Tool advice request

outback97

Bought an X
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Thinking about getting one of the Rigid18s for the truck. That kit wasn't available anymore. For the 180 they want does anyone recommend any other cordless brushless impacts to tote around?

FYI, they have a flash sale today on a couple different combos that include the 1/2" impact wrench:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-...attery-and-18-Volt-Charger-R86011SB/303037082

https://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-...0-Ah-Batteries-Charger-Bag-R9608SBN/305658528

They may have better deals for Memorial Day, or Father's Day, but these are better than normal pricing.

Looks like they now have a 1100 ft. lb. impact wrench, and a couple of stubby 3/8" drive ones. I'm sure that they're not as nice as the Milwaukee offerings, but it's nice to see they're adding more tools to the system.
 

Xterrorista

Lockers Installed
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Location
Aurora, CO
FYI, they have a flash sale today on a couple different combos that include the 1/2" impact wrench:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-...attery-and-18-Volt-Charger-R86011SB/303037082

https://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-...0-Ah-Batteries-Charger-Bag-R9608SBN/305658528

They may have better deals for Memorial Day, or Father's Day, but these are better than normal pricing.

Looks like they now have a 1100 ft. lb. impact wrench, and a couple of stubby 3/8" drive ones. I'm sure that they're not as nice as the Milwaukee offerings, but it's nice to see they're adding more tools to the system.
Thx for the heads up! I'm a day late and not in dire need but I'm watching for deals..

Was the impact, battery and charger less than. 179 yesterday?
 

outback97

Bought an X
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Thx for the heads up! I'm a day late and not in dire need but I'm watching for deals..

Was the impact, battery and charger less than. 179 yesterday?

Yeah, the kits I linked were $149 and $179 respectively.

There will be other deals, and this was not the best one. Back in March was a pretty good one, impact with 2 Octane batteries for $149.
 

Mar10OR

Bought an X
Location
Burlington KY
That impact is my new fav tool. Got one earlier this year @ $149 as well.

A key deciding point to buy Ridgid is the lifetime warranty on their tools AND batteries.
Already had a batt replacement on another tool a couple years ago. Went to HD, dropped it off, they called, went back and picked up a new one. Easy peasy.

I just got a new wet dry vac from them too. Haven’t used it yet.
 

outback97

Bought an X
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I wouldn't be surprised if they have some Black Friday deals coming up. That's when I got my combo set last year.
 

ffxcores

[fully disclosed]
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Location
Virginia

ffxcores

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Location
Virginia
https://slickdeals.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=9501785&d=1603731667 is the PDF for this year. Some deals are live now. I just picked up two Gorilla platforms. They fold down to 3.25" tall and I may use them camping as well as around the house.

Actually these are pretty awesome. They just fit behind the back seat, although not with the legs locked, so I wouldn't put anything heavy up there like this. For sleeping bags and stuff though, hell yeah. If one of the back seats are folded down though, it will lock.

It also just fits under an open door with my slight lift, and like previously mentioned, folds down very flat. Perfect size for my two trunks I bring camping. For $21 each (w/ military discount) they're a steal.

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General_Tarfun

Need Bigger Tires
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Atlanta, GA
Actually these are pretty awesome. They just fit behind the back seat, although not with the legs locked, so I wouldn't put anything heavy up there like this. For sleeping bags and stuff though, hell yeah. If one of the back seats are folded down though, it will lock.

It also just fits under an open door with my slight lift, and like previously mentioned, folds down very flat. Perfect size for my two trunks I bring camping. For $21 each (w/ military discount) they're a steal.

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Yeah those are pretty awesome!
 

Mar10OR

Bought an X
Location
Burlington KY
@ffxcores - I’m definitely gonna grab that Ridgid vac hose kit for $20.

Got the same exact one already. It was bundled in with the new vac, but I really like the hose and having another to add to the distance of use is appealing. Also, just like the fabled 10mm, the very accessory you want to use at the time inevitably goes missing. Be nice to have an extra set of those too.

Couple other doo dads look interesting as well. Flashlights......can NEVER EVER have enough flashlights. I need a new headband one......



EDIT- The more I look at that stand, the more I think of uses. Probably going to get one. Lol!
(Put grip tape on the top so you don’t fall the F off if it’s wet or muddy. Or clumsy. Or just dumb [me].)
 
