October 23, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros

Ridgid Gen5X Brushless Tools Are Coming!

Ridgid Gen5X Brushless Compact Hammer Drill Driver Feature

Ridgid Makes the Long-Awaited Jump to Brushless Motors and Jumps Up in  Battery Capacity

Here at PTR, we thought for sure that the post-X4 tools were going to result in the Ridgid Gen5X Brushless line. We were a little disappointed when they came out as brushed – but with significant power increases over the X4. Now they’ve come full circle as we realize that Ridgid had brushless tools in mind the entire time – we were just a little ahead of ourselves.

Ridgid HyperLithium 5.0 Amp Hour Battery

The Ridgid Gen5X Brushless features 2 new tools and a 5.0 amp hour battery. The battery is an upgrade on the HyperLithium batteries that they’ve had for a while. They’ll still work in your Ridgid 18V tools that currently work on the HyperLithium platform. It is rated to run in temperatures from -4 F to 120 F. Look for the price to be set at $119 with a three year warranty. It should hit shelves this month.

The new Ridgid Gen5X Brushless Tools haven’t gone to massive heights with power like some of the other brands have. They’ve taken what they already have with the hammer drill and put it in a more compact package with longer run time. The impact driver did get a boost in performance specs though. Like Ridgid’s other Lithium-ion cordless tools, these are all backed by Ridgid’s Lifetime Service Agreement. As usual, you’ll find the new tools appearing at a local Home Depot in the coming weeks.

New Ridgid Gen5X Brushless Tools

Ridgid Gen5X Brushless Compact Hammer Drill/Driver

SpecificationsRidgid Gen5X Brushless Compact Hammer Drill Driver

  • Model: R86116K
  • Power Source: 18V HyperLithium Battery
  • No Load Speed: 0 – 550/0 – 2100 RPM
  • Hammering Speed: 0 – 7,150/0 – 27,300 BPM
  • Maximum Torque: 700 inch pounds
  • Available: November 2015
  • Price: $179
  • Included in Kit: Ridgid Gen5X Brushless Compact Hammer Drill/Driver, (2) 2.0 amp hour batteries, charger, auxiliary handle, belt hook, double ended bit, tool bag


  • Ridgid Gen5X Brushless Motor
  • Compact & Lightweight Design
  • Micro Clutch with Over 100 Settings
  • 1/2″ Single Sleeve Chuck
  • Die Cast Gear Box
  • 3-Mode Selection  Switch: Drilling, Driving, & Hammer Drilling
  • Hex-Grip

Ridgid Gen5X Brushless Compact Hammer Drill/Driver and 3-Speed Impact Driver Combo Kit

The new Ridgid Gen5X Brushless Hammer Drill is also being paired with a Brushless Impact Driver in a popular kit configuration. Currently, the impact driver is only available as part of the kit. In addition to what the hammer drill brings to the table, here’s what to expect from the impact driver.

Ridgid Gen5X Brushless 3-Speed Impact Driver SpecificationsRidgid Gen5X Brushless Impact Driver

  • Tool Model: R86037
  • Kit Model: R9205
  • Power Source: 18V HyperLithium Battery
  • Shank Compatibility: 1/4″ Hex
  • No Load Speed: 0 – 1100/0 – 2100/0 – 2750 RPM
  • Maximum Torque: 500/1200/2250 Inch Pounds
  • Available: November 2015
  • Price (Full Kit): $279
  • Includes: Ridgid Gen5X Brushless Compact Hammer Drill/Driver, Ridgid Gen5X Brushless 3-Speed Impact Driver, (2) 4.0 amp hour batteries, charger, (2) belt hooks, auxiliary handle, (2) double ended bits, tool bag

Ridgid Gen5X Brushless 3-Speed Impact Driver Features

  • Ridgid Gen5X Brushless Motor
  • 3 Speed Settings
  • Tri-Beam LED
  • One-Handed Quick Bit Loader
  • Hex Grip

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larry deardorff

I have had this set for a couple of months and I am very satisfied so far. Good power and battery life. Not sure why the drill doesn’t have the lights on the chuck as in the previous Gen 5 model, but no big deal for me. Thumbs up.

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