So you have read the hype about Ridgid coming out with a new drill that has more torque than the current top of the line Milwaukee M18 drill. If you are searching for good information, we can help you. In our month-long testing and use of the Gen 3 Milwaukee M18 Drill driver and the Ridgid OCTANE Drill Driver, we have learned a lot. First, you will not be disappointed with either of these drills. If you are already in one battery platform, the obvious choice is to purchase within. But, if you are looking for power, they both have items that stand out.
What Do You Do?
We are not going to spoil all the info we give you in the above video, but if you work in tight places, the Milwaukee M18 Gen 3 is a much smaller drill. If you use and rely on the hammer action, you might want to choose the Ridgid. Either way, if you want power, you need to be invested in the Ridgid OCTANE or Milwaukee M18 High Output batteries. We found that out in this video and it is worth the watch and compare the performance to our last video: Ridgid 18V GenX5 Octane Hammer Drill with 1300 in-lbs Vs Milwaukee 2804-20 with 1200 in-lbs
Many of the items we will go over in both videos will tell you where your money should be invested, and for many, it is not going to be the same drill.
Why Does Ridgid Have More Power?
TTI owns both Milwaukee and Ridgid with Milwaukee Tools being the premium brand, so why now does Ridgid have a more powerful drill? That is a great question and our only answer to that question is marketing. They have a lot of people, including us, talking about this and giving both brands some “air-time” to prove or disprove what is happening. Long and short, as a marketing move, it has probably been great for both brands.