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Ridgid Octane 18-Volt Brushless Gen5X Jigsaw R8832 Review

Gen5X Jigsaw

The highly anticipated Ridgid Octane 18-Volt Brushless Gen5X Jigsaw ( Model R8832 ) is starting to be released.  If you are in the Ridgid 18-volt battery line, this is an awesome tool that has the Octane communication system to get more power from the Ridgid Octane batteries that are currently available in 6.0 and 9.0 Ah.

There have been a lot of jigsaws released recently, including a new Milwaukee FUEL M18 model that is very similar to the Ridgid model.  Both models share a lot of the same specs and features but differ in the smaller items.  Ridgid negotiated a lock on button and line starting feature while Milwaukee received the adjustable dust blower and better dust collection.  There is obviously a cost difference between the two, but we will get more in-depth of a comparison in a later video.

Ridgid Octane

We learned of the new Ridgid Gen5X Octane Jigsaw after we already had the Milwaukee M18 FUEL Jigsaw kit.  These two tools are similar in the strokes per minute of 0-3,500 spm and 1″ stroke.  The Ridgid models constant, non-adjustable dust blower seems to fight with the dust collection while in use but works well in a stand-alone use.  The 4-position orbital action lever a huge plus when working with different types of materials and different cut qualities needed.  Speed is one of the benefits of the orbital action and couple that with the torque of the Ridgid Jigsaw and one can cut some large material pretty fast.  The bevel adjustment is tool free and the blade attachment has a spring release to help shoot hot blades out of the jigsaw.

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