RIDGID 18V Hybrid 18” Drum Fan Review

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RIDGID 18V Hybrid Drum Fan Model R860722B Review

RIDGID 18V Brushless Hybrid 18” Drum Fan

4.5/5
Manufacturer: RIDGID
Model number: R860722B
Price: 199.00
Power source: Hybrid
Weight: 26LBS
RIDGID will release their new 18” Brushless Drum Fan in February of 2024 and they sent us a sample to review. A RIDGID 18V battery or any standard extension cord can power the RIDGID Drum Fan. RIDGIDS’ new fan is extremely quiet and the brushless motor allows for longer run-times when battery-powered. The R860722B is available as a bare tool only, however it is compatible with all RIDGID 18V batteries.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Airflow: Up to 4,000 CFM and 600 FPM
  • Head Rotation: 225°
  • 6′ Extension Cord Included
  • Weight: 26 LBS
  • Height: 26.5”
  • Width: 24”
  • Depth: 14”
  • Warranty: Lifetime Service Agreement

RIDGID 18V Brushless Hybrid 18” Drum Fan Overview

Once I picked up the RIDGID fan by the large, easy-grab handle, I immediately noticed the appealing construction. The front of the metal drum is lined with heavy-duty plastic to protect it from damage on the job site. The fan blades are also protected by a front metal grate.

RIDGID 18V Brushless Hybrid 18” Drum Fan

The feet have the same heavy-duty plastic which will keep the fan securely resting in place, whether placed on the ground or mounted to the wall.

Additionally, the legs have pre-drilled holes for easy wall mounting. This attachment method allows the fan to get up off the floor and provide airflow at any desirable height.

Extension cord storage tabs are molded into the legs for easy storage and organization.

The speed selector dial makes it easy to choose between the 6 available speed settings.

RIDGID 18V Brushless Hybrid 18” Drum Fan

Fan angle adjustments can be made easily by loosening the large turn knobs which allows the fan to angle freely.

RIDGID R860722B Battery testing

The RIDGID 18V Brushless Hybrid 18” Drum Fan has 6 speeds. Although this fan can be plugged into any extension cord, I was curious to see the run-time when powered by a battery. I used a RIDGID 12.0Ah battery for testing, although any RIDGID 18V battery can be used.

  • On speed 1 the fan ran for about 14 hours.
  • On speed 3 the fan ran for about 11 hours.
  • On speed 6 the fan ran for about 4 hours and 15 minutes.

The more blades a fan has, the more power it requires to spin. Also, having a brushless motor helps extend the battery time and fight the drag from having 5 blades. We all have different needs when using a fan. I consider speed 3 to be medium. Having a fan powered by battery power on a medium-speed setting for 11 hours is respectable.

RIDGID 18V Brushless Hybrid Drum Fan Decibel Testing

I also performed decibel testing to see how quiet the fan is. Testing was performed with a cell phone decibel testing app. The phone was placed 8 feet away from the fan, and directly in the fan’s path.

  • On speed 1 the fan registered 50 decibels.
  • On speed 2 the fan registered 53 decibels.
  • On speed 3 the fan registered 55 decibels
  • On speed 4 the fan registered 57 decibels
  • On speed 5 the fan registered 61 decibels
  • On speed 6 the fan registered 64 decibels.

The more blades a fan has, the quieter it usually is. At higher speeds, the decibel lever will increase slightly as expected. Therefore, the decibel range that this fan puts out is fairly quiet.

Impressions of the Ridgid Hybrid Drum Fan

In conclusion, the RIDGID 18V Brushless Hybrid 18” Drum Fan is a good fan and will be a solid purchase. This fan can powered by a battery or extension cord. RIDGIDS’ new fan is extremely quiet and the brushless motor allows for longer run times when battery-powered. As you can see by the testing performed, this fan has a good run time when powered by a 12-ah battery.

How to purchase

The RIDGID 18V Brushless Hybrid 18” Drum Fan can be purchased soon, directly from Home Depot for $199. While this price may be slightly more than other drum fans, I think it is worth it. RIDGID is known for its quality products as you can see in our other product reviews. In addition, RIDGID offers free parts, and free service for the life of this fan if you register this product.

RIDGID 18V Brushless Hybrid 18” Drum Fan
199.00

 

About the author

Dan Wheeler

Dan is the ultimate believer in “if you want something done right, you do it yourself.” He is currently working as a General Contractor building a series of custom farmhouses. Dan doesn’t just oversee the projects; he is always on-site, slinging nail guns and making sure that the homes are built with quality craftsmanship. Besides his background in construction, Dan is also an automotive restoration specialist and all-around car nut. He enjoys restoring cars to showroom quality with a twist of custom modernization. He recently has restored a 1977 Jeep CJ7, a 1979 Jeep CJ7, a 1985 Corvette C4, and a 1988 Mustang 5.0. From an early age, Dan has had an inerrant ability to understand all things mechanical. This led him to have a lifelong passion for cars and trucks as well as for dirt bikes and motorcycles. He truly understands how things work, which allows Dan to rebuild and repair many different mechanical systems. Dan strongly believes in getting the job done right, and using the correct tool in that process helps ensure the job gets done quickly and accurately.

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