Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 210
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Big Tool Buy the 18v version: this one is underpowered
I bought this 12v cordless version of the Jobmax as I already had the 12v driver. I have no issues with the tool itself, but quickly discovered the oscillating cutting head sucks the life out of the small cartridge batteries after only two minutes of use. I bought a bigger 5.0Ah battery, and this works much better. Still, I have to run this tool with two chargers, swapping between four batteries, in order to avoid downtime. I often use an air compressor, so most of the time if I need this tool, I now use the air tool body that I bought, with much better results. Still, great cutting head, that can accept Dremel and Bosch blades, as well as the Ridgid ones. I've also got the jigsaw head and the angle drill head, which also work well. The pneumatic hammer head isn't much use, however.
June 30, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by william One Of The Best Tools I Own
I own and operate my own general contracting business. I normally use all Milwaukee when it comes to power tools. However when looking for a good oscillating tool Milwaukees was $119 for just the bare tool no battery no charger. after looking at every other brand I came upon Rigids JobMax cordless oscillating tool. for the same price it came with the tool, the battery, a charger as well as a carry bag and quite a few other accessories. Having heard good things about the Rigid brand I purchased it. What really got me excited about this tool was the different heads that can be attached to the tool. I also purchased a rotozip attachment and the small Sawzall attachment ad well as a bigger spare battery. I am more than pleased with my purchase. I won't do a single job without this tool with me. I am impressed with its power, battery life and durability. I would recommend this tool and the Rigid brand to anyone. This is now my second choice for any tool under my preferred Milwaukee.
March 23, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Carpenter Don't know how I would do without it
I have been a carpenter/contractor for 40+ years and this is one of the most useful tools I own. I had initially bought a competitors 12v. multitool and that was a mistake; while it did the job, the battery didn't last long and it wasn't very powerful.
In certain situations, there isn't anything that will do the job better. I use it to plunge cut into baseboard, undercut door trim and jambs to install flooring, sand trim, spot sand drywall, cut holes in vinyl siding for outlets, and the list goes on. I have had mine for about a year and if I lost it, I would buy one again in days. And if it broke, Ridgid would give me another one for free! Great tool.
April 17, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by astrobill great tool. Terrible batties. Don't buy this tool.
I've bought 2 extra batteries for this tool. they last about 2 to 3 minutes and thats it. Worthless on the job.
batteries failed to charge after less than one year. Rigid owes me an apology for this tool. I bought the corded one to take advantage of the adapters. The corded one works really well.
November 15, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by jonrock7 Very Disappointed
I purchased the 1st kit and used it for 10 months when the electronics in the motor failed. I did not go online and register the product initially so I ended up having to purchase another unit. I have had continous problems with the batteries and the charger. If the battery runs low the charger will not allow the discharged battery to recharge. I have purchased multiple batteries and chargers only to continue with the same results. When I actually have a working tool it is a great tool. It sure beats manually doing the work but I seldom can ever use the tool due to all of the problems. VERY UNRELIABLE!!!!!
March 7, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by joe71 Poor battery life.
It worked well when the battery lasted. But after only a few uses the battery no longer holds a charge. But now it is almost useless.
February 3, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Daniel New Ridgid combo pack
The only problem I have with this kit is in the Lifetime Service Agreement. It was a pain getting it, because the items were sent individually, instead of the kit. However, with a little persistence to the Ridgid people, the LSA is in affect. Thanks for great service to Home Depot and The Ridgid company. Love it!
August 30, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Lessonlearned Disposable
Tool itself worked ok for the few odd cuts I needed it for. Problem is that after only a few uses over a 2 yr period the battery is now defective, of course it is out of warranty. I purchased this for the few times you need a specialty cut which means I charged the battery maybe twice. Now I really need it which means I will need to spend 50% of the cost of the tool to buy another battery that is disposable after a few uses? No thank you, I could pay someone to do the job and still come out ahead. Lesson learned. Now looking for a better quality more expensive brand but expect to at least get my money's worth so is cheaper in the end. Spend the extra money on a better brand, you will not regret it. Ridgid is now on my "never again" list.
May 2, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SafetyGal LOVE this tool!
Have just finished 140 sq ft flooring job in 1933 year old house (old, hard, dry wood door moldings). This tool fills the gap for the DIYer who doesn't have a base cut saw to trim the door moldings. It is perfect for cutting insets into floor boards going into tight spaces. I have other Rigid tools, and batteries, so having a battery die isn't an issue. I just have at least 4 fresh when I'm tackling old, hard wood. The "D" adapter piece allows use of another company's blades if Rigid blades aren't in stock. Only complaint is the light could be placed differently to actually light up the end of the blade, instead of being blocked by hands holding the tool.
February 27, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Reyes75 Great
Works real good. I would recommend it to someone. Thanx
September 15, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by hillbillyhawg Great tool for what it's designed for / Poor Battery Life
I have owned my Jobmax 12volt for over a year now and it is a great tool for what it is designed for. I have since purchased multiple attachments and I'm very pleased with the overall performance of this tool. I have used it for everything from trimming the base of a door frame for flooring to cutting a 2x4 base plate loose in a tight place.
