by Steve Smith

Ridgid Inc. introduced a new line of 35 handheld, corded, cordless, benchtop and stationary power tools for the professional building trades. The complete line will be available through wholesale distribution and Home Depot outlets beginning this month.

“The new line is a natural extension of the Ridgid brand and 80-year track record of providing best-in-class tools for professionals,” said Pat Sly, executive vice president of Emerson, the corporate parent of Ridgid.

Marketing and product development executives spent thousands of hours talking with contractors to better understand how they work, the challenges they encounter and the power tools that they need. While many of the tools are more geared to carpenters, here’s a couple that may be of particular importance to PM readers:

  • The X2 18-volt Cordless 1/2-inch Rear Handle Hammer Drill is equipped with a two-speed transmission (0-400/0-1,600 rpm) and a high-speed gearbox for hammering action at range of 0-6,400 and 0-25,600 blows per minute. A 24-position clutch regulates the high torque output (up to 485 in.-lbs.) and a 360-degree auxiliary handle enhances user control.

  • The Heavy Duty 1/2-inch VSR Hammer/Pulse Drill features two dials to control the torque and speed of the drill, allowing the drill to monitor the needed torque and adjust accordingly. The drill has two variable speeds (0-1,000/0-3,000 rpm) for screwdriving and drilling. For hammer drilling, it runs at 0-19,000 rpms or 0-57,000 blows per minute.

    For more information, go to or call 800/4-RIDGID (800/474-3443).