"Diving into the 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Driver and Impact Driver 2-Tool Combo Kit"
"This review is sponsored by the Home Depot as a part of The Home Depot's Pro-Spective Campaign."
Today, I am excited to dive into a new RIDGID drill review with you guys. I have tested out the Ridgid 18V Drill/Driver and Impact Driver Combo Kit and I am sharing all of the juicy details. Let's get into it.
The 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Driver and Impact Driver 2-Tool Combo Kit comes packed with the one Drill/Driver, an Impact Driver, two 18-Volt 2.0 Ah Batteries, a 18-Volt Charger, one tool bag, two driving bits, accessories and two belt hooks.
TESTING OUT THE RIDGID 18V DRILL/DRIVER AND IMPACT DRIVER
To test out the Ridgid 18V Drill/Driver and Impact Driver Combo Kit, I decided to use it on a project I was building. I used the drill/driver to drill in some pocket holes into some 2x2 lumber and I used the Impact driver to screw in pocket holes.
The drill/driver features 2-speed settings; it seemed to do fairly well on setting 2. With most of my other drills, it usually doesn't make a difference which setting I'm on when Im creating pocket holes, but for this particular drill/driver, it worked best on setting 2. The drill/driver had a little weight to it, but not too much to where it was uncomfortable. Handling it while working on my project was pretty pleasant.
This particular drill features all metal gears, specifically for extended job site durability. It seemed to be able to withstand most of the strain I was putting on it, but I would most likely use this kit for smaller DIY projects. This would be a great kit for a beginner DIYer.
The Ridgid Impact Driver features 3 speed settings to provide speed and adjustable power for any job. I would say the Impact Driver is the better tool of the tool kit. It's Hex Grip Micro texture exterior made it really comfortable to use while building.
Its supposed to be the best-in-class torque with 2,250 in. lbs. of torque and from what I saw it may live up to the name but I have had better experiences with other impact drivers. She is a good one, but not the best but my opinion may be jaded because I normally work with brushless models.
After testing out the Ridgid 18V Drill/Driver and Impact Driver Combo Kit with the provided 2ah battery, I decided to switch the batteries out to see how much of a difference it would make, and the 2.0ah battery seemed to compete well with better battery. I didn't see a very big difference in operation. It also seemed to hold a charge pretty well.
If you are anything like me, a majority of your time in the shop is spent trying to find things you need. That's why I particularly love this bit storage. I always know where it is and have easy access to it anytime I need to screw in some screws.
The LED light is usually common across models these days, but always one of my favorite features. The grip light engages independently of the trigger to illuminate your work surface.
HOW COULD IT BE BETTER?
After doing some research, I discovered that there could be a possibility that these particular RIDGID batteries are not covered under the lifetime warranty. I wasn't able to confirm for sure, but it may be something worth looking in to. If they aren't, then my recommendation to make this kit better would be too somehow get these batteries under warranty, in the event something happens.