The Ridgid R92009 performs well in a few expert tests of light-duty cordless drills -- but not quite as well as the top-rated Milwaukee 2410-22 (*Est. $150). Both drills come with two Li-ion batteries that charge in just 30 minutes (so you'll have a spare to work with while the other charges), as well as battery fuel indicators that indicate when battery power is running low and on-board LED task lights. But the Milwaukee proves easier to handle -- the Ridgid strikes one expert tester as top-heavy. We also found fewer owner reviews for the Ridgid, so it's harder to judge its real-life performance.
ConsumerReports.org and Journal of Light Construction both include the Ridgid R92009 in their painstaking cordless drill comparison tests. Popular Mechanics also comparison-tests this drill. HomeDepot.com posts the most owner reviews for this model.
Editors here test 67 cordless drills, including the Ridgid R92009. Each drill is rated for speed, power, run time, charge time, handling and noise, and editors rank the drills from best to worst in a handy chart.
Review: Cordless Drills and Tool Kits, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
2. Journal of Light Construction
Journal of Light Construction extensively tests seven subcompact cordless drills, including the Ridgid R92009. Bruce Greenlaw picks favorites based on power, run time, handling and build quality.
Review: Tool Test: 12-volt Drill/Drivers, Bruce Greenlaw, June 2011
The Ridgid R92009 rates just behind the top picks in this cordless-drill shootout, but it's not clear why. Roy Berendsohn praises its fast, powerful drilling and driving, grippy handle and a battery that's "the best of the bunch." He doesn't note any cons, but he gives the Ridgid a 4.5-star rating rather than a perfect 5 stars.
Review: 12-Volt Cordless Drills: We Test 13 of the Best, Roy Berendsohn
With about 15 owner ratings posted, the Ridgid R92009 averages 3.8 out of 5 stars. Although most reviewers like the drill, one reports faulty batteries, and another complains of bad warranty service.
Review: Ridgid R92009 12-Volt Lithium-ion 2 Pc Cordless Drill and LED Flashlight Combo, Contributors to HomeDepot.com