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Ridgid R9603 Drill Driver and Impact Driver Combo Kit Reviewed and Rated

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Ridgid R9603 Drill Driver and Impact Driver Combo Kit Review

Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson

Last modifiedOct 9, 2019 @ 3:35 am

 

  • Design
  • Functionality
  • Price

Review Summary:

Every household has problems once in a while. Sometimes you just have to do something easy like hanging a picture on the wall, but at other times, the repairs get a little more complicated. You have to be prepared when that happens so that you can take care of the problem right away. To do that, you will need some reliable and versatile tools at your disposal.

Well, if you’re looking for a toolset that can help you do just that, but you don’t want to spend a fortune on it, this 2-piece Ridgid combo kit might be precisely what you need. The package includes a drill/drill and an impact driver, the two most widely used power tools. It also comes with a convenient carry bag, two 1.5 Ah batteries, and a charger. That means that you can even take your projects to a remote area with no electricity if needed.

These two tools are the best in their categories, and they provide plenty of torque and power. They can even outperform some cord-like machines, and they definitely exceed other similar cordless tools on the market. So, if you’re looking for a drill/driver combo, or if you just want to have some reliable tools at home just in case, keep reading and see why this Ridgid combo kit is well worth the money.

Specifications:

  • Number of tools: 2
  • Weight: 9.77 lbs
  • Batteries: Two 1.5 Ah Li-ion batteries included
  • Voltage: 18V
  • Warranty: Lifetime service agreement

Ridgid R9603 Drill Driver and Impact Driver Combo Kit – The Basics


Getting a toolset can be really annoying because of the many options and brands you can choose from. The problem is that most cordless tools don’t have the power you need to get even the simplest of tasks done, but not this one. Ridgid is a company with a long tradition and a reputation for making some durable and sturdy tools. The GEN5X series of devices is the leader in the cordless tool category due to a couple of reasons.

The first one is that their brushless motors provide up to 50% more torque than many other similar devices. The second one is the lifetime service agreement that’s a unique feature of this company. Most other tools come with a limited two or three-year agreement, but Ridgid has gone one step further and promised to keep your machines in working order for life. If that’s not a good reason to consider getting this combo set, we don’t know what is.

This particular set includes only two tools -the Drill/driver, and the impact driver. Both tools are designed to be very powerful, ergonomic, andcompact. The torque they provide is a little surprising when you consider their size. But, that’s not all. Both tools have some handy features like the built-in LED light, micro clutch settings, and multispeed settings for improved control. Let’s take a more detailed look into what these two fantastic devices have to offer.

The Features


GEN5X Drill/Driver


There are a lot of positives we can say about this fantastic tool. It has left all other cordless hammer drills in the dust with a whopping 535 in./lbs. of torque. That’s a lot considering its small size. The maximum torque is enough to cope with most light and medium tasks, but it’s also helpful when working on heavy-duty projects. The drill/driver has a 2-speed setting that makes it possible to set the drilling speed according to the task at hand. The high-speed settings will make it possible to drill holes in metal and concrete with a little patience.

It also features a 1/2 in. single sleeve ratcheting chuck that locks and holds bits in place during those demanding tasks. The batteries are included with the purchase, but they are not very strong. That means that they die quickly when used on heavier applications, so don’t try pushing them to their limits. The set is designed for DIY home improvement jobs.

GEN5X Impact Driver


The GEN5X impact driver is as good as they get. It’s one of the most compact tools we’ve ever tested, yet it has more torque than tools twice its size. The maximum torque output is 1,750 in. lbs. and that’s enough to complete the toughest of tasks. It will drive screws and bolts into wood, metal, plastic, and even concrete in a matter of seconds.

The one-handed bit loader makes it easy to change bits without the use of any tools. That can be very useful when you’re in a hurry or have a lot of nuts and bolts to cover. Like the drill/driver, this tool also has an integrated grip light with an independent trigger. The light is useful as it illuminates the area you are working on, making sure you get ideal results every single time. Both tools are easy to use and don’t require any previous knowledge.

Accessories and warranty


We’ve already mentioned that every Ridgid tool comes with a lifetime service agreement. You will, however, have to register the tools at the official website to be able to claim your warranty.

Some accessories are also included with the purchase. Apart from the tool bag, two 1.5 Ah batteries, and the battery charger, you will even get an operator’s manual.

Pros:

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Very affordable

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Powerful and compact

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Drill/driver has multiple speed settings

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Two 1.5 Ah batteries included

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Convenient tool bag included

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Lifetime service agreement

Cons:

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The batteries deplete quickly

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Things we liked about it

It’s no secret that we love Ridgid tools and combo sets. This 2-piece set is ideal for any handymen or even a professional because they provide lots of power and can help you finish up many difficult tasks quickly. We also like the fact that the set is affordable and comes with two batteries and a charger. If you’re already an owner of a GEN5X cordless tool, this set will be a nice addon to your collection. Both devices are very sturdy and more than capable of doing what you need them to do.

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Things we didn’t like

We liked the tools, but we didn’t like the batteries. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with 1.5 Ah batteries if you’re only going to use the drill/driver to make a couple of holes. But, if you want to use it for a longer time, you will be better off with 4.0 Ah batteries at least.

General Impressions


Most users are happy with this 2-piece combo set. They are pleased with the broad application for the drill/driver, and the impact driver is no different. You will have a hard time finding any negative reviews on this set.

Conclusion


It doesn’t matter if you are a professional or just an amateur power tool enthusiast, this Ridgid combo set will be a great addition to your collection. If you’re new to power tools, this set will be all you need.

You will easily drill holes in wood and metal, and you’ll also get a lifetime supply of replacement parts and service for free. Don’t waste any more time and get your set today!