Ridgid 18V Brushless Oscillating Tool Overtakes Octane and We’re Not Looking Back
When you hear someone say “multi-tool”, a lot of people think back to one of the trusty Leatherman options. The combination of essential hand tools is a must-have for any outdoor adventurer. In a similar way, the Ridgid 18V Brushless Oscillating Multi-Tool proves incredibly valuable in unique situations where other tools just can’t cut it.
- Excellent cutting and sanding performance
- Improved vibration control
- Lighter and more compact than previous models
- Excellent grip ergonomics at a variety of cutting angles
- Blade changes are a little clunky
We put this tool to the test cutting and sanding a variety of materials. The first thing we noticed was how comfortable and balanced it feels in our hands. The 2.0Ah Max Output battery delivers the power you need to quickly undercut a door jamb or strip out that old grout in your shower. Keep in mind, this tool is also compatible with any of Ridgid’s other 18V batteries.
As we made a few cross cuts and shave cuts through stud material, the new design made it very easy to control at both high and low speeds. The comfortable rubber overmold still makes for a confident grip while the 20,000 OPM and 3.6° oscillation angle made quick work of some aluminum C-channel pipe. True to its multi-tool roots, we switched over to a sanding attachment and smoothed out some rough edges on our workbench. At no point did we get the sense we overworked the brushless motor, even while applying significant force.
PTR Test Track Results
We were pleased with the performance, but we also needed to see how this model compares to other. Enter the PTR Oscillating Tool Test Track featuring a door jamb undercut, drywall cutout, grout clearing, and sanding. When the dust settled, Ridgid finished in a tie for 5th place at 1 minute, 40 seconds.
There’s some context to add to the equation, though. The four models that finished higher all have quick-change systems, giving them an advantage in the two accessory changes we have to make. So while we don’t want to take away from the convenience those systems offer, Ridgid is actually one of the fastest OMTs in the individual sections.
Compared to the Octane model’s time, there was significant improvement. That multi-tool finished in 2:07—27 seconds slower than this updated version!
Check out how Ridgid performed on our Test Track in this video!
Ridgid doesn’t claim any particular improvements in vibration control on this model. However, it doesn’t chatter as much as previous designs in our opinion.
Job Max has been such an integral part of Ridgid’s OMT game that it was surprising to see this version come out as a dedicated oscillating tool. However, this sleek oscillating multi-tool has some really nice ergonomic features. In particular, the grip and speed control both feel very natural. One of Ridgid’s high points has been the ergonomics of the grip area and it’s actually better with this model. This design has a more natural feeling when you have to turn the tool and cut at odd angles.
It’s a nice lightweight, compact design, too. It’s just 2.0 pounds bare and the 2.0Ah Max Output battery brings it up to 3.0 pounds. Measuring 12 3/8 inches long, the tool is nearly 3 inches shorter than Octane.
This may be a subjective topic, but, Ridgid’s oscillating multi-tool does not have a trigger. Instead, they chose to incorporate a more common slide switch with a variable speed dial. It’s easy to manipulate with your index finger or thumb, depending on your angle.
We know that some folks prefer a trigger, believe me, I’m one of them. However, it was nice to focus my attention on cut quality rather than maintaining trigger speed. On the other hand, the switch and dial design is what most of our team prefers.
Although there is an update making the blade release lever easier to use, changing between blades is still a little laborious compared to other models such as Starlock or DeWalt’s spring-loaded system. Like previous models, you still need to flip the metal clamp around to release some accessories.
- Compatible with all Ridgid 18V batteries
You can snag one of these kits for $159.00. The kit includes the tool along with a 2.0Ah Max Power battery and charger. At the time we’re writing this, the tool is not available as a bare tool.
Another great addition to this package is the lifetime parts and service warranty. Just register the product with Ridgid within 90 days of purchase to take advantage.
The Bottom Line
Unless you rely on the Job Max interchangeable head design or love its variable speed switch, you should really consider making the move to Ridgid’s dedicated 18V brushless OMT. Its lighter weight, shorter length, better grip ergonomics, lower vibration, and higher performance are a big step up in our opinion.
Ridgid Max Output Oscillating Multi-Tool Specifications
- Model: Ridgid R86240KSBN
- Motor: Brushless
- Oscillation Arc Range: 3.6º
- Oscillations Per Minute: 10,000-20,000 OPM
- Weight(With Battery): 3.0 lbs.
- Weight(Without Battery): 2.0 lbs.
- Length: 12 3/8 in.
- Warranty: Lifetime Service Agreement
- Kit Price: $159 with 2.0Ah Max Output battery and charger