Offering up 50 percent more runtime, the GEN5X Brushless motor that powers this new hammer drill/driver also promises to perform longer over the life of the tool, while providing best-in-class torque in a compact size. An 18-volt lithium-ion battery powers the drill, and the pairing produces up to 700 in.-lbs. of torque over two speed ranges: 0 to 550 or 0 to 2,100 RPM. In hammer function, the R86116K delivers up to 7,150 beats per minute (BPM) in low mode and as much as 27,300 BPM in high mode.
The tool has a ½-in. capacity, single-sleeve ratcheting chuck with a carbide locking mechanism to hold bits securely during high torque applications. RIDGID’s premium micro clutch design gives you over 100 torque settings, and a die-cast gearbox ensures jobsite durability.
A mode selector enables quick transitions between driving, drilling or hammering modes without changing the micro clutch setting, and you can switch between contact or sequential actuation. In typical fashion, RIDGID appoints this drill/driver with ample soft overmolds in a Hex Grip™ styling, so it should be comfortable to hold for extended periods. A task light on the grip works independently of the trigger to illuminate the drilling or driving task at hand.
The R86116K also includes two 2.0 Ah batteries, charger, auxiliary side handle, belt hooks, double-ended bit and a carry bag. And, covered under the company’s Lifetime Service Agreement, replacement batteries, parts and service are free for life.
RIDGID reports that the GEN5X Brushless Compact Hammer Drill/Driver Kit is coming to The Home Depot stores this month. It will sell for $179.