Makita Vs Ridgid: Which Brand Do I Prefer?

Makita and Ridgid are two of the best-known tool brands on the market. This article will compare and contrast Makita Vs. Ridgid, pointing out their differences and similarities, highlighting some of their best products, and providing tips on how to evaluate the devices offered by the two companies.

We shall start with a bit of history and then go straight into direct comparisons. Here we go…

My Recommendation

Choosing between two superb brands such as Makita and Ridgid, is a difficult business. However, both of these companies are well-established and have delivered state-of-the-art power tools to the market for decades.

I nevertheless lean toward Makita. Although I appreciate the benefits of the lifetime warranty offered by Ridgid, the quality of Makita tools gives me every confidence that I would never have to exercise the return option. 

I am also impressed by the innovative designs of Makita. I am someone with a highly developed aesthetic sensibility. I look for beauty in everything—even power tools. But what I find most appealing is the ease with which Makita tools can be handled.

Makita Vs. Ridgid Comparison

A head-to-head comparison of Makita and Ridgid will help you the most. So, here it goes…

1. Price

You are probably on a budget, so the price does matter when buying tools. Unfortunately, there is no significant difference in the average cost of Makita and Ridgid tools. However, you will find that Ridgid is slightly—ever so slightly—cheaper than Makita.

2. Power

There are some differences here. Both Makita and Ridgid tools are 18 volts and use lithium-ion batteries. The impact driver of the Makita, for example, gives 1,460 lbs of torque, while the Ridgid offers 2,000 lbs. The Makita hammer drill gives 480 lbs, while the Ridgid gives 780 lbs. With the Makita reciprocating saw, you get 2,800 strokes per minute. The same Ridgid-made device offers 3,000 strokes per minute.

These are just examples, but they give you some idea of the kind of power you can expect from each brand.

3. Warranty

Ridgid offers a lifetime warranty on its products. If you ever have a problem with a Ridgid tool, you can return it to the company for a full refund or a replacement. 

The warranty offered by Makita is not as good. The company only offers a 3-year warranty on its products.

4. Battery

Using cordless power tools gives you a great deal of flexibility. But if you go cordless, you must have a battery that lasts and a battery recharger that is fast. 

Here, Makita has a bit of an advantage. Its cordless tools come with a 5 Ah battery, while Ridgid offers a 4 Ah battery. As a result, the Makita battery can be recharged faster. In addition, the Makita batteries come with special features that ensure they do not overheat while recharging.

We will now look at some of the best products sold by each company. There is no way to make a direct tool-for-tool comparison. Here, I will present some of the stars of each brand.


Makita is a Japanese company that has been around since 1915. It was established in Nagoya City. The business started with the sale and repair of lighting fixtures, motors, and transformers. It later began to specialize in making electric motors, which it began to export in 1935. 

Makita made its first power tool in 1958. By the 1970s, it had developed a strong production base which allowed it to dominate the industry.

Ridgid got its start in 1923 when the company created and sold its first pipe wrench. Although founded in North Ridgeville, Ohio, the company relocated to Elyria, Ohio, in 1943. It is still in Elyria today.  

In 1966, Ridgid became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Emerson Electric. The company is still known for its distinctive red pipe wrenches, and it makes tools for people in the plumbing, pipefitting, construction, and HVAC trades.

Makita Drills

The company is known for pioneering cordless power drills and is a leading brand in this industry. Makita drills are very popular. They are powerful and durable, and they have a look that appeals to the aesthetic since of most builders. Makita cordless drills have the following characteristics in common:

  • Light and compact
  • Ergonomic shape
  • Rubber grip
  • Forward/reverse switch
  • Electric blade
  • LED light
  • Keyless chuck

Here are some species of the specific drills available on the market:

1. Makita DHP482

It is in the LXT range of drills, which makes it compatible with all LXT batteries and chargers. In addition, it is fitted with Extreme Protection Technology that protects it from dust and water. This can be a handy feature if you must work in a watery or especially dirty environment.

This Makita drill also comes with a battery fuel gauge. The latter is designed to inform you of how much power you have left. It works on an indicator light system. The higher the number of indicator lights, the more power you have in reserve.

The drill also includes a metal 2-speed gearbox, 2 5 Ah batteries, and a charger.

2. Makita DLX2131JX1

This is an all-purpose drill kit. In addition to the drill itself, the package includes a DTD152Z impact driver, three batteries, and a charger. All can be enclosed in the Makita-designed carrying case. 

