Ridgid R7111 Review

Ridgid R7111

Ridgid R7111 Ridgid
R7111

Heavy Duty 1/2" VSR
Power Drill
1/2" Keyed Chuck
Price Level: $
Power

8

Amps
Speed

850

Max RPM
Weight

5

Pounds
Capacity

1.5

In. Wood Bit
Warranty

Life

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The R7111 is 12% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 20% of power drills for amperage. The motor carries 0.8 amps more electrical current load than the average 7.2 amp corded drill.
SPEED This Ridgid drill has about average speed with a max RPM comparable with standard power drills. The average corded drill in this class runs at speeds up to 1090 RPM.  
WEIGHT It is 9% heavier than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of power drills for higher weight. It weighs 0.4 lbs more than the average 4.6 lb corded drill and may increase operator fatigue.  
CAPACITY This power drill has a higher than average wood bit capacity and ranks in the top class of corded drills. It can drill a hole in wood that is larger than the average 1-1/4" hole capacity for corded drills.
WARRANTY Ridgid's lifetime limited tool warranty is significantly longer than most drill manufacturers and ranks in the top 30% of drills. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.


Ridgid R7111 Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 8 amps - The R7111 is 12% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 20% of power drills for amperage. The motor carries 0.8 amps more electrical current load than the average 7.2 amp corded drill.
Capacity
Wood
1.5" Hole - This power drill has a higher than average wood bit capacity and ranks in the top class of corded drills. It can drill a hole in wood that is larger than the average 1-1/4" hole capacity for corded drills.
Speed 0-850 RPM - This Ridgid drill has about average speed with a max RPM comparable with standard power drills. The average corded drill in this class runs at speeds up to 1090 RPM.  
Capacity
Steel
0.5" Hole - This power drill has a higher than average bit capacity for steel and ranks in the top 40% of corded drills. It can drill a hole in steel that is 1/8" larger than the average 3/8" hole capacity for corded drills.
Power
Ratio
1.6 P/W - The Ridgid R7111 is designed with an average power-to-weight ratio that is standard for mid-range power drills. The average P/W ratio is about 1.6 for corded drills.  
Gear
Reduction
Single - Gear systems without double or triple reduction generally provide less torque for a given amperage. They operate less efficiently at lower speeds and the gears receive more stress and wear.  


DURABILITY RATINGS
Gear
Housing
All-Metal - The Ridgid R7111 is manufactured with an all-metal gear housing that protects the transmission and prevents the drill from cracking when dropped onto hard surfaces such as concrete.
Gears All-Metal - The transmission contains all-metal gears that provide superior durability compared to nylon gears found in some drills. Gears spin at high RPMs and are susceptible to material break-down.
Warranty Lifetime - Ridgid's lifetime limited tool warranty is significantly longer than most drill manufacturers and ranks in the top 30% of drills. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 5 lbs - It is 9% heavier than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of power drills for higher weight. It weighs 0.4 lbs more than the average 4.6 lb corded drill and may increase operator fatigue.  
Length Cordless drill length is a personal preference, but shorter is generally better to help you in close quarters such as under a sink, or drilling in-between studs. Torque is harder to handle if the drill is too short though.  
Spindle
Lock
No Spindle Lock - This power drill has a keyed chuck with superior gripping ability. Spindle lock is only applicable to keyless chucks and allows the operator to change drill bits with just one hand.  
Belt
Hook
No Belt Hook - There is no provision to hang the drill on your belt and free-up both hands to perform other tasks. You may be able to purchase a separate belt clip that can be attached to the drill.  
Side
Handle
Side Handle Included - Higher torque levels can cause injury if a bit suddenly binds or the drill slips. A side handle is essential to handle more powerful drills and provides additional stability and control.
VSR VSR - Most cordless drills are equipped with variable speed capability that can be controlled with simple trigger pressure. Reverse is usually performed with the push of a side-to-side button.


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