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Hey! I'm new here but I was just reading about a comparison between a ridgid and a dewalt and it reminded me of how disappointingly short the battery life is on the Ridgid. I bought it reconditioned, and promptly bought a brand new battery, hoping it would last an hour or two of driving 2inch exterior screws for a fence I was building. It maybe lasted 20 minutes, maybe 30, and i had to switch over to my 1/2 inch cordless drill. What's the deal???Does anyone else have similar experiences with the Ridgid or should I break down and buy a brand new one? Or, god forbid, switch brands?
That doesn't sound right to me on a brand new 14.4v battery. I have a Bosch 14.4v (NiCd) impact and I was just using it on 3" deck screws (into redwood) and it would run screws in consistently for about 45min to 1 hour per charge with constant use.

One thing that would help when driving a lot of screws is to get yourself wax to dip each screw into before driving it into the wood. This helps tremendously on how hard the drill has to work and for battery life. You can sometimes find a small container of wax to carry in your nailbag in the hardware aisle of HD or Lowes.
 
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