New Ridgid 18V Brushless Sub Compact Power Tools & Bluetooth Speaker & Radio

Edit: 1/5/2022

This article was originally written March 12, 2021 when all of these tools were spotted and you can check out the original article below. However on January 5, 2022, Ridgid officially announced their 18V brushless sub compact right angle drill, 6-1/2″ circular saw, and one handed reciprocating saw mentioned in this article. We now have updated pics which have been updated for all three mentioned as well as new info and official specs. We also know that all three Ridgid 18V brushless sub compact power tools are scheduled to launch in February 2022 according to Ridgid. They will also launch as baretools only with their individual prices listed below. The other tools were said to be available in Fall 2021.

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Original March 12, 2021 article below with updated info on the three new 18V brushless sub compact models.

Ridgid just announced a bunch of new brushless power tools to their 18V line up! There’s a lot however in this article we will discuss their new 18V brushless sub compact power tools which include a new one handed reciprocating saw, right angle drill, and 6-1/2″ circular saw. We will also cover two new 18V bluetooth speakers with a speaker only model and a dual speaker with radio. While no specific release date has been given by Ridgid at the time of writing, they did mention to expect all these in Fall 2021. Buy now are links provided for each tool. If the link doesn’t work, it’s because they haven’t been listed yet for sale.

A big thanks goes out to Joshua B. for spotting all of these!

As seen in the video above which summarizes all the new Ridgid 18V offerings, they went through them very quickly with little info presented. I’ve covered other models in detail because Ridgid was kind enough to provide me with press release info however the tools left in this article did not have any press release info at the time of writing so I have little info on them other than the image, price, Fall 2021 release date, and possible 4 key feature points. I’ll cover each one as best as I can with such limited info.

Ridgid 18V Brushless Sub Compact One Handed Reciprocating Saw R8648B

We know that parent company TTI offered new 18V brushless sub compact offerings in both the Ridgid and Ryobi 18V lines and though Ryobi was the first to receive their sub compact one handed recip saw, now it’s Ridgid’s turn. Some tools like their multimaterial cut off saw looks to be the same unit rebranded for each system however I don’t think the same is true of this sub compact recip saw. While it does share the same basic form factor, it’s not exactly the same shape as the Ryobi and the shoe is completely different on the Ridgid model. For example the shoe is larger and beefed up and is not removable. This was true of the Ridgid recip saw shown from back in March 2021 however now that Ridgid officially announced it in January 2022, it does look a little bit different and the body looks more similar to Ryobi’s 18V One+ HP compact brushless model. It’s not exactly the same but it does have the same overall shape with vents in different places and the same is still true of the shoe on the Ridgid, it’s not the same one as found on the Ryobi but a sturdier version. It also doesn’t have the nice side blade change lever that the Ryobi has and instead has the twist to change blade holder sitting inside the shoe, which would make it a little harder to do so than on Ryobi’s sub compact. Specs are 3,200 SPM which is up 200 from what was originally stated with a 7/8″ stroke length which should mean faster cutting than Ryobi’s which has 3,000 SPM and only 5/8″ stroke length. Ridgid also makes mention that in order to get the maximum performance out of this saw, you’ll need to pair it with their MAX Output batteries. This Ridgid is priced at $129 as a baretool.

  • Weight 3.9 pounds
  • Lightweight Design
  • Pair with MAX Output batteries for maximum power
  • 3,200 SPM
  • 7/8 in. stroke length
  • 40% lighter weight when compared to full-size reciprocating saw
  • 25% more compact when compared to full-size reciprocating saw
  • Tool-Free blade change
  • Pivoting shoe
  • LED light for improved visibility in low-light situations
  • 100% Compatible: Works with all RIDGID 18V batteries
  • Lifetime Service Agreement with registration within 90 days of purchase
  • Includes: R8648 18V SubCompact Brushless One-Handed Reciprocating Saw, wood cutting saw blade, and operator’s manual.
  • Battery and charger sold separately.

Ridgid 18V Brushless Sub Compact 3/8″ Right Angle Drill R87701B

The Ridgid 18V sub compact 3/8″ right angle drill also looks very similar to Ryobi’s model yet with some cosmetic differences but also has some changes under the hood. Slightly more torque and RPM at 375 in-lbs and 1,900 respectively which remains unchanged with the official launch in January 2022. The chuck also has a different texture than the Ryobi however it is unknown if it is a plastic chuck like Ryobi’s or a metal chuck. There is no mention of it having a metal chuck so most likely plastic. It also features a 2 speed transmission. Ridgid makes it clear that the Ridgid right angle drill is very compact at 3-1/2″ inches of head length which is a tenth of an inch shorter than the Ryobi. Ridgid also makes mention that in order to get the maximum performance out of this drill, you’ll need to pair it with their MAX Output batteries.It is priced at $129 as a baretool.

