TOOL REVIEW – Rigid OCTANETM 18V Jigsaw

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I’ve had the chance to test out a few cordless jigsaws over the past year, so let’s see how the new Ridgid Octane 18-volt Jig stacks up.

First Impression

Out of the box this jigsaw feels built well. I’ve always been a big fan of Ridgid tools, and this thing stacks up to what I’d expect from Ridgid. The rubber gripping on the tool feels great in your hand, whereas some other brands feel plastic and toy-like. The saw comes with a pack of blades to cut through several different materials, as well as a vacuum attachment to be able to work more cleanly and keep dust down.

Functionality

This saw has adjustable orbital action so there are 4 settings you can adjust the blade to for more precise cutting depending on the materials you’re cutting through. Another cool feature is that there’s a speed-adjustment knob ON TOP of there being a variable speed trigger so you have a lot more range in your speed control than the average cutting tool. I used this saw to cut 1×2’s when building a 6-ft x 8-ft shelving unit in my studio. It worked well and made quick work of the job. I didn’t use the “line-start” option but someone who’s doing a lot of woodwork may like this option as it allows for more precision when starting cuts in wood.

One other thing I found helpful was the “lock-on” button near the trigger. If you’re doing long cuts there is a small circular button you can press when the trigger is fully engaged, which allows the motor to stay locked on while you let go of the trigger. This can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing, but for those who do…you know the benefit of this feature.

Info From HomeDepot.com

RIDGID introduces the 18-Volt OCTANE Cordless Brushless 1/2 in. Impact Wrench (Tool-Only) with Belt Clip. OCTANE Tools feature high performance brushless motors and advanced electronics, providing best-in-class power and intelligence. This impact wrench has 4-modes, including a unique auto mode, that help it to stand out from the competition and make it a must have in any shop. RIDGID OCTANE brushless motors offer up to 50% more runtime and longer motor life. With registration, this kit is backed by the Industry’s Only Lifetime Service Agreement. The 18-Volt Brushless 1/2 in. Impact Wrench includes a belt clip with screws and an operator’s manual. Batteries and chargers are sold separately.

  • Brushless Motor Technology delivers up to 50% more runtime, more power, and longer motor life

  • 4-mode settings provide adjustable power and speed for the most demanding jobs and precision work

  • Maximum torque output of 485 ft./lbs. of torque in forward and 620 ft./lbs. of torque in reverse for heavy-duty applications

  • Tri-beam LED around the front housing helps to eliminate shadows

  • Auto mode setting automatically shuts the tool down when it begins to impact to prevent overtightening

  • Die-cast gear box for increased durability and professional quality

  • 1/2 in. friction ring anvil is compatible with popular impact-rated sockets

  • 100% Compatible: Works with all RIDGID 18-Volt Batteries

  • Lifetime Service Agreement with registration within 90 days of purchase

  • Includes: (1) R86011 18-Volt OCTANE Brushless 1/2 in. Impact Wrench, (1) belt hook with screw, and operator’s manual

  • Battery and charger sold separately

  • RIDGID: Powerful. Durable. Professional.

  • Click here for more information on Electronic Recycling Programs

 

Summary

This is a great saw, and honestly probably my favorite jig-saw that I have. I like the ergonomics of it, and the control you have over the speed and precision of the tool. It’s well-built and powerful, so for the professional user this tool definitely passes the “pro-grade” test. 5 out of 5 stars in my book.

For more detailed information on this Jigsaw CLICK HERE .

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