Rated 4 out of 5Â by 5
Rated 5 out of 5Â by RobertsTX The best cordless I've owned to date.
I've owned a few cordless drills and this one outshines them in every regard. To put it in context, I've owned Skil, Hitachi, Milwaukee, Ryobi and have used my Dad's DeWALT quite a bit helping him remodel his entire home. This cordless is better than any of those I owned, and I'd say darn near as good as the DeWALT. In terms of battery life, the Rigid beats the others I've used and definitely better battery life than the DeWALT. Hands down - battery life is AMAZING. The Ryobi and Hitachi I had were also 18v, but the torque that the Rigid has is much more powerful than the Skil and Hitachi. You can feel the torque in your wrist. The DeWALT had a bit more torque, but keep in mind that I never had to use the DeWALT to finish a job the Rigid couldn't handle. My Rigid has always finished what I started. When I bought mine, it came with a coupon for a free battery, so including the TWO that came with it, I now have 3 batteries. My problem is that the thing is so efficient, I never have gotten to that 3rd battery and rarely to the 2nd on my projects.
Most of my projects are home repair time work. Some major projects like full master bath remodel with a lot of new Sheetrock and Hardie board which I used 2" and 21/4" screws on. The Rigid blew right through all that with flying colors.
I'm not a contractor, so I can't speak from that kind of use, but I grew up hanging Sheetrock and know that there is definitely a difference between around the home use and all day/every day use.
I would full recommend the Rigid "Fuego" 18v cordless drill for any medium type work and down. Again I can't evaluate it from a contractor perspective in terms of durability, but from my perspective, I will never buy another brand again.
The last thing I'll say about this tool and all my other Rigid tools (nail gun, reciprocating saw, 1/2 corded drill, sander) is the lifetime warranty. You MUST submit the warranty registration ASAP or you will miss out on the lifetime warranty. From the tools I listed above, the only non-rigid tool I have is my Skilsaw, and I will probably always use Skilsaw's because that's what I grew up with.
Aside from that, Rigid is my "Tool of Choice" and I have not been disappointed even once with any of them.
Things that I like about my Rigid Cordless Drill Fuego, model 86008 are:
1. Power/torque - plenty of power for any job I've needed it for.
2. Battery life - Aside from getting 3 batteries, the battery life itself is outstanding.
3. Balance/grip - Feels "right" in my hand and also has a nice LED light which I would rather it be close to the drill head and not the base, but it does serve its purpose, and as far as I can tell does not impact battery life.
4. Adjustable clutch - setting from 1-24.
5. "Chuckless" - I wasn't sure about this feature, but it sure does work well... Good bye chuck!!
6. Battery indicator - gives me a quick assessment whether I need to swap out the battery for my project.
7. This should probably be higher, but the belt clip is super durable. It works well with my tool bag.
8. Battery life. I know I said it before, but I can't say enough about this part of it. I had used the drill for a project that lasted a few hours. I put the cordless up but forgot to pop off the battery and charge it. 4 weeks later I needed it again and thought for sure that after being used and sitting in my garage for 4 weeks would have killed the battery. After my project and 4 weeks of sitting around, the battery was still 3 out of 4 lights!!! My Hitachi would have been dead as a doornail!
9. Lifetime warranty (If you register promptly)
10. Rigid name (I know it's Home Depot's brand, but I don't know who the manufacturer is) I've just come to trust this brand and like I said, when I need a new power tool, it is the first brand I go to. My next purchase will be a chop saw, and it too will be the Rigid brand.
A very satisfied DiYer
October 20, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by SRSid Rigid `18 V Cordless Drill
Drill has been my workhorse for years, while I have gone through 2 Ryobi's in the same time. I wish I had purchased two of these initially rather than wasting my money on Ryobi.
Battery life between charges is amazing too.
Thanks Rigid for such a good product.
April 3, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by keith JUNK
bought drill May 15 2014 It broke on me by May 31. has been at the repair shop since.
Professional home improvement contractor
August 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 best cordless drill i have owned
have owned for about 6 months and has done all that I have started with it
July 19, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by CJB05 Construction site tool
I ordered this as a replacement for another Ridgid drill that I had run into the ground. I've gotten good service from this brand on various job sites, and saw no reason to get anything different. The only thing I don't really like about this drill is the LED that comes on when you hold the grip. It has come in handy, but seriously needs a manual override. My last drill didn't have this feature, and I'm just not used to it.
February 4, 2014