Workshop Must Haves: The RIDGID 18-Volt X4 Hyper Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill & Impact Driver Combo
I recently completed my review of the RIDGID 18-Volt X4 Hyper Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit. This combo from RIDGID comes with an 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill, an 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver, and an 18-Volt portable radio.
I’ve had a lot of experience with different cordless drills over the years. Thankfully, cordless drills are becoming more powerful, compact, and less expensive than they were 10 years ago. One of the spearheads of this revolution is RIDGID. Their current 18-Volt X4 Hyper Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit is a perfect example of this.
Our Video Review of the RIDGID 18-Volt X4 Hyper Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill & Impact Driver Combo
The compact drill fit comfortably in my hand. The drill itself has the look and feel of a high quality and durable power tool. The drill feels very solid, and has just the right amount of weight for its compact design. The rubberized grip has a comfortable feel to it and your hands wont be slipping off this grip very easily. I even grabbed the drill with wet hands, and the rubberized grip allowed me to hold the drill securely.
The compact drill delivers 535 in. lbs. of torque, which is very impressive for its compact size! This power can be attributed to its 4 pole open frame motor, which is powered by RIDGID’s Hyper lithium ion 18V battery. The drill also features a 2-speed transmission, which allows you to adjust the drill’s RPM to better match the material or job. In addition to that, this drill features a 24 position clutch to allow fine adjustments during driving operations.
A few additional things I like about the RIDGID 18V lithium ion compact drill are:
- The 1/2″ keyless chuck with a locking mechanism, so the bits are held securely in-place during high-torque, high demand applications.
- The grip light that illuminates the work surface with supplemental light. The grip light is activated by pressing the button located at the lower portion of the grip, or by activating the drill’s spindle.
- The drill comes with an auxiliary handle, that easily attaches above the drill’s motor housing. Now you have the advantage of using 2 hands for added stability.
The RIDGID X4 18V Lithium Ion Impact Driver delivers everything you could hope for from a cordless impact driver. First of all, the shear power of this driver, in comparison to its size is unbelievable! The X4 18V Lithium-Ion Impact Driver delivers 1,750 in. lbs. of torque. Just to put that into perspective for you, 1,750 in. lbs. is equal to 146 ft. lbs. of torque! That’s already more torque than the lug nuts on my car! All from this compact and beautiful 18V impact driver.
Keep reading, because not only is the raw power of this driver worth writing about, it’s the comfort, features, and quality as well.
Just like the Compact Drill above, the RIDGID X4 18V Lithium Ion Impact Driver is also very comfortable to hold, and is the perfect weight that doesn’t sacrifice quality for comfort, or visa-versa. The Impact Driver has a One Handed Quick-Load bit loader with a 1/4″ hex. The bits just snap in, and when you want to remove it, you pull on the bit holder and the bit pops right out. This makes for quick and easy, one-handed tool changes.
The RIDGID X4 18V Lithium Ion Impact Driver also has a built in grip light, which consists of 2 LED lights accurately aimed at the bit holder. These little lights illuminate the work area surprisingly well, and can be activated by pressing the button located on the lower portion of the grip, or simply by using the driver.
The RIDGID 18-Volt X4 Hyper Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill & Impact Driver Combo Kit comes with 2 batteries, so you can use both tools, or one tool and the radio concurrently. The 18V Hyper Lithium-Ion batteries pack a great deal of power into their compact design. I also like that RIDGID includes 4 lights on the face of the batteries, which give you the current charge level with the push of a button.
With the combination of their compact sizes, power, and quality, the RIDGID 18-Volt X4 Hyper Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit should be on your list when looking to purchase a new cordless drill or impact driver. The well thought out designs and features of these tools make them a strong addition to any workshop. Plus, with the included radio, you can listen to some tunes while you enjoy your new tools!
Visit RIDGID’s websitefor more details on this combo kit, plus all of their other great tools. TheRIDGID 18-Volt X4 Hyper Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kitcurrently retails at $199.00 Homedepot.com