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Xterrorista

Lockers Installed
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Location
Aurora, CO
@ffxcores - I’m definitely gonna grab that Ridgid vac hose kit for $20.

Got the same exact one already. It was bundled in with the new vac, but I really like the hose and having another to add to the distance of use is appealing. Also, just like the fabled 10mm, the very accessory you want to use at the time inevitably goes missing. Be nice to have an extra set of those too.

Couple other doo dads look interesting as well. Flashlights......can NEVER EVER have enough flashlights. I need a new headband one......



EDIT- The more I look at that stand, the more I think of uses. Probably going to get one. Lol!
(Put grip tape on the top so you don’t fall the F off if it’s wet or muddy. Or clumsy. Or just dumb [me].)
I have that same type folding leg aluminum step stool and love it. It looks to be only about half as long, maybe 2', from Harbor freight for like 10-12$.
 

Xterrorista

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Location
Aurora, CO
Those folding platforms look pretty nice. Not sure how I'd use them when camping, but could be really handy around the house.

For a tool combo set this is the closest I've seen to the deal I got last year, except mine included an angle grinder instead of the reciprocating saw.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-...TANE-Impact-Wrench-R9226SBN-R86011B/314588747
The folding platform I use to get to the top of the X while washing, most recently it was a life saver working on the K30 pickup. It's lightweight, easy to stow and cheap.
 

westslope

First Fill-Up (of many)

TerryD

Total Tease
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Location
Covington, Va
If you have any other cordless tools, buy something made by the brand you already have. Standardizing on a single battery platform is really nice. I spent the coin last year to get everything I could on a single battery style.
 

westslope

First Fill-Up (of many)
If I was starting over and, by some magical process, know what I know now, I would start with a cordless, brushless 1/2" impact wrench, a full set of both deep and shallow impact sockets, a big 1/2" breaker bar, at least 2 sets of digital torque wrenches/adapters, and then I would get a 1/2" ratchet wrench, a set of open wrenches and a few 1/4 inch and 3/8" sockets in smaller sizes along with 1/2 to 3/8 and 1/2 to 1/4 inch socket adapters.

I am absolutely sure that I missed something.

Along the way, I would also pick up torque bits and hex sockets.

Man, I get tired and feel overwhelmed just thinking about this list.
 

TerryD

Total Tease
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Location
Covington, Va
If I was starting over and, by some magical process, know what I know now, I would start with a cordless, brushless 1/2" impact wrench, a full set of both deep and shallow impact sockets, a big 1/2" breaker bar, at least 2 sets of digital torque wrenches/adapters, and then I would get a 1/2" ratchet wrench, a set of open wrenches and a few 1/4 inch and 3/8" sockets in smaller sizes along with 1/2 to 3/8 and 1/2 to 1/4 inch socket adapters.

I am absolutely sure that I missed something.

Along the way, I would also pick up torque bits and hex sockets.

Man, I get tired and feel overwhelmed just thinking about this list.
Impact rated extensions, u-joints, and adapters. Just buy them, skip the cheap versions since impact rated will do standard but standard won't do impact.
 

TerryD

Total Tease
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Location
Covington, Va
Bosch is more expensive than you probably require. A brushless Makita electrical impact wrench would do. As would likely many other less known brand names.
The Makita stuff is really nice and I seriously considered their stuff but they didn't make a weed eater you could run a pole saw or edger on so I went with Milwaukee since I already had a set of their Fuel drill and driver.

There are a few more things I still need to get but I've been really pleased with all of them.
 

westslope

First Fill-Up (of many)
The Makita stuff is really nice and I seriously considered their stuff but they didn't make a weed eater you could run a pole saw or edger on so I went with Milwaukee since I already had a set of their Fuel drill and driver.

There are a few more things I still need to get but I've been really pleased with all of them.
Milwaukee are the best and that is what I would buy if I was professionally working with the tools. No doubt.
 

Gen X

Bought an X
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Location
Ashburn, VA
I was looking at Milwaukee and Ingersoll as well, they are both recommended often when searching the Googles. I like TerryD's advice to standardize the battery pack, great idea. With that in mind I think Milwaukee has more tools than Ingersoll.
 

Gen X

Bought an X
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Location
Ashburn, VA
Not a bad deal at Home Depot for this set, discount of $410, I grabbed it. There is a more powerful impact wrench (2767-20), but the one in this package (2663-20) has 640 ft/lbs of breaking power which should be plenty for my needs. Lots of other goodies with this kit too.

