Ridgid R8611501K Review

Ridgid R8611501K

Ridgid R8611501K Ridgid
R8611501K

18V Li-Ion X4
Hammer Drill Driver
1/2" Chuck
Price Level: $$$
Torque

615

Max In-Lbs
Speed

1600

Max RPM
Weight

6.2

Lbs w Batt
Battery

3

Ah Capacity
Warranty

Life

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The R8611501K is 32% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 20% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 147 in-lbs more maximum torque than the average 468 in-lbs drill in its class.
SPEED This Ridgid cordless drill has about average speed with a max RPM comparable with standard 18V-class drills. The average cordless drill in this class runs at speeds up to 1584 RPM.  
WEIGHT It is 32% heavier than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of 18V-class drills for higher weight. It weighs 1.5 lbs more than the average 4.7 lb cordless drill in this class and may increase operator fatigue.  
BATTERY This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery has a 37% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 20% of 18V-class drills. It has 0.8 Ah more capacity than the average 2.2 Ah battery in this class.
WARRANTY Ridgid's lifetime limited tool warranty is significantly longer than most cordless drill manufacturers and ranks in the top 30% of cordless drills. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.


Ridgid R8611501K Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 615 in-lbs - The R8611501K is 32% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 20% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 147 in-lbs more maximum torque than the average 468 in-lbs drill in its class.
Speed
Settings
2 Settings 0-450 / 0-1,600 RPM - Fitted with both Low and High speed settings that come standard on most cordless drills. Speed selection is an important feature to match drilling or driving RPM to each unique job.
Max
Speed
1600 RPM - This Ridgid cordless drill has about average speed with a max RPM comparable with standard 18V-class drills. The average cordless drill in this class runs at speeds up to 1584 RPM.  
Clutch 24 Settings - The Ridgid R8611501K has an above average number of clutch settings that provide a wide range of protection for almost any job. The clutch acts like a brake and helps prevent stripping screws.
Power
Ratio
99 P/W - The Ridgid R8611501K is designed with an average power-to-weight ratio that is standard for mid-range 18V-class cordless drills. The average P/W ratio is about 100 for cordless drills in this voltage class.  
Hammer 0-7,200 / 0-25,600 IPM - Generates a hammer impact rate that's 6% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of hammer drills for IPM. It delivers 1400 less impacts per minute (IPM) than the average 27000 IPM drill.  


DURABILITY RATINGS
Gear
Case
All-Metal - The Ridgid R8611501K transmission has all-metal gears that provide superior durability compared to nylon gears found in many drills. Gears spin at high RPMs and are susceptible to material break-down.
Chuck All-Metal - Drills are commonly dropped-off ladders onto concrete and the chuck often bears the brunt of the impact. An all-metal chuck with metal sleeve helps prevent damage and costly repairs.
Motor No Brush Access - The entire drill usually has to be taken apart in order to access the motor brushes. Motor brushes wear-out and must be replaced periodically, but repair costs can sometimes be prohibitive.  
Warranty Lifetime - Ridgid's lifetime limited tool warranty is significantly longer than most cordless drill manufacturers and ranks in the top 30% of cordless drills. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.


BATTERY RATINGS
Type Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) Hyper Lithium - Newer technology rechargeable battery that provides higher capacity and longer run-time with less weight, but are more expensive than the older NiCd and NiMH batteries.
Capacity 3 Ah - This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery has a 37% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 20% of 18V-class drills. It has 0.8 Ah more capacity than the average 2.2 Ah battery in this class.
Charge
Time
45 min Ridgid Charger - Battery charge-time is quicker than average. Nice feature for those times when you don't have a charged replacement battery ready to go and you're in the middle of a job.
Fuel
Gauge
No Battery Fuel Gauge - Not equipped with a battery charge indicator that alerts you to remaining battery life or if the batteries are running low. Sudden battery failure during the job is a common frustration.  
Backup 2 Batteries Included - It's important to have a second back-up battery for the Ridgid R8611501K that's charged and ready to go. Makes it easy to swap-out batteries during the job with minimal down-time.


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 6.2 lbs Tool Plus Battery - It is 32% heavier than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of 18V-class drills for higher weight. It weighs 1.5 lbs more than the average 4.7 lb cordless drill in this class 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
One-Hand Bit Change - This single-sleeve chuck has auto spindle lock. The drill bit can be changed with only one hand by simply spinning the chuck open to release the bit, and counter-spinning it to tighten.
LED
Light
Integrated LED Light - The Ridgid R8611501K illuminates your work area and allows you to clearly see your bit position and depth while you're drilling or driving. Great feature that's now available on many cordless drills.
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.
Bubble
Level
No Bubble Level - This feature is only available on a few drills and can be helpful in situations where precision holes are critical for alignment. Most projects can be performed with just visual sighting.  
Keyless Keyless Chuck - Nearly all cordless drills are now equipped with keyless chucks that can be tightened with both hands (double-sleeve) or just one hand (single-sleeve) without the use of a key.
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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