Granted I agree the battery life is poor, if you are running this thing wide open fast enough to drain the battery in a couple minutes you're probably using the wrong tool.
Overall I dont agree with some of the negative reviews, but these are all individually based experiences and mine has been great.
December 24, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by BP CON WORST TOOL EVER MADE. JUNK!!!
I should start by saying that the batteries on this tool only last 5-15 charges before they just wont charge any more. I was dumb enough to buy this tool twice because in my line of work if the tool worked, it would be priceless. BUT ITS JUNK.
November 16, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ROKA 3-in-1
I was looking for a multitool to grind/sand down a door frame and have seen the Dremel several times in TV commercials. Though, after comparing both tools in my local HD store, I decided to go with the one from Ridgid.
The overall features of the Ridgid multitool were convincing. Most important PLUS: cordless/battery and LED light
I think I made a good choice. I got the job done and I was impressed by the tool's performance.
Though I am not able to make a direct comparison with other multitools since this is the only one I've been using so far.
However, you won't be disappointed if you get this one. It seems to be good quality and well thought through.
January 1, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Brian This product is great...
I have used many of these multi tools and have found that this is the best one in my bag. I use this all the time and finished a complete kitchen remodel using it to cust holes in drywall, trim and so on. I have used the blades in the kit and they have not even begun to dull out either. The best thing I have found to use this tool for is vinyl siding installations using the newly released batteries, it lasts and the batteries are small enough to carry an extra in your tool belt...the added benefit of this tool is that you can cut into existing siding to install new vents, outlets and the like and makes for a super easy installation without the need of snips.
December 8, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by webreader battery issue
This tool is nice.
Unfortunately, a main drawback is the battery. The battery runs approximately 15 minutes. I recharged it for 20 minutes. Another drain battery later and recharge it again back and forth. I used it for simple projects such drilling, screwing, unscrewing, and sanding. I have the extra battery with the same issue.
I leave you to decide whether to buy Ridgid power tools or not.
I am disappointed that the company must have knew the problem because they don't want to bring up the battery recalls. I contacted the manufacturer about the battery issue. They twisted their words. Nothing that I can do about it.
July 21, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by HDoc Rigid Oscillating Multi Tool
Absolute poor purchase! I bought this tool with high anticipation of helping with the door jamb trimmings on a bathroom tiling project and it stopped working after only about 60 seconds of precision cutting on the jamb. It left me high and dry, and back to the not so precise manual cutting mode.
Once it stopped working I tried all available methods to breath life back in to the product to complete my project, but no luck. Not even a twitch. This tool is not worth your time to purchase, let alone your hard earned dollars. Do some research and buy another brand, even if initial costs are higher. It will save you a great deal of frustration in the middle of your project.
November 25, 2010
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Mugsy2 ridgid job max broke 3 times in less than 3 years
very unreliable when it works it's very handy but have had 3 defective batteries now and they won't replace them. The warranty is a joke - stand behind the name why does it have to be registered a Ridgid is a Ridgid??? If it's a lifetime guarantee why does is matter if it's regisitered? Now my Jobmax won't be covered becasue it wasn't registered even though they have me in the system and can see by my serial number when it was purchased etc ........but I didn't do the paperwork hassle to get it registered - stick with craftsman - Sears knows craftsman is craftsman and always honors their brand. This is the 2nd jobmax and third battery - stay away from Ridgid and Home Depot don't honor their own brand
May 27, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Marc22 Good While It Lasted
Bought this today to do some plunge cuts so I could finish installing some laminate molding for a room I just finished installing Pergo in. I charged it completely before I used it and got about 20 minutes worth of work out of it before the tool stopped working. I assumed the battery needed to be recharged, so I let it charge about an hour before putting the battery back in the tool. I tried to get it running again, but the tool never turned back on. I assume that the trigger switch or the battery is to blame. Either way, I'm taking it back in the morning! I wasn't able to finish the job and I'm super disgusted!!!
July 16, 2010
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Bro2JRIO Not good
After limited use and out of warranty battery wouldn't charge. Replaced it.......NOTHING. Still won't charge. I guess the charger is bad but won't invest any more money init. Replaced it with corded quality brand unit that all accessories and soft carrier fit.
June 10, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by websuspect Fun Tool
I decided to make Rigid my home depot tool partner. I am helping my mom refurbish her home for retirement and I need a full selection of tools. We redid her floor and I bought this tool to cut small pieces of allure flooring and trim. The tool cuts but not as fast on TV and the store but the quality of the ridgid tools is better than most of the competing brands. I have to give this tool 4 stars because its not aggressive enough but it is well made and it also has some interesting features. the work head rotates 360 degrees. The housing is more rugged than the competing brand and it has a small work light. I used the tool to cut shipping bands and allure flooring and wood trim.
