October 20, 2021

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Ridgid 18V Octane High-Torque Impact Wrench R86211B

Ridgid Octane high-Torque Impact Wrench

Octane Line Gets More Torque

Ridgid Octane tools promise additional power, performance, and runtime when coupled with Octane batteries. Now, Ridgid added a much-needed high-torque impact wrench to the Octane lineup that, if the specs measure out, really takes advantage of the battery’s capabilities.

10-Second Summary

  • Model: Ridgid R86211B
  • Brushless motor
  • Max 1,500 ft-lbs. breakaway torque/1,100 fastening torque
  • 6 modes; 3 auto-tightening modes
  • 1/2 in. friction ring
  • LED worklight
  • Die-cast gear box
  • Lifetime Service Agreement
  • Price: $229 (bare tool)

Ridgid Octane Impact Wrench Features

The Ridgid High-Torque Impact Wrench features a brushless motor that can crank out up to 1,500 ft.-lbs of nut-busting torque and 1,100 ft.-lbs. of fastening torque. The brushless motor, while expected, enables the tool to draw more power when needed to take off or fasten nuts or bolts.

It features a 1/2-inch friction ring anvil for peak compatibility with impact-rated sockets. And speaking of impacts, the Ridgid R86211B cranks out the beat at 2,300 IPM.

This impact wrench features six mode settings, the standard three you would expect (Low, Medium, and High) and three auto-tightening settings. These adjust your speed and power but prevent any overtightening. Unlike the Ridgid Gen5X impact wrench, the modes relocate to the bottom of the tool instead of appearing as a hard switch up top. Ridgid also uses digital controls now rather than an electromechanical switch.

Like the Gen5X model, Ridgid uses all die-cast gearing in the 18V Octane high-torque impact wrench for better durability. We found ourselves a bit disappointed in the new integrated LED work light. Instead of using a shadow-free tri-LED around the anvil, Ridgid moved it to the bottom of the tool near the controls.

Comparing Ridgid Octane Impact Wrench vs Gen5X

Max Fastening Torque1,100 ft-lbs485 ft-lbs
Max Loosening Torque1,500 ft-lbs620 ft-lbs
Modes3 + 3 (buttons)3 + Auto (switch)
Anvil1/2″ friction ring1/2″ friction ring
Impact Rate2,300 IPM3,500 IPM
Max Speed1,850 RPM2,600 RPM
LEDSingle on-handle3-LED Tri-beam
Weight (w/battery)6.3 lbs.5.6 lbs.

Wrap-up w/Pricing and Warranty

The Ridgid 18V Octane High-Torque Impact Wrench looks impressive with over twice the stated torque of the Gen5X model that preceded it. Overall, it looks to us as if Ridgid increased the anvil size and power of the tool while slowing down the speed and impact rate. In the end, that should work out very well. After all, if I’m trying to pound something into the ground, I’d rather swing a heavier hammer less frequently.

The Ridgid R86211B sells as a bare tool at your local Home Depot. It retails for $229 and comes with a belt clip.

All Ridgid 18V tools come with the brand’s Lifetime Service Agreement. To qualify for this warranty, all you have to do is register the tool within the first 90 days of purchase.

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Ridgid 18V Octane High-Torque Impact Wrench Specs

  • Model: Ridgid R86211B
  • Motor: Brushless
  • Drive Size: 1/2 in.
  • Torque: 1500 ft.-lbs.
  • Impacts per Minute: 2,300 IPM
  • Max Speed: 1,850 RPM
  • Height: 9.1 in.
  • Depth: 9 in.
  • Width: 3.4 in.
  • Weight: 6.3 lbs.
  • Warranty: Lifetime Service Agreement
  • Price: $229 (Bare Tool)

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