Ridgid 12V Impact Driver Cordless Drill Reviews & Impact Drivers

12V Impact Drivers

Speed Under Load
Measurable Torque
Feature Set
Weight
Value
Final Thoughts

The Ridgid 12V impact driver comes packaged with a drill driver for $129 - and we see that drop to $99 on sale from time to time. While other brands are continuing to push 12V forward, Ridgid's kit is still quietly relevant and perfectly capable of drilling holes and driving screws. But if the highest performance you can get is your highest priority, you need to look elsewhere.

Overall Score 3.1 Shootout Results

Ridgid 12V Impact Driver Review


Ridgid 12V Impact Driver Kit is Still a Solid Value

Ridgid’s 12V combo kit has been on the market for quite a while now. Even though a few other brands have been raising the performance standard for 12V, the Ridgid 12V impact driver is still a relevant tool to supplement your 18V models.

Ridgid 12V Impact Driver

  • 12V Ranking: 8th place out of 9 
  • Speed Under Load: 171 RPM (8th place)
  • Fastening Torque: 301 in-lbs (8th place)
  • Nut-Busting Torque: 600 in-lbs (tie, 5th place)
  • Decibels Under Load: 99 dB(A) (6th place)
  • Weight: 1.9 pounds bare, 2.4 pounds with battery (7th place)
  • Footprint: 5.4″ head length, 6.0″ height (2nd place)
  • Feature Set: No major highlights or drawbacks (9th place)
  • Value: $129 kit with 12V Drill/Driver, 2 batteries and charger (7th place)

Takeaway

The Ridgid 12V impact driver comes packaged with a drill driver for $129 – and we see that drop to $99 on sale from time to time. While other brands are continuing to push 12V forward, Ridgid’s kit is still quietly relevant and perfectly capable of drilling holes and driving screws. But if the highest performance you can get is your highest priority, you need to look elsewhere.

Results as of February 11, 2019. Check out our Best 12V Impact Driver page for the latest updates.

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Performance

The Ridgid 12V Impact Driver boasts no-load speeds of 2,000 RPM and 3,000 IPM to go along with 1,100 in-lbs of torque. That’s not bad at all, but let’s see how it does in our tests.

Note: To see our testing methods, please check out our Best 18V Impact Driver main page.

Speed Under Load

We test our impact drivers under a moderate load by driving 1/4″ diameter ledger screws into glued-up OSB subfloor layers. The R82230N ranks 8th, turning out only 171 RPM. This was good enough to beat out the Ridgid Palm Driver, though, to be fair, the Palm driver really wasn’t designed to drive these sorts of screws into this type of material.

While it’s a long way away from Milwaukee’s nearly 400 RPM, the point is that this impact can drive a 1/4″ screw. It’s also a perfectly happy driving deck, drywall, and other small diameter screws.

Ridgid 12V Impact Driver

Torque Testing

Please realize that our torque tests do not and cannot replace how manufacturers test for their specifications. Head over to the testing methods section on our main shootout page to see the details.

We test measurable torque with the help of an I-beam, Grade 8 hardened nuts and bolts, and a torque wrench. The Ridgid 12V impact driver tightens 301 in-lbs of fastening torque. That’s good enough to finish 8th on our charts.

For the sake of putting this all into perspective, the current 12V leader pounds 804 in-lbs.

Ridgid 12V Impact Driver

The Ridgid 12V impact driver gains some ground in breakaway torque. It finished our nut-busting torque tests in a 3-way tie for 5th place, breaking 600 in-lbs of torque.

Feature Set

Ridgid checks the standard boxes on its feature set without anything that really pops. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Brushed single speed motor
  • Belt hook
  • LED light

The light at the end of the tunnel is that there are plenty of easy upgrades if Ridgid decides to improve the line. A brushless motor to go along with one-hand bit insertion and ejection will go a long way.

However, Ridgid’s 12V line currently has 4 tools in it, so don’t hold your breath.

Ergonomics

Ridgid suffers from the same handle design challenges that every manufacturer using pod-style batteries does. The battery has to insert into the handle, so it has more girth than slide-style systems. This isn’t a dealbreaker by any stretch of the imagination, just know that the handle feels a little thick in case you have smaller hands.

Ridgid 12V Impact Driver

Without the battery, this 12V driver weighs 1.9 lbs. Throwing the battery on only bumps up the weight to 2.4 lbs, though this places the R8223o in 7th. Differences between most models are pretty negligible, but this was one of the heavier models, for whatever that’s worth.

Size is also a consideration. “Compactness” is an area that Ridgid has worked out really well, as the R82330 finished in 2nd place for the shootout. The only smaller model is the Ridgid Palm Driver. That model really isn’t doing the same sort of work as the rest of the impact drivers we tested (it’s a bit of a niche tool). At any rate, this Ridgid model measures 5.4″ long and 6″ tall.

Value

 

The Ridgid 12V Impact Driver is available through Home Depot, either as a bare tool or as part of a combo kit. As a bare tool, it retails for less than $60. Sold as a kit, it retails for $129, and it comes with:

  • Impact driver
  • Drill driver
  • 2.0 Ah battery
  • 4.0 Ah battery
  • Charger
  • Soft carry case

One of the big upsides to Ridgid tools is that, if you register your tool with them within 90 days of purchase, they offer free parts and service for the life of the tool. That includes free replacement batteries and it’s a pretty sweet deal.

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The Bottom Line

The Ridgid 12V impact driver comes packaged with a drill driver for $129 – and we see that drop to $99 on sale from time to time. While other brands are continuing to push 12V forward, Ridgid’s kit is still quietly relevant and perfectly capable of drilling holes and driving screws. But if the highest performance you can get is your highest priority, you need to look elsewhere.

Ridgid 12V Impact Driver Specs

  • Model Number: Ridgid R82230N
  • Power Source: 12V Battery
  • No Load Speed: 2,000 RPM
  • Maximum Torque: 1,100 in-lbs
  • Impact Rate: 3,000 IPM
  • Bare Weight: 1.9 lbs
  • Weight With Battery:
  • Length:
  • Height:
  • Warranty: Lifetime Service Agreement with registration within 90days of purchase
  • MSRP: $49.99 (Bare Tool) or $129 (Kitted with 12V Drill/Driver, 2 Batteries, Charger)

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I’ve bought this impact tool but AEG, not Ridgid.
The torque was very too low!!
Test with 2ah and 6ah accu
My simple AEG BSB12C have more torque, so this imapct driver is useless.
I’ve test the 18v AEG impact driver too, same problem, no power

I resend it to the seller and buy a Makita 18 impact driver which is very powerful !

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12V tools are a pretty weird market space, especially for the audience you have and the way you typically structure reviews. I think a lot depends on what you want them to do. If you want an 18V replacement, M12 Fuel is really the only game in town and can probably serve as an adequate replacement for everything but the most powerful, high end 18-Volt tools. However, if you carry an 18V set to the site all the time, and you just want something that’s more compact for occasional use, I’d think that price would be more of a driver… Read more »

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Just one very positive about the Ridgid 12v drill/driver. I have one and it has been dropped 3 times, twice from the top of a 6 foot stepladder onto concrete, and it hasn’t lost a step: no damage functionality or cosmetically. I’m very impressed.