Ridgid JobMax Octane Multi-Tool Review
We think of the Ridgid JobMax Octane Multi-Tool like this: Buy it for the oscillating tool. Then, benefit from the whole 7-tool suite if you decide to purchase the other heads separately. Having already played with the Ridgid 18V JobMax multi-tool, the Octane “big brother” oscillating tool and sander came in handy on the job site. In fact, it has come in handy enough times to pay for itself several times over.
- Performs seven different functions using interchangeable heads (sold separately): sander, jigsaw, oscillating tool, reciprocating saw, metal shears, right angle drill, and right angle impact
- Handy for cutting drywall, trim, and anything involving plunge cuts
- Each head can be rotated in four positions around the power base
- Lots of power and runtime from the Octane battery system
- Spring-loaded lever provides tool-free blade changes but can snap back on your hand painfully if you’re not careful
- It’s hard to press the buttons to remove the head
- The work light doesn’t rotate with the head
Our RecommendationLinking the JobMax to the impressive Octane platform is a wise move. The interchangeable heads offer versatility in a much more economical way than buying the traditional tool. Still, most Pros will buy the JobMax for the Oscillating Tool. The other tool heads serve as optional bonuses. Even with that perspective, the Octane Jobmax gets a high value score from our team. It makes plunge cuts, flush cuts, on-the-fly mortises, cuts trim, and easily penetrates drywall. This Ridgid Octane Oscillating Multi-Tool is about as handy as can be. Just watch out for the spring-loaded blade change lever!
Back and Forth
Like the impact driver, the oscillating tool is in the What did we do before we had them? category. Our crew uses them for flooring, finish work, rough-ins, general carpentry—you name it. After our first experience with the impressive Octane Megamax, the Ridgid Octane JobMax Multi-Tool sounded like a fine idea to us.
It turns out we were right. When you take an eminently useful tool and boost the power and runtime, you get something special. It can certainly out-cut any of its peers—at least any we’ve used. Plunge cuts, flush cuts, on-the-fly mortises, trim work, making holes in drywall—we always take the JobMax along. It seems like there’s always something it can do better than another tool. We’re not sure if it’s the best oscillating multi-tool on the market, but it has plenty of power.
Heads on a Swivel
As is usually the case, we couldn’t resist playing with the Ridgid Octane JobMax Multi-Tool as soon as we got it to the shop. You know, before it did any “real” work. We cut some quick field mortises and used the sanding head to ease some edges.
Of course, those are just two of the JobMax’s seven functions. For around $50 each, you can also pick up a jigsaw, recip saw, metal sheers, right angle drill, and right angle impact. We don’t have those yet (do we smell a future review update?) but all indications are that they work well.
All is not perfect with the Ridgid Octane JobMax Multi-Tool, though. The buttons that release the head from the power base are stubbornly hard to push—at least simultaneously, which is what you need to do to switch heads or rotate it to one of its four positions. We had the same experience with the Octane 7-inch Grinder’s buttons. Also, the work light is on the power base and therefore doesn’t swivel as you rotate the head. That’s a bit of a nitpicky caveat, but it’s worth pointing out that the light will only illuminate your work in the “standard” position.
You’ve probably seen about as many tool-free oscillating blade change mechanisms as there are manufacturers. The Ridgid Octane JobMax Multi-Tool’s uses a spring-loaded lever that can snap back on your hand if you’re not careful. It holds the blade and sanding block very tightly, but it’s still not our favorite part of the design.
A lot of guys on our crew are big fans of Ridgid because of the Lifetime Service Agreement (LSA). If you’ve had difficulty registering for the LSA in the past, RIDGID has streamlined the process considerably, It’s also nice to know that if you do register the JobMax, it’s covered.
The Ridgid Octane JobMax Multi-Tool is in a class of its own. Its competitors only offer a couple of functions—usually an oscillating tool and a sanding tool. The bare Octane Jobmax comes in at $129 which we think is quite a deal given its capabilities.
The Bottom Line
Ridgid Octane has been flexing its muscle with some impressive tools lately. The new JobMax is no exception. We used it as an oscillating tool and sander and found it excels with lots of power and runtime. You also have options to add a jigsaw, recip saw, metal sheers, right angle drill, and right angle impact head for around $50 each. It won’t replace your tool fleet, but Octane’s capability allows the JobMax to more closely approximate dedicated tools. We’d like it to be easier to remove/rotate the heads and the spring-loaded blade exchange lever gave us some difficulty. Still, all things considered, the souped-up Octane JobMax means versatility at a great price.
Ridgid Octane JobMax Multi-Tool Specifications
- Model: R862105B
- Speed: 0-20,000 OPM
- Oscillation angle: 4°
- Brushless motor
- Variable speed
- Dimensions (HxWxD): 3.5 x 3.25 x 13.4 in.
- Weight: 3.2 lbs.
- Warranty: Ridgid Lifetime Service Agreement
- Price: $129 (bare tool)