The long awaited Ridgid 18V string trimmer has finally been announced! They’ve also announced new 18V outdoor power equipment as well. They have a new 18V leaf blower, chainsaw, hedge trimmer, powered auger, and pruner – all brushless! They also have a new 18V backpack sprayer as well and a new high capacity 18V 12.0 ah battery! Click on their respective links to learn more as this article will discuss the new string trimmer. All are stated to come out 2023.
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Ridgid 18V Brushless 14″ String Trimmer – Features
In today’s announcement, they’ve only given us the main tidbits of info. What we know so far is that the new string trimmer is sporting a brushless motor. It runs dual 0.095″ line and a 12-14 inch cutting swath. It uses a bump feed head and Ridgid says new line reloads in 60 seconds or less. It’s a 2 speed string trimmer with variable speed trigger. The metal shaft is a two piece design to fold for storage. Ridgid states you can get max performance with their Max Output batteries.
So far it looks like a well featured string trimmer in the 18V segment. It will be available as a kit or baretool. The kit comes with an 18V battery and charger.
Design Compared to AEG 18V String Trimmer
Back in 2017 we had learned that AEG had an 18V string trimmer. AEG is what Ridgid power tools are known as outside of the USA.
The AEG model is shown above and as we can see, the two are not identical. However there are some some similarities. The two piece shaft, handle, and motor housing and handle look very similar. The guard at the bottom is vastly different and is smaller on the Ridgid. The string trimmer heads also look a bit different. And there’s a “knob” looking piece on the top of the shaft on the AEG that doesn’t appear on the Ridgid. Feature’wise, ,both have brushless motors and two speeds with variable speed triggers.
Ridgid 18V Brushless 14″ String Trimmer – Pricing & Availability
Today was a multiple tool announcement with main features. We will have to wait for pricing and specific availability. So far we know that it will be available in 2023.
- 2-Speed switch for maximum power & control
- Variable speed trigger for increased user control
- Bump-feed head conveniently reloads in under 60 seconds
- Compatible with .095 in. trimmer line
- Adjustable 12-14 in. cut swath
- 100% Compatible: Works with all RIDGID 18V Batteries and Chargers
- Maximum Performance. Longer Runtime.
- Pair with MAX Output batteries for maximum power
- Lifetime Service Agreement with registration within 90 days of purchase
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Other Ridgid 18V Products Announced
As was mentioned at the outset, they’ve also other 18V tools as well. They have a new 18V leaf blower, chainsaw, hedge trimmer, powered auger, and pruner – all brushless! They also have a new 18V backpack sprayer as well and a new high capacity 18V 12.0 ah battery! Click on their respective links to learn more. All are stated to come out 2023.
I know the announcement of a new Ridgid string trimmer will make a lot of people happy.
Owning this AEG the ‘knob’ part at the top of the shaft you mention on the AEG is simply where you clip on the shoulder strap. And the bottom shaft at least in Australia is compatible with the Ryobi Expand it range of interchangeable attachments.