Rated 5 out of 5 by froze9 Fantastic drill, and best for the money.
Before you buy any Ridgid product please note this important information: DO NOT buy a Ridgid product (drill in this case) from anyone other than Home Depot, who is the only authorized dealer, or from Ridgid directly because if you buy it from anywhere else you will not get Ridgid's lifetime warranty. Also you have to register each item (drill, battery, charger, etc) separately online at the Ridgid website in order to get the lifetime warranty activated, so make sure you register your product(s) as soon as you buy them. And yes the battery is also covered for life!
Sure you could spend $330 for the best pro drill if thats what you need, but this Ridgid is the best homeowner drill for the money. All cheap drills use plastic internal parts including the gears which makes them feel lightweight, but those plastic parts don't last long when something difficult is required of them to do, Ridgid uses all steel internals.
The batteries are a Li-ion which does not have memory issues like other types, simply follow the manufactures instructions on how to charge. On that note the charger has built in safety features to prevent a bad battery from exploding, or to prevent a too hot or too cold battery from charging. Sometimes I have to reset the battery into the charging port after noticing the both colored lights blinking but that's because I didn't put the battery in correctly. I've had no problems with the 3 batteries, but even if I do I get new ones for free, a new battery costs around $90 do that twice and you paid for the drill!
Power wise I have not been disappointed, but note I do not use this in my employment thus not used as a pro tool. I did however put together a deck that I used screws to attach instead of nails and it did the job without blinking.
I found the drill to be easy to use and handle. The clutch is highly adjustable. It does use a variable on and off switch in addition to high and low gear selection. It also has a LED light that activates automatically when you hold the handle so you can see your work and goes off automatically when you put the drill down. There is a clip on the back of the drill handle that holds a philips/flat blade bit (included with the drill). The exterior of the drill is very ruggedly built compared to some I saw, this drill looks like it could take quite a bit of abuse.
I highly recommend this drill for anyone who wants a highly capable drill and not worry about paying big money for replacement batteries or for that matter paying for a new drill should it fail.
March 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by JDLEONI All around good tool.
Drill did all it was supposed to do. Battery life was very good...in fact I bought 2 of them.
February 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by joseph69 Lots of Power
I wish there was some kind of warning when battery is low
December 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by apollomt Best drill i ever owned
have had this drill for 3 years and it takes a beating and never fails.
Now my two sons also have one.
November 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by jojo I love my cordless drill 18v set
I had brought my son in law a set of 18v cordless drill set.
November 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cannon I like everything about this cordless drill.
I like the way it lights everything up when in use, the built in light is very bright. It has lots of torque & very lite to hold. This is an awesome product & I would recommend it to anybody male or female.
November 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Deep Durable, reliable and great battery life
This cordless drill is the most used tool in my truck. Being a finish carpenter we do a lot of cabinet installation. This drill has plenty of torque.
November 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Denny1 Best cordless drill I've bought yet!
The battery just last and last.
Of all the drills I have, my new RIDGID is the one I grab first!
November 27, 2014