  • Compact right angle drill measuring in at only 3-1/2 inches and weighing just 2.1 pounds
  • Lightweight Design
  • Pair with MAX Output batteries for maximum power
  • Delivers 375 in-lbs. of torque for best in class power.
  • 2-Speed gear box delivers 0-500 / 0-1,900 RPM
  • 3/8 in. chuck provides optimized bit insertion depth
  • LED Light for improved low light situations
  • 100% Compatible: Works with all RIDGID 18V Batteries
  • Lifetime Service Agreement with registration within 90 days of purchase
  • Includes: R87701 18V SubCompact Brushless 3/8 in. Right Angle Drill, Driving Bit, Bit Holder with Screw, Belt Hook with Screw, and Operator’s Manual
  • Battery and charger sold separately

Ridgid 18V Brushless Sub Compact 6-1/2″ Circular Saw R8656B

The last 18V sub compact brushless tool on this list is definitely not the least. The circular saw is a smaller 6-1/2″ model that still packs some serious stats such as its strong brushless motor that provides a no load RPM of 5000. The smaller 6-1/2″ blade makes it a bit more compact than a full size model but yet makes it tremendously more capable than smaller 3″-5″ cordless circular saws on the market. Cut capacity is a very generous 2-1/4″ at 90 degrees which is very close to typical 7-1/4″ circular saws, so it should have no issues cutting 2×4’s in one pass. Other features include a 50 degree bevel capacity, the upper blade guard is magnesium and is equipped with a vacuum port that accepts 1-3/4″ and 1-1/4″ hoses. It also follows Ridgid’s tradition of giving their circular saws a plastic lower blade guard. I wish they would make both blade guards metal. Ridgid also makes mention that in order to get the maximum performance out of this saw, you’ll need to pair it with their MAX Output batteries. It is priced at $139 as a baretool.

  • weight 5.4 pounds
  • Lightweight Design
  • Pair with MAX Output batteries for maximum power.
  • 5,000 RPM
  • 35% faster cutting than previous 6-1/2 in. circular saw.
  • 30% lighter weight when compared to 7-1/4 in. Circular Saw
  • 27% more compact when compared to 7-1/4 in. Circular Saw
  • 50° bevel capacity cuts the most common angles
  • 2-1/4 in. depth of cut
  • Lightweight & durable magnesium guard stands up to the toughest jobsites
  • LED light for improved visibility in low-light situations
  • Accepts 1-3/4 in. and 1-1/4 in. vacuum hose attachments
  • 100% Compatible: Works with all RIDGID™ 18V batteries
  • Lifetime Service Agreement with registration within 90 days of purchase
  • Includes: R8656 18V SubCompact Brushless 6-1/2 in. Circular Saw, 6-1/2 in. circular saw blade, hex key, vacuum attachment with screw and Operator’s Manual
  • Battery and charger sold separately.

Ridgid 18V Compact Bluetooth Speaker R84088B

Currently Ridgid offers an 18V mini bluetooth radio R84086B that’s priced at $59 baretool at the time of writing on March 12, 2021. Why did I mention that one you ask, that’s because this new model offers much less and for more money is the best I can describe the new Ridgid 18V compact bluetooth speaker priced at $79 baretool. It’s similarly sized to the mini radio model minus the radio functionality, LCD screen and volume twist knob and are left with a bluetooth speaker with power/bluetooth connect, and volume up/down buttons. No mention of the ability to play tethered devices via aux cable but it does have a USB charge port and is said to offer “premium” sound quality and a wireless range of up to 100 ft. They also add a carry handle as seen in the picture above.

Ridgid 18V Bluetooth Dual Speaker Jobsite Radio R84089B

The next Ridgid 18V bluetooth speaker does offer the radio function the compact speaker lacks and an monochrome LCD as well. No mention of whether it’s backlit or not but it does display remaining battery life. No volume knob but along with the same buttons the compact speaker has, it adds an AM/FM button and presets button with preset left and right select buttons. They mention it as being a dual speaker system with “premium” quality sound along with the same up to 100 ft wireless range. No mention of tethered aux feature but it does add ruggedness with its IP54 water and dust resistant rating. It will be priced at $129 as a baretool.


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Ecotek

In regards to the R8656B subcompact Circular saw, wouldn’t a better descriptor be just compact? In fact, as recently as Ridgids X4 line, their standard Circular saw was a 6.5″. What is really the advantage here? It can’t be that much physically smaller or lighter than the 7.25″ and the 6.5″ blade greatly reduces your blade selection/availability. Why not make it a 5″ blade? That would be a real subcompact, still pass through 2x lumber and have about the same blade selection availability as a 6.5.

Ecotek

To tell you the truth, Im not liking what Im seeing coming out of Ridgid in general. They discontinued the Jobmax line, the Megamax line, 12V line (not a big loss as it was never really supported), and the Octane line. They made a big deal out of Octane, came out with a bunch of high performance tools and batteries, a bluetooth app etc., made like it was the next big thing, and then quietly let it die, just never mentioning again. Their highest capacity battery was 9Ah, then with the new batteries, it was going to be just an… Read more »

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