Ridgid R9000K 12V Drill and Impact Driver Kit
The Ridgid R9000K 12V Drill and Impact Driver Kit pairs together a couple of compact tools that on paper, spec out very well. In fact, in terms of speed and torque, these are more powerful than 12V kits that cost $50+ more than the $99 you’ll pay for this one at the Home Depot. I was kind of surprised when I looked at user feedback given about this kit compared to the glowing reviews that other manufacturers received on theirs. Some of the complaints included loose battery fitting, the chuck not holding onto the bit, low power, and ergonomics. This certainly isn’t representative of all of the feedback out there as there are definitely some very happy owners as well. Still, I’m going to put the Ridgid R9000K kit through its paces while also looking at these specific issues. By the end, I hope to be able to say definitively whether or not this kit is worth the excellent value that it appears to be.
Ridgid R9000K Specifications
- Power Source: Ridgid 12V HyperLithium Battery
- No Load Speed: 0 – 350/0 – 1500 RPM
- Torque: 400 inch pounds
- Chuck: 3/8 inch keyless
- Clutch positions: 18
- Power Source: Ridgid 12V HyperLithium Battery
- No Load Speed: 0 – 2000 RPM
- Torque: 1100 inch pounds
- Impacts: 0 – 3000 IPM
- Chuck: 1/4″ Hex
Included with the Ridgid R9000K Kit
- 2.0 amp hour Ridgid HyperLithium Battery
- 4.0 amp hour Ridgid HyperLithium Battery
- 2 belt hooks
- 12V charger
- #2 Hex shank Phillip’s bit
- Kit bag
Ridgid R9000K Out of the Box
When you unpack the Ridgid R9000K 12V Drill/Impact Driver Kit bag, you’ll find the drill, impact driver, 2.0 amp hour battery, 4.0 amp hour battery, charger, 1/4″ hex shank bit, a pair of belt hooks, and the manual. I’m actually pretty happy that two belt clips were included. We’ve had other kits from time to time come through with just one, leaving us to wonder which tool is going to be left out and likely, less used since we can’t hang it on our belt safely. It’s also really nice that you’ll get both a 2.0 and 4.0 amp hour battery. My reality is that I’ll be using one tool or the other on longer jobs, so to have the 2.0 to back up the 4.0 while it’s charging is reassuring that I won’t have to interrupt my work.
The impact driver is pretty basic when it comes to features. You’ve got a forward/lock/reverse switch that’s easily accessible to your thumb or forefinger depending on which direction you want to push it. It has a standard 1/4″ quick connect chuck and variable speed trigger. The LED light on the front automatically comes on when the trigger is pulled and times out once you release it. The belt clip can be installed on either side if you have a preference. I’m a fan of Ridgid’s Hex Grip overmold that allows a solid grip with one hand.
The drill in the Ridgid R9000K kit features the same belt clip, grip, LED, trigger, and direction/lock switch that is on the impact driver. You will also find that it is a two speed drill. Not to be confused with simply high speed or low speed, it’s the traditional tradeoff of high speed/low torque and low speed/high torque. That torque is controlled by the clutch adjustment collar that allows you to select 18 different clutch positions to dial in what you need.
Using the Ridgid R9000K 12V Drill/Impact Driver Kit
Okay, so you picked up this kit (or are thinking about picking up this kit) for $99 at the Home Depot. You’ve got the 12V two tool kit with the most horsepower in terms of torque, so I’m not going to completely bore you to death with what a drill or impact driver can do at this level. My goal this time around is to look more at some of the complaints I’ve read about. I will share a couple of thoughts from my experience though.
First, the drill delivers 400 inch pounds of torque. At a clutch setting of 13 (out of 18), I was able to drive a 2-1/2″ #8 screw flush into 8 x 8 pressure treated lumber. At setting 14, it was able to sink the screw completely into the wood to the end of the bit (~ 1-1/4″). There was plenty of torque to spare. Going up to a 4″ #8 screw, I had to go to low speed/high torque just to keep the drill under control at the height I was driving. It had plenty of muscle behind it, but my positioning left leverage to be a bit wanting. I was still able to completely drive the screw without thinking I needed to go to an 18V drill.
The impact driver’s job was to tackle some 3/8″ x 2-1/2″ lag bolts. It handled this task extremely well. When I finished each bolt, the driver seemed to look at me and say “Is that really all you’ve got?” For now, my friend. For now.
