Ridgid Screwgun Review


Ridgid Screwgun
Day 1 Tuesday
Feels good in the hand. Fits my hand better than the Dewalt. It has a very long cord with a lighted plug to let you know you have power and a nice, useful cord wrap. Depth of drive is very inconsistent. Put it away to take back to Home Depot. Later decided to try changing the bit and it now is very consistent. I used it to do the field in much of the house I am working on. Unfortunately, the bit I use is out of my screwdriver, which has many Philips bits in it and many varied brands. I need to go out and buy some branded tips and decide on a brand that works well. The bit holder leaves much to be desired as it often leave the bit in the screw. Not nearly as bad as my worn out Skil, but enough to go right out and buy a decent bit holder. The retaining clip is very thin and weak. Went to Lowes and the Dewalt bit holder is $9.99, WHAT A RIP OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Grizzly has it for $5.97. Went to Sutherlands to see what they had and bought their brand. It is the same length and has a decent looking bit retaining ring. I also bought their brand bits to see how they work. I bought the cheap ones for now, 2 for $0.99.
Day 2 Thursday
New bit holder works GREAT! Tip stays in the screwgun and doesn't pull out. Very consistent drive depth also! However, I have had questions in to Ridgid tech support and they have no ability to comprehend English and are incapable of answering any simple questions. I cannot trust their tech support or their design quality and am taking the screwgun back Saturday and getting a Dewalt.
Day 3 Friday
Used someone's Dewalt for about an hour and my hand was sore. Decided to keep the Ridgid and deal with the uncertain warranty and dubious design (poorly designed tool holder and junk bits) because it fits my hand better and is lighter. I am often using it for larger jobs, a whole room or more of drywall.
Mike D.
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I can go for the lighter part. Report back at Day 180 and Day 365 to let us know how it is holding up.
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The big problem we have had with all screw guns is the plug on the cord getting hung up on ladder rungs and other things.
We solve this by removing the factory cords and replacing them with a 25 foot extension cord.
I'm sure it toast the warranty but it's worth it.
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Several screwguns come in 50' corded models for just such a reason.
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