Ridgid Adds Right-Angle Impact Wrench to Its Subcompact Brushless Lineup
Ridgid has quite the spread when it comes to fastening tools, and impact wrenches are among the most commonly used in the brand’s lineup. The problem with the normal impact wrench design is that they can be pretty bulky which can make it hard to get into tight areas like engine bays. To help alleviate this pain point, Ridgid is introducing the 18V Right Angle Impact Wrench and we’re looking at where it stands in the lineup.
Ridgid 18V Right Angle Impact Wrench Performance
- Model: Ridgid R8720B (3/8-inch); Ridgid R8721B (1/2-inch)
- Up to 250 ft-lbs of breakaway torque
- Brushless motor
- 3 speeds
- Max speed: 3200 RPM
- Max impact rate: 3800 IPM
- Variable speed trigger
- Auto-tightening mode prevents over-tightening
- Reverse auto-tightening delivers full breakaway torque and stops when the bolt is loose
The R8720B and R8721B right-angle impact wrenches feature 3/8-inch and 1/2-inch drives, respectively. Both sizes have the same performance specs, with up to 250 ft-lbs of breakaway torque thanks to their brushless motor.
For speeds, this tool achieves up to 3200 RPM, with three speed settings to choose from. A variable speed trigger also lets you dial in your speeds even further for the application at hand. At the top end, this Ridgid impact wrench sees impact rates up to 3800 IPM.
Additionally, an auto-tightening mode automatically stops rotation to prevent the over-tightening of bolts. It also works in reverse, delivering the full breakaway torque and then automatically stopping once the bolt is loosened.
Ridgid 18V Right Angle Impact Wrench Design
- Drive size: 3/8-inch; 1/2-inch
- Dimensions (LxWxH): 17 x 2.2 x 2.4 inches
- Weight: 3.1 pounds
- Forward/reverse switch
- Compact, inline design
- LED light
- Cushioned grip
- Compatible with all Ridgid 18V batteries
As mentioned above, this tool comes in drive sizes of either 1/2-inch or 3/8-inch. With a sub-compact, inline design, this tool weighs a modest 3.1 pounds and stands 17 inches in length. Ridgid tells us this is the most compact right-angle impact wrench in its class.
It features a forward/reverse switch that lets you change the rotational direction, as well as a power lockout switch to lock the trigger while you’re not using the tool.
Other convenience details include a cushioned hex grip for comfort and an LED work light to illuminate your work area.
Ridgid 18V Right Angle Impact Wrench Price
Both the 1/2-inch and 3/8-inch models retail for $199 as bare tools. There are no kit options at the time of writing. Ridgid backs your purchase with a 3-year warranty and a Lifetime Service Agreement upon registration.