Ridgid 12V JobMax Cordless Multi-Tool

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
3.9
out of 5
Brand:
Ridgid
Model:
R82235
Price:
$100

Description

* Universal Adaptor – Compatible with most popular Multi-tool accessories
* Drive Gear Cover – Limits vibration and dampens sounds
* Tool-Free Quick Connect Interface – easily attach and detach the right head for the right application
* One-Handed Ergonomic Grip – maximum comfort for extended use
* Compact Head Profile – for reaching into tight spaces
* Directional Head Positions – adjustable for better access in tight spaces.
* LED Light – illuminates work space for increased visibility.
* Variable Speed Trigger – provides more speed control to match the application
* Powerful 3 Amp Motor – Provides 0-20,000 RPMs for varying applications
* Two Finger Trigger – Offers maximum comfort for extended use
* Variable Speed Trigger - Provides more speed control to match the application
* Hex Grip™ - Innovative micro texture for secure grip and maximum user comfort
* LED Light – Illuminates the work area for improved visibility
* Compact Head Profile - For reaching into tight spaces
* 4 Directional Head Positions – Adjustable for better access in tight spaces.
* Tool-Free Quick Connect Interface – Easily attach and detach the right head for the right application.
* Universal Adaptor - Compatible with all popular multi-tool accessories
* Motor: 3 Amps
* No Load Speeds: 0-20,000 OPM
* Tool Weight: 2.4 lbs.

WOOD magazine review

Interchangeable head part of a multiple tool system

Review Summary

This tool is essentially three pieces: battery, body with motor, and the oscillating head that snaps onto the body. It's part of Ridgid's JobMax line of tools where you snap different heads onto the cordless tool body. Changing heads proved tricky because the tabs fit into tiny slots that are next to impossible to disengage with fingertips alone—you'll need a small flat screwdriver for the job. This mounting style led to the greatest vibration of any tool in our test.
The infinitely variable speed trigger works great for setting the perfect amount of action on the tool, but it means you also have to keep one hand on the trigger, compromising comfort and the best ergonomic ways to hold the tool unless you do it two-handed. Unless you buy a kit with this tool included and a second battery, you only get one. But the battery did seem to hold a charge for a long time.

Detailed Ratings

3.5
out of 5

Performance

3

Features

4

Ease of Use

4

Value

3

Reader Reviews

Modularity isn't always the way to go

Review Summary

As stated above, this tool is essentially in three pieces. Since the job of this tool is to vibrate that means that you have a heck of a lot of oscillation in your hand when using it. In the real world that means that your hand will vibrate more with this tool than with any other model. The modularity of this tool is unique, giving you the ability to swap heads and use any of the several other tool heads in the Ridgid lineup.
But realistically, there are other tools that are a bit easier to use. The infinitely adjustable trigger is deceptive. In THEORY you can dial in just the right amount of speed. But reality says that what you're going to do is squeeze the trigger to its maximum speed and then get into the job. Holding a less than full-speed throttle setting just won't be something you will do. Sorry, Ridgid. If you're looking for a modular system and truly want to take advantage of the modularity,then the Ridgid may be for you. If all you want is a multitool I'd suggest looking elsewhere for better alternatives with more advanageous ergonomics.

Detailed Ratings

3.3
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

2

Value

3

Pretty handy little feller

Review Summary

I have been using this tool primarily as a detail sander for hard to reach places. Works excellent for that purpose. I already owned another tool that used the same battery, so that increased the value for me. Tool has a decent amount of power. Lasts a while on a charge and the built in battery level indicator is great. I wish my Rigid drill had that feature. The tool also feels very comfortable in my hand.
I didn't notice any unusually strong vibrations in the tool but I have never used a different tool of this type to compare it to. I also like the variable speed. I agree with Mr. Seiler that you will probably run the tool at full speed most of the time, but the variable speed enable you to kind of "soft start" the tool in close quarters. It requires an Allen key to change blades on the multifunction head, but to change heads all together, all you have to do is squeeze in two tabs. Works pretty easy. I recieved a free attachment when I bought it. I chose the recipricating saw head. Wish I would have chose the jigsaw head as the recipricating blade seems a bit more than than the tool can handle. I'm not going to condem it yet as I really haven't messed with it that much. I have already used this tool more than I thought I would. I've grabbed it for several jobs away from a power outlet. I would buy it again if I needed to.

Detailed Ratings

4.5
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

5

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

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