Is rigid as good as Dewalt?

The Ridgid Power Tool is one of the most popular brands among home users. They are known for their high quality products, great value and excellent customer service. They have been around since 1948 and were founded by William J. Ridgway (1889–1975). Their first product was a screwdriver with a flat head blade made from brass. Later they introduced the first electric drill in 1949, which was followed up by the first cordless drills in 1951. They have continued to innovate and improve their products ever since.

Dewalt is another well-known brand that has been around since 1947. They started out making simple hand tools like pliers, wrenches, etc., but over time they developed into a full line of power tools such as saws, drills, routers and more. Dewalt’s products are very durable and reliable.

They offer a lifetime warranty on all their power tools.



Ridgid Tools Prices Are Better Than Dewalt Tools! They are now owned by Stanley Black & Decker.

Ridgid’s reputation is built upon their commitment to quality and durability. Their products are designed with safety in mind, so if there is a problem with your tool or it breaks down, you won’t lose any money because they will replace it free of charge. Also, they offer lifetime warranties on their tools. Dewalt offers two types of warranties: 1) A “No Questions Asked”

Ridgid is better than Dewalt! The prices of the tools are very reasonable in comparison to other tool companies. If you are working in a professional capacity, the cost savings can add up fast. All of their tools have a lifetime warranty and they will either repair or replace your tool free of charge any time within the lifetime of the tool.

This, in combination with their excellent quality, makes it a great choice for power tool users.

Ridgid vs. Milwaukee

Both of these tools are also good choices for home use only. Milwaukee is usually more expensive than the other tools but they are worth the money in most cases. They also have a lifetime warranty and they will either fix or replace your tool free of charge any time within the lifetime of the tool. They are only behind Festool in terms of quality and longevity.

Ridgid vs. Makita

Ridgid and Makita are very similar in that they have high quality power tools. I would say they are on par with each other. If you already have a preference between the two companies, then I would stick with that one. But, if you are trying to decide which one to get I would go with the cheaper of the two.

Ridgid vs. Hitachi

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Both of these tools are good, but in my opinion they are more for the light duty jobs around the house. They are not as heavy duty as the dewalt or Milwaukee tools. Their drills might be a little cheaper and they do have some that have the hammer function, but in my experience the drill will tend to burn out quicker if you use that feature a lot.


Ridgid has the best warranty out of all of the tools. If there are any problems they will either fix or replace your tool free of charge any time within the lifetime of the tool. You can’t beat that! Their only downfall is they don’t have as many specialty and professional grade tools such as miter saws, nail guns and such.

If you are a framing carpenter, you will run into the limitations of their tools fairly quickly. Other than that, they are a great tool company and their warranty is unmatched!

So to sum it up:

If price is your main concern then go with the Ridgid.

If you want the absolute best quality and don’t mind paying more, then go with the Dewalt. As a side note, I know people who only buy Dewalt and swear by them. They will last you a lifetime if you take care of them and they are the tool of choice for many professional tradespeople.

If you want something in between the two price ranges then go with the Milwaukee tools. These are good quality tools as well. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong.

‘Hope this helps!

I have several ridgid power tools and except for my miter saw (which was on sale) I think the others were cheaper than there rivals

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Depends on what you are using it for. But for the most part…For homeowner use, ridgid is just fine.

If you are doing a lot of work where you need your tools to hold up, then I would suggest something else.

I have a couple ridgid cordless tools and they work fine for what I do which is mainly hanging drywall…

I’m a framing carpenter by trade, yet still find myself using my ridgid drill and impact on a regular basis. Though I don’t use it for driving deck screws or hangng dry wall.

In terms of durability, both Milwaukee and Ridgid make excellent tools that will hold up to the task. If I had to choose a brand I’d say Milwaukee is more durable. But that’s me.

In terms of battery life, once again both Milwaukee and Rigid have excellent batteries. I perform a lot of jobs that require me to use my tools for extended periods and both tool companies hold up in this dept. Personally I like the fuel cells over the lithium batteries. I find them to be more durable and last longer between charges.

In terms of overall performance and reliability, both companies make excellent products. I’ve only had to have a tool repaired once and that was due to the cheap Chinese battery it had, not the tool itself. I would say if you’re looking for something with more power and better performance, go with the Milwaukee. However, I find myself grabbing the Rigid tools more often as they are lighter and less bulky.

For what it’s worth….that’s my two cents. Take it or leave it.

