Ridgid MegaMax Buying Guides

New Ridgid Tools 2018: Winter Update


For those of you who appreciate Ridgid’s aim to produce quality tools at prices that won’t put you in the poor house, take a look at the new Ridgid tools coming out for late 2018 and early 2019. Ridgid’s got a little something for everyone it seems, and much of the new product offerings have been optimized for the brand’s new Octane battery platform.

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New Ridgid Tools For 2018

Ridgid MegaMax System

One of the newest editions to the Ridgid 18V brushless line comes to us by way of the MegaMax system, a system that combines a power base with any one of 3 interchangeable heads. We put it in the hands of our remodeling crew, and it also earned a Pro Tool Innovation Award for 2018.

Ridgid MegaMax

New Ridgid ToolsRidgid MegaMax Brushless 18V Power Base

The Ridgid MegaMax power base, although compatible with any of Ridgid 18V batteries, has been optimized for use with the brand’s Hyper Octane batteries. With the supercharged battery line, users get 65% more power for higher-demand applications, better performance, and increased runtimes.

The Power Base automatically identifies each of the MegaMax attachment heads and configures its settings to maximize performance for that specific attachment. The Power Base Emits an audible beep when the attachment head has locked on. It also features an LED panel to inform the user of the status of the tool.

Features

  • Model Number: R86400B
  • MegaMax: the industry’s most powerful interchangeable tool system
  • 4 directional head positions allow users to optimize the ergonomics based on the application
  • LED communication panel shows the status of the tool and attachment head
  • Heavy-duty brushless motor provides more power and longer motor life
  • Tool-free die cast interface: secure locking mechanism with release buttons allow for quick and easy attachment head changes
  • Lock-on function reduces fatigue and increases productivity
  • Two-finger variable speed trigger provides added comfort and more speed control to match the application
  • Grip light engages LED light independently of trigger to illuminate work space
  • Warranty: 3-Year limited
  • Lifetime Service Agreement
  • MSRP: $99

New Ridgid ToolsRidgid MegaMax SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer Head

The rotary hammer head fits in the 1-1/8″ class, and it has enough impact energy to compete with other Pro brands. In chisel mode, you can lock the tool on so you don’t have to hold the trigger the entire time. Incidentally, Ridgid is the first to offer that feature.

Features and Specs

  • Model Number: R86403B
  • Impact Energy: 2.2 ft-lbs
  • No-Load Speed: 0-1,400 RPM
  • Impact Rate: 0-5,000 BPM
  • Auxiliary handle with adjustable depth gauge locks in any orientation
  • 3-Mode selector: rotary hammer, drilling, and chisel modes
  • Mechanical clutch minimizes torque when the bit binds
  • Variable position chisel stop
  • MSRP: $119

New Ridgid ToolsRidgid MegaMax Reciprocating Saw Head

Paired with an Octane battery, the MegaMax is the industry’s most powerful reciprocating saw. It only runs $69 for the head. Even coupled with the Power Base at $99, this combo comes in at less than you’d spend on most Pro-level recip saws.

Features and Specs

  • Model Number: R86401B
  • SPM: 0-3,100 SPM
  • Stroke Length: 1-1/8″
  • On/Off orbital action
  • Sightline blower directs debris away from the cut line
  • Open shoe design provides increased visibility
  • Tool-free blade change
  • MSRP: $69

New Ridgid ToolsRidgid MegaMax Right Angle Drill Head

The MegaMax Right Angle Drill Head has plenty of torque and a smooth start. When we used it, we didn’t experience any binding or general jerkiness, which is a good sign. Although its aux handle and top grip could get in the way in tighter spaces, you can remove them relatively easily for better clearance.

Features and Specs

  • Model Number: R86402B
  • RPM: 0-450 RPM
  • On-board chuck key storage
  • 1/2″ heavy-duty chuck
  • Die-cast gearbox
  • MSRP: $99

Ridgid Brushless 18V One-Handed Reciprocating Saw

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This new one-handed recip saw joins the brand’s Octane lineup of high-performance tools. It features a brushless motor and advanced electronics, which provides the tool best-in-class power and intelligence. According to Ridgid, this recip saw delivers 3X more power and 30% less vibration than Ridgid’s previous corded version. Plus, with the option of using rotary action, you can use the one-handed recip saw to cut through both wood and metal.

