Ridgid announced quite a few new 18V cordless power tools for 2022, greatly expanding their lineup with modernized tools.
The 2022 expansion will focus heavily on Ridgid 18V brushless tool offerings, with the new SKUs shown above.
Ridgid will also be expanding their 18V SubCompact cordless power tool family, as shown here.
Pricing and availability information is not yet available for all of the tools. Ridgid has said that all of the new tools will be launching in 2022, exclusively at Home Depot.
Many of Ridgid’s new cordless tools have claims of being lighter and more powerful, but are lacking in context. I would presume that the new tools are being compared to either existing Ridgid offerings, or perhaps prior 18V “Octane” series cordless power tools.
Ridgid 18V SubCompact 6-1/2″ Circular Saw (R8656)
Ridgid will be expanding their SubCompact brushless lineup with a 6-1/2″ circular saw.
Ridgid says that their saw has the industry’s lightest weight, at 5.4 lbs. They also say it as a 2-1/4″ depth of cut, 5,000 RPM motor speed, and 35% faster cutting.
Additional features include a magnesium guard, electronic brake, and vacuum attachment.
Price: $149 tool-only, $209 for the kit
Ridgid 18V Brushless 7-1/4″ Circular Saw (R8657)
There will also be a new 7-1/4″ circular saw joining Ridgid’s 18V brushless power tool lineup.
Ridgid says their new saw delivers 15A corded cutting performance, as well as 35% faster cutting. It operates at 5,400 RPM.
Additional features include an aluminum shoe, vacuum port, 2-9/16″ cut capacity, electronic blade brake, and built-in rafter hook.
Price: $179 tool-only, $249 for the kit
Ridgid 18V Brushless Rear-Handle Circular Saw (R8658)
Ridgid’s new 18V brushless 7-1/4″ rear-handle circular saw is said to deliver faster cutting than 15A saws, and can cut one linear foot of triple-stacked 3/4″ OSB per second.
Ridgid says that theirs is the lightest 7-1/4″ rear-handle circular saw in its class.
Ridgid 18V SubCompact One-Handed Reciprocating Saw (R8648)
Here’s a new one-handed reciprocating saw, which Ridgid says delivers best in-class performance. They say it has 40% lighter weight and is 25% more compact.
These claims seem to be in comparison to Ridgid’s full-size 18V reciprocating saw.
The saw has a 7/8″ stroke length and operates at 3,200 SPM.
Price: $139 tool-only, $279 for the kit
Ridgid 18V Brushless 4-1/2″ Angle Grinder (R86047)
The new Ridgid 18V paddle-switch 4-1/2″ angle grinder features a brushless motor and is said to deliver up to 25% more power.
It operates at 9,000 RPM and features a tool-free wheel and guard attachment.
Ridgid 18V Cordless Hammer Drill (R861152)
The new Ridgid brushless hammer drill is a high-torque model, delivering 1,250 in-lbs of max torque.
Ridgid says it is more compact and lighter weight.
Ridgid 18V Brushless 3/8″ Ratchet (R866011)
Ridgid’s 3/8″ ratchet is said to deliver superior fastening and removal speed. It delivers up to 55 in-lbs of max torque and operates at up to 250 RPM.
Ridgid says that 1/4″ and 1/2″ drive sizes will also be available. There will also be protective boots for each size.
Ridgid 18V Cordless Ratchets
- 1/4″ Brushless Ratchet – R866010
- 3/8″ Brushless Ratchet – R866011
- 1/2″ Brushless Ratchet – R866012
- Boot for 1/4″ Ratchet – AC13B05N
- Boot for 3/8″ and 1/2″ Ratchets – AC13B03N
Ridgid 18V 3/8″ Crown Stapler (R09897)
The new Ridgid brushless crown stapler can drive up to 6,800 staples when powered by a 4Ah battery.
It has the power to drive 1/4″ to 9/16″ crown staples into hardwood.
From the looks of it, the cordless stapler has an LED worklight and a driving depth adjustment dial at the rear. Ridgid says it has an on-board screen and wire attachment.
Ridgid 18V Cordless Heat Gun (R860435)
The new Ridgid cordless heat gun can reach a maximum temperature of 900°F. It features a lock-on switch for hands-free operation, and is said to reach operational temperature in just 10 seconds.
Ridgid 18V Brushless 4-Mode Mid-Torque 1/2″ Impact Wrenches
Ridgid will be comin gout with two new brushless 4-mode mid-torque impact wrenches, in 1/2″ sizes.
The new 1/2″ impact wrench will be available with friction ring and pin detent anvils. Both can deliver up to 650 ft-lbs of breakaway torque, and feature 3-speeds and an auto-tightening mode.
