Ridgid Octane Impact Driver R86039B
Ridgid Octane Impact Driver Completes the Core Line – Is a Combo Kit Next?
The Ridgid Octane Impact Driver is showing up on Home Depot’s website, so the official launch is likely in the next few days or weeks. Here’s what we know so far:
- Model: Ridgid R86039B
- Price: $129 bare
- Brushless motor
- 3 standard and 3 assist modes
- 2400 in-lbs of torque
- 2900 RPM
- 3500 IPM
- 6.62 inches long, 7.80 inches tall
Ridgid Octane Impact Driver
Ridgid is sticking with their impact driver philosophy of high torque with a moderate speed trade-off. It maxes out at a modest 2900 RPM, which is plenty of speed for general screwdriving. Models that run near 3500 are so fast in high that I normally kick it down a mode to maintain control all by the longest screws.
Torque is the eye-popping number. Ridgid takes it up another notch from their Gen5X and hit 2400 in-lbs. That’s 200 ft-lbs! But with great power comes great responsibility and you can shear socket adapters quickly with that kind of torque.
The impact rate is more a function of the speed, so it’s a little lower as well at 3500 IPM. Like the speed, it’s plenty to get the job done well.
Keep in mind that all the Ridgid Octane line requires an Octane battery to get the full performance from an Octane tool. Other Ridgid 18V batteries work, but reduce the performance slightly.
The Ridgid Octane Impact Driver has 6 modes available. 3 are standard and 3 are assist modes. The assist modes aren’t unique to Ridgid, but they are genuinely helpful to have onboard.
Auto-stop shuts the brushless motor down after it starts to impact so you don’t overtighten. Fastener assist is a slow start to ease into wood fastening and remove stripped screws with more control. Finally, a self-tapping screw mode starts fast and slows down to help you avoid shearing off fastener heads.
Spilling the Beans
One of the ways to improve power is to reduce resistance and Ridgid does that with copper spillways running from the motor to the battery connection. Copper is a more efficient conductor than other metals we sometimes see in the wiring.
3-LED Light Ring
We love Ridgid’s LED light ring and they stick with it on the Octane model. It does a much better job of eliminating shadows than any other light placement.
- Belt hook
- Phillips driving bit
- Lifetime Service Agreement
The Ridgid Octane Impact Driver is a bare tool only right now and runs $129 as a bare tool. Here’s where some of the other guys fit right now:
- Ryobi P238: $99
- Ridgid Gen5X: $119
- Milwaukee M18 Fuel Gen 3: $129
- Ridgid Octane Impact Driver: $129
- Bosch Brushless Freak: $159
- Makita XDT16: $177.99
- Metabo HPT Triple Hammer: $205
With Ridgid reaching Milwaukee’s price in this class, the question boils down to two areas. Do you want to trade-off speed and compactness for raw torque? Do the lifetime service agreement and the overall pricing structure offer the value you’re looking for long-term?
Particularly on the value side, Ridgid appeals to a wide range of users even with their Octane lineup priced with other premium brands.
The Final Word… For Now
We’ve been waiting for this tool mainly because it wraps up the four core tools for the Octane line – hammer drill, reciprocating saw, circular saw, and impact driver. Toss is a light and a couple of batteries and you have the classic 5-tool combo kit and some significant savings.
There’s no official word on that kit yet, but my guess is that we’ll see it in the fall/winter update in time to catch the Christmas shopping season. The Gen 5X kit started at $499 and goes on sale for $299 a couple of time a year. I expect the Octane line to start at $599 and get a similar discount as we roll into the sale season later this year.