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Who Is The Top Dog? – The war for the best battery operated tool is full on. Each company is trying to top the other with specifications that push their tool above others. Specifically, in the hammer drill segment, the torque war is intense. Ridgid now has for sale the new 18V GenX5 Brushless Octane Hammer Drill, Model # R8611506B, with 1300 in-lbs Torque. A few years ago that number would have been 700 in-lbs of torque for this drill.
This new Ridgid Octane Drill with 1300 in-lbs torque is the leader of the pack. There is one other brand, Metabo, who claims the same torque numbers but at a much higher price. Specifications of a tool do not mean that it is the best performing tool or even a player in the top performers, so we dove in a took a close look at the new Ridgid Octane drill and compared it to the Milwaukee 2804-20 that most people seem to really like due to its power and size. If you at all curious as to who would win, Ridgid or Milwaukee, be sure to watch our YouTube video above.
Octane Drill Features
Octane tool allows the user to connect to the tool through a hyper octane battery
1,300 in./lbs. of torque
Two Speed 0-540 RPM & 0-2000 RPM
0-8500 BPM & 0-31000 BPM
New Chuck light to eliminate shadow around the bit
Micro clutch with over 100 torque settings
Ambi Mode selector to switch between hammer, drill and drive modes
Grip light engages light and not the drill
Backed by Ridgid’s lifetime service agreement
Our battle is about power and the ability to do hard tasks over and over without cutting out. While we do not show everything we did in the video due to the length of the video, we pushed both drills very, very hard. The Ridgid Octane Drill has the Milwaukee 2804-20 in torque by 100 in-lbs but the Milwaukee has 1,000 more BPM in hammer mode. The Milwaukee is significantly smaller. We also think it is important to note that the Ridgid has a longer side handle and that is a hint that the power rating is probably true because the UL certification would make them have a handle within the parameters for the power.
Battery choice was difficult because of the new Ridgid Octane batteries offerings and what we had in M18 batteries. We used every Ridgid Octane battery including the 3.0 Ah, 6.0 Ah and 9.0 Ah. On the tests where we compared the two drills directly, we used a 9.0 Ah battery on both and we also would switch bits between each test to make sure everything was fair. We feel the final outcome of the testing is clear as there was never once that the winning tool did not win a side by side contest.
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Ridgid Gen 5x Octane Hammer Drill Specs
Model Number: R8611506B
Torque: 1300 in-lbs
Anvil Size: 1/2″ Friction Ring
No Load Speed: 0-540 RPM/0-2000 RPM
No Load BPM: 0-8500 BPM/0-31,000 BPM
Warranty: 3-Year Limited Warranty, Lifetime Service Agreement Eligible with Registration