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Old 05-19-2010, 12:07 PM   #1
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I've long loved Makita products. I'll also use Milwaukee, and barring that, DeWalt.

I don't like Ryobi. I don't know why. It might just be that they feel cheap. (I also dislike their battery chargers.)

So how do you all feel about RIGID? I try to stick with a brand and stay with it, but buying at the local store when you need something right now can mess that up.

I didn't notice RIGID's lifetime parts/labor until recently...and I have to admit that I never really wanted a reciprocating saw until I saw their two-handed model that looks like some kind of strange flame thrower modeled after a sub-machine gun. I just wanted it. But it got me wondering about their reliability and products as a whole.

So what do you think?

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I think a person should not concentrate on one brand of tools, whether or not if that brand is Rigid or even a high end brand like Festool. Good tools can be found in all brands even some from HF. It all depends on the users requirement for balancing functionality, durability, and price. There are so many variables between users from an individual with a screwdriver and a pair of pliers in a kitchen drawer to a large focused contractor, that there is no one tool brand that fits all.
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Old 06-02-2010, 09:41 AM   #3
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If you are talking about the Rigid power tools that Home Depot sells you should remember one thing the power tools are made by individual companies and baged Rigid for Home Depot.for an example I bought a Metabo 4 1/2 inch angle grinder a few years back,only to find out that the Ridgid angle grinder was the same tool.
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Thanks for the info Metabo is a premier Tool company. I have one of their SDS drills that also came with a conventional chuck.

My estimation of Rigid just went up, knowing that at least some of their tools are from such a high end supplier.


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Old 06-02-2010, 03:08 PM   #5
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Bob,just want to make sure that I exppresed myself correctly in that not all the Ridgid tools are made by Metabo,I just know that the Metabo grinder I bought a few years back was also made for Ridgid and sold at Home Depot as a Ridgid grinder.hope that's clear
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Rigid is not a manufacturer. It is Home Depots label. Some of the tools are great--others not so--
All depends on the manufacturer.

Most Rigid compressors are made by Campbell Hausfield--Good outfit.

I've got 2 brad guns--really nice--I forgot who made those.

Emerson made their stationary tools a few years back--now someone else makes them--

As long as the Depot uses good vendors we are O.K. But they switch--then what?

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I'm looking to but a Rigid palm nailer. I've only read good reviews on it. It's hard to justify the higher price for the DeWalt which has similar reviews.
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You hit the nail on the head concerning the tools.It's like Sears and the Craftsman label.You have to find out who is making that particular tool for them.
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Jim--For your needs get the Rigid--Palm nailers are tough--most any brand will work well.

My Rigid brad guns have over 100,000 nails through them. Still like new.--Mike---
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I don't know the answer to this but I'll just throw it out here. Are you sure? I have seen Rigid on other sites so it's a little hard to see that it is HD's label. But I do recognize that, for the most part, HD is the most common retailer by far.
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Yes I am pretty sure on this.I have no problem to be called out on this though if someone can enlighten me otherwise.Now as far as Home Depot and the Ridgid and that's the spelling of it Ridgid not Rigid and I'm not trying to be a smarty pants here,Home Depot get's a certain manufacturer to make a tool for them and then they badge it Ridgid.But of course there is the Ridgid that makes all those plumbers tools like pipe threading machines and the like and they I think are part of the Emerson tool group.And you will notice like I did when I bought a Ridgid Home Depot vacuum it has an Emerson electric motor.
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Here are Some Rigid tools

Here are Some Ridgid Tools
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These places just use whatever manu is willing to build them the cheapest that year. Just like Grizzley. Some of ther tools are good, some are junk. Same with Craftsman.
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You know what I'm talking about Rusty! And you just have to wonder about all this other stuff,Kawasaki drills and saws,Rockwell tools that have nothing to do with the old classic Rockwell machinery.It seems they just steal a reputable name and apply it to any off shore made product.
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