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Review of RIDGID OCTANE Brushless 18V 1 in. SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer

In this post, we will review the RIDGID OCTANE Brushless 18V 1 in. SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer

*This post is sponsored by The Home Depot and contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

The rotary hammer is made for heavy-duty drilling and chiseling hard materials like stone or tile.  It’s similar to a hammer drill but operates differently and offers more speed and power.  The RIDGID 18-Volt OCTANE Cordless Brushless 1 in. SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer is one of the best rotary hammers on the market.  This OCTANE Tool providing maximum performance in high demand applications when paired with RIDGID OCTANE Battery


  • Over 50% Faster Drilling than the previous model when paired with OCTANE Battery.
  • Over 65% More Power than the previous model when paired with OCTANE.
  • It has extreme vibration reduction which minimizes the tool’s vibrations offering greater comfort, less fatigue, and increased productivity.
  • The rotary has 3 modes: hammer, drilling, and chisel.
  • It comes with an auxiliary adjustable handle and an adjustable depth rod.
  • Three-year Limited Warranty


The RIDGID OCTANE Brushless 18V 1 in. SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer can be used in a variety of applications.  The following are some of the applications:

  • Drilling into brick, concrete, and stone
  • Wood Drilling
  • Metal and Steel Drilling
  • Light duty chiseling on tile, masonry or concrete
  • With a chuck adapter, which is sold separately, the rotary hammer can drill into lumber, plywood, paneling and composition and hard boards. It can also drill in ceramics, fiberglass, and laminates with the chuck adapter. 

What is an SDS Rotary Hammer Drill Bit?

The RIDGID OCTANE Brushless 18V 1 in. SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer has an SDS chuck system meaning it uses SDS drill bits.  SDS stands for Slotted Drive System or Slotted Drive Shaft.  This type of drill bit is not solidly held in the chuck, which makes it optimal for rotary hammers because the bit can slide back and forth like a piston. However as stated earlier the rotary hammer can accept standard drill bits with a chuck adaptor which is not included. 


Difference between a hammer drill and a rotary hammer

If you’re trying to determine whether or not you need a hammer drill or a rotary hammer for the job you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • How large are the holes I need to drill?  
    • The larger the holes the harder it is for a hammer drill to handle the loading.
  • Do I need to drill a lot of holes?
    • If the answer is yes, then I would recommend the rotary hammer because it’ll have the force and speed needed for larger jobs

With a rotary hammer v. a hammer drill, you can handle large masonry jobs no matter the size with speed, precision and less stress on your hands and arms.


At $289 the RIDGID 18-Volt OCTANE Cordless Brushless 1 in. SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer is sold tool only, without the battery.

Tool Review of RIDGID 18-Volt OCTANE Cordless Brushless 1 in. SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer @ToolboxDivas

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  1. With so many options available in the market, its so hard to choose one. But Thanks for the Tips/Suggestions 🙂

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