Although it's not mentioned nearly as often in reviews as the top-rated DeWalt DCD760KL (*Est. $220), the Ridgid R86008K performs just as well in the one major test where it does appear -- in fact, it just edges out the DeWalt in that test, thanks to the Ridgid's longer run time on a single battery charge. Both drills share a lot of similarities: Both pack 18 volts of power, with two lithium-ion batteries that charge in a half-hour or less, a comfortable grip and an LED task light. The Ridgid includes a separate switch for its task light, so you can turn it on without pulling the drill's trigger -- a nice feature, reviews say. However, this drill hasn't undergone the extensive expert testing that the DeWalt has, and it hasn't accumulated nearly as many owner reviews.
ConsumerReports.org comparison-tests the Ridgid R86008K in its latest ratings of 67 cordless drills. Experienced builder and newspaper columnist Tim Carter recommends this drill in his 2011 Christmas gift guide, but without mentioning any testing. HomeDepot.com posts about 50 owner reviews for this model.
Editors here test the Ridgid R86008K alongside 66 other cordless drills for speed, power and more. They pick best buys and recommend drills in several categories.
Review: Cordless Drill Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Longtime builder and nationally syndicated newspaper columnist Tim Carter recommends cordless drills in several categories for his 2011 gift guide. The Ridgid R86008K is his pick "for the serious DIYer."
Review: Cordless Drill Gift Guide, Tim Carter
About 50 owners have reviewed the Ridgid R86008K here, giving it an average score of 4.5 stars out of 5. However, a few say the batteries died quickly or the charger didn't work properly.
Review: Ridgid Fuego 18V Compact Drill/Driver, Contributors to HomeDepot.com