Ridgid has been busy year after year updating their cordless power tools and are now offering a new version of their high performance 18V impact driver with the R862312K 18V brushless 4 mode 1/4″ impact driver.
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Having 2,400 in-lbs of torque makes this Ridgid’s strongest impact driver that I know of at the moment. However impressive stats on paper don’t always translate to class leading performance as I’ve seen high rated Ridgid impact drivers be outperformed by other brands such as Milwaukee who’s models had lower rated specs. 2,400 in-lbs of torque puts it on par with Ridgid’s own 18V Octane impact driver from years past however this new model increases both the RPM and BPM. According to the Home Depot’s listing of this impact driver, they say it has 3,400 no load RPM and 4,300 IPM which is 400 more RPM and impacts per minute than the Octane model, at least on paper. This new impact driver has the more traditional 4 modes which consists of 3 speeds and 4th self tapping mode which they say is designed to help “prevent overdriving, breaking or stripping screws by stopping the tool once screws have been fully seated”. The Octane model has 6 modes which is technically more modes but is actually just 3 speeds and 3 specialty modes. One key area in which this new 4 mode high performance impact driver has a major downgrade in my opinion is the omission of the Tri LED light head that was found on the Octane but not on this newer model as it instead has a single light on the base of the tool above the battery holder. Though having the LED light at the base facing upwards at the bit is adequate lighting, a tri LED light head is superior in that it is less likely to produce pronounced shadows when working. Though at the end of the day, either way gets the job done just fine, it is nicer to have a tri LED light setup on an impact tool. Other features include a quick release 1/4″ hex chuck and belt clip.
Ridgid says it will be available in October 2022 for $199 as a kit with a single 2ah battery, charger, and case.
- Pair with MAX Output batteries for maximum power
- Powerful Brushless Motor delivers 2,400 in./lbs of torque and up to 0-3,400/min (RPM)
- 40% faster driving compared to R86002 18V 1/4 in. Impact Driver
- 3-speeds and self-tapping mode to prevent overdriving, breaking or stripping screws by stopping the tool once screws have been fully seated
- Quick release 1/4 in. hex chuck allows users to switch out impact rated bits quickly and easily
- LED light for improved visibility in low-light situations
- 100% Compatible: Works with all RIDGID 18V Batteries, Tools, and Chargers
- Lifetime Service Agreement with registration within 90 days of purchase
- Includes: R862312 18V Brushless 4-Mode 1/4 in. Impact Driver, AC840020 2.0 Ah MAX Output battery, charger, belt hook with screw, bit holder with screw, driving bit, and hard case
- RIDGID: Build for a Lifetime
- Includes: (1) R86114 Brushless 1/2 in. Drill/Driver, (1) R862301 Brushless Impact Driver, (2) R840020 2.0 Ah Max Output Batteries, Charger, Auxiliary Handle, (2) Belt Hook with Screw, (2) Bit Holder with Screw, (2) Driving Bits, Tool Bag, and Operator’s Manuals
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