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[Home Depot] Ridgid 18V brushless sub-compact cordless drill and driver combo kit $249 + free tool of choice

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[Home Depot] Ridgid 18V brushless sub-compact cordless drill and driver combo kit $249 + free tool of choice

From what I read, Ridgid tools come with Lifetime warranty, including battery replacement.

The drill and impact driver combo kit is $249, plus the choice of a free tool:

18V sub-compact cordless 3/8-inch impact wrench $159
18V sub-compact cordless multi-material saw $139
18V 2.0Ah Hyper Lithium Ion Compact Battery Pack $118
See https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/catego ... offer.html

I think I read in another Home Depot thread that the free tool might have its own max refund value, and if true, and you don't need the free tool, the combo kit's overall cost could become lower.

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The drill/impact driver combo comes to about 148 plus tax if you get the impact wrench as free tool, use the 5 dollar coupon and then refund the impact wrench.
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bitbitbit wrote: The drill/impact driver combo comes to about 148 plus tax if you get the impact wrench as free tool, use the 5 dollar coupon and then refund the impact wrench.
Can you elaborate? Please
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If you have to pay for the impact wrench, it would be 249 + 159 before tax ($408) and the drill combo would be 61% of the total. Since the impact wrench is free, you are paying 249 - $5 if you use the coupon you get for signing up for newsletter. When you refund the impact wrench, you get 39% of 244 back (ie $95.2), so you are effectively paying around 148 for the drill combo
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bitbitbit wrote: If you have to pay for the impact wrench, it would be 249 + 159 before tax ($408) and the drill combo would be 61% of the total. Since the impact wrench is free, you are paying 249 - $5 if you use the coupon you get for signing up for newsletter. When you refund the impact wrench, you get 39% of 244 back (ie $95.2), so you are effectively paying around 148 for the drill combo
Wow incredible..
So essentially this works because you use the 5 dollars...
Otherwise if you try to return it, you wouldn't be able to?
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ibrahim wrote: Wow incredible..
So essentially this works because you use the 5 dollars...
Otherwise if you try to return it, you wouldn't be able to?
You just save a little more but the whole process is still the same without the coupon (I think the drill combo will be 151 or 152 without the coupon)
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Is the combo and the impact wrench sufficient for weekend projects? Noob at power tools, wanted to get an impact wrench for winter tire changes but the other tools may also find some use around the house.
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bitbitbit wrote: You just save a little more but the whole process is still the same without the coupon (I think the drill combo will be 151 or 152 without the coupon)

Home Depot lets you return the "free" tool? That's not a YMMV thing?
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Given the free tool was "Free" does that affect its eligibility for the Lifetime Service Agreement?
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JordanO81 wrote: Given the free tool was "Free" does that affect its eligibility for the Lifetime Service Agreement?
Nope.. but to register takes a longgggggg time.. in general. You pretty much have to call them.
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bitbitbit wrote: If you have to pay for the impact wrench, it would be 249 + 159 before tax ($408) and the drill combo would be 61% of the total. Since the impact wrench is free, you are paying 249 - $5 if you use the coupon you get for signing up for newsletter. When you refund the impact wrench, you get 39% of 244 back (ie $95.2), so you are effectively paying around 148 for the drill combo
Has anyone been able to return a "gift" tool? Is this calculation indeed how it works when returning a gift?
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taurine wrote: Is the combo and the impact wrench sufficient for weekend projects? Noob at power tools, wanted to get an impact wrench for winter tire changes but the other tools may also find some use around the house.
More than enough. Tools are addictive though, you will probably buy more soon Smiling Face With Sunglasses
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simplealgebra wrote: Has anyone been able to return a "gift" tool? Is this calculation indeed how it works when returning a gift?
Yes, it's pretty normal. The odd CSR doesn't understand but most do.
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Squirrel99 wrote: Home Depot lets you return the "free" tool? That's not a YMMV thing?
In my case, the mileage was definitely variable. I was unsuccessful in returning an item purchased as part of a combo. Other RFD members have reported success, sometimes to a dizzying degree (e.g., repeatedly returning the "free" battery to accumulate a whole set of power tools). At a store in the USA, the maximum return value of each item was printed on the receipt ("math is hard"), so this eventuality seems to have been anticipated. You would have the option of returning the whole package if unable to prevail on a partial return.

Still, with the free tool, each one comes in at a little over $80 and the package includes 2x 2 Ah batteries and a small charger. And an orange & black tool bag!

Bear in mind that these are the new sub-compact tools in the Ridgid line. They are touted as 30% lighter than the standard models. The heads are certainly diminutive. However, the bases accommodate the normal Ridgid 18V batteries so will limit flexibility of access in really tight situations. The batteries supplied with the drill/driver combo are slightly smaller than the normal ones, but this does not change the situation materially -- maybe intended more for optics.

That being said, there are some points to consider about these tools:
  • Functionality is basic.
  • Tools are billed as durable with metal gearing (despite the light weight).
  • Tools are brushless.
  • Tools work with the whole line of Ridgid 18V batteries.
  • LEDs are mounted in the tool base and not particularly bright. There is no separate light trigger switch on the handle.
  • Drill/driver has no impact mode. It does have 2 speed ranges and > 20 torque settings for driving screws. The chuck is full-size 1/2" but is housed in plastic.
  • Impact driver has no mode settings (the impact wrench does). Some reviews complain that the small handle can lead to unintentional actuation of the fwd/rev toggle switch.
  • Tools are not part of the Octane range. They will work with Octane batteries, but don't have the Vulcan mind-meld functionality for transcendent power delivery.
  • Batteries don't have Bluetooth (so no playing "Where's Waldo" with these units). Batteries don't have the rubber over-mold and are more slippery on hard surfaces.
taurine wrote: Is the combo and the impact wrench sufficient for weekend projects? Noob at power tools, wanted to get an impact wrench for winter tire changes but the other tools may also find some use around the house.
These tools are well-suited to weekend projects if one can live with their limitations/feature set. The batteries will work with other Ridgid tools, enabling future purchases (you know you want to...).

The impact wrench might not be the best choice for tire changes. It is rated at 225 marketing ft-lbs of breakaway (AKA "nut-busting") torque, which in theory should be enough for most lug nuts if your garage was not excessively enthusiastic when last installing wheels. I've not had good experience with marginally-rated capacity in this area. Could be another mileage-varying case. Also note that 1/2" drive impact wrenches and sockets are more typically recommended for this application. There are adapters to allow the use of 1/2" sockets with 3/8" tools...

Some RFDers have reported in-store clearance of the much-more-capable Gen 5X 1/2" impact wrench in the $85 range; would be worth investigation at the local HD (in-store only clearance).
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RobinW51044 wrote: Nope.. but to register takes a longgggggg time.. in general. You pretty much have to call them.
I've registered a lot of Ridgid tools. Only once had to call after two months.

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