Last Updated on July 11, 2023
Ridgid Expands 18V Lineup With Brushless Ratchets
We’ve heard plenty of Ridgid fans asking for a variety of tools on the brand’s popular 18V system. Ridgid 18V cordless brushless ratchet models are a response to one of the most frequent requests from professional mechanics and automotive enthusiasts.
Ridgid 18V Cordless Brushless Ratchet | The Big Deal
Ridgid’s response initially included three cordless ratchets and now there are a couple of extended reach models. Whether you’re looking for a 1/2-inch, 3/8-inch, or 1/4-inch drive, there’s a model for you.
The design team put some real thought into what mechanics need. Using any 18V battery for power (we recommend the 2.0Ah Max Output packs for these), a brushless motor delivers improved performance, runtime, and service life over brushed options.
Depending on the model you choose, the speeds range from 175 RPM to 325 RPM with speed dropping as torque increases. Torque ranges are 45 ft-lbs to 60 ft-lbs.
The battery slides on parallel to the tool body before slimming down to the handle and two-finger variable speed trigger. A flush forward/reverse switch keeps the head as compact as possible for reaching into tight areas.
- Trigger lock-out switch
- LED lights
- Belt hook compatible
- Protective boot available
Comparing Ridgid 18V Cordless Brushless Ratchet Models
|No-Load Speed||325 RPM||250 RPM||175 RPM|
|Max Torque||45 ft-lbs||55 ft-lbs||60 ft-lbs|
|Bare Weight||2.2 lbs||2.4 lbs||2.4 lbs|
Comparing Ridgid 18V Cordless Brushless Extended Reach Models
|No-Load Speed||325 RPM||250 RPM|
|Max Torque||45 ft-lbs||55 ft-lbs|
|Bare Weight||2.6 lbs||3.0 lbs|
Ridgid 18V Cordless Brushless Ratchet Price
As you can see from the chart above, the 1/4-inch and 3/8-inch ratchets are $179 as bare tools. The 1/2-inch model as well as both of the extended reach models go for $199. Various kit options are in the works as well.
As usual, Ridgid backs these tools with a 3-year warranty and lifetime service agreement. Be sure to register within 90 days to get the LSA.
The Bottom Line
Ridgid’s cordless ratchets provide a huge advantage over traditional ratchets from a sheer performance standpoint. Their speed makes quick work of longer bolts and the overall design is ideal for working in tight spaces because they all but eliminate the swing-arc factor. If you’re looking for a tool to help increase productivity on your next mechanical project, be sure to check out the Ridgid 18V Brushless Ratchet lineup.