Features and Specs

  • Model Number: R86448B
  • No-load strokes per minute: 0-3,000 SPM
  • Voltage: 18V
  • Stroke Length: 3/4″
  • Octane tool that delivers max power, intelligence, and performance
  • Brushless motor
  • On/off orbital action
  • 30% less vibration for more control and less fatigue
  • Sight line blower directs debris away from the cut line
  • Grip light engages LED light independently
  • Warranty: Lifetime Service Agreement
  • Available: December 2018
  • MSRP: $129

Ridgid Octane Brushless 18V 1/4 Sheet Sander

New Ridgid Tools 2018 - 18V 1/4-Sheet SanderWith the Octane battery, this brushless 18V sheet sander can deliver 14,000 OPM to sand down material quickly. A digital selector allows users to choose between 3 different speed settings, while Ridgid’s AirGuard technology allows for up to 90% dust collection. Ridgid also includes a front grip that effectively keeps your hand from sliding down and scraping the skin from your knuckles.

Features and Specs

  • Model Number: R86064B
  • AirGuard technology allows for up to 90% dust collection
  • 3-speed digital selector: low, medium, and high speed settings
  • Vacuum hose adaptor fits 1-1/4″, 1-7/8″ and 2-1/2″ hoses
  • Improved sandpaper clip holds sandpaper securely
  • Front grip guard allows for a more comfortable hold
  • Small dust bag
  • Warranty: 3-Year; Lifetime Service Agreement
  • Available: Q4 2018
  • MSRP: $79

Ridgid 18V Mat Light

One of the more compelling Ridgid products we’ll see this winter is the 18V Mat Light. Blasting your workspace with 1,500 lumens worth of brightness, it can lay flat, roll up, or hang. Wrapping it backward turns it into an area light, or, you can hang it from its metal hook for a flood light. It comes with its own battery adapter and you can even charge other devices via the light’s USB port.

 

Features and Specs

  • Model Number: R8694520B
  • Max Lumens: 1,500
  • Volts: 18V
  • Modes: 3
  • Made to easily transport or roll up for storage
  • 3-modes with a range of brightness up to 1,500 lumens
  • Each light comes equipped with a power source with USB charging for additional devices
  • Will run up to 25 hours on 9.0Ah Octane battery
  • Hanging ring with high suspension for upright illumination
  • 4 corner magnets allow Mat Light to wrap backward for 360° lighting
  • Durable material
  • Warranty: Lifetime Service Agreement
  • Available: December 2018
  • MSRP: $99

Ridgid 200 PSI 15-Gallon Compressor

New Ridgid ToolsMost of what you’ll need to know about this compressor you can figure out by reading its title. However, it might also tickle your fancy to find out that this compressor also includes the brand’s Strong Start technology, allowing users to reliably start the compressor under any power situation. It can hold 200 max PSI and fires off 5.1 SCFM @ 90 PSI. The overall design gives it a good balance of portability for the job site and power to use as a small shop or garage compressor.

Features and Specs

  • Model Number: OF150200A
  • Strong Start technology allows reliable starting in any condition
  • Locking regulator holds knob in place
  • 1/4 turn ball valve tank drain
  • Accessory storage: On-board bin for easy and convenient storage
  • 200 Max PSI
  • 5.1 SCFM @ 90 PSI
  • 15-gallon tank
  • Universal push-to-connect quick coupler
  • 8″ flat-free tires
  • 2″ pressure gauges
  • Warranty: 3-Year Limited
  • Available: Q4 2018
  • MSRP: $369

Ridgid Butane 18V Heat Gun

New Ridgid ToolsRidgid’s upcoming 18V Butane Heat Gun release looks to get things nice and steamy with its 1400° top end.   It can hold temperatures above 1200° for over 25 minutes, and it has a cooldown mode that allows for quicker storage and better durability. Look for this one towards the end of 2018.

Features and Specs

  • Model Number: R860434B
  • Volts: 18V
  • Max Temperature: 1400° F
  • Fuel: Butane
  • Holds temperature above 1200° F for up to 25 minutes
  • Onboard refillable butane tank
  • Cool down mode with LED indicator
  • Lock-on trigger feature
  • Warranty: 3-Year
  • Available: Q4 2018
  • MSRP: $99

New Ridgid ToolsRidgid Brushless 18V Jig Saw

Yet another tool added to the Octane roster of cordless tools from Ridgid, the brushless Jig Saw aims to maximize performance for heavy-duty jobs. It has a variable speed trigger, variable speed dial, and a Line-Start mode that starts slowly and increases the speed as the work material is engaged. It also has a sight line blower that clears your cut line from sawdust, and orbital action that moves through cuts more quickly.

