Has anyone bought and used the Ridgid 18V BRUSHLESS 18 GAUGE 2-1/8 IN. BRAD NAILER BARE TOOL

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Forum topic by ohtimberwolf posted 06-14-2017 08:21 PM 1253 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-14-2017 08:21 PM

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that HD sells for $199.00 I am about to pull the trigger but would like some input from LJ’s. I have a large air nailer and air pin but I need one that will not distrurb renters and neighbors when working. I also already have batteries and a charger for my ridgid drill and impact driver. larry

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#1 posted 06-14-2017 09:46 PM

I bought Ryobi’s version of that tool, because I already had the batteries. Don’t recall the exact price, but I think it was a little less than the Ridgid. I like it because I don’t have to drag the hose around nor bring the compressor to the work.

Downside is they are heavy (don’t know about Ridgid’s), and they cycle more slowly than an air powered (except when the compressor’s tank runs low, and it comes on to run noisily for a while). I’d say the lag between pulling the trigger and the shooting of the brad is about one second. I also bought the stapler, for the same reasons.

They seem plenty powerful, and an 18 v. lithium batter will shoot a lot of brads or staples.

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#2 posted 06-14-2017 10:04 PM

I looked at the Ryobi and it was real tempting. The Ridgid has a double piston so you don’t have a lag. The lifetime service on batteries and parts and the fact that I would have to buy a charger and battery for the Ryobi put me close to the cost of the Ridgid so that makes a real difference for me.

I just wondered what sort of feedback I would get from users of the Ridgid as that is probably the smart way for me to go if there are not any surprises in the mix. You are right, they are sort of heavy but after lifting several other really heavy items they feel much lighter. :) I suppose I will make a trip to Massillion tomorrow to get one. Lowe’s doesn’t sell them. larry

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