18Volt GEN5X Cordless Lithium-Ion Combo Kit 5 Tool – Our Honest Review
Editor Rating: 4.5/5
Ridgid GEN5X Cordless Lithium-Ion Combo Kit Review
Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson
Published on: February 17, 2019
Everyone needs some basic power tools around the house. If nothing else, then for hanging pictures and doing some necessary repair jobs. One thing is for sure, having a drill, and a circular saw is always smart to have around. So, if you’re looking to get some new power tools or if you want to replace the old ones, think about getting a Ridgid combo kit.
That brings us to their 5-piece set that has all the basic tools, and they are all cordless. So, all you have to do is charge the batteries, and you’ll be ready to do what you have to. The tools that make this set are the Hammer Drill, Impact driver, reciprocal saw, circular saw, and the LED work light for increased visibility. The tools that made their way to this set are the most frequently used, and you will be able to get most drilling, driving, cutting, and bolt driving jobs done in no time.
There are many different manufacturers and cordless combo kits to choose from, but none of them are better than Ridgid GEN5X tools. They are cordless tools with cord-like performances, but they also have some handy features designed to make any tough job easier. The set includes two 4.0 Ah batteries that provide up to an hour of work time under a heavy load. You also get a charger, some accessories, and a practical carry bag. If you like what you read so far, keep reading for more information.
- Number of tools: 5
- Weight: 34.6 lbs
- Batteries: Two 4Ah Li-ion batteries included
- Voltage: 18V
- Warranty: Lifetime service agreement
5-piece GEN5X Ridgid Combo Toolset – The Basics
If you enjoy doing small DIY projects in the garage, you need tools to do it properly. Ridgid tools are known for their high performances and durability, and the same can be said for this 5-piece GEN5X set. It’s got all the essential tools you need to get things done around the house. The hammer drill has a powerful motor that produces up to 780 in. lbs. of torque and that means that you can use it to drill holes in any type of material.
Both, the hammer drill and the impact driver have built-in LED lights at the tip, designed to illuminate your working area and minimize the chances of getting bad results. The reciprocating saw is one of the bigger models you can buy, but it’s also one of the most powerful. It’s got a long blade, so you can use it to cut through thicker pieces of wood and plastic. It’s the ideal tool for cutting pipes. Then, we have the circular saw which has features like the adjustable angle and depth scale, all designed for easy use and perfect results.
The set comes with a LED work light too. The light is just what you need when working in dark attics, and basements. It will keep the area you’re working on bright so you can see what you are doing. That will help you get better results, but it will also increase safety and minimize the chances of injuries and so on. Keep reading and find out all the features of each tool below.
GEN5X Hammer Drill
The hammer drill is probably the most used tool in the US. The problem is that many cordless hammer drills just don’t have the power you need to get things done. The GEN5X is finally a device that provides the results it promises. It produces up to 780 in.lbs. of torque which is enough to get the hardest of drilling jobs done. It will drill holes in wood and plastic in seconds, but it can also be useful when drilling concrete and metal. With 1,600 RPM and 25,600 BMP, there is little that this drill won’t be able to do.
GEN5X Impact Driver
The Impact Driver is the ideal tool when you need to put some furniture together. It will quickly drive all the screws, nuts, and bolts, into place. It provides over 2,000 in. lbs. of torque, so you can use it on tough jobs as well. We tried it on regular nuts and bolts, and it took us only seconds to tighten them up.
If the bolts are huge, it’s going to take a little longer, but the power required is there. The tool weighs less than 3 lbs, and it’s very compact so that you won’t feel any fatigue even after more extended use.
GEN5X Reciprocating saw
A reciprocating saw is one of those tools you can do without, but the one that’s always missing when you need it. It’s a part of this 5-piece set, and it will change the way you look at these saws. It’s quite large and robust at the first glimpse, but using it is surprisingly easy. The saw can make up to 3,100 strokes per minute, so you can use it to cut plywood, wooden planks, plastic pipes, and even metal tubes. The on/off orbital action switch gives you more control and provides better results
GEN5X Circular Saw
Every woodworker needs a circular saw with enough power and a large blade to get things done. The GEN5X model offers both those things, but without the messy cables, you have to jump over all the time. It’s got a 7-1/4 in. blade and a depth scale, so you can track how deep you are cutting. It also has some handy feature like the line blower that keeps your work area clear, and a built-in LED light for increased visibility. The angle is also adjustable, making difficult cuts feel like a breeze.
Accessories and warranty
Ridgid takes care of their customers, so they’ve added a lifetime service agreement with every GEN5X tool. You will have to register the devices on the official website, but once you do -you will forget about other power tools for good.
Apart from the two 4.0 Ah batteries and the charger that come with the purchase, you will also get an auxiliary handle, two bits, saw blades, and blade wrench, 3 belt hooks, and the handy contractor’s bag.
Lifetime service agreement
Powerful tools with useful features
Handy carry bag
Two 4.0 Ah batteries
Things we liked about it
We liked everything about this 5-piece set. All the tools have more power than you’ll ever need and they have useful features that make the most challenging job much more manageable. We also like the fact that this Ridgid combo kit comes with two 4.0 Ah batteries that provide up to an hour of work time each.
Things we didn’t like
The only thing that we can list here is the price. The 5-piece set is more expensive than other similar sets, but you also get more powerful tools and batteries, not to mention the lifetime service agreement.
General User Impressions
4/5 of the reviews we found online were positive. People are pleased with the quality of the tools and their work when using them. They say that the Hammer drill and circular saw are the best tools in the set.
No matter if you want to get some power tools to use in the house or on the job, this 5-piece Ridgid combo set will be a huge help. You will get used to working with powerful cordless tools, so you’ll never go back to the standard cord-like machines. When you add the lifetime service agreement, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t choose the best combo tool set you can get these days.