Features and Specs

  • Model Number: R8832B
  • No-Load SPM: 0-3,500 SPM
  • Voltage: 18V
  • Stroke Length: 1″
  • Product Weight: 5.5 lb
  • Brushless motor
  • Line-start mode
  • Adjustable orbital action
  • Sight line blower
  • Variable speed trigger and dial
  • Warranty: Lifetime Service Agreement
  • MSRP: $129

Ridgid Brushless 18V 3-1/4″ Hand Planer

New Ridgid Tools 2018 - 18V PlanerThe Octane line of 18V tools will soon include this sweet Ridgid hand planer for your woodworking applications. You can even throw the harder woods at it, like oak, thanks to the improved power coming from the Octane battery. This handy little planer also includes the industry’s first adjustable chamfer depth, allowing users options for customizing their finish work.

Features and Specs

  • Model Number: R8481B
  • No Load Speed: 14,300 RPM
  • Voltage: 18V
  • Maximum Cutting Width: 3-1/4″
  • Max Cutting Depth: 5/64″
  • Maximum Rabbet Depth: 1/2″
  • Brushless motor
  • Dual blades
  • Adjustable chamfer depth with 5 settings
  • Planing depth adjustment knob
  • Dual chip exhaust
  • Warranty: Lifetime Service Agreement
  • Available: December 2018
  • MSRP: $129

Ridgid 16ga 2-1/2″ Straight Finish Nailer

Prepare to get your fill of new finish nailers, cause Ridgid is releasing two new models. The first one is this 16ga 2-1/2″ Straight Finish Nailer. It features the Ridgid’s Clean Drive technology, which includes a small nose for improved visibility, no MDF blowouts, no driver blade slips, and will drive flush at angles. It also features a tool-free selectable trigger, and a tool-free jam clearing door for those rare occasions when you do come across a jam. You can also kiss daily oiling goodbye, as this model features an oil-free motor.

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Features and Specs

  • Model Number: R250SFF
  • Clean Drive feature
  • Tool-free selectable trigger
  • Oil-less motor
  • Dry-fire lockout
  • Tool-free jam clearing door
  • Rear-loading magazine with by-pass pusher
  • No-mar pad
  • Warranty: 3-Year Limited; Lifetime Service Agreement
  • Available: Q4 2018
  • MSRP: $169

Ridgid 15ga 2-1/2″ Angled Finish Nailer

Not gonna lie, if you liked what you saw from the last nailer, you’re in good shape here too; this nailer has the same features as the last one. There is one noticeable difference though: this finish nailer is angled and takes 15ga nails!

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Features and Specs

  • Model Number: R250AFF
  • Clean Drive feature
  • Tool-free selectable trigger
  • Oil-less motor
  • Dry-fire lockout
  • Tool-free jam clearing door
  • Rear-loading magazine with by-pass pusher
  • No-mar pad
  • Warranty: 3-Year Limited; Lifetime Service Agreement
  • Available: Q4 2018
  • MSRP: $169

Ridgid Octane Brushless 18V 4-1/2″ Grinder

New Ridgid Tools 2018 - 4-1/2" GrinderIf grinders get you all hot and bothered, you’re about to get a double shot of the good stuff from Ridgid. The first Octane model, coming out in Q1 of 2019, is a 4-1/2″ grinder that will deliver an industry-leading 10,000 RPM. It includes an LED overload protection indicator, a 3-position auxiliary handle, and lock-off protection that prevents an accidental start when a fresh battery gets installed.

Features and Specs

  • Model Number: R86042B
  • LED overload protection indicator
  • Tool-free guard design
  • 3-position auxiliary handle
  • Lock-off protection
  • Spindle lock
  • Warranty: 3-Year Limited
  • Available: Q1 2019
  • MSRP: $119

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Ridgid Octane Brushless 18V 7″ Grinder

New Ridgid Tools 2018 - 7" GrinderThe second grinder Ridgid plans to release soon is the Octane Brushless 18V 7″ Grinder. It runs off of one or two Ridgid batteries, Octane or regular. It features a Twist Lock, which allows for three different head position changes for increased versatility and comfort. It also includes an electric brake, a multi-position handle, and a 2-finger lock-on trigger. Expect this one out towards the end of 2018.

Features and Specs

  • Optimized to run on Octane batteries
  • Non-Octane capable – Able to run on 2 non Octane batteries
  • Twist lock: 3 convenient head-position changes
  • Electronic brake system
  • Multi-position handle
  • 2-finger lock-on trigger
  • Warranty: 3-Year Limited Warranty
  • Lifetime Service Agreement
  • Launch Date: Q4 2018
  • MSRP: $229

 

 

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Ridgids are mostly trash. Their battery only nailer is supposed to be pretty good though

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which of the tools at battery and which are corded