December 3, 2010
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by jtalley007 There appears to be a defect with this tool, everyone has the same issues
While I own about every Ridgid product and they have all performed well and held up well, this tool must have a design flaw. The tool will work ok for a bit then I'm not sure if it gets hot and shuts off or what but just stops. Like all of my 12 volt tools, the batteries don't hold up well so if you get one be sure to register it properly and when they replace your batteries under warranty, re-register them asap. The tool is handy and cuts ok but something is not right with mine and I need to ship it back to have it repaired or replaced. Despite battery issues and minor things like this I have continued to purchase Ridgid tools because of the warranty. I know all batteries will eventually fail so at least I'm covered as long as I live.
November 25, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DIYER Not bad for price
I had purchased the Dremel multi tool and promptly returned it after one use. It was chorded and felt cheap. I saw this tool and was attracted by the fact it is battery operated (interchangeable with multiple other Rigid power tools), has an interchangeable head, and has an adapter so that you can use Dremel and Bosch accessories. For what I used it for and will use it for, it works perfectly. If your going to do a lot of sanding or grout removal, you might want an extra battery on hand. I also got the nail driver head, which worked pretty well, but won't drive in a framing nail.
Overall I'm fairly impressed.
September 30, 2010
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Scott Ok for limited home owner use
This tool is a neat concept and way to get multiple tools (combo kit cordless like) on the cheap. It should not be thought of as a replacement for combo kits for more than limited use. If you want to use the jigsaw attachment to cut a few boards, ok. Lite angle drilling works fine as well. It has real limitations that you should be aware of:
1) Only 1 12V battery > This is a severe limit. It really should come with 2 batteries particularly since it is 12V.
2) This is a 12V tool. > We have all gotten use to more power.
3) Carry back should be bigger.
Ridgid doesn't necessarily mean commercial grade any more.
December 21, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by contractor Very good product
Very satisfied with my purchase of JOBMAX Multi-Tool Starter Kit
June 2, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Hankster Product has great features
I purchased this product because of the ridged name and the fact that I have a number of ridged power tools which are great. . . .So the choice to purchase this one was easy. . . .I had read the reviews and there was only one that I was concerned about. . . .Battery. . . .When I received the multi tool, I placed battery on charge to make sure it was fully charged. . . .I then proceeded to make several cute in some pine. . . .At 1/2 - 2/3 rd's speed, the battery lasted approx. 5 minutes. . . .What a disaster. . . .You would need 2- 3 batteries to do 10-15 minutes work. . . .Needles to say, I am returning the product for a refund. . . .I ended up using a friends 12V multi tool (not a ridgid# and had no problem completing my job with one battery #approx. 20-30 minutes of pretty continuos use). . .I was really looking forward to having and using this product . . . .Wish that someone could give me an answer to the problem and why it has not been corrected. . . .
May 14, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rich Useful in tight spots
Bought this guy this summer in a pinch and I love using it. It's not the most powerful (Bosch corded), but when you need it it does great. The rounded blade does a great job cutting lengths, like siding for ledger board. If you're using it for long periods consider the corded because the 12v doesn't run for a very long time, maybe 15 minutes continuous., but it charges in about 15 minutes. I would like a rotary head attachment so it can be used in place of a dremel. Love the light and ease of use. Works great for trimming casing around doors to install tile or other flooring underneath.
November 23, 2011
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by jhramer good concept bad design
I have been through 3 different tools. Returned for new and finally the last time the rep gave me my money back and i bought a milwaukee. This is one the best concepts for a tool I have seen in a while, but I don't think they were ready. The trigger would go out and work intermittenly after 1 or 2 times of short use. This was very frustrating. I really liked the idea of the interchangealbe heads and being able to rotate the head, but like I said it just didn't work. The pin that the head pushes down would not push all the way or did not make good contact. This is coming from a guy who 90 percent of his tools are ridgid because I they are very good tools. Just not this one!!! Very disappointed!!!
January 23, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nic19 Very Handy
I purchased this tool with the intent of installing some laminate flooring. The 2 included blades were great and allowed me to make all of the cuts I needed. The sanding attachment has come in handy a few times as well.
I will be purchasing the second kit that includes impact driver, screwdriver, ratchet, and 2 batteries in the near future.
One thing to note is that the tool just stops working once the battery reaches a low level. It does not slow down like other battery powered tools I have used. I have used it for a few days for various cuts without needing a charge though.
August 2, 2010
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Ridgidtool great tool!!!
This tool came in handy right out of its box...thank you ridgid...The only reason it didn't get a 5 star because Home Depot doesn't believe in shipping their items in a concealed package. ..cheapo.
April 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Cudaman The 12v system is absolutely awesome
All pieces in the 12v line are great. Finished my 1500 sq, ft. basement with 2 12v drills and the jobmax 12v multi tool. Great torque and very good battery life. Great for trimming baseboards and cutting brass pipe. These tools made my life a whole lot easier. Yes I have a complete 18 v Ridgid set but I find the 12v will handle 90% of all my needs with no fatigue. Lots of features and very reliable. Lifetime warranty is the iceing on the cake.
December 20, 2014