“ Power Tools „
The first part of this review is the same for my other Ryobi 18volt + reviews as they all use the same batteries; I wanted to give a background on this system and my experience with it.
I am a joiner by trade and having used many tools over the past 21 years I feel that the Ryobi 18volt plus system is very good quality for the money.
Having used a lot of other makes such as Bosch, Makita, Dewalt, Metabo, Hilti etc, I find that as they are so cheap in comparison they offer excellent value added to that the fact that they are generally well designed and well made.
The 18 volt One + system adds to their appeal as it allows you to use a whole range of power tools with one type of rechargeable battery. I have a large selection of these tools and three batteries that I can swap between them. Also you can buy the tools separately without the battery making them even more affordable.
When we were on holiday in Florida recently I purchased a number of tools from Home Depot as they had some great offers, I also noticed they stocked the Ryobi 18 VOLT ONE+TM POWER CAULK & ADHESIVE GUN.
I had seen them online before in England and read a few reviews that really rated them very highly, so for the cost of $39 battery not included I thought I would get one. Not a huge saving as you can pick them up here for around £40.
I have used it a few times now but I must say I am rather disappointed, especially after reading about how great it was. I have been using a manual gun for twenty odd years and have become used to it and get great results so maybe I shouldn't have purchased this one in the first place.
It is a lot heavier than a manual gun especially when you add the battery but this is obvious so it should not be faulted to much for that, also as you can adjust the speed with which it pushes the mastic etc out it is controllable, however I feel I can get a far superior finish with a basic manual gun but I know most people find this almost impossible without a lot of practice, so maybe they may find the Ryobi gun more useful.
One thing it is great for is when you are applying really thick heavy adhesives as some of the new construction mastics are really hard work to push out, and if your laying flooring etc with these you can go through dozens of tubes and believe me it really hurts your arms at the end of a long day.
The gun is well constructed and rugged so will take a knock and it needs to when it is thrown in the tool box or van. The trigger works well and it does release pressure on the tube as soon as you take your finger off, thus stopping the flow straight away.
I don't really like the locking switch which stops you pressing the trigger without unlocking it first and it gets a bit fiddly.
All in all I would recommend it for anyone using lots of heavy thick adhesives,
If however you only use standard silicones and mastics and are competent with a standard manual gun I would say stick with it as the Ryobi gun is not worth spending your money on.
* Durable gears and carriage frame help ensure tool longevity
* Variable speed adjustment lever for flow control
* Easy release manual push rod for quick reloading
* 'Soft grip' overmould for improved grip and reduced vibration
* Switch lock helps prevent accidental start-ups
* On-board puncture tool to break tube seal if needed
* 200 + tubes of latex per charged battery
* Over 225kg (500lb) of push force to handle the higher viscosity materials
Ryobi ONE+ tools are all interchangeable meaning you can use your existing ONE+ batteries and chargers for all tools in the range.
18 Volt Battery. Variable speed selector lets you adjust the discharge rate to control the bead of caulk.