Review

Ridgid’s JobMax 12-volt tool system uses interchangeable heads on a single “stick” drive unit.
The starter kit comes with an oscillating multifunction tool head (including two blades and a sanding attachment), one 12-volt lithium-ion battery, and a charger. You can buy optional drill, impact-driver, auto-hammer, jigsaw, and 3/8"-ratchet heads to fit the tool. We’d also suggest an extra battery ($40) so you don’t wait for this one to charge. It’s a cinch to change heads: Just squeeze the release tabs, pop one head off, and snap on another. The drive unit handles awkwardly at times—especially working in tight spaces—and we kept finding ourselves choking up on the tool for greater leverage, placing an index finger above the trigger. As you might expect, a tool designed to perform this many tasks excels at a few, while sometimes compromising performance for convenience. For example, the drill’s top speed of 550 rpm is slower than we’d like, and the absence of a clutch left us on our own to know when to stop driving screws. We wish the multi-tool head had a faster speed as well. One nice thing, though: It readily accepts accessory attachments from most other brands without an adapter. And the auto-hammer (essentially an impact hammer), although helpful for driving nails in tight spots where you can’t swing a hammer, proves loud and uncomfortable for more than a few nails. The tool’s low speed actually helps the impact driver and ratcheting heads develop greater torque for driving bolts and screws.

Product

Performance

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

Features

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Ease of Use

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

Value

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
4.3
out of 5