Further features of this drill include a variable speed trigger and electric brake. Its various components are designed to work together to improve efficiency. 

The one weakness of the Makita DLX2131JX1 drill is the enclosed combi drill. As a result, it is not as powerful as the other combi-drills in the LXT series.

3. Makita DFR550Z

This is an auto-feed screwdriver. It is dustproof and waterproof. In addition, it offers a smooth slide that helps you ensure that previous screw strips don’t tangle. 

The Makita DFR550Z is collapsible, which makes it easy to carry and store. It also comes with an adjustable stopper base which means you can regulate the length of the screw—the range is from 25 to 55mm. 

This device is also easy to maintain, as the carbon brushes are easily accessible from the exterior. Some of the other features include:

  • Anti-tilt device
  • Silent clutch
  • Lock-on button
  • 4-pole motor

Ridgid Cordless Tools

The Ridgid brand is old—that is, well-established. The American-based company has been making tools for nearly a century. The company often comes out with class-leading tools that end up setting trends and standards for the entire industry.

The lifetime warranty on all its products imbues Ridgid with an air of assurance, as though you are unlikely to ever need it. All of the products listed below can be paired with an Octane battery, which is not included. 

1. Ridgid 18V Brushless Compact Router

This tool is optimal for woodworking. The device has been designed along with the popular corded model and comes with a brushless motor.

The Ridgid 18V Brushless Compact Router also has a pull-out power switch and side placements for speed and micro-adjustment dials.

One important thing to note about the tool: it is not as powerful as others in its class. It is not underpowered, and it is easy to handle and manage, but it does take a little longer to get the job done than other contenders.

2. Ridgid 18V 1″ SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer

Cutting through concrete is no easy task. The Ridgid Rotary Hammer is up to the job. This model is over 50% faster in drilling than the previous model and puts out 65% more power. It has been designed to reduce vibration, which leads to greater comfort, less fatigue, and better productivity.

Indeed, this is the kind of tool that general contractors find useful, especially when they need to make large holes in concrete. Rather than dragging around a big hammer, you can use something light, portable, and battery-powered.

The Ridgid 18V 1″ SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer has 3 modes: hammer, drilling, and chisel. The devices come with an auxiliary adjustable handle and depth rod. 

You can use it to drill brick, concrete, and stone.

3. Ridgid Gen5X Brushless Belt Sander

This is a solid tool for refinishing work. It gives you cordless freedom to carry out the task anywhere in your home or project site. 

One of the more interesting features of this device is the automatic belt tracking system. This keeps the belt centered. There is an adjustment knob on the side to tweak it left or right.

There is also a great deal of power stored up in the Ridgid Gen5X Brushless Belt Sander. You can run it for almost 14 minutes straight before it must be stopped to cool down. The sander can be run at speeds between 400 to 940 FPM. It also has a good dust collection system.

So much for comparisons, contrasts, and product specificities. Here are some of the takeaways from all that has been said. 

Why You Should Buy Makita Products

Makita is known for its innovative designs. This tends to make its tools light, comfortable to handle, and easy to store. The brand is also celebrated for the durability of its tools. Once you purchase a Makita, you will probably use it for some years to come.  

Why You Should Buy Ridgid Products

The biggest thing that Ridgid has going for it is the lifetime guarantee on all its products. Ridgid is also known for the quality and durability of its products. But no production line is 100% perfect. There is always a risk of defective tools being sent to the market. If you are unlucky enough to buy a Ridgid dud, you can return it for a refund or replacement.

What to Consider Before You Buy

Here are some of the things you want to think about before you make your purchase:

1. Cost

Buying a power tool is a kind of investment. It is an item that you will be able to use again and again. It is, however, a depreciating asset. There will be no re-selling of the tools at a higher price. That is why you should take care when buying them. You want to make sure you do not exceed your budget and that you get your money’s worth.

2. Quality

It is essential that you have tools that will make you productive and effective. Construction and renovation projects can involve a struggle with tough material. I have learned the hard way that old buildings are old for a reason: their surfaces and foundations are made of mixtures and compositions that were meant to last. If you are working with similar types of materials, then you should use tools that have the power, strength, and durability to make your tasks easier.

3. Brand Name

Do not be dismissive of brand-name products. They do not all charge high prices just because they can. In the case of Makita and Ridgid, the higher prices are owing to their high demand in the market. 

If you are into DIY home renovations, it is better to go with power tools that professionals use. The latter set the standard for the tool brands that are effective and dependable. 

James Thomas

James Thomas

Tool Enthusiast

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