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JobMax kit

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The new JobMax from Ridgid is a 12V cordless tool system with multiple personalities. Consisting of a lithium ion–powered body and five interchangeable heads, this hard worker can switch jobs in seconds, replacing five dedicated tools.

The JobMax kit ($119) comes with the body, 
a charger, and a multi-tool head (top, far left), which in itself is multi-functional: It can cut, sand, clean, and grind. Switch to one of the additional heads, $50 each, and the JobMax becomes (left to right) a power hammer, a power ratchet, a right-angle drill, or an impact driver. And, unlike regular NiCd batteries, the Li-ion battery will keep its charge in storage, so this Swiss Army knife of tools will be ready when you need it.

Flexible and convenient, the JobMax makes a handy addition to the cottage DIY kit. Right, Dad?

—Ryan Shervill


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