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Tool: R97801 18V SubCompact Drill/Impact Kit Shop Now  

Manufacturer: Rigid

MSRP: $199 (includes two 2.0Ah batteries, charger, carrying case)

The tool

Rigid’s lineup reinvention continues with the R97801 18V SubCompact Drill/Impact Kit. The kit includes their new 18v 1/2″ SubCompact brushless Drill/Driver and new 18v SubCompact Brushless Cordless Impact Drill, plus a charger, two 2.0Ah batteries, and a carrying case. The tools are available at Home Depot separately as R87012K ($149) and R872311K ($139) respectively.

Who’s It For?

DIY/Homeowner, Carpenters, Professional Woodworkers

Our thoughts

Combo kits are the value menu of the power tool world. They’re a great opportunity to get more for your money and this kit from Rigid is no exception. Both the drill and the impact are well made, plenty powerful, and backed by a great lifetime warranty. Running them through the usual around-the-shop tests showed no discernable flaws or issues. I appreciated how well-balanced and lightweight both tools were, and I was especially impressed with how high-quality they both felt. The plastics and rubber felt great, there was enough real metal to add a sense of value, and the seams were free from flashing and uneven edges. 

Overall I think Rigid has done a great job with this set, and it would be a good addition (or start) to your toolkit.

 


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