Chris wrote in, asking about our take on Ridgid tools:
You seldom review rigid tools and I don’t see them in any of the “top…” lists. Are they not as good as the big 4 brands? Thanks!
Thank you Chris for the great question!
A look at our Ridgid tools post category, and you might think that I’m not much a fan of Ridgid power tools. On the contrary, I’m actually quite fond of their offerings.
You might not seem very many Ridgid reviews for two reasons – they don’t release as many new tools as other brands, and because reader interest isn’t always as strong as for other brands.
I have limited time and resources, and cannot test every product of potential interest.
I consider Ridgid, at least in regard to power tools, in the same light as Hitachi. That is to say, they’re more budget-friendly professional-grade options.
Ridgid’s cordless selection might not be as vast as other power tool brands’, but they do have great corded and benchtop tool offerings that help to make up for this.
As you might know, Ridgid’s power tool division is handled by TTI for Home Depot, under an agreement with Ridgid’s parent company, Emerson. A couple of other OEMs manufacture some of Ridgid’s benchtop and floor-standing tools.
A lot of times, someone will ask whether I like or dislike a brand, based on the number of posts about their tools. But quantity is not always a good indicator of whether I like a brand or not.
In my experience, Ridgid tools are quite good. They’re often well designed, and durable. Some tools might not have the latest and greatest features and specs, while others might offer unique functionality. My 5″ random orbit sander and hole saw set come to mind, as well as their new pro toolboxes that I recently reviewed.
It’s easy to sometimes forget about Ridgid, which is why I thought it would be good to springboard Chris’s question into a post and hopefully comments section discussion about the brand.
In my opinion, the brand is a little under-advertised, except maybe around the winter holidays and Father’s Day. Home Depot’s marketing efforts tend to focus on their Ryobi offerings, which sometimes pushes their Ridgid power tools even further from immediate attention.
Many Ridgid power tools are also found under TTI’s AEG brand as well, although there are many AEG tools that aren’t available in the USA under Ridgid branding. AEG came out with a brushless hammer drill, a brushless impact driver, and a brushless angle grinder, but there don’t seem to be any immediate plans to release these tools in the USA.
Overall, I think Ridgid makes top-notch tools at mid-range prices. Again, I’m strictly talking about their Home Depot-specific power tools.
What are your thoughts about the brand, at least in regard to the power tools and related accessories?