I have some ridgid cordless tools and they work just fine for hanging drywall, so I’m sure the drill is perfectly fine for your needs.

I own a lot of ridgid tools myself. I have no experience with there drills though. I would say if you are going to get a pneumatic drill for heavy duty jobs, then get the Milwaukee or the Makita. But if you are just going to be hanging drywall, I would say the ridgid will work for you.

You can check out which ever one you want and let us know what you think. You can also ask the guys on the job which ever one they have and like.

Good luck and let us know what you end up getting.

While a cordless drill is not ideal for framing, it can be done with some mods.

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For one thing you should always use the shortest length drill bits you can get away with. You should also try to stagger your holes as much as possible to avoid having to move the drill in and out of the work area too much.

You should also try to find a drill with at least one lower gear for when you are trying to get the screws in.

As far as cordless drills are concerned, I’ve had pretty good experience with the Ryobi combo kits. A drill and impact driver kit will run between $150 to $200. The one piece batteries are $40 each, and will usually give you at least an hour of work time before needing to be recharged.

The one thing I don’t like about them is they don’t have an on board charger. You have to plug them into a 110 outlet to charge. I suppose you could get an adapter to run it off your cars 12v socket, but that seems like a hassle to me.

If you want the ease of just charging from a USB port you can get a Makita kit for about $100 more.

With either of these kits, you will have to buy additional batteries and a charger later on anyway.

Either of these will get the job done. They both have their pros and cons. I can tell you that the Milwaukee is a pure beast. It is a heavy duty cordless tool that can go from drilling holes to driving the biggest lag bolts that you can find.

The Makita feels just a little more refined and easier to control. It is a great tool as well.

Both are going to be more expensive than the $200 you have to spend. But, you can always buy what you can now and add to your collection as you go.

Again, they will both get the job done. Pick whichever one you like the feel of better.

Personally, I would go with the makita just because I have had good experience with there tools in the past. — Mike

I agree with Mike, the makita will be lighter and a better drill, but if you think you will do a lot of heavy drilling go with the Milwaukee. Personally I have the ridgid combo you are looking at getting and I wouldn’t trade it except for a makita. I like my corded Milwaukee hammer drill/driver I have for heavy work.

Take the money you save and get good ear protection and your safety glasses. You will regret it later if you don’t! — Jeff, South Carolina – In The House Crafted Fine Furniture

I’m with Mike. I’ve owned both the ridgid and milwaukee drills and the makita wins hands down. The ridgid is a very good drill, but I would go for the Milwaukee if you are going to be doing a lot of heavy duty work like framing etc. The milwaukee batteries are much cheaper than the ridgid, which is a plus.

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I have had milwaukee tools for years and they are rebuildable as well. Just my two sense. Good luck on your choice!

I went with the makita. I’m very happy with it over the last two years for both drilling and screw driving. I have a rigid driver for the heavier stuff.

AGREED!!! I have a makita, and while it does not have as many torque settings as some others such as the ridgid, it is plenty for most jobs. And it’s half the price! Really nice batteries as well. You will find that most people will tell you to go with what you can afford, but after much research on tools and power tools, I have found the makita to be the best bang for your buck. Brand means nothing when it comes to performance, only price! You will be happy with yours! Good luck and have fun building your workbench!

I just got that makita combo kit for $198 at sears.

Good stuff.

I saw the makita combo kit at sears for $198, does anyone know if that is a good price?

Seeing as how the price of just the drill is $169 new, you’re getting the impact for $29, so it is a steal. I got one a few months ago for $199 and it came with two batteries and a nice hardshell case. You won’t find a better deal. — “Well done is better than well said.” -Ben Franklin

thanks for the input, I am leaning towards the makita but will defer to my wife.

Some people swear by the milwakee, some by makita…they’re both fine tools. Get what you like the looks of best.

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I have a makita combo kit, with two batteries, that I paid $180 for. It’s great. The cheaper makita drill has the same power as the more expensive milwakee…and both have the same power as the $350 ridgid. It’s all in what you need. I wouldn’t buy a framing hammer or anything, but for most things, the difference isn’t worth the price. I would say get what you like the looks of best…they’re both great tools that will last you years.

Well at this point I have to defer to the wife, so looks like a new makita for me.

Here is a little story about my makita: I was drilling away on a project and the thing just stopped working. So I took the battery out and put it back in again, no luck. I slapped it a few times and still nothing. So I reached for my milwaukee which is basically the same drill except with a different look.

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