More cordless, more compact, more do-it-yourself home-repair tools. That’s the latest from the folks at the Ridgid and Ryobi brands of tools. Jason Swanson, spokesman for both brands, came to the WOOD Magazine shop today to show us dozens of new products, most of which will launch later this year at Home Depot stores.
For the Ridgid brand, first up is a compact jigsaw that will sell for $99. Requiring only 3 amps, this jigsaw has a soft-start motor, a 1/2″ blade stroke, tool-free blade changes, an LED light, and a built-in blower and 1-1/4″ vacuum port.
Ridgid also is replacing its granite-top contractor-style tablesaw with a traditional cast-iron-top model with a riving knife. The R4512 will sell for $499. It has 30″ of rip capacity to the right of the blade, and 15″ to the left, an aluminum rip fence with T-slots in it, a miter gauge, and a closed-cabinet for better dust collection and sound reduction. It will also have the familiar Herc-U-Lift mobile base built into it.
Adding to its cordless line, Ridgid has added a 12-volt tool with interchangeable heads. You can buy the JobMax Multi-Tool with two batteries and charger as a starter kit for $99, then add separate heads as you need them for $40 to $50 apiece. The oscillating Multi-Tool comes with two saw blades and a triangular sanding pad with sandpaper, but you can use the included universal adaptor to mount any accessory heads or attachments from competitive brands. Optional heads for this unit are a right-angle driver with quick-connect chuck, right-angle drill with three-jaw chuck, ratcheting driver with 3/8″ square drive, and a right-angle auto-hammer that drives nails with repetitive taps of the driver shaft.
On the Ryobi side, there’s a new 7-1/4″ compound mitersaw selling for $79. This lightweight, 9-amp saw has 9 miter detents, a workholding clamp, and a cutline laser.
Ryobi also has a new portable flooring saw for $149. This saw has a 5″ blade and cuts up to 3/4″-thick stock. It has 11″ of crosscut capacity, 8″ of 45° miter capacity, and 8″ of rip capacity. (You lock the saw in place and move the fence parallel to it to push boards through it for rip cuts.)
New in Ryobi’s 18-volt One-Plus lithium-ion platform are a Xenon high-beam work light and an impact wrench with a 1/2″ square drive as well as a 1/4″ quick-connect chuck that slips over it.
Also in the One-Plus line is a compact, portable radio with 10 AM and FM digital presets, a 3-1/2″ speaker, and an MP3 port and player clip. It runs on an 18-volt battery, but has 2 AAA batteries to maintain the clock and radio presets. It sells for $30 but does not include the 18-volt battery.
In Ryobi’s Tek4 line, using 4-volt lithium-ion battery packs, there’s a stud sensor for $50, LED light for $15, and an inspection camera with LCD screen and 3′-long waterproof camera cable for $139.
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