Rated 3 out of 5 by NoelWPB I like the tool... hate the trigger.
I have owned this tool for a little over a month. It was bought for the purpose of cutting 1/8 inch metal plates, chain link fence, grout, tile and all kind of other things. It does shut down if you use too much force but if you pace yourself it cuts fine. The thumb trigger can be difficult to use after an exhausting day. It does eat batteries so plan on getting a pack of 4.0 amp batteries. Overall I'm satisfied and it has definitely become my go to tool.
June 21, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by ua1770 Not far behind DeWalt
I was very unsure about buying this grinder after seeing the reviews, but I am glad I bought it. I used a 20V Max grinder for a few days cutting steel angles for fire doors. This grinder can actually keep up with the performance of the DeWalt, and I am impressed! I like the gradual startup and LED load indicator, two features which the DeWalt did not have. Overall very impressed and would recommend this tool.
April 17, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by roadking Does not hold up
I have had all Ridgid tools for over 12 years. So I was so happy when they finally came out with a grinder, only to be disappointed, It stopped working the first time I used it.
I took it all the way to service center (Pain finding one that will honer Ridgid) they had it a month. I got it back, It worked for a day, then same thing... just quit working! I only used it for cutting off nails or thin steel angle.
November 13, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Bowdude66 Tool started out good but torque is a let down !
I have 18 different Ridgid tools in electric and battery operated not counting batteries and chargers. The 18v grinder is fine for very light hobby shop work but is a major let down for anything heaver due to low torque. the unit continually kicks out during heavy grinding or light cutting, which I know is not recommended but come on guys. Really !
July 29, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by JacobDeanMetalSculptor 250 bucks by the time you buy an X4 battery set.
I was not happy when it only ran for 7 minutes on the batteries that came with my drill and driver. I like Ridgid because of the lifetime warranty on batteries and products. I bought two X4 batteries on sale for 80 bucks each (20 minute run time with those) and was quite unhappy when they were not under the lifetime service agreement. Uuhg---And the bigger batteries are heavy and awkward. I have used other brands of cordless grinders and liked them better, but you know, once you pick a brand, it makes sense to stick with it. ----this is not my favorite Ridgid product.
February 14, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by OrcPuP the built in protections keep this tool from doing real work
This tool will suck a newly charged battery down so hard and so fast ,that it will cut out and you have to wait for it to reset itself, 5 or 6 times cutting of a piece of 1 inch by 1/4 inch flat bar,which took 7 or 8 minutes. I have 4 batteries , 2 large and 2 small and it does it with all of them. My large drill, reciprocating saw, circular saw will do the same thing if you are working them hard. The grinder is useless for what it is intended , which is cutting or grinding in areas at heights or where corded tools are unwieldy. it is definitely not going to wear out , ever, because you couldn't do enough real work with it to harm it.
It is easy to warranty for life if you engineer protections into them that won't let the tool work hard.. I have a dozen rigid cordless tools and I am going to switch to Dewalt ,Milwaukee , or Makita in the near future.. If you make your living with your tools, be warned
January 31, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fitzgerald Great Grinder
I love this thing. It has the same power as a corded grinder but I can carry it around as needed.
December 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by aferg89 Amazing Tool
I've fallen in love with this Grinder it does exactly what I expected it to do and also lasted longer than I thought it would. Its great in tight places, being cordless is great because usually I just need the grinder for a second to cut a nail or something in a renovation and not having to deal with power strips is great. more time on the job.
November 25, 2014