Ridgid 18V SubCompact Impact Driver Review

Ridgid 18V SubCompact Impact Driver Review

Do More With The Updated Ridgid 18V SubCompact Impact Driver

Ridgid is revamping its 18V SubCompact lineup in a big way by improving overall power, performance, and design across the board. Today, we’re taking a quick look at the next-gen Ridgid 18V SubCompact Impact Driver.

Ridgid 18V SubCompact Impact Driver Performance

Ridgid 18V SubCompact Impact Driver Review

Side by side, there are a number of similarities between this model and the previous SubCompact generation from Ridgid. However, there are also some pretty significant differences when you look under the hood. Here’s a quick comparison between the two that highlights the key differences:

Ridgid R8723
Ridgid R872311
Impact Rate3,800 IPM4,200 IPM
Max Torque1,800 in-lbs.1,850 in-lbs.
No-Load Speed2,900 RPM2,900 RPM
Number of Drive Modes14
Weight (with 2.0Ah battery)2.75 lbs.2.60 lbs.
Price$99 (bare)$139 (kit)

The big deal here is that Ridgid has upped the torque and impact rate which allow this tool to work quicker and more effectively than its predecessor.

Mode Selection

Mode selection

Another upgrade on this impact driver is the mode selection system. This lets you quickly dial in the top speed from 900 to 2,900 RPMs to match whatever material you’re working with rather than constantly feathering the trigger to adjust speed.

Pressing the rear-mounted mode selector button allows you to cycle between low, medium, high, and self-tapping modes. The self-tapping mode starts fast and then drops the speed down to 2,150 RPMs, reducing the chances of stripping fasteners or damaging your material.

Ridgid 18V SubCompact Impact Driver Design Notes


Comparison Shot
Original (left) vs New (right)

Much like its predecessor, this SubCompact impact driver is quite small in stature. It stands 8.75 inches tall with a 2.0Ah battery and only measures 4.75 inches from end to end. Using that same 2.0Ah battery, this impact driver weighs 2.6 pounds—slightly lighter than the previous model.

As a matter of personal preference, I tend to really enjoy the feel of Ridgid tools because they contour nicely to my medium hands. The overmold design on this model departs from the full Hex-Grip style and has a little more curve and forward angle for a more favorable grip position.

Additional Features

  • LED light
  • Two-position belt hook (left or right)
  • One-handed bit insertion
  • Active bit ejection

Ridgid 18V SubCompact Impact Driver Price

This updated Ridgid 18V SubCompact Impact Driver retails as a kit for $139 from The Home Depot. It comes standard with a single 2.0Ah battery, charger, soft carrying case, and the Ridgid Lifetime Service Agreement. Just be sure to register your purchase within 90 days to take advantage of the LSA.

Click here to register your new impact driver for fast and easy customer support from Ridgid.

The Bottom Line

Side by side with the original R8723, Ridgid improved the ergonomics as well as expanded its performance. Adding the multi-speed gearbox and the self-tapping mode make this a more versatile choice for Pros. It’s an excellent choice for Pros who need a compact impact driver and it has the performance to be a primary option for many tradesmen.

Ridgid 18V SubCompact Impact Driver Specifications

  • Model: Ridgid R872311
  • Power Source: Ridgid 18V battery
  • Max Torque: 1,850 in-lbs.
  • Impact Rate: 4,200 BPM
  • No-Load Speed: 0-900/2,000/2,900/2,150 RPM
  • Collet: 1/4 in. hex
  • Weight: 1.7 lbs (bare), 2.6 lbs (with 2.0Ah battery)
  • Warranty: Lifetime Service Agreement
  • Price: $139 (kit)

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