Ridgid 18V Mid-Torque Impact Wrenches
- 1/2″ drive with friction ring – R86012
- 1/2″ drive with pin detent – R86012PD
- Protective boot – AC13B01N
Ridgid 18V Brushless High Torque 1/2″ Impact Wrench (R86212)
The new 18V high-torque 1/2″ impact wrench features 4-modes – 3 speed setting and an auto-tightening mode. It is said to have 10% lighter weight, presumable compared to the Ridgid 18V Octane model, and delivers up to 1,300 ft-lbs of breakaway torque.
A protective boot, AC13B02N, will also be available.
Interestingly, the Ridgid 19V Octane mode, R86211B, delivered up to 1,500 ft-lbs of breakaway torque, and featured 6 speed settings plus 3 auto-tightening modes. This could be a lot to sacrifice for just 10% weight savings.
Ridgid 18V Cordless Fan (R860721)
The new Ridgid 18V fan is said to deliver powerful airflow with quiet operation. It delivers up to 670 CFM on high, and can be powered by Ridgid 18V batteries or a standard AC extension cord.
Ridgid 18V Cordless Vacuum (R8609021)
The new Ridgid 18V hand vac is said to deliver powerful performance with over 40% increased airflow and 65% increased suction power.
It features a push-to-release tank for easier emptying, and two-stage filtration with washable and reusable prefilter.
Ridgid 18V LED Stick Light (R8696B)
The new Ridgid 18V LED stick light has an adjustable head with 175° pivot range and 265° rotational range. It can deliver up to 800 lumens of illumination on high.
Runtime is 15 hours on low and 7.5 hours on high, presumable with the 2Ah battery the light is shown paired with.
It has a built-in hanging hook for increased versatility.
Price: $50 for tool-only
Ridgid 18V LED Spotlight (R8699)
The new spotlight-style flashlight delivers 3,200 lumens of high definition lighting. It is rated with a 670-foot beam distance, and its head has a pivot range of 190° for convenient hands-free aiming.
Ridgid 18V LED Hybrid-Power Panel Light (R8698)
The panel light features a main LED light panel and adjustable side panels that can pivot and rotate. It delivers 3,500 of max illumination, and can be powered by any Ridgid 18V battery or a standard AC extension cord.
Ridgid 18V 8.0Ah Max Output Battery (R840080)
The new Ridgid 18V 8Ah battery is engineered with premium 21700-size Li-ion battery cells.
Ridgid 18V Bluetooth Radio (R84089)
The new Ridgid 18V Bluetooth radio features an AM/FM radio and Bluetooth connectivity. Ridgid says the radio delivers superior sound quality.
It can be powered using any Ridgid 18V battery or the included AC adapter.
Ridgid 18V Bluetooth Speaker (R84088)
Ridgid says that their new 18V Bluetooth speaker delivers dynamic sound quality and 6X clearer sound. It’s Bluetooth connection is said to have a 200-foot range.
Other Recent Ridgid Cordless Tools
Ridgid’s 18V product expansion press materials also included several tools we recently posted about separately – a dual-port charger, 6-port charger, and right angle drill.
Wow, that’s a lot of new tools.
Some of the claims are a bit ambiguous, such as “35% faster cutting,” but others are quite clear, such as “best-in-class performance” and “lightest in-class.”
A couple of these new tools are first-ever tools for Ridgid, such as the new 18V cordless ratchets. Others look to be iterations of existing or previous tools. The new brushless angle grinder, for instance, looks to have evolved from the Ridgid 18V Octane model.
While full details are not available for all of the tools yet, it’s interesting to compare them against exiting or previous Ridgid 18V offerings.
The new cordless fan has a higher airflow rating.
The high torque impact wrench, however, has a lower breakaway torque and fewer speed and auto-tightening modes compared to the Ridgid 18V Octane model.
Ridgid had 18V Hyper Octane batteries, and now Max Output batteries with capacities up to 8Ah.
It seemed that Ridgid moved on from their Octane series of high-powered tools to focus on SubCompact brushless offerings, and now we have an entirely new generation of brushless and SubCompact brushless tools.
Many of the new offerings are thoughtful. For instance, Ridgid’s 18V cordless power tool lineup currently includes a mini circular saw and a (lower speed) 6-1/2″ circular saw that’s kitted with a 4Ah battery. Now, there’s a faster SubCompact 6-1/2″ circular saw that’s kitted with a Max Output 4Ah battery, a 7-1/4″ saw, and a rear-handle 7-1/4″ framing-style saw.
The one-handed reciprocating saw and angle grinder are welcome additions to the lineup, as are the crown stapler, heat gun, LED lighting products, radio and speaker, fan, high-torque hammer drill, ratchets, impact wrenches, hand vacuum, and higher capacity (8Ah) battery.
All of this should be good news for Ridgid 18V tool users.