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Ridgid 18V Cordless SDS-Plus 1-Inch Rotary Hammer

Ridgid SDS-plus rotary hammer

Ridgid Updates Its Rotary Hammer Lineup With Faster Drilling Speeds

Getting more done faster can be a game-changer when it comes to power tool performance. Ridgid is incorporating this philosophy into its latest SDS-Plus 1-inch rotary hammer (R86712B). With faster speeds and a heftier build than previous models, let’s see what else this rotary hammer has to offer.


Ridgid 18V Cordless SDS-Plus 1-inch Rotary Hammer: The Big Deal

There are a few updates that give this rotary hammer an edge over Ridgid’s previous ones. The R86712B rotary hammer achieves speeds up to 1,400 RPM, which is 10% faster than the previous iteration, the R86711B Octane 1-inch model (1250 RPM).

The tool’s brushless motor provides up to 5,000 BPM when hammering or chiseling. If you’re after the best performance, be sure to pair it with a Max Output battery. The 4.0Ah Max Output pack is great for most drilling tasks. If you’re going to be drilling a large number of holes at the top of the tool’s range or have a good amount of chiseling to do, jump up to a 6.0Ah or the recent 8.0Ah battery.

As far as impact energy goes, it takes a slight step back to 1.5 ft-lbs from Octane’s 2.0 ft-lbs. Considering the concrete drilling range of this rotary hammer, we’ll trade off 0.5 ft-lbs for the extra speed.


It delivers up to 50% less vibration than Ridgid’s earlier models thanks to the dual vibration reduction technology incorporated in this tool.

Additional Features

  • 3 modes plus chisel adjust
  • Cushioned hex grip
  • Keyless chuck
  • LED light
  • Variable speed trigger
  • Rotating auxiliary handle
  • Compatible with all Ridgid 18V batteries (Max Output recommended for the best performance)

Ridgid 18V Cordless SDS-Plus 1-Inch Rotary Hammer Comparison

R86712BR86711B
MotorBrushlessBrushless
No-Load Speed0 – 14000 – 1250 RPM
Max Impact Energy1.5 ft-lbs2.0 ft-lbs
Max Blow Rate5000 BPM5000 BPM
Modes3 + Chisel Adjust3 + Chisel Adjust
ChuckSDS-PlusSDS-Plus
Bare Weight7.7 pounds7.0 pounds

Ridgid 18V Cordless SDS-Plus 1-Inch Rotary Hammer Price

The Ridgid R86712B retails for $279 for the bare tool and there are no kit options available for the initial launch. It hits Home Depot shelves and homedepot.com starting in September 2022. Ridgid backs your purchase with a 3-year limited warranty. You can also register your purchase within 90 days to get Ridgid’s lifetime service agreement.

Specifications

  • Model: Ridgid R86712B
  • Depth: 14.5 in
  • Width: 12.21 in
  • Height: 8.92 in
  • Weight: 7.7 lbs
  • Blow energy: 1.5 ft-lbs
  • Chuck size: 1 in
  • Max speed: 1400 RPM

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