Ridgid 12V JobMax Multi-Head Tool System Hothttp://toolreviews.woodmagazine.com/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/300x300s/a1/26/cb/1481_101684678-1344290577.jpg
• Variable speed allows up to 20,000 oscillations per minute
• Power handle accepts all jobmax tool heads
• Universal adapter compatible with Dremel, Bosch and Fein multi-tool accessories
• Base allows tool heads to be positioned in 4 ways
• Lithium-ion battery
• Includes 2 cutting blades, sanding attachment, sanding pad, battery charger and case
5-in-1 cordless tool does some tasks well
Ridgid’s JobMax 12-volt tool system uses interchangeable heads on a single “stick” drive unit. The starter kit comes with an oscillating multifunction tool head (including two blades and a sanding attachment), one 12-volt lithium-ion battery, and a charger. You can buy optional drill, impact-driver, auto-hammer, jigsaw, and 3/8"-ratchet heads to fit the tool. We’d also suggest an extra battery ($40) so you don’t wait for this one to charge.
It’s a cinch to change heads: Just squeeze the release tabs, pop one head off, and snap on another. The drive unit handles awkwardly at times—especially working in tight spaces—and we kept finding ourselves choking up on the tool for greater leverage, placing an index finger above the trigger.
As you might expect, a tool designed to perform this many tasks excels at a few, while sometimes compromising performance for convenience. For example, the drill’s top speed of 550 rpm is slower than we’d like, and the absence of a clutch left us on our own to know when to stop driving screws. We wish the multi-tool head had a faster speed as well. One nice thing, though: It readily accepts accessory attachments from most other brands without an adapter. And the auto-hammer (essentially an impact hammer), although helpful for driving nails in tight spots where you can’t swing a hammer, proves loud and uncomfortable for more than a few nails. The tool’s low speed actually helps the impact driver and ratcheting heads develop greater torque for driving bolts and screws.
Decent value for a lot of versatility.
It seems there are times when nothing but a multi-tool will do the job. But I didn't want to spend $400+ on a tool I wouldn't use that much, so I picked up this one because it looks like it can do a lot of stuff when you start adding the different heads. And it does! I used the saw head for cutting holes in drywall for electrical boxes and for trimming door jambs when installing flooring. The sanding head reaches into tight places. And I especially like the right-angle drill head. Sometimes, there's just no other way to get to where you need to drill. Downside is that the batteries don't last a long time, and the tool shuts itself off when you're pushing it too hard to prevent burning up the motor. And because it's one motor trying to be a variety of tools, it's not the best drill or multi-tool or sander, but, for the $$ it does those occasional jobs pretty well. Overall, I'm satisfied and this is a versatile tool.