Complete Review of Gen5X Brushless Hammer Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit
Editor Rating: 4/5
Gen5X Hammer Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit Review
Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson
Buying new tools isn’t an easy task with so many options on the market. Is it better to get every tool separately or do you go for a combo kit that has the tools you need? The answer to that question depends on what you plan on using them on, but if it’s only for doing some light repairs and home improvement jobs, the 18-Volt Gen5x two-piece set is the best choice.
Sure, there are many other similar combo kits made by respected companies, but what you get with GEN5X tools is superior to most of them. This two-piece Gen5x tool set contains two fantastic tools, the Hammer drill, and the Impact driver. Why are they better than other devices? Well, they provide more power, control, and runtime. The tools also come with a lifetime service agreement you can’t find anywhere else.
These two fantastic tools are compact, well-designed, they feel sturdy, and like they would survive a fall undamaged. They have brushless motors that extend battery life. These are powerful cordless tools with performances like cord-like tools, so you can even use them on heavy-duty jobs until the batteries die. The charger is included with the purchase, so you can charge one battery while using another. You also get a nice hard case to pack the tools in for convenient carry and storage.So, if you like how it sounds so far, keep reading, and we’ll give you all the details
- Number of tools: 2
- Weight: 13lbs
- Batteries: 2 4aH batteries included
- Voltage: 18V
- Warranty: Lifetime service agreement
Gen5X Hammer Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit – The Basics
If you do a lot of drilling, driving crews and hammering nails around the house, you know that things go much smoother with the right set of tools. The GEN5X tool series offers a line of cordless tools known for their cord-like power and performance. With that in mind, we got our hands on the two-piece hammer drill, and impact driver tool set, eager to try it out in the garage.
We love everything about Ridgid. Their tools are not only superior to others when it comes to performance, but they also look better. These two tools are the ones that are most used around the world, and Ridgid didn’t disappoint us at all. The hammer drill provides a no-load speed of up to 2,100 RPM and a hammering speed of an impressive 27,300 BPM. It offers 700 inch-pounds of torque and weighs only 4.7 lbs with the battery attached. You also get features like the 2-speed motor, a micro-clutch, and a mode selection switch, but we’ll get back to that in a minute.
The second tool is the 3-speed impact driver. Again, it’s a highly powerful impact driver with up to 2250 inch-pounds of torque and produces 2750 RPM. The tool weighs 2.44 lbs without the battery, and it has a 1/4″ hex chuck. Apart from the 3-speed motor, you get features like the Tri-Beam LED light, and one-handed bit loader. Together, these two fantastic tools will be more than useful for most jobs around the house. Not only that, they are cordless, so you can take your work in the middle of the woods if needed. Now it’s time we take a look at each tool individually.
Ridgid Gen5X Brushless Compact Hammer Drill
The R86116 Hammer Drill is one compact yet powerful tool. It’s got some serious drilling power, but also driving and securing lag bolts. You can drill 1/4″ holes with ease, and you won’t even reach the highest torque levels. With 2100 rotations per minute, it’s far more superior than what you need for drilling jobs. You will be able to make holes in wood, plastic, metal, pipes, you name it, this drill will bore holes in seconds.
Compared to other similar models, this one is the winner when it comes to high speed and low-stress applications. It outperformed models that were twice the price in some applications. The 700 in-lbs of torque will push the motor in heavy-duty jobs, but the number is definitely impressive because this is a cordless tool. The new brushless motor uses 50% energy less than a 4-pole motor, giving you plenty of run-time on a single charge. The micro clutch has 100 settings, so you can completely customize the performance for each task.
The ergonomic hex-grip with a rubber overmold sits well in hand and prevents any slipping. The tool is only 4.7 lbs, so you won’t get fatigue even after using it for hours. You can change modes on the go with the mode selection switch. It’s an easy to use tool designed for novices as well as professionals.
Ridgid Gen5X Brushless 3-Speed Impact Driver
The GEN5X impact driver is also a compact tool that gets the job done quickly. Driving a 3-1/2″ drywall screw into plywood takes only 2.6 seconds to complete. The raw power you get with the R86037 Impact Driver will surprise you every time you use it. It will also outperform many tools when you want to drive flush with your work surface. The 3-speed settings allow you to calibrate the RPM for every application.
Driving lag bolts is also a breeze with this tool, with an average of 8.3 seconds per bolt. It can even drive a 1/2″ x 5″ lag bolt into wood with a little patience. No matter how hard the task at hand is, the impact driver won’t give up on you. You can use it on plastic and metal sheets, but also concrete blocks and bricks.
Accessories and warranty
Like all GEN5X Ridgid tools, this one also comes with a lifetime service agreement. Some accessories are also included. You will get a charger, two 18V 4aH batteries, 2 belt hooks with screws, an auxiliary handle, 2 bits, and a bag
High power tools
Suitable for all applications
Long battery life
Lifetime service agreement
A bit heavy
Things we liked about it
We liked both tools when it comes to power and application. They outperformed most competitor tools, and they come with a lifetime service agreement, which is something you won’t find elsewhere.
Things we didn’t like
The only thing we can think of has to be the weight. The tools are not too heavy, but they weigh more than some other cordless tools.
People love this toolkit! They also like the power they provide and the fact that they get a lot done in no time at all. Some of them bought this kit as a gift, some bought it for themselves, but they all agree on one thing -it’s excellent!
If your budget allows you to get this two-piece GEN5X toolkit by Ridgid, don’t think another second. The performance of both tools is more than impressive. The impact driver provides 2,250 inch-pounds of torque, and the hammer drill pushes up to 700 in-lbs. They are both easy to use and have features like speed settings, micro-clutch settings, ergonomic grip, and easy bit changes. Is there anything more you could ever ask from compact cordless tools?