Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 105
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by scribe solid, flexible, convenient tools
Nice addition to my kit. I've got all three consoles now: the 12v, 18v and 4-amp corded "thru cool." I can't tell for sure if the 18v offers much more power over the 12v, but it sounds like it drives the oscillating heads at a different speed (it emits a deeper-sounding hum than the 12v) and it feels like it has more oomph. All three consoles feel great in the hand and they function flawlessly (the corded unit has an even deeper hum), and now I can have two tools going (three if I'm working near an outlet) without swapping heads. The 12v is lighter so I prefer it for precision, like using the rotary cutter head with a Dremel bit. But the 18v is better for heavier work since the batteries last longer (I've got the 4 amp hour batteries from my big tools kit) and, like I said, maybe it offers more power.
Big picture: the Jobmax system is versatile and fits in my closet, so I end up using it more frequently than my larger tools, especially for quick tasks. But it's not as powerful as my dedicated tools. Besides convenience and versatility, the other asset of the Jobmax tools is their lighter weight. I'm able to use the Jobmax one-handed, which came in handy (sorry) recently when I used the reciprocating saw head (on both the 12v and 18v consoles) to cut up branches from several trees I had felled with my real recip saw. I had to hold the wrist- and thumb-thick branches with one hand to steady them while wielding the tool with the other hand. I could not have done that with the big recip, which requires two hands to safely operate. (I tried, but the branches just jiggled back and forth.) So I needed both tools for the job, but the Jobmax is more useful for routine pruning, so if I were going to buy one recip, I guess that would be it, and if I were going to buy one console, I'd probably go with the 18v.
Bottom line: I enjoy using these tools and now that I have them I think up repairs when in the past I would either have paid someone to do the work or spent all weekend on something that now takes a few hours.
July 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Frankif great tool does not over heat as much as the 12 volt version
Because there is less heat ( from the lower amps), one spends less time weighting for this tool to cool down. You will get longer run times out of it than the 12v version . But for heavy use and long cutting times avoid this tool, and get the corded version (which can really hog material away). When the motor heats up you have to let it cool before continuing no one wants to wait for the tool to work - it should always be ready - but you will be waiting for the tool to cool down if you attempt heavy cuts. Otherwise it run great for intermittent cuts. (much better that the 12v version)
May 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jon works great!
very pleased, does just what it is supposed to, many blades to choose from
June 14, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Susquash Great tool!
Bought this to replace an similar tool. Has much more power and is easy to use. Only problem I have had is the nut holding blade vibrating loose.
May 11, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JohnnyVacation Multi Tool Rocks
Excellent tool - cannot believe I never had one before this.. The interchangeable heads can be a little difficult to change but that ensures their tight fit - so it's worth it.
May 10, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jackplanesavage Good window work tool
A good tool for misc old house window renovation work. It's great when you need to free up painted shut sash parts--easier than an old fashioned window zipper. Not as fast as dedicated tools, but it certainly does the job. Good battery life.
April 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jeffro Love this JobMax!!!
I love this tool and plan to purchase all of the attachments!!
May 17, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JRTJH Great "multipurpose" tool
Installed a new laminate floor and needed to cut door molding/jambs. I first was going to buy a Dremel, but when I realized that Ridgid had this available, it was a "no brainer" to keep the same battery system for all my tools. Oh, and the lifetime warranty is a "plus" to boot.
May 3, 2016