One of the great things about 12V kits is lighter weight and more controlled one handed fastening. 18V/20V tools often have enough torque to rip your arm off if you’re not prepared for it. There are plenty of shoulder, elbow, wrist injuries to prove it. One thing I was impressed with by both tools in the R9000K kit is that I was able to handle my tasks easily with one hand. There was power to spare, but not so much that one handed fastening duties were in danger of being out of control.
When it comes to the lighter weight and compact size… well, there’s some room for debate there. The impact driver without the battery is almost as heavy as the 18V X4 Impact Driver I use for heavy duty work. It’s also longer, although the housing is shorter, than its 18V brother. The drill is significantly lighter and shorter than the hammer drill in that same 18V X4 kit though. Once you slap the battery packs in place, you’ll notice the lighter weight of the 12V tools.
The other small issue that I have is ergonomically. It’s not a deal breaker by any means, but the 18V X4 tools have a smaller diameter handle that is a bit more pleasing to grip than this 12V kit. I realize that this issue is more about the battery size than a design flaw and it is an issue that most 12V tools have in common since their batteries are about the same size.
Complaints about the Ridgid R9000K Kit
These are representative of the complaints that I found looking around online regarding the Ridgid R9000K Kit. I set out to see which of these I could replicate and confirm them or put them to rest.
The drill bit consistently falls out during work
This was by far the most common complaint that I found, even among some of the more satisfied users. I was conscious of this when I first started working with the drill, but as I did not experience any issue with it, I went on about my business. After switching out the bit a few times, it actually did come out on me. When I investigated a little deeper, two things became apparent when I compared it to my Ridgid 18V X4 Hammer Drill. First, the teeth of the chuck that hold the bit in place are triangular in the Ridgid R9000K Drill. This leaves the bit being held by three points of those teeth instead of sides. On the 18V, you have a much larger, flatter surface holding the bit which is more secure.
The second thing that I noticed is that when you tighten down the chuck on the 12V drill, it comes to an abrupt stop. When you feel the chuck tighten around the bit on the 18V hammer drill, it allows to you to clamp down a little more. It’s similar in the way that you can realign your wrench to tighten a bolt just a little more. This leads me to at least feel like I was able to put more clamping force on the 18V and could certainly contribute to this issue.
Result: Users may experience this.
In addition, the battery does not sit securely in the handle and occasionally gets caught on your shirt, pant or other item loosening it enough to fall out when in motion
I tried to catch the 4.0 amp hour battery on anything and everything that I could in both the impact driver and drill. I couldn’t get it to budge for anything without releasing it intentionally. There is a small amount of movement when the battery is locked in place (less than 1/16″) that is as much or less than my other cordless tools. The 2.0 amp hour battery would not be a concern since its design is flush with the handle.
Result: This is not an issue.
The impact has no power
I’m not entirely sure what this user meant by the impact having “no power’. 1100 inch pounds of torque left no doubt that the driver ruled the fastener in my testing. Even as the lag bolts were nearing the depth I drove them to, the impact driver didn’t slow down at all.
Result: Did you even use this impact driver?
My next biggest criticism was the handle grip/[T]he design needs work, with better ergonomics
The handle grip actually is a bigger diameter on the 12V kit compared to the 18V. Part of this is because of the battery size and the fact that most of those components fit inside the handle. Still, the handle really is a bit more comfortable on the 18V kit. With the compact battery, balance is off some. The additional weight of the 4.0 amp hour battery helps that out quite a bit though.
Result: Mixed. There’s some truth here, but this is going to be a challenge for any manufacturer due to the nature of the power that’s now in 12V tools while still having the compact batteries.
There are a few tradeoffs to consider with the Ridgid R9000K 12V kit. While my research wasn’t exhaustive, I couldn’t find a kit that provided more torque on both the impact driver and drill. Milwaukee’s M12 Fuel kit was the closest with more torque in the impact driver but less in the drill. There’s enough power here to handle a big chunk of what I would normally use my 18V kit for. The tradeoff will be in run time, particularly when it comes to applications with spade bits, hole saws, and large diameter lag bolts.
There is some concern with the bit coming loose from the chuck on the drill. While I only had experienced it one time, it is a potential source of irritation. My personal belief is that the ergonomic issue presented are going to be an issue for just about any of the major manufacturers out there. I would like to see if Ridgid could make the impact driver more compact without losing the power that it has.
For the professional that doesn’t need the extreme power or run time of an 18V kit, the Ridgid R9000K is certainly worth your consideration. The kit is an excellent value at $99, particularly if you’re going to use the impact driver as the go to tool of the kit.
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With a couple of tweaks, the Ridgid R9000K will be the 12V drill/impact driver kit to have. It's already the best priced pro kit at $99 and has the highest torque of any kit I've looked at.