Today we’re looking at the Ridgid 18V Brushless 3/8 Inch Ratchet for our third installment of Ridgid power tool reviews before Father’s Day. and our friends at Ridgid (@ridgidpowertoolscanada on Instagram) sent it over for our evaluation. It included a 2.0 Amp-hour (Ah) battery and charger kit (part number AC9302), usually sold separately, as the R866011B ratchet is sold as a tool only.

Having been founded 100 years ago in 1923, Ridgid has been around the block and is a reputable name in the power tool business. Many of their products are a part of the Techtronic Industries Company Limited (TTI), who are also responsible for well-known tool brands such as Ryobi and Milwaukee. We’re fans of all three and think Ridgid generally splits the difference between the more entry-level Ryobi and extra heavy-duty Milwaukee.

I have to admit that before trying the Ridgid ratchet, I was personally considering a higher-end Milwaukee M12 or M18 power ratchet for automotive repair. In addition to writing and reviewing cars as a professional automotive journalist, I also tend to DIY almost everything on my own vehicles. I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty when working on brakes, suspension, and even engine rebuilds. I own the massive M18 1400 foot-pound 1/2-inch impact wrench (the 2767), but its size means it’s not the most versatile in tight spaces – I needed something smaller to go with it.

The Ridgid 18V Brushless 3/8 Inch Ratchet is a more affordable unit than the Milwaukee units I was considering, but after giving it a go, I found that it’s more than enough for my needs in the garage and around the house. Like the 18V Subcompact Brushless 4-Mode Impact Driver I tested, I was impressed by the build quality and relatively light weight with the smaller 2.0 Ah battery. It’s perfect for putting into tight spaces under the hood, where a conventional wrench or ratchet may eat up half an hour when trying to slowly take out a nut or bolt with poor access. A small LED light helps when working in the dark, too. With the Ridgid’s 250 RPM maximum speed and an easy-to-use variable speed trigger, a quick zip-zip has your fasteners in or out, and you can happily continue onto the next part of your project.

To test the 55 foot-pound torque rating, I got out my trusty torque wrench and used a lug nut on a wheel as a test bed. While my Subaru’s lugs are typically torqued to nearly 90 foot-pounds, I wasn’t about to stress test the Ridgid ratchet beyond its intended design. I loosened the lug nut and torqued it back down to 55 foot-pounds, using a deep socket without torque-robbing extensions on both the torque wrench and the Ridgid power tool.

With a fully charged 2.0 Ah battery, the tool could open the nut only when torqued up to about 45 foot-pounds, which is a bit shy of the 55 rating. Realistically, this is still plenty of power for most jobs involving 3/8-inch drive sockets. On the other hand, when testing the tightening torque, my torque wrench confidently clicked when set to 55 foot-pounds, so we know it’s good there. You may be able to extract a little more juice using Ridgid’s more premium MAX Output Lithium battery line, which we didn’t have on hand to test.

At a Canadian retail price of $229 at Home Depot, I think it’s a pretty good value. If you need more than 55 foot-pounds of torque, there are more expensive high-performance options available from sister brand Milwaukee. Still, I don’t see myself considering that any time soon after giving the Ridgid a try. Ridgid offers a Lifetime parts and service agreement to sweeten the deal, including free batteries, parts, and service. All that’s required is to purchase the item from the Home Depot, followed by a quick five-minute registration process at Ridgid’s website ( Products eligible for this warranty coverage can be identified with the Lifetime Service Agreement logo on the box.

If your dad or favourite father figure would benefit from a power tool like this for Father’s Day, considering the Ridgid brand and battery line would be a good idea. For someone who doesn’t need the top-shelf stuff, the Ridgid 18V Brushless 3/8 Inch Ratchet is a good performer that fits into tight spaces and doesn’t break the bank, so we at Daddy’s Digest think it’s a winner all around.

Canadians can find it online at Home Depot Canada by following this link:

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About Jerry Vo

Jerry Vo cut his teeth in writing as an automotive journalist and is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Having reviewed cars since 2015, he takes pride in providing relevant and technically savvy consumer advice and is extending that over into reviews in various other categories at Daddy's Digest. He is a proud dad of one and is letting the wonderful journey of parenthood teach him new things every day.

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