 

TerryD

Total Tease
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Location
Covington, Va
Not a bad deal at Home Depot for this set, discount of $410, I grabbed it. There is a more powerful impact wrench (2767-20), but the one in this package (2663-20) has 640 ft/lbs of breaking power which should be plenty for my needs. Lots of other goodies with this kit too.

You'll be really happy with that kit! And you can expand on it really easily as you need other tools.
 

westslope

First Fill-Up (of many)
One cannot wrong with Milwaukee but if you are not a trades person, I would cost this out. A complete set of Makita tools is likely less expensive.

My experience doing volunteer stage construction work with the local performing arts society lead me to believe that a lot of the even less expensive brands such as Ryobi which I think is Home Depot's brand, are pretty solid. The one brand that has taken a reputation hit over the past few decades is DeWalt. That said, never personally experienced any issues using DeWalt tools.
 

westslope

First Fill-Up (of many)
@TerryD: I did not know that! Though I should not be surprised. FWIW, the Rigid tools I have seen in operation work pretty good too.

For students of markets and those who love good deals, brand differentiation helps with price discrimination strategies which help with making profits. Do not get upset; it is the way of the world. Understand and take advantage.
 

TerryD

Total Tease
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Covington, Va
@TerryD: I did not know that! Though I should not be surprised. FWIW, the Rigid tools I have seen in operation work pretty good too.

For students of markets and those who love good deals, brand differentiation helps with price discrimination strategies which help with making profits. Do not get upset; it is the way of the world. Understand and take advantage.
I watched a lot of videos on comparisons between the Milwaukee and Ryobi. On several videos the Ryobi drills were stalling out when the Milwaukee wouldn't. I use Milwaukee at work so I know they're tough and they had the selection of tools I was looking for.

I'm sure the Ryobi would be good. And they're considerably cheaper. But they are indeed cheaper made. Rigid just doesn't have the number of options for tools for me to consider them.

Dewalt is good stuff too, but still not Milwaukee quality.
 

meisanerd

First Fill-Up (of many)
Milwaukee, Ryobi and Rigid are all made by the same people.
Thats good to know. Although I am assuming the battery packs are different between them.

Im all in on Rigid stuff right now personally, they had an entire kit on sale and had lifetime warranty on the batteries. Although the tech used in them is a bit out of date now... A lot of this stuff is, how much do you use it, and what is the value for you. I have a ton of tools I have bought at Princess Auto (Harbor Freight for Canadians) that were dirt cheap. They break a lot more often than some of the major name brands, but when it is "buy 10 for the price of 1 good tool", even if they only last 50% as long, I still come out ahead. Now, if I was doing a lot of work with them, or it was related to my job, cost becomes less of an issue and reliability becomes more important. Although I will never sacrifice safety for price.
 

westslope

First Fill-Up (of many)
.......

Dewalt is good stuff too, but still not Milwaukee quality.

Fascinating discussion TerryD. Good stuff.

It would seem that DeWalt went through a rough patch some time ago. But companies do listen and do change. Out of curiosity, would I be correct in assuming that you would not hesitate to recommend DeWalt for do-it-yourselfers?
 

TerryD

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Covington, Va
Fascinating discussion TerryD. Good stuff.

It would seem that DeWalt went through a rough patch some time ago. But companies do listen and do change. Out of curiosity, would I be correct in assuming that you would not hesitate to recommend DeWalt for do-it-yourselfers?
I would have bought Dewalt myself if their 20V weedeater would have taken a pole saw attachment.

When I was shopping, the bar length of the chainsaw and the weedeater accepting attachments was the determining factor between Milwaukee and Dewalt and Milwaukee beat Ryobi based on sheer power after seeing a couple side by side tests when the Ryobi stalled out and the Milwaukee didn't.
 

Prime

Some Kind of In Charge?
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Location
Denver-ish
Milwaukee, Ryobi and Rigid are all made by the same people.
Yes. And they're all different grades of the same tool. It's been my experience that Ryobi is generally shiat. Rigid and Milwaukee are just about on par with each other. But. Milwaukee has more variety of tools (and things that are not tools).

I used Rigid for 10 years on the job and they did great. When I moved, I bought my own Milwaukee stuff. And I like it more.
 
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