Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 20
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by NoelWPB I like the tool... hate the trigger.
I have owned this tool for a little over a month. It was bought for the purpose of cutting 1/8 inch metal plates, chain link fence, grout, tile and all kind of other things. It does shut down if you use too much force but if you pace yourself it cuts fine. The thumb trigger can be difficult to use after an exhausting day. It does eat batteries so plan on getting a pack of 4.0 amp batteries. Overall I'm satisfied and it has definitely become my go to tool.
June 21, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ua1770 Not far behind DeWalt
I was very unsure about buying this grinder after seeing the reviews, but I am glad I bought it. I used a 20V Max grinder for a few days cutting steel angles for fire doors. This grinder can actually keep up with the performance of the DeWalt, and I am impressed! I like the gradual startup and LED load indicator, two features which the DeWalt did not have. Overall very impressed and would recommend this tool.
April 17, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bbyers Best thing since sliced bread
I originally purchased this tool in kit with the drill/ radio combo in December 2013 as I had used a buddy's previously and was initially impressed.. This tool is SUPER and has plenty of power to complete nearly all tasks asked. Have used to drive 3" screws in seasoned treated decks and new construction alike. You can go for a very long time on one charge. FYI--The bigger batteries really do last longer. Handle feels comfortable and no issues with function in 2 years. LED lights to shine on work area is very helpful if working inside. Have also used working on cars and compact size is great. So impressed with operation I have begun buying more in this line. Would like to see more individual tools and various kits available at the store. Big determining factor for me was the LSA and the interchangeable batteries. So far have not needed the LSA but piece of mind is well worth it.
December 28, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Garagewoodworker Strong and durable
Bought this in a kit with the radio and drill. The driver is compact strong and very durable. From screws to lag bolts this driver handles them all.
January 13, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by roadking Does not hold up
I have had all Ridgid tools for over 12 years. So I was so happy when they finally came out with a grinder, only to be disappointed, It stopped working the first time I used it.
I took it all the way to service center (Pain finding one that will honer Ridgid) they had it a month. I got it back, It worked for a day, then same thing... just quit working! I only used it for cutting off nails or thin steel angle.
November 13, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Bowdude66 Tool started out good but torque is a let down !
I have 18 different Ridgid tools in electric and battery operated not counting batteries and chargers. The 18v grinder is fine for very light hobby shop work but is a major let down for anything heaver due to low torque. the unit continually kicks out during heavy grinding or light cutting, which I know is not recommended but come on guys. Really !
July 29, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ashmccullough Tough enough
I'm hard on my drills. Drilling through block ,brick, concrete, metal. I'm the guy that pushes hard to get the job done. the only thing i get from the drill is that it wants more. It's great to have a tool that puts out as much a I give it. I've dropped it, kicked it, and put in battery after battery, working it as hard as i can. It doesn't overheat, it doesn't stop, doesn't drop the bits. It just keeps putting out. It sits great in my hand and is well balanced. It's not too heavy and it's got alot of torque. I enjoy the hammer option, drill option and screw option. All in all, this is a great drill.
November 30, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by OrcPuP the built in protections keep this tool from doing real work
This tool will suck a newly charged battery down so hard and so fast ,that it will cut out and you have to wait for it to reset itself, 5 or 6 times cutting of a piece of 1 inch by 1/4 inch flat bar,which took 7 or 8 minutes. I have 4 batteries , 2 large and 2 small and it does it with all of them. My large drill, reciprocating saw, circular saw will do the same thing if you are working them hard. The grinder is useless for what it is intended , which is cutting or grinding in areas at heights or where corded tools are unwieldy. it is definitely not going to wear out , ever, because you couldn't do enough real work with it to harm it.
It is easy to warranty for life if you engineer protections into them that won't let the tool work hard.. I have a dozen rigid cordless tools and I am going to switch to Dewalt ,Milwaukee , or Makita in the near future.. If you make your living with your tools, be warned
January 31, 2015