Who doesn’t love a multipurpose tool? Well with the RIDGID R86400B MegaMax Powerbase you get just that. Introducing the industry’s most powerful interchangeable tool system. The R86400B MegaMax is sold without any attachments. I have two of the 3 available attachments, I’ll shed some light on those. If you are not familiar with this line RIDGID has the OCTANE Tools, and these provide 65% more power in high demand drilling applications.
- MegaMax Power Base
- Carrying bag
- Operators manual
- Octane tool functionality gives optimized performance attached to hyper octane battery
- Smart power base automatically identifies each attached head and configures tool settings to match the head profiles
- LED communication panel shows the status of the tool
- Heavy-duty brushless motor provides more power and longer motor life
- 4-directional head positions allow user to optimize the ergonomics based on the application
- Tool-free die-cast interface makes a secure locking mechanism with release button for quick and easy head changes
- Lock-on functionality allows user to lock-on tool in chisel mode for added comfort, reduced fatigue and increased productivity (only available on select heads)
- Backed by the industry’s only lifetime service agreement
- Pairs with any MegaMax Attachment Head diversity on the jobsite
The carrying bag has enough room for the power base, charger, battery, and all three attachments.
The power base is about 9in in length from front to back. At the widest point, the power base is 4in wide.
At the top of the base, there are three LED indicators; Ready, Lock-On, and Safety.
The on and off trigger is located on the back of the handle. Near the top, you have the direction and lock controls.
The grip Lightswitch momentarily turns on the LED on the attachment.
When putting on an attachment you want to line up the arrow then twist to lock into place.
The R86402B is not sold as a kit, you will have to get the Power Base separately. The great design of the MEGAMAX allows you to get the attachment you need now while having the option of getting the ones you need later. This Heavy-Duty Right Angle Drill Head is one of the three available attachments.
Here’s what you will get in the box.
- R86402 Right Angle Drill Head
- Chuck Key
- Auxiliary Handle
- Operator’s Manual
You can expect a high torque output.
1/2 in. chuck and on-board chuck storage.
4 directional head positions.
The R86401B MegaMax Reciprocating Saw Head also pairs up with the MegaMax Power Base. This will be one of the smartest powered tools on a job site, With 4 different head positions, you can not go wrong. With a quick pull on the lever, you can easily adjust the shoe. Experience even more power when the Power Base if attached to a Hyper Octane Battery. Like many RIDGID tools, you’ll be backed with a lifetime warranty.
What’s in the box?
- The R86401 Orbital Reciprocating Saw Head
- Reciprocating Saw Blade
- Operators Manual
By releasing the shoe lever you can adjust the shoe assembly.
Built-in LED, this is activated by the grip light switch located below the trigger.
On/Off orbital action for faster cutting.
This is the first time I’ve seen a charger with this many options. Maybe this exists already but it’s surely a first for me. The AC840094 dual chemistry battery charger is compatible all RIDGID 18V Batteries. Within an hour or less you can rapidly charge your battery, though you can only charge one battery at a time. So if you dock two batteries that need charging one will charge then switch to the other once done. It’s rather sad that the charger doesn’t support dual charging. With the fast charging, it should be a major problem. There is also (2) 2-Amp USB Ports for charging your smart devices such as your phone and tablets. Last but not least there are two AC outlets, If I had to guess the two on bard AC-outlet are the reason the charger has limitations.
The AC8400806 is compatible with all RIDGID 18V Tools. Not only does it deliver up 440% more performance but it’s also smart. Smart in the sense of pushing up to 15 notifications to your phone. Here are few examples to give you an idea; “the battery reached 100% charge”, “Low battery”, and “battery needs maintenance”. There are also security features that allow you to locate your battery, lock your battery, and disable it if it leaves your area. You can get a complete status from your battery giving you an estimated time for charge completion, total hours used, and much more. This is all possible via Bluetooth through the RIDGID battery app.
With the reciprocating saw, you’ll need some blades. The Diablo Blades are my go-to blades for general purpose, steel cutting, and wood cutting. In the past, I would get off brands mainly because of the price. I did notice I was consistently buying new replacements. What really made me switch was when I was cutting through some steel and I went through every blade I had. I gave the Carbide blades a try and never looked back.
For wood and general purpose here are two options.
- DIABLO 9 in. DS0903CP – Carbide Pruning and Clean Wood Cutting Reciprocating Saw Blade are designed with aggressive carbide tooth to deliver fast and effortless cuts for fast chip removal.
DIABLO 9 in. DS0909CGP – TPI Demo Demon Carbide General Purpose Reciprocating Saw Blade is rated for up to 50X Cutting though wood and metal applications. Designed for fast cutting and provide less vibration. These blades are ideal for cutting nail-embedded wood and ferrous metal applications.
For metal needs
- DIABLO 9in. DS0910CF – 9 in. Steel Demon Carbide Medium Metal Cutting Reciprocating Saw Blade. A high-performance carbide for durability and 50X cutting performance with medium metal applications. 10 TPI Tooth geometry for clean/smooth finishes ideal for cutting ferrous metals and high strength alloys between 3/32in to 1/4in.
- Great way to enjoy more tools for less
- Heavy duty
- Lots of power
- Great options
- You have to remove the battery after use otherwise the status area will remain on
- Would like to see more attachments
I have been a huge fan of RIDGID products for a long time. As an ex-technician, this would have definitely been in my toolbox. It’s a heavy tool and is built for heavy-duty work. Whether you’re drilling holes or some weekend demolition work this can get it done. I know things have gotten better over the years but I’m still blown away by the performance of a battery powered tool. It’s a great design and everything about this feels well made and just solid. This also has overload protection whereas the tool will shut down to prevent any damage. I do like the concept of the Bluetooth battery pack that communicates with the app., however, I’m not sure that is something I will use in my shop because my tools never leave. On a job site, it makes sense. I have had a few tools walk off on me before.
For more info check out these links.
MegaMax Power Base – RIDGID R86400B Powerbase $99.00
MegaMax Right Angle Drill Head – R86402B Right Angle Drill Head $99.00
MegaMax Reciprocating Saw R86401B Reciprocating Saw Head $69.00
18-Volt GEN5X Dual Port Charger AC840094 dual chemistry battery charger $79
RIDGID Bluetooth 6.0Ah Battery Pack AC8400806 18-Volt HYPER OCTANE $129.00
DIABLO 9 in. DS0903CP Wood Cutting Reciprocating Saw Blade $8.97
DIABLO 9 in. DS0909CGP – General Purpose Reciprocating Saw Blade wood and metal $11.97
DIABLO 9 in.DS0910CF Medium Metal Cutting Reciprocating Saw Blade $15.97
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