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INSTORE - Buy RIDGID Stealth Pulse Driver - get another tool 50% off, plus another 10% off with home depot card

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I bought this set today, and I feel it is a decent deal if you are in the market for a impact driver plus another Ridgid tool, and also have a home depot card.

For those buying Ridgid tools, you would want to register at their website to get the lifetime service agreement for free service, batteries, etc. When I registered the brushless driver/circular saw combo, I saw they have an ongoing promotion for the new Stealth Force Pulse brushless impact driver, which is a coupon you can print out and only works IN STORE, and gets you 50% off another Ridgid tool.

Also, I have a home depot credit card, and they sent me a Father's day 10% off any purchase of $299 or more, valid until 6/22/16. So this is what I purchased today:

- $199 - Ridgid Stealth Force impact driver - R86036K [homedepot.com]. You can also buy one of their Hyper Drive nailers to get the same promotion.

- Another cordless Ridgid Tool (many to choose from, see the attached flyer), I bought the 18V JobMax Multitool (R862004 - $99 [homedepot.com]), but there are other relatively expensive tools you might want to get, such as the 1/2 inch Impact Wrench (R86010B - $139 [homedepot.com]), 4-1/2 inch Grinder (R86040B - $99 [homedepot.com]) or the Jobsite Radio (R84083 - $119 [homedepot.com]).

- This would get you a total of around $250-270 depending on what tool you got. Since I needed to get to $300 for the 10% off coupon to work, I bought a set of Milwaukee Shockwave 45 piece impact driver bit set [homedepot.com] for $30, which gets you their $25 15 piece impact drill set [homedepot.com] for free. I also got a few other little things to get up to the $300 total price.

So this is what I paid in summary:

- $199 for the impact driver
- $50 for the JobMax (after 50% discount)
- $30 for the driver bits for my new impact driver
- Free drill bits for my new impact driver
- $20 of filler (bought some water softener salt myself)
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- $300 - 10% off home depot card for a total of ~$270 plus tax

Notes:

- Looks like Ridgid is trying to market their new Gen5x line of brushless oil lubricated impact driver and at the same time trying to clear their older Gen4x stock at the same time, since most of the 50% off tools are from the x4 line.

- Other tools I didn't include since I thought they were bad deals. For instance, you can get 50% for the Lithium-ion Starter Kit, but I'm not sure that comes with the lifetime service agreement where you can get free battery replacements. Only batteries that come in a tool kit (such as the Stealth Force impact driver kit) give you free lifetime battery replacements. The 4x version reciprocating saw and circular saw are both over $100 in cost, but gen5x versions of these tools have already come out, so maybe not worth it even if you can get 50% off the 4x versions. The other gen5x tools included in this particular deal like the flashlight, hybrid fan, orbit sander, are all relatively low priced ($20-70), so probably not as good deals either. I personally feel the Multi-tool, Impact Wrench, and Angle grinder are probably the best deals, since no Gen5x versions are on the market yet.

- My receipt also have maximum refund values for all the items, so I suppose if you are really just interested in the Impact driver, you can return the other items. On my receipt, they put the $50 discount on the impact driver itself, so it says you can return the JobMax for $74.30. Apparently I can also return the "free" Milwaukee drill bit set for $10.78.
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I believe that any batteries purchased in a kit, not just batteries alone, will be covered by the LSA. The pulse driver is intriguing, but after watching this video where an engineer disassembles and critiques it, I think that I'll stick with a traditional impact driver and ear plugs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTqMGo-AxVc
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All impact drivers will be oiled in 3 years. Get onboard now.
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Quote from 1000.K View Post :
All impact drivers will be oiled in 3 years. Get onboard now.
well in rigid it would be ok because lifetime replacement.

I dont really see hydraulically actuated oil impact as being durable yet. Maybe in 3 years they will design one that lasts. Right now its more gimmick
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Quote from jeff34270 View Post :
I believe that any batteries purchased in a kit, not just batteries alone, will be covered by the LSA. The pulse driver is intriguing, but after watching this video where an engineer disassembles and critiques it, I think that I'll stick with a traditional impact driver and ear plugs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTqMGo-AxVc
this guy is the best on YouTube. nuts but entering.
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well in rigid it would be ok because lifetime replacement.

I dont really see hydraulically actuated oil impact as being durable yet. Maybe in 3 years they will design one that lasts. Right now its more gimmick
Yeah, same gimmick as brushless a year ago.

/eyes rolling/
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Quote from 1000.K View Post :
Yeah, same gimmick as brushless a year ago.

/eyes rolling/
Did you watch the video of the guy tearing it apart and explaining why it will slowly lose torque and stop working? I guess time will really tell though.
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Quote from 1000.K View Post :
Yeah, same gimmick as brushless a year ago.

/eyes rolling/
In a homeowner's hand it would be ok..
but for jobsite use it wouldnt be durable.

They may make it work.. but this version of it is simply not robust. Its also expensive to manufacture.

I have worked in the Tool & Die industry.. I wont claim to be a machinist.. but there is alot of labor put into that "oil assembly" that does the "impacting"

So what I am basically saying is this version is a gimmick.

Once they find a way to make it better and cheaper.. it may start to catch on.
Also hydraulic oil pulse type " impact" isnt the same as regular impact force (duh) its marketed as better.. time will tell.

If it is that much superior.. they will find a way to make this commercially viable.. this version really isnt.. except that ridgid warranty saves you.
so what if you blow 1 a year up on the jobsite... warranty FTW.
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this guy is the best on YouTube. nuts but entering.
DEWILT!! lol he says that. aVE is funny. postage will cost you an arm and a dick.
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Did you watch the video of the guy tearing it apart and explaining why it will slowly lose torque and stop working? I guess time will really tell though.
LSA so who cares if it loses torque. its covered under warranty. So don't fall into the slippage category as aVE said
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how did you get the drill bit set for free? thanks for the post
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