Over at my local Home Depot, there’s a small tower of new “Limited Edition” Ridgid 18V Gen5X brushless cordless power tool combo kits.
At the time I first saw them, I didn’t realize what was so special about this new promo bundle. It was when Ridgid posted an image on one of their social media accounts that the allure became clear to me.
Update: This kit will be $299 for Black Friday.
Ridgid power tools are normally very orange, or orange and grey. The tools in this new combo kit are mostly black and grey, with very small orange accents.
As far as I can tell, the tools in this kit are “limited edition” by way of sporting a completely different color scheme.
Here’s a quick side by side image of the limited edition brushless impact driver, and Ridgid’s regular brushless impact driver. The differences are quite obvious.
What do you think – should this be Ridgid’s new color scheme, or would it be better for them to stick to orange and grey?
The kit comes with:
- Hammer drill R86116
- 3-speed impact driver R86037
- Angle grinder (4-1/2″) R86041
- Circular saw (7-1/4″) R8653
2.0Ah4.0Ah battery packs (R840087)
- Charger (R840095)
- Carrying bag
Here’s a snapshot of the specs, based on details for the like-SKUed orange and grey version tools. The regular model R86116 hammer drill features 700 in-lbs max torque delivery, carbide chuck jaws, and 100 setting micro clutch. The R86037 impact features 2250 in-lbs of max torque, 3 speed and torque settings, and “tri-beam” LED worklight. There’s only one version each of the angle grinder and circular saw, sized for 4-1/2″ wheels and 7-1/4″ blades, respectively.
The combo price of $399 is good, but it’s uncertain if this is the final sale price.
The regular version of these tools are priced at $119 for the bare tools ($139 for the circular saw), or $199 for a 2-battery kit. So based on that, the approximate retail cost of buying all the components in this combo kit would be around $559 ($199 + ($119 x3 )).
There’s a “brushless automotive kit” special buy, that comes with an impact driver, impact wrench, and angle grinder, for
$229 $299. There’s also a brushless hammer drill with impact driver combo, for $279.
Ridgid prices their combo kits very aggressively. $399 seems to be a good price, and the data suggests that this is as good a price as we’ll see. But I’m not 100% confident that this is the lowest price we’ll see. My certainty is at maybe 95%.
It’s good then, that Home Depot has a 90-day return policy and low price guarantee. I think I was once told that they can do price adjustments for 30 days.
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