When they were still in store, they got to like $17 before they disappeared, but I doubt they will go that low online. I'd buy another set, but I bought them when they were $43 and already have 4 of the 2 Ah batteries that came with the drill and driver.
  17. Just bought the Ridgid x4 drill and impact combo after watching the TIA review. got a great price, $179 i believe, and so far has impressed me. I'm sure DeWalt, Milwaukee, and Makita might have better but the style and features fit my needs as a low voltage installer/ tech. Can't wait to expand my set and get a few more cool tools. Thanks guys at Tools In Action!
  18. I am trying to figure out which power tool brand I should get. The four i have to decide between are Dewalt, Milwalkee, Bosch, and Ridgid. If I am trying to get into professional contracting business which tool brand should i start out by getting? Which one would be the best for a home owner and for a professional contractor?
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