Ridgid MegaMax 18V Octane Brushless Multi-Tool Specialty Power Tool Reviews

Ridgid MegaMax 18V Octane Brushless Multi-Tool


We’ve talked a little bit about the benefits of Ridgid’s new Octane technology on their 18V platform. We also got to see one of the first applications with Ridgid’s 18V Octane brushless reciprocating saw. But it’s the new Ridgid MegaMax that really pushes the new battery/tool/communication system to show off what Ridgid has in mind for their next generation of cordless tools.

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10-Second Summary

  • Ridgid’s largest brushless motor to date
  • Reciprocating saw, right angle drill, and SDS-Plus rotary hammer heads
  • Ridgid Octane batteries required for best performance
  • $69 – $119 per piece ($386 for all 4 pieces without batteries or charger)

Here’s what Ridgid MegaMax offers on the surface:

  • Ridgid MegaMax 18V Octane Brushless Multi-ToolPowerbase with Ridgid’s largest brushless motor to date (similar to what you see in cordless lawn mowers currently)
  • Reciprocating saw head (1-1/8″ stroke, 3100 SPM)
  • Right angle drill head (Hole Hawg style, 0 – 450 RPM)
  • SDS-Plus rotary hammer head (2.2 ft.-lbs., 0 – 1400 RPM, 0 – 5000 BPM)

The big deal is the combination of interchangeable heads along with the size and power of the motor. It’s what you can’t see that gives Ridgid the ability to push forward, though. The tool communicates with each head so it knows exactly what tool you’re using. From there, it tells the battery exactly how to transfer energy to get the most power and efficiency without risking damage to the battery cells.

We have the MegaMax and are putting it through its paces. We’ll report back with a full review in a few weeks.

Learn more here.

Ridgid MegaMax 18V Octane Brushless Multi-Tool Key Features

  • Octane tool/battery combination optimizes performance
  • Smart powerbase identifies each attachment and configures settings automatically
  • LED communication panel gives status feedback
  • Each head can attach in 4 positions
  • Tool-free attachment changes
  • 3-year warranty backed by Lifetime Service Agreement (registration required for LSA)

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Ridgid MegaMax Powerbase Specs

  • Model: Ridgid R86400B
  • Power Source: Ridgid Octane 18V battery (other Ridgid 18V batteries work with lower performance)
  • Weight: 3.95 lbs
  • Motor: Brushless
  • Variable Speed: Yes
  • Price: $99 (bare)

Ridgid MegaMax Reciprocating Saw Specs

  • Model: Ridgid R86401B
  • Stroke Length: 1-1/8″
  • Stroke Speed: 0 – 3100 SPM
  • Weight: 4.95 lbs
  • Orbital Action: Yes
  • Price: $69 (bare)

Ridgid MegaMax 18V Octane Brushless Multi-Tool

Ridgid MegaMax Right Angle Drill Specs

  • Model: Ridgid R86402B
  • No-Load Speed: 0 – 450 RPM
  • Chuck: 1/2″ keyed
  • Weight: 5.9 lbs
  • Side Handle Included
  • Price: $99 (bare)

Ridgid MegaMax 18V Octane Brushless Multi-Tool

Ridgid MegaMax SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer Specs

  • Model: Ridgid R86403B
  • Impact Energy: 2.2 ft-lbs
  • No-Load Speed: 0 – 1400 RPM
  • Blow Rate: 0 – 5000 BPM
  • Weight: 4.75 lbs
  • Modes: Hammer with rotation, chisel only, chisel rotation/lock
  • Price: $119 (bare)

Ridgid MegaMax 18V Octane Brushless Multi-Tool

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