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Ridgid JobMax MultitoolThe Ridgid JobMax Multitool is Ridgid's entry into the oscillating tool market. However, this unit comes with a twist, so to speak. The power handle can accommodate five different accessory heads, including a multi-tool, impact driver, power ratchet and angle drill. Each of these accessories can be mounted in one of four positions on the handle, at 90-degree increments.

Learn the advantages and drawbacks of the Ridgid JobMax Multitool in this woodworking tool review.

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December 12, 2010 at 10:32 am
(1) Delwin Burton says:

I purchased a new Ridgid Jobmax, extra battery, and all accessories in August 2010. I loved this tool. Then in September it quit working. Ridgid instructed me to send it to my nearest repair facility. After a month I call the repair center and they told me they were waiting on a replacement switch assembly. I contacted Ridgid and they told me the switch assembly would not be available until January 2011. I will be without this tool for over three months and Ridgid was not willing to send me a replacement. That is the last Ridgid tool I will ever buy.

January 4, 2011 at 1:17 am
(2) Tin says:

I have R8223400 head used within 1/2 hour. It starts acting weir lost power and then the trigger stop working. 1 hour later it works again but just for 5 seconds then stop. I initially thought the trigger switch but now why sometimes it works then stop. I opened iit up, no burning smells and seem to be ok. I took battery out, shorted out the circuit board at multiple place, then plug the battery in, it works again for 1 min then stop. I just cursed out loud and don’t want to touch it again. It is defected, cheap, low quality 25$ head. No wonder why. So I would not wait for the replacement nor buy the same one

January 5, 2011 at 12:20 am
(3) JackieG says:

I bought the tool in November 2010 and used it for 6 weeks until the thing began to make a noise and eventually quit.
I contribute this to buying an extra battery and using it 6-7 hours a day.
The battery charge time is about the same as the run time so it never got a chance to cool off between battery changes.
I think that if you only have 1 battery it would last a long time.

June 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm
(4) LizR says:

I bought a ridgid cordless drill for my husband and he really loves it. So, for Christmas, I got him a jobmax. What a disappointment! Same as with Tin. It might crank up for a few seconds then quits. Haven’t contacted Ridgid yet. Not sure if it’s still under warrenty.

There is definintly a design problem or a quality assurance problem with this tool.

November 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm
(5) Jason says:

My jobmax light would come and motor would not work. Took it apart and found that black ground wire had come loose and was only making intermittent contact, sometimes needing to twist battery to make work. Resoldered ground wire to board and problem solved.

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