18V RIDGID Brushless Ratchets Video Review
Cordless RIDGID Brushless Ratchets
New RIDGID Brushless Ratchets are hitting the market in three different models. Model R866010 includes the 1/4″ anvil, model R866011 has the 3/8″, and the RIDGID R866012 is the largest with the 1/2″ anvil. All the ratchets include the brushless motor and are powered by the RIDGID 18-volt lithium-ion batteries. We paired the ratchets with the 2Ah, 4Ah, and 6Ah batteries during testing. Also on board each of the RIDGID brushless ratchets is an LED light, locking trigger switch, and directional lever opposite the anvil to determine ratchet rotation.
RIDGID R866010 Features
This RIDGID ratchet with a 1/4″ anvil is said to deliver up to 45 ft-lbs of torque. Including the smallest head and least amount of torque, this model also delivers 325 RPM, the highest of the bunch. We actually broke the 1/4″ model during testing, but we have to take the blame for this. See the video for the details.
RIDGID R866011 Features
In the middle of the pack with a 3/8″ anvil, the model R866011 will probably be the most popular amongst mechanics. You get up to 55 ft-lbs of torque and 250 RPM.
18V RIDGID R866012 Features
Finally, the 1/2″ model is the king of the hill when it comes to torque, with an output of 60 ft-lbs. Again, the 175 RPM max is the lowest of the group.
Not only did all of the RIDGID brushless ratchets hit their marks in the torque department, but they did it with style. Typically, testing cordless ratchets, stop short of the stated claims. With just a 2Ah battery, each of the cordless ratchets me and surpassed these claims. To ensure that these ratchets will live in the hands of a mechanic, we check to see if they withstand physical force input. We torqued three fasteners to 100 ft-lbs, then used each RIDGID brushless ratchet to loosen. We broke the anvil on the 1/4″ model, but that’s really our mistake. The 3/8″ and 1/2″ models achieved this with no problem. You can get two of the cordless ratchets for $179 (bare tool), with the 1/2″ model $199.