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Ridgid R86034K

Price: About $169; ridgid.com

Our two cents: "Bit changes are fast because you just push the bit into the chuck without pulling back on the sleeve, and the bit ejects when you do pull back on the sleeve."

Highlight: Battery has a built-in gauge to tell you how much juice is left.

Test results: Drove fifty-two 4 ½-inch SDS screws on one charge. Drove a 6-inch SDS screw in 23 seconds. Drove a 2 ½-inch deck screw in 16 seconds. Drilled a ¾-inch hole in 5 seconds. Average recharge time: 50 minutes.

Tool stats: 3.5 pounds; maximum ipm: 3,100; maximum rpm: 2,400; maximum torque: 1,400 in.-lbs. Includes built-in LED, lifetime tool warranty; 1.5Ah lithium-ion battery.
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