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Offline badger132

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Ridgid auxiliary handle fail
« on: Mar 06, 2019, 12:22 PM »
I have used a Ridgid 1/2 inch drill for 4 years, and was never impressed by the auxiliary handle. It kind of clamps over the drill, and has 2 little jaws that lock into features in the housing of the transmission. It worked well at first, but over time the clamp bolt has bent, and it started slipping off under heavy load. Bit by bit the features that this handle is supposed to grab on are rounding off, and it started falling off more frequently. As the features have gotten too bad, I use the handle less and less, and not I have a drill that I have to use basically 1 handed. Lates season we are drilling 36 inches of layered slush and ice, and it is so grabby it often yanks the drill out of my hands.
Has anyone else seen this? Any fixes other than returning the drill for a new one?

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Offline Bryfish84

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Re: Ridgid auxiliary handle fail
« Reply #1 on: Mar 06, 2019, 12:26 PM »
Iíve heard the same issue with Milwaukee. Buy a Clam plate.

Offline gf hardwater guy

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Re: Ridgid auxiliary handle fail
« Reply #2 on: Mar 06, 2019, 12:33 PM »
Ditto on the clam plate. I used a dewalt last year and can relate to the one hand thing and it ripping your arm off. After you get a clam plate adjusted correctly, all of that goes away.

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Re: Ridgid auxiliary handle fail
« Reply #3 on: Mar 06, 2019, 12:35 PM »
Exactly why i got the clam plate when i bought the ridgid octane.i knew there would be issues running the side handle.

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Re: Ridgid auxiliary handle fail
« Reply #4 on: Mar 06, 2019, 12:58 PM »
Many guys including me have had the experience of the Ridgid Octane not marrying up with the Clam plate. Wobble, wobble. My Milwaukee Fuel does well though. Can't you just get a new extension handle for the Octane? I mounted mine at a 180 degree angle from the trigger handle and it works better as an auger drive. Better leverage placement.
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Offline Stickhick86

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Re: Ridgid auxiliary handle fail
« Reply #5 on: Mar 06, 2019, 04:13 PM »
I have the same issue with my Ridgid this year. It is not the octane version. I plan on moving to the clam plate for it as well. 79.99 at dicks sporting goods and field and stream, free shipping.
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Offline Kevin23

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Re: Ridgid auxiliary handle fail
« Reply #6 on: Mar 06, 2019, 04:45 PM »
The support handle is just what I called it, a support handle. Its to help you hold the drill stationary for hammer drilling concrete. They are not built to hold back the torque of an ice auger. They all fail eventually, dewalt, ridgid, milwaukee, ryobi, makita, all of them.

Clam plate it and hope you don't have the dreaded Ridgid/Clam wobble.

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Re: Ridgid auxiliary handle fail
« Reply #7 on: Mar 06, 2019, 04:52 PM »
just get a hold of of the closest authorized repair center and tell them yours has failed and to get you one. have them call you when it's in.

https://www.ridgid.com/us/en/service-centers-repair

i have been using ridgid tools for many years and never had an aux handle fail. i own three ridgid hammer drills. i bought a clam plate, but it was a joke and customer service was even worse so i sold it back to dicks sports.

if you over torque it, you can bend the bolt.

Offline badger132

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Re: Ridgid auxiliary handle fail
« Reply #8 on: Apr 06, 2019, 03:00 PM »
I tried to get a warranty replacement, and Ridgid refuses to replace the drill. They call this "wear and tear". My next idea is to put the handle on with JB Weld, and see if that keeps it from slipping off. If that does not work, Ebay has bare tools for under 50 bucks, so I will consider the drill head to be a replaceable part. That would not be the worst thing- the batteries are the most expensive part of the system.

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Re: Ridgid auxiliary handle fail
« Reply #9 on: Apr 06, 2019, 05:07 PM »
Don't call ridgid. Look up your closest authorized service center and they will take care of you. I posted the link above.

If you don't want to wait, you can buy parts. That is not normal wear and tear or there would be a bunch of us looking for resolve.






 



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