The Bottom Line
The Ridgid R7111 is a solidly-built heavy-duty 1/2-inch electric drill with an adjustable side handle, variable speed trigger and keyed 1/2-inch chuck. The Ridgid R7111 electric drill features an 8-amp motor with hardened steel gears and a metal housing for strength and durability. The unit has an ergonomic handle and two finger-trigger for comfort. The drill is a little bit on the heavy side, and could be a bit better balanced. That being said, the Ridgid R7111 is a powerful unit that has pretty much everything one would want in a power drill, but not much that would set it apart from the competition.
- Equipped with a stout 8-amp motor with metal gears and a metal gear housing
- Includes heavy-duty carrying case
- Three-year limited service warranty
- Lock-on button only locks into full-speed position
- A bit on the heavy side and not as well-balanced as I'd like to feel
- 8-amp electric motor with no-load variable speeds from 0-850 RPMs.
- Long 12-foot cord with lighted plug is a nice feature.
- 1/2-inch all-metal keyed chuck for a solid grip on bits with up to 1/2-inch shank.
Guide Review - Ridgid R7111 1/2-inch Drill
If you're looking for a sturdy, powerful 1/2-inch drill, you could do a lot worse than the Ridgid R7111. It's not the most powerful or the most feature-laden tool in the class (although it is one of the few that includes a heavy-duty carrying case), but it would be a solid choice if you needed a workhorse of a drill. I love the extra long cord that comes with the drill, and the 8-amp motor is strong enough to handle most tasks.
That being said, I'd like to see a few improvements. First of all, at 5 pounds, the unit is a little on the heavy side, which didn't really bother me as much as that it seemed front-heavy for one-handed drilling.
A bit better balance would improve the feel.
Second, I'd like to see the ability to lock on the drill at any point in the variable speed range. This isn't an indictment solely against the R7111, as many competitor units have the same deficiency.
One thing that I'll mention to users of cordless drills: as with many 1/2-inch heavy-duty drills, the forward-reverse direction selector switch is reversed from the triggers found on smaller and cordless drills. You may find yourself flipping the trigger to the right for drilling, only to find that